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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, April 7th (All times Eastern)

New York Yankees (1-4) at Detroit Tigers (3-2), 1:08 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Yankees - CC Sabathia (0-1, 7.20) Detroit - Justin Verlander (1-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - A pair of former Cy Young Award winners in CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander will be on the mound Sunday afternoon when the New York Yankees wrap up their three-game series in Detroit.

The Yankees, who were swept by the Tigers in last year's ALCS, will try to avoid another whitewash at Comerica Park. Detroit hasn't swept the Yankees since April 29 - May 1, 2008 and that was in the Bronx. The last time the Tigers swept the Yankees in the Motor City was May 12-14, 2000, also a three- game series.

Sabathia, the 2007 Cy Young winner with the Indians, got his 2013 season off to a rough start Monday in an 8-2 loss to the Red Sox. The lefty was tagged for four runs -- all in the second inning -- on eight hits over five frames. He walked four and struck out five.

Over his career, Sabathia has fashioned an 18-12 record 4.43 ERA in 35 regular season starts against the Tigers. During the ALCS last year, Sabathia pitched in one game, the final one when he gave up 11 hits and six runs -- five earned -- over 3 2/3 innings in New York's 8-1 defeat.

New York's 8-4 loss yesterday put the Yankees at 1-4. They haven't started a season 1-5 since 1989 when they dropped seven of their first eight games. That year, the Yankees went 74-87 and finished in fifth place in the AL East.

Just days removed from signing a five-year $140 million extension, Verlander scattered three hits and struck out seven over five scoreless frames in a 4-2 season-opening win over the Twins. Verlander was removed after pitching in adverse conditions. The game-time temperature peaked at 35 degrees and winds reached as high 17 mph throughout the contest at Target Field.

Verlander is 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 career regular season games against the Yankees.

Reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera has been on a tear for the Tigers. He went 4-for-4 with an RBI single yesterday. He has collected at least one RBI in each of Detroit's first five games of the season. Cabrera is the first Tigers player since Bobby Higginson collected at least one RBI in each of the club's first five games April 5-10, 2004. Higginson was the last Tigers player to get an RBI in six straight games to start a season, April 1-9, 1996, a six-game run.

Detroit had 17 hits yesterday on the day they received their American League Championship rings.

Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter each collected three hits for Detroit, with Jackson scoring three runs and Hunter delivering an RBI double during a four- run fifth inning. Prince Fielder drove in a pair of runs in the triumph.

Jackson, Hunter and Cabrera -- the top three hitters in the Tigers' potent lineup -- combined to go 10-for-14 with seven runs scored.

"I think it puts more pressure on the other team when those guys are out there and you've got the big guys coming up," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "That's pretty stressful."

The offensive outburst enabled Max Scherzer (1-0) to win his 2013 debut despite allowing four runs over five-plus innings, though the hard-throwing righty did record seven strikeouts prior to exiting.

Phil Hughes (0-1), activated from the disabled list prior to the game, was reached for four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits through four-plus innings to take the loss.

Lyle Overbay finished 2-for-4 with a two-run single for New York, off to its first 1-4 start since 2006, while Vernon Wells had a solo homer in the loss.

"I think it's just a rough start. We've got to get it turned around," Yankees manager Joe Girardi remarked. "It doesn't get any easier tomorrow with [Justin] Verlander, but we've got to get it turned around. We're swinging the bats OK. We've got to get the pitching turned around a little bit."

Hunter enters today five hits shy of 2,000 for his career.

Detroit lost six of its 10 regular season meetings to the Yankees in 2012.

04/07 10:16:50 ET

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BOS 102
CHI 109
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WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
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SFLA 0
UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
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KSU 27
AKR 24
 
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
 
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
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EMICH 16
TOL 52
 
4th
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
 
4th
SALABAMA 34
NAVY 42
 
4th
ARZ 35
ARST 21
 
3rd
AFA 23
COLST 10
 
4th
UCLA 10
STAN 31
 
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VT
UVA
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TULSA
ECU
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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
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TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
 
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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DART 68
MAST 67
 
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
 
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
 
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
 
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 56
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
 
Final
BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
2nd
PROV 70
YALE 66
 
2nd
UGA 39
MINN 46
 
2nd
WISC 52
OKLA 39
 
2nd
Terriers 33
NORST 24
 
2nd
PEAY 28
STEPH 48
 
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FSU
CSOU
 
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VALPO 4
DRAK 0
 
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CIN 4
MTST 0
 
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SDU 0
PRIN 3
 
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USCU
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PHI 0
NYR 3
3rd
ANA 1
CHI 3
 
1st Intermission
WAS 2
NYI 2
 
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