Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Brennan Boesch RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
RHP Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.19 in 2012)
Hughes vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Andy Dirks LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Ramon Santiago 2B
RHP Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74 in 2012)
Scherzer vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: Temperatures in the high 40s, but it somehow feels like low 30s.
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Alan Porter
TONIGHT’S TIGERS STARTER: Tragic and sad story about Tigers starter Max Scherzer, whose younger brother committed suicide last season after a lengthy battle with depression. The story isn’t remotely uplifting, but it’s a well written story about a guy who’s still dealing with quite a lot.
TONIGHT’S TIGERS CATCHER: From Ken Rosenthal at FOX, Tigers catcher Alex Avila is prepared to leave the stadium at any moment if his wife goes into labor. His wife is at the hospital on the verge of giving birth.
ROTATION ON SCHEDULE: This will finish the first turn through the Yankees rotation. CC Sabathia is scheduled to start tomorrow’s series finale — against Justin Verlander — and Hiroki Kuroda is still on track to start Monday.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Youkilis hit by pitch, but he’s left stranded and now here’s Hughes to start the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: First ball hit into play is an error on Nix. Could Nunez be used as a defensive replacement?
UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: There’s an unearned run on Fielder’s sac fly to deep center field. It’s now 1-0 Tigers.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Hughes goes 93 mph to strikeout Dirks, end the first and leave two runners stranded. Still 1-0 after one.
UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Second homer of the year for Wells ties the game at 1 here in the top of the second.
UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Good throw by Hunter. Bad decision to send Boesch.
UPDATE, 4:39 p.m.: Yankees have hit three balls awfully hard this inning. The one ball they didn’t hit hard resulted in two outs.
UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: That’s an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 inning for Hughes. Helps keep his pitch count somewhat manageable. He used up a bunch of pitches in the first. Up to 34 now.
UPDATE, 4:58 p.m.: Youkilis has his 250th double — career, not this season — but it’s left stranded.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Hughes just went after Fielder with one out and runners at second and third. Got two strikes, then a shallow fly ball. Could be a huge moment.
UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: Might have been a game-saving catch by Gardner. If that’s by him, it’s two runs and a Tigers lead. Instead, it’s still 1-1 heading into the fourth.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Leadoff single by Jackson. RBI double by Hunter. It’s now a 2-1 Tigers lead.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: That’s it for Hughes, who leaves after 87 pitches, 57 for strikes. He pitched fairly well until this fifth inning when he’s allowed three straight hits. Here’s Logan to face Fielder. This matchup didn’t go well yesterday.
UPDATE, 5:53 p.m.: Single. Sac fly. Infield single. Logan’s day is done and here’s Phelps in the game that was originally going to be his to begin with. The Tigers lead is up to 4-1.
UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: Al Albuquerque is walking the world here in the sixth. The only guys he hasn’t walked have a single and a laser line drive that Prince Fielder snagged and turned into a double play. This could very easily be a three or four run inning already. Instead, the Yankees have only one run this frame.
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Phelps struggling here in the sixth. It’s a two-run inning for the Tigers, who are now up 7-4. This is the fourth time in the first five games that the Yankees pitchers have allowed at least seven runs.