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Game 114: Yankees vs. Tigers

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Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner CF

2. Ichiro Suzuki RF

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Alfonso Soriano DH

5. Alex Rodriguez 3B

6. Curtis Granderson LF

7. Lyle Overbay 1B

8. Eduardo Nunez SS

9. Chris Stewart C

Ivan Nova RHP

Tigers lineup

1. Austin Jackson CF

2. Torii Hunter RF

3. Miguel Cabrera 3B

4. Prince Fielder 1B

5. Victor Martinez DH

6. Andy Dirks LF

7. Brayan Pena C

8. Hernan Perez 2B

9. Jose Iglesias SS

Rick Porcello RHP


Umpires: Will Little HP, Jerry Meals 1B, Paul Emmel 2B, Chris Conroy 3B

TV/radio: YES/WCBS 880

Weather: Cloudy, humid, threat of rain


Serious series trouble: The Yankees are 0-5-3 in their last eight series, their longest single-season drought of non-winning series since 1991.

Streaks: The Yankees have dropped four straight and five of six. Detroit has won 12 straight and 16 of 17.


Update, 7:17: Tarp is coming off. Could start around 7:50.

Update, 7:44: Paul Olden just read the lineups over the PA. A-Rod received a mix of boos and cheers.

Update, 7:54: A-Rod included in roll call, mixed reaction again. Nova gave up a hit on his first pitch, by the way, single by Jackson.

Update, 8:04: Nova gets out of bases-loaded, one-out problem with a pair of swinging Ks.

Update,  8:17: Cheers drown out boos for A-Rod. Soriano RBI infield out before that.

Update, 8:18: A-Rod goes down swinging. More boos than cheers.

Update, 8:31: Nova strands runners at second and third.

Update, 8:47: Nova has allowed four hits and two walks in his three innings so far, but he has made the big pitches, still no runs surrendered.

Update, 8:56: Cano two-run double, 3-0 in the third.

Update, 8:58: More cheers than boos for start of second A-Rod at-bat.

Update, 9:00: A-Rod goes down swinging again. Boos.

Update, 9:14: Nova has stranded eight Tigers in four innings.

Update, 9:28: Nova freezes Cabrera with a curve for the first out in the fifth.

Update, 9:33: Nova no runs, six hits allowed over five. At least he’s trustworthy again, he and Kuroda.

Update, 9:46: A-Rod strands two in scoring position to end the fifth, flies to right. More boos. Seemed like an equal split at the start of the at-bat. I think we’ve decided it’s a split decision here tonight for him in the booing and cheering department. He’s 0 for 3 and 3 for 14 for his young season.

Update, 9:50: Nova 1-2-3 sixth. Phil Coke replaces Porcello.

Update, 10:03: Gardner leaves two on base in the sixth after Bonderman came on. Yankees have three runs and seven hits through six.

Update, 10:12: Tigers finally get to Nova, RBI single by Cabrera, 3-1.

Update, 10:19: Smyly on to pitch for Detroit.

Update, 10:23: Ichiro has three hits, 3,992 overall between the majors and Japan. Cano hit into a double play, Rondon will come on.

Update, 10:27: Nova is out after seven. He has worked at least seven in his last six starts. He gave up one run and eight hits. Robertson comes on.

Update, 10:35: Robertson has a 1-2-3 eighth. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 21 outings, covering 20 1/3 innings, the longest single-season scoreless stretch of his career.

Update, 10:41: A-Rod fans for the third time in four hitless at-bats.

Update, 10:49: Rivera on for ninth.

Update, 11:03: Rivera blows save, two-run HR by Cabrera down to the last strike.

Update, 11:19: We head for the 10th. This is only the third time Rivera has blown back-to-back saves since 2005.

Update, 11:20: Boone Logan comes on. A-Rod, by the way, was pulled for defense in the ninth. Jayson Nix took over.

Update, 11:47: Yankees win 4-3 in 10 on Gardner single.