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Game 116: Tigers at Yankees

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Aug 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (58-57)
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte (7-9, 4.71)
Pettitte vs. Tigers 

TIGERS (69-46)
Austin Jackson CF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Matt Tuiasosopo LF
Hernan Perez 2B
Alex Aliva C
Jose Iglesias SS

RHP Justin Verlander (12-8, 3.50)
Verlander vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS

WEATHER: It’s not quite as sunny as it was yesterday, but it’s still a great day for baseball.

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

MILESTONE WATCH: Alfonso Soriano comes into today’s game with 1,999 career hits and is one hit away from becoming the 16th active player to reach the 2,000-hit plateau… Alex Rodriguez has 1,950 career RBI and needs one to surpass Stan Musial for sole possession of fifth place all-time… Robinson Cano has 199 career homers and needs one to become the 16th player in franchise history to reach 200.

HOUDINI: David Robertson has not allowed a run over his last 21 games since June 19. According to Elias Sports Bureau, his current 20.1-inning scoreless stretch marks the longest single-season streak of his career.

(I’ll be updating what’s going on in the game here every so often, but I’ll be much more active on Twitter. Follow me @vzmercogliano to join in the conversation!)

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: He’s done it. For the first time in 2013, A-Rod just went deep. He took a 1-0 fastball from Verlander and parked it in the left field seats. The pitch looked like it was supposed to be in and caught too much of the plate, but it’s still a good sign that A-Rod got around on it and was able to pull it with a little authority. It was also the 1,951th RBI of his career, which puts him past Stan Musial for fifth all-time. Nunez added a sac fly later in the inning, as the Yankees now have a 2-1 lead after a rough first inning for Pettitte.

UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Eventful day for A-Rod thus far, and we’re only in the fourth inning. He just delivered again by lacing a 98 mph fastball down the first base line for a two-out, RBI single. The Yankees now lead 3-1.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Soriano led off the fourth with a solo homer to extend the Yankees’ lead to 4-1. It was the 2,000th hit of Soriano’s career.

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