With their All-Star second baseman out of commission, the New
York Yankees needed a ninth-inning rally to earn a third straight
Robinson Cano hopes to return to the lineup as the Yankees try
for a season-best fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night at the
slumping Detroit Tigers.
Cano, who had played every inning of every game before leaving
Sunday’s 5-2 win over Toronto with a bone bruise on his left hand,
was held out of Monday’s 5-3 series-opening victory at Detroit
New York (17-9) plated three runs in the first two innings
Monday but went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position and
failed to score again until the ninth. The Yankees surely could
have used the help of Cano, who has four homers and seven RBIs
during a six-game hitting streak.
“It might feel better (Tuesday),” manager Joe Girardi told the
Yankees’ official website. “You might see him in there
Cano has experienced similar success recently against the
Tigers, with four home runs and seven RBIs in his last six games
Yankees probable starter CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.25 ERA), meanwhile,
has struggled in Detroit of late. The left-hander, who went 7-1
with a 3.09 ERA over his first 10 career road starts against the
Tigers, is 0-3 with an 8.50 ERA in his three most recent outings at
Sabathia, though, will be looking to win his third consecutive
start overall. He held the Chicago White Sox to three unearned runs
and seven hits in seven innings of Thursday’s 12-3 victory.
“I don’t think he shook me off once,” Yankees catcher Russell
Martin said. “He’s the type of guy who, even if he does get behind
in counts, can throw all of his pitches at any time. That helps
him. He doesn’t have to rely on his fastball to get outs.”
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who went 3 for 4 with an RBI on
Monday to increase his team-leading average to .350, is 8 for 14
with two homers off Sabathia.
Catcher Alex Avila homered twice to help Detroit tie Monday’s
game, but Jose Valverde allowed two runs in the ninth to send the
Tigers to their seventh consecutive loss. The Tigers haven’t
dropped eight straight since Sept. 16-23, 2005.
“That’s the problem when you have lost seven games in a row –
you don’t get much work for your closer,” manager Jim Leyland
After giving up one hit in a 9-0 win over the White Sox on April
23, Detroit starter Brad Penny (1-3, 6.11) struggled Thursday ,
surrendering four runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 7-2 loss
to Seattle. He has allowed at least four runs in four of his six
The right-hander allowed a season-worst eight runs in 4 1-3
innings during a 10-6 loss at Yankee Stadium on April 2.
Cano is 3 for 8 lifetime against Penny, while Alex Rodriguez and
Derek Jeter have combined for 10 hits in 21 at-bats.