Series: Game 3 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/11)

Game 1: Friday, May 9
NY Yankees5Final
Game 2: Saturday, May 10
NY Yankees5Final
Game 3: Sunday, May 11
NY YankeesPostponed

1:05 PM ET, May 11, 2008

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

Starting Pitchers

New York: Pettitte (14-14, 4.54 ERA)

Detroit: Robertson (7-11, 6.35 ERA)

Yankees-Tigers Preview


The New York Yankees have enjoyed playing in day games this season. It's been a different story for the Detroit Tigers.

The Yankees will try to win for the eighth time in 12 day games when they complete a three-game road series against the Tigers on Sunday.

New York (19-19) improved to 7-4 in the daytime and also ended a six-game losing streak to Detroit (16-22) with a 5-2 victory on Saturday. Derek Jeter hit his first homer of the season, and he and Bobby Abreu each scored two runs.

"You don't like to lose to the same team over and over," New York manager Joe Girardi said.

Jeter is one of several Yankees who excel in day baseball. The shortstop is batting .405 (17-for-42) in the day, while outfielder Hideki Matsui is at .406 (13-for-32) and leadoff hitter Johnny Damon is batting .370 (17-for-46).

Detroit, meanwhile, is a major-league worst 3-12 in the daytime and has been especially bad on the weekend. The Tigers, losers of seven out of nine overall, fell to 1-5 on Saturdays. They are 0-5 on Sundays entering this series finale.

New York got another outstanding effort from its bullpen Saturday as three relievers combined for three scoreless innings. Yankee relievers haven't allowed a run in their last 15 innings.

The Yankees are already playing without reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, and suffered another injury Saturday. Wilson Betemit, one of two infielders sharing time at third base since Rodriguez went on the disabled list April 30, tweaked his right hamstring and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

New York will recall infielder Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Both teams will turn to left-handed starters on Sunday.

New York's Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.77 ERA) is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in his last three outings, although he turned in a solid effort his last time out. He gave up two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings and did not get a decision in a 5-3 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old veteran has already lost once to Detroit this season, yielding five runs over six innings in a 6-2 defeat on April 30.

Pettitte is 2-3 with a 4.65 ERA in five career starts at Comerica Park, where he's pitched just once since 2002.

The heart of Detroit's lineup has excellent career numbers against Pettitte. Carlos Guillen is a career .385 hitter against him, Ivan Rodriguez .372 and Magglio Ordonez .351.

The Tigers will counter with Nate Robertson (1-4, 6.64), who has been very ineffective at home. Robertson fell to 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in four outings at Comerica after allowing four runs and a season-high 10 hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 5-0 loss to Boston on Tuesday.

Although he has fared poorly against the Yankees, Robertson beat them on May 1 by yielding four runs over 5 2-3 innings in an 8-4 victory. He improved to 2-6 with a 5.62 ERA in nine career starts against them, including one in the postseason.

One problem for Robertson facing New York is that he hasn't been effective against its left-handed hitters. Abreu (.545), Jason Giambi (.538), Damon (.364) and Matsui (.294) have all enjoyed success against him.

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Gameday Matchup

 New YorkDetroit
Current StreakL1L2
Last 108-23-7

Pitching Matchup

New YorkDetroit
A. Pettitte
14-14, 4.54 ERA

Last Game:
9/21 vs BAL
5.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Win
N. Robertson
7-11, 6.35 ERA

Last Game:
9/24 at DET
4.2 IP, 7 ER
Dec = Loss

Gameday Lineups

NO.New YorkDetroit
1. J. Damon, LF I. Rodriguez, C
2. M. Cabrera, CF P. Polanco, 2B
3. B. Abreu, DH C. Guillen, 3B
4. D. Jeter, SS M. Ordonez, DH
5. J. Giambi, 1B M. Cabrera, 1B
6. S. Duncan, RF M. Thames, RF
7. R. Cano, 2B E. Renteria, SS
8. J. Molina, C R. Raburn, LF
9. A. Gonzalez, 3B B. Inge, CF