Series: Game 2 of 4

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 5/11)

Game 1: Monday, May 10
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 11
NY YankeesPostponed
Game 2: Wednesday, May 12
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 12
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Game 4: Thursday, May 13
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7:05 PM ET, May 11, 2010

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

Starting Pitchers

New York: Vazquez (10-10, 5.32 ERA)

Detroit: Porcello (10-12, 4.92 ERA)

Yankees-Tigers Preview


It may be difficult for the New York Yankees to avoid their first three-game losing streak with Javier Vazquez on the mound.

The struggling Vazquez makes his first start in 10 days Tuesday night when the Yankees try to end the Detroit Tigers' six-game home win streak.

New York (21-10) has lost back-to-back games for the third time this year after falling 5-4 in Monday's opener of this four-game set. Bouncing back behind Vazquez (1-3, 9.78 ERA) won't be easy.

Acquired from Atlanta in the offseason for his second stint with the Yankees, Vazquez gave up eight runs in his season debut April 9 at Tampa Bay and hasn't been much better since. He allowed five runs over three-plus innings May 1 and did not get a decision in a 7-6 loss to the White Sox.

Manager Joe Girardi decided not to pitch Vazquez this past weekend in what would have been a scheduled start at Boston.

"He wants to get back out there and pitch, and that's how I would expect him to be," Girardi said. "But I just thought he could use a little time to catch his breath."

Vazquez threw a pair of side sessions during his time off. The Yankees want him to improve on his lack of control, which has resulted in 15 walks in 23 innings.

"When you're struggling like this in a market like this, it's louder and harder," general manager Brian Cashman told the Yankees' official website. "He's not running from it. You can see that it bothers him. It hurts. He wants success, he wants to do right by everybody."

Vazquez is 2-5 with a 6.09 ERA in seven career starts at Comerica Park. The right-hander has fared well against Tigers slugger Magglio Ordonez (.194), but not versus Miguel Cabrera (.391).

New York saw a familiar face contribute to its loss Monday as Johnny Damon homered in his first game against the team that didn't re-sign him.

"We've all seen him do that a lot," Girardi said. "Some of the time on our side and some of the time on the other side."

Damon helped the Yankees win the World Series last year for the first time since 2000 in the final season of his $52 million, four-year contract. He initially wanted a long-term deal at the same average salary, but New York lowered its offers.

The Yankees took on a bigger salary when they acquired center fielder Curtis Granderson, currently on the disabled list, from the Tigers (18-14).

Detroit improved to 10-3 at home -- second in the AL to New York's 10-2 mark -- as rookie Brennan Boesch drove in three runs. Boesch has 10 RBIs in five home games.

Mark Teixeira continued his surge for New York with a two-run homer, giving him four in three games. Shortstop Derek Jeter, though, went 0 for 5 and is 4 for 31 in his last seven games.

Tigers starter Rick Porcello (2-3, 7.50) will face the Yankees for the second time. The Morristown, New Jersey native allowed six runs over a season-low 3 2/3 innings April 29, 2009, in an 8-6 home loss.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 5.51 ERA in three outings at home. He has given up at least five runs in four straight starts, yielding five over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a 5-4 loss at Minnesota.

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Gameday Matchup

 New YorkDetroit
Current StreakL2W1
Last 103-74-6

Pitching Matchup

New YorkDetroit
J. Vazquez
10-10, 5.32 ERA

Last Game:
9/29 at TOR
4.2 IP, 7 ER
Dec = Loss
R. Porcello
10-12, 4.92 ERA

Last Game:
10/1 at BAL
6.1 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Loss

Gameday Lineups

NO.New YorkDetroit
1. D. Jeter, SS A. Jackson, CF
2. B. Gardner, CF J. Damon, DH
3. M. Teixeira, 1B M. Ordonez, RF
4. A. Rodriguez, DH M. Cabrera, 1B
5. R. Cano, 2B B. Boesch, LF
6. J. Posada, C B. Inge, 3B
7. N. Swisher, RF S. Sizemore, 2B
8. R. Winn, LF G. Laird, C
9. R. Pena, 3B A. Everett, SS