The last time Brandon McCarthy faced the Detroit Tigers, he outpitched Max Scherzer to earn the W in a 2-1 victory. The last time Rick Porcello faced the Yankees, he was the tough luck loser to Shane Greene in a 1-0 dual pitching gem 3 days later. Since that unexpected series win in the first week of August, the Yankees lost 7 of 10 before rebounding with 5 straight horse mask-driven wins and the Tigers have sputtered along at 8-9. They're falling in the AL playoff race, trying to stay ahead of the Yanks in the battle for the second Wild Card spot, and looking to stop the bleeding back at home. Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup tonight. Brett Gardner is not. Here are the other 8 fine gentlemen who'll be joining Teix to support McCarthy:
1) Ellsbury- CF 2) Jeter- DH 3) McCann- C 4) Teix- 1B 5) Beltran- RF 6) Prado- 2B 7) Drew- SS 8) Headley- 3B 9) Ichiro- LF
First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7 PM, but it's hot and humid in Detroit and there's a good chance of showers and thunderstorms in the area. Mother Nature allowing, let's go get 6 tonight, boys.