The Yankees faced a daunting task in the series opener against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers came in red hot, having won their last eight games at Comerica Park, plus Detroit was 22-11 in their last 33 games overall. To compound the problem for New York, they were facing Tiger ace, Justin Verlander.Verlander came into the game with some impressive numbers of his own. His ERA stood at 2.63 and his WHIP was a meager 0.98. Equally impressive, Verlander had yielded an opponents batting average of only .201 on the season.Verlander started the game with a strong effort, yielding only three Yankee hits in the first four innings. He seemed comfortable throwing 92-95 mph on his fastball. Evidently Joe Girardi thought Verlander was also getting some help from home plate umpire Tony Randazzo. In...

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