After a tough series against the Los Angeles Angels, the Tigers take on another playoff contender in their final visit to Yankee Stadium.
Kenny Rogers hasn't been very good in his last three starts, calling into question whether or not his days as a major league starting pitcher might be done. I suppose it depends on what happens tonight, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Rogers come up with a case of "tired arm" once Dontrelle Willis completes his rehab assignment and rejoins the Tigers. In 36 career starts at Yankee Stadium, Rogers has a 14-14 record and 5.48 ERA.
Phil Hughes might have turned himself around in his last start, but we don't know for sure because a rain delay limited him to just two innings of work. In his two starts before that, he gave up a combined 12 runs over 7 1/3 innings. Hughes has faced the Tigers once before, and he was roughed up for five runs in six innings.
Alex Rodriguez is out of the Yankees' lineup tonight, resting a sore quadriceps muscle. Morgan Ensberg (.256/.275/.333, one home run, three RBIs) will take his place at third base.
Meanwhile, nobody's sitting for the Tigers. The regular lineup takes the field for the second straight game.
One housekeeping note: The weekly sidebar poll has returned, as I finally remembered to add it. It's just below the FanPosts as you scroll down. Vote for who you think will get squeezed out when the Tigers call up Francisco Cruceta.