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Series Preview: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees

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Detroit Tigers (0-0) at New York Yankees (0-0)

Probable Pitchers:
Thursday March 31 1:05p: RHP Justin Verlander vs. LHP CC Sabathia
Saturday April 2 4:10p: RHP Brad Penny vs. RHP A.J. Burnett
Sunday April 3 1:05p: RHP Max Scherzer vs. RHP Phil Hughes

Lineup notes:
Expected batting order

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Will Rhymes, 2B
3. Magglio Ordoñez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Ryan Raburn, LF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Brandon Inge, 3B
9. Alex Avila, C

Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said that Brennan Boesch will play Game 2 on Saturday, likely batting 6th for Raburn.

Analysis: The Tigers will put Justin Verlander on the mound for Game 1 and if you know anything about how he pitches in March and April than you should be a little worried (7-11, 5.06 ERA). But he came into spring this year with a completely different outlook, he's never been so confident. It translated to a very productive spring(3-0, .96 ERA) and we can only hope it translates to a great start to the season. Yankees counter with CC Sabathia who had a 3.31 ERA with 10 strikeouts in spring training this year. Of the current Tigers to face him, Miguel Cabrera has been the most productive (.538 BA, 9 RBI, 2 HR). But will his offseason troubles get him to a slow start? Brandon Inge on the other hand has had the most trouble with CC batting a dismal .151 with 15 strikeouts. But are you really surprised?
Prediction: Tigers win 4-2

The Game Thread will go live at 12:30, by the way!

Game 2:
DET: Brad Penny (1-1 record with a 6.60 ERA vs. New York)
Player to watch - Andruw Jones (.333 BA, 13 RBI, 6 HR vs Penny)
NYY: A.J. Burnett (3-1 record, 7.34 ERA vs. Detroit)
Player to watch - Victor Martinez (2 for 5 HR, 2B vs. Burnett in 2010)
Prediction: Yankees win 9-3

Game 3:
DET: Max Scherzer (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 K's vs. New York)
Player to watch - Andruw Jones (.400 BA, .571 OBP vs. Scherzer)
NYY: Phil Hughes (4-2, 3.69 ERA, 36 K's vs. Detroit)
Player to watch - Miguel Cabrera (.417 BA, 1 HR vs. Hughes)
Prediction: Tigers win 5-4