The New York Yankees started off their 10-game road trip by winning three of four in Boston but they have not enjoyed their brief stay in Detroit, blowing a six-run lead in a 12-11 loss to the worst team in the majors in the series opener. Rain then washed out Wednesday night's game, forcing the Yankees and host Tigers to play a straight doubleheader Thursday afternoon.
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New York clubbed six homers -- two each by Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius -- in Tuesday's loss to give them a franchise-record 276 on the season, second only to the Minnesota Twins. One positive for the Yankees: they are 11-1 in doubleheaders this season as they prepare to play their seventh twin-bill. Christin Stewart has homered in three of the past four contests while Harold Castro is 12-for-25 with six RBIs over his past six games for the Tigers, who are 19-50 at home. Detroit's Matthew Boyd will oppose J.A. Happ in Game 1 on Thursday before Tigers righty Spencer Turnbull squares off against CC Sabathia 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opening contest.
TV: 4:40 p.m. ET, YES (New York), FS Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (5-8, 4.93 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Spencer Turnbull (3-14, 4.68)
Sabathia will come off the injured list and hopes to end his seven-start winless drought, although he will be on a pitch count and followed by Domingo German in relief. He lasted only three innings in his last outing against Oakland, giving up just a solo homer over three innings before his ailing right knee forced him from the game. Gordon Beckham is 11-for-25 with a pair of homers off Sabathia, who is 21-14 lifetime versus Detroit but has failed to pitch beyond 4 1/3 innings in his last five turns.
Turnbull lasted only 1 2/3 innings at Oakland on Friday and was tagged for four runs and four hits, but he avoided losing his sixth consecutive start and 11th decision in a row when the Tigers rallied for a 5-4 victory. That enabled him to avert becoming the first Detroit pitcher to start 14 straight defeats, although a setback on Thursday will make him the first Tigers hurler with 15 losses since Justin Verlander in 2008. Turnbull is 0-9 at home entering his first appearance against the Yankees.
1. Yankees CF Aaron Hicks (elbow) is done for the season and could still face Tommy John surgery.
2. Tigers CF Victor Reyes has hit safely in 12 consecutive games.
3. Gardner went deep for the first two times in 27 games at Comerica Park on Tuesday to set a career high with his 22nd and 23rd homers.