Sabathia, Yankees shut out TigersApr 7, 2013 - 10:55 PM
Sabathia (1-1) turned in seven stellar innings. The left-hander held the Tigers to four singles, walked three and struck out four.
"CC really has a lot of pride in what he does and understands the ace role and that we needed to win a game today," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Jayson Nix hit a two-run homer for New York, while Francisco Cervelli and Kevin Youkilis also knocked in two runs apiece.
Verlander (1-1) tossed 7 1/3 innings against the Yankees, with his lone hiccup coming in a three-run second.
The frame began with Verlander issuing a leadoff walk to Vernon Wells, who was erased on a fielder' choice. Cervelli then doubled home Ichiro Suzuki and scored on Nix's two-out blast to left field.
"(Verlander) gave us a chance. We just didn't do much with CC today," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
Detroit's No. 1 and 2 hitters, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter each reached base two times, but the trio of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez went a combined 1-for-12.
With Verlander out of the game, New York victimized Detroit's bullpen for four runs.
Phil Coke succeeded Verlander in the eighth and gave up hits to the first two batters he faced. Travis Hafner singled and Wells ripped a ball down the left- field line that resulted in a ground-rule double because of fan interference.
Suzuki's sacrifice fly plated pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez and Cervelli followed with a run-scoring single.
Youkilis singled home a pair in the ninth against Octavio Dotel.
Detroit hasn't posted a three-game home sweep of the Yankees since May 12-14, 2000 ... Verlander had won each of his previous seven decisions at home ... Before his home run off Verlander, Nix had been 1-for-11 with five strikeouts vs. the Detroit right-hander ... Suzuki snapped an 0-for-14 at the plate with an infield single in the sixth.
- NEW YORK: 7
Apr 7 4:30 PM
- Kevin Youkilis single to left scored Jayson Nix and Brett Gardner with one out. Runner on first with one out and Eduardo Nunez due up.
Yankees 7, Tigers 0 Top 9, 1 OutApr 7 4:10 PM
- Francisco Cervelli single to center scored Vernon Wells with two out. Runner on first with two outs and Lyle Overbay due up.
Yankees 5, Tigers 0 Top 8, 2 OutsApr 7 3:46 PM
- Ichiro Suzuki sacrifice fly to right scored Eduardo Nunez with two out. On the play, Vernon Wells advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Francisco Cervelli due up.
Yankees 4, Tigers 0 Top 8, 2 OutsApr 7 3:45 PM
- Jayson Nix two-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Francisco Cervelli. Brett Gardner due up.
Yankees 3, Tigers 0 Top 2, 2 OutsApr 7 1:39 PM
- Francisco Cervelli double to left scored Ichiro Suzuki with one out. Runner on second with one out and Lyle Overbay due up.
Yankees 1, Tigers 0 Top 2, 1 OutApr 7 1:35 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 7 1:09 PM
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