The Tigers hope Verlander can extend their streak while potentially ending his own Monday night as they seek a fifth consecutive victory overall in the opener of a four-game set.
Verlander (11-7, 2.63 ERA) beat New York (63-44) in Game 3 of a division series last year, but he's 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in his last five outings versus the Yankees in the regular season.
"You gotta score runs when you get the opportunities," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And it seems like when we've had success against Verlander, we've gotten to him early."
The ace right-hander catches a break Monday since he won't face Alex Rodriguez , who is sidelined with a broken left hand after going 4 for 6 with two homers against him this year.
Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki have fared well against Verlander with averages of .344 and .333, respectively. It's been a different story for Nick Swisher (.216 with 18 strikeouts in 51 at-bats), Robinson Cano (.185), Raul Ibanez (.115) and Mark Teixeira (.111).
Verlander is 5-2 with a 1.68 ERA in nine home starts, and ranks among the majors' leaders with a 0.98 WHIP.
He recorded his major league-leading sixth complete game with a five-inning stint Tuesday in his second straight defeat, a rain-shortened 4-1 loss at Boston.
Detroit (58-50) improved to a major league-best 14-1 at home since July 4, as Miguel Cabrera 's two-run homer capped a five-run rally in the 10th inning of Sunday's 10-8 victory over Cleveland.
"It was high," Cabrera said. "I was not sure if I hit it out. I'm glad."
Cabrera leads the majors with 91 RBIs. He has team highs of three homers and seven RBIs against the Yankees this year, though Detroit has lost four of six matchups.
The Tigers are enjoying their longest run at Comerica Park since a nine-game win streak June 2-18, 2010, and trail Chicago by 1 1/2 games in the AL Central.
Suzuki has hit safely in all 12 games since joining AL East-leading New York, which capped a 4-5 homestand in which it lost three one-run games with Sunday's 6-2 victory over Seattle. The Yankees are starting a seven-game trip.
"We lost some really tight games and hopefully this will get us on a good streak," Girardi said.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova (10-5, 4.53) will try to bounce back after he allowed a career-high nine runs over five innings last Tuesday in an 11-5 home defeat to Baltimore."He had no fastball command, inconsistent slider, inconsistent curveball," Girardi said.
Nova is 0-2 with a 7.54 ERA in his last four outings. The right-hander opposed Verlander in his lone career regular-season start against Detroit on April 27 and yielded six runs over 5 1-3 innings and did not get a decision in a 7-6 victory.
He has excelled on the road, going 7-1 with a 3.32 ERA.
|New York Yankees|
|July 25, 2012||Alex Rodriguez||15-Day DL||Non-displaced fracture in left hand|
|July 25, 2012||Nick Swisher||Day-to-Day||Strained left hip flexor|
|July 24, 2012||Alex Rodriguez||Day-to-Day||Left hand fracture|
|June 28, 2012||Andy Pettitte||60-Day DL||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 27, 2012||Andy Pettitte||Day-to-Day||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 25, 2012||CC Sabathia||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|August 01, 2012||Ryan Raburn||15-Day DL||Sprained right thumb|
|July 07, 2012||Drew Smyly||15-Day DL||Right intercostal strain|
|July 07, 2012||Drew Smyly||15-Day DL||Right intercostal strain|
|July 02, 2012||Max Scherzer||Day-to-Day||Left hamstring soreness|
|June 25, 2012||Alex Avila||Day-to-Day||Left knee tendinitis|
|June 19, 2012||Jose Valverde||Day-to-Day||Right wrist|
DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander raised his left arm to acknowledge a roaring, standing ovation.
It was his right arm, though, that gave the New York Yankees so much trouble.
Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and got home-run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera , leading the Detroit Tigers over New York 7-2 Monday night.
"Felt pretty good," Verlander said.
He looked good, too.
Verlander (12-7) threw 132 pitches, his most in a regular-season game, to lift the Tigers to a fifth straight win.
Before this opener of a four-game series, manager Jim Leyland said the Tigers needed a big effort from Verlander.
"Hopefully your ace is an ace," Leyland said.
Verlander was, putting together one of his best performances of the season. He started strong and didn't let up.
The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winner struck out former teammate Curtis Granderson - for the first of three times - with an 85 mph breaking pitch to lead off the game and struck out the first two Yankees in the second inning. Verlander also fanned Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira three times each.
Verlander gave up two unearned runs after his fielding error extended the fifth inning.
Leyland visited Verlander at the mound in the eighth after he gave up a walk to Raul Ibanez , and left him in the game following a brief chat about how he felt following Derek Jeter 's comebacker off his left leg the previous inning.
Verlander said he told Leyland his left calf was OK.
"He said, `Then let's get this last batter and we'll see what happens,"' Verlander recalled Leyland saying.
With many of the 41,381 fans on their feet, Verlander responded by striking out Nick Swisher , Eric Chavez and Suzuki to tie his strikeout high set last year against Arizona.
"In the eighth inning, he still had a 100 mph fastball," Suzuki said through an interpreter. "The rest of his pitches are great, too."
Suzuki snapped his 12-game hitting streak with the Yankees. He also struck out for the first time with his new team and finished with three to match a career high.
Verlander hit low and outside corners with fastballs and buckled knees with an assortment of breaking pitches that left the Yankees standing and looking or swinging and missing.
"Did you see some of those pitches?" Detroit catcher Alex Avila asked. "That last curveball, I don't think anybody could've hit it. I had enough trouble catching it."
When New York did make contact for base hits, Verlander was at his best.
"He shut us down," Yankees star Derek Jeter said. "A lot of time great pitchers get a little attitude when they have guys on base and they bear down. He did that."
After Verlander's night was over - one pitch shy of the career-high 133 he threw in Game 5 of the AL championship series last year against Texas - closer Jose Valverde retired the side in order in the ninth.
Detroit, which is chasing Chicago in the AL Central, has won 19 of its last 23 home games. The AL East-leading Yankees have lost 11 of 17 overall.
Ivan Nova (10-6) was roughed up for seven runs and 11 hits - matching a career high - in 5 1-3 innings. Nova is 1-4 over his last eight starts since June 28.
"Every pitcher goes through it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You're going to go through struggles. For the most part, the kid has been pretty good for us but right now, he's struggling. He'll find his way out. Verlander, as good as he is, goes through struggles. He's not 20-0 this year."
Nova said he still has confidence in his stuff.
"I've got to keep my head up and keep working," he said. "It's just location. I left too many pitches over the plate."
Cabrera sent a thigh-high pitch over the middle of the plate 454 feet, clearing the second row of shrubs in center field, for his 28th homer in the fourth inning. Fielder cleared the fences for the 19th time with a no-doubt shot to right in the second.
The Tigers broke it open with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to go ahead 7-2.
Verlander allowed the Yankees to score twice in the fifth when Granderson hit a two-out grounder and the pitcher glanced down to step on first base as Fielder made an accurate throw that hit his glove. Jeter and Robinson Cano took advantage with RBI singles that made it 2-all.
"I need to be able to make that play," Verlander said.
He made up for that miscue - easily.
NOTES: Verlander is the first Tigers pitcher since Jim Bunning (June 10, 1958) to strike out 14 Yankees in a game. ... The Yankees have decided Triple-A LHP Manny Banuelos , out since May with a bruised left elbow, won't pitch again this season. ... Verlander had lost his last two starts, giving up nine runs over 12 innings. ... Nova has given up 11 hits twice this year to Detroit and three times in his career. ... Jeter had two hits, his 43rd multihit game of the year after having more than one hit in 45 last year.