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DETROIT -- 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.
"Felt pretty good," Verlander said.
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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.
"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 also 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.
|Tigers starter Justin Verlander strikes out 14 to end his five-game home losing streak against the Yankees. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Yankees|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||1||0||0||0||3||3||.243|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.315|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.316|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.253|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.243|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.255|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||1||1||.275|
|Ichiro Suzuki, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.259|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.193|
|2B - Eric Chavez 2 (10, Verlander, Verlander)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter (34), Robinson Cano (64)|
|2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (16), Robinson Cano (20)|
|SB - Robinson Cano (2, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Chavez-Cano-Teixeira, Cano-Jeter-Teixeira, Chavez-Cano-Teixeira|
|New York Yankees|
|Ivan Nova (L,10-6)||5.1||11||7||7||0||5||2||4.81|
|HBP - Fielder (by Ivan Nova)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 68-49, Joba Chamberlain 26-17, David Phelps 11-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 6-2, Joba Chamberlain 2-2, David Phelps 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 25, Joba Chamberlain 7, David Phelps 3|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.322|
|Andy Dirks, LF-RF||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.333|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.324|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.313|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.249|
|Quintin Berry, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.283|
|Delmon Young, DH||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.265|
|Alex Avila, C||4||1||2||1||0||2||1||.250|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.264|
|Omar Infante, 2B-3B||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.287|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (28, Nova), Prince Fielder (19, Nova)|
|SF - Andy Dirks (1)|
|RBI - Austin Jackson (50), Andy Dirks (18), Miguel Cabrera (92), Prince Fielder (80), Alex Avila (32), Jhonny Peralta (40), Omar Infante (40)|
|CS - Delmon Young (2, 2nd base by Nova/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Miguel Cabrera (10, Misplayed grounder), Justin Verlander (3, Missed catch of throw)|
|Justin Verlander (W,12-7)||8||8||2||0||1||14||0||2.51|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 132-96, Jose Valverde 18-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 8-4, Jose Valverde 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 35, Jose Valverde 3|
|Attendance - 41381|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Todd Tichenor|