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McCarthy wins again for Yankees, beats Tigers

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) Brandon McCarthy has been a steady presence in the New York Yankees' rotation since his arrival in a trade with Arizona. Still, he knew the stakes were even higher against Max Scherzer and the AL Central-leading Tigers.

McCarthy won his fourth start in a row with a gritty effort, and the Yankees took the first of three straight matchups against Detroit's Cy Young Award winners, beating the Tigers 2-1 Monday night.

''This is a chance to step up against one of the best and to make our own mark,'' McCarthy said. ''It's on me to do my part to kick in, especially against a tough team and Max.''

Brian McCann hit an RBI single and Jacoby Ellsbury had a sacrifice fly in the third, an inning in which the Tigers saved several runs with fine fielding.

McCarthy (4-0) allowed five hits and an unearned run in 5 2-3 innings. The Yankees have won each of his five starts since being acquired July 6. Using a sharp curveball, he threw a season-high 116 pitches and struck out eight, including all three in the second when Victor Martinez led off with a double and Detroit loaded the bases.

''He's been huge for our rotation,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''He's come over here and pitched about as well as you could.''

David Robertson was perfect in the ninth for his 30th save.

Scherzer (13-4) gave up nine hits over seven innings in losing for the first time since June 17, a span of eight starts. The reigning AL Cy Young winner yielded two runs in the third, but it could've been much worse.

With the bases loaded, Ellsbury sent a deep drive to center field. Ezequiel Carrera, promoted from Triple-A last week after Austin Jackson was traded in the deadline deal that sent David Price to Detroit, made a long run before diving back toward the wall. Fully extended, Carrera made the catch and slid on his stomach onto the warning track.

''That looked like it had a chance to give us a much bigger lead,'' Girardi said. ''That was an unbelievable play by Carrera.''

Carrera was making his first start in center field for Detroit.

''Very happy,'' Carrera said through a translator. ''Being aggressive is what helped me make the play and that is what I am trying to do here with the team.''

Ian Kinsler made two nice plays at second base in the third and had an RBI single in the fifth after Eugenio Suarez reached on third baseman Martin Prado's throwing error.

On Tuesday, Price the 2012 AL Cy Young winner, will make his Tigers debut. He'll be followed by 2011 winner Justin Verlander.


Tigers: Suarez, the shortstop, left in the fifth after spraining his knee sliding into second base on a steal. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Yankees: Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka played light catch for the first time since he was sidelined in early July with a slight tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. He said he felt relieved and was ready for the next step.


Tigers: Price (11-8) has had a lot of success at the new Yankee Stadium. He's 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 starts there.

Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (7-7) sure enjoys pitching at home for New York. He's 22-12 with a 2.93 ERA in 44 starts in the Bronx since putting on the pinstripes in 2012.



Former White Stripes frontman Jack White held court in the Tigers clubhouse before the game. Instead of wearing Yankees pinstripes, the Detroit-born musician was in a Tigers home jersey with No. 3 on the back.


Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was a late scratch because he became lightheaded about 45 minutes before gametime. He said he's not sure why it happened. He was given IV fluids and hopes he'll be ready to play Tuesday.


Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 3, just the seventh time in 47 games against the Yankees in which he didn't have at least one hit. He's hitting .366 (63 for 172) against New York.

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Players of the Game
New York

B. McCarthy
IP 5.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 8

M. Scherzer
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 2
BB 3
K 4

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Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4011000.291.323.438
Ezequiel Carrera, CF4010010.250.250.500
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3000112.312.371.528
Victor Martinez, DH4020001.322.383.569
Torii Hunter, RF4000022.273.309.459
J.D. Martinez, LF4010031.318.360.595
Don Kelly, 3B3010100.255.333.300
Alex Avila, C4000025.217.321.360
Eugenio Suarez, SS2000013.252.329.378
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   a-Rajai Davis, PH1000010.304.343.432
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2B - Ezequiel Carrera (1, Warren), Victor Martinez (22, McCarthy)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (59)
SB - Eugenio Suarez (2, 2nd base off McCarthy/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
DP - Suarez-Kinsler-Cabrera, Suarez-Kinsler-Cabrera-Kinsler-Romine-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 4-10, Phil Coke 1-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 30, Phil Coke 3
New York (A.L.) Yankees
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Derek Jeter, SS4010020.277.329.334
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3021000.275.339.402
Carlos Beltran, DH2000202.248.307.446
Brian McCann, C4011003.237.292.370
Chase Headley, 1B3010112.235.303.361
Stephen Drew, 2B3000002.179.261.331
Martin Prado, 3B3010002.268.316.365
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3110022.272.322.318
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   Shawn Kelley, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Robertson, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (22, Scherzer)
SF - Jacoby Ellsbury (5)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (50), Brian McCann (46)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (20)
SB - Martin Prado (3, 2nd base off Scherzer/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
E - Martin Prado (15, Throwing)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
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Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 116-81, Matt Thornton 3-3, Adam Warren 12-8, Shawn Kelley 9-6, David Robertson 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 9-1, Matt Thornton 1-0, Adam Warren 2-1, Shawn Kelley 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 25, Matt Thornton 1, Adam Warren 4, Shawn Kelley 3, David Robertson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41603
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Tom Woodring, Third Base - Mark Wegner