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Verlander gets nod at Yankee Stadium

( - The Detroit Tigers send their third straight former American League Cy Young Award winner to the hill on Wednesday when they continue a four-game series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

After Max Scherzer was outdueled by five New York pitchers Monday, the newly acquired David Price took a no-decision after an 8 2/3-inning, 10-strikeout performance Tuesday night.

Tonight, it'll be Justin Verlander getting the call for the Tigers, as he tries to string back-to-back wins together. Verlander beat the Colorado Rockies on Friday, limiting them to a pair of runs in eight innings. He also struck out five batters without allowing a walk and improved to 10-9 to go along with a 4.66 ERA.

He's allowed more than four runs in a start only once since the middle of June.

"I think pitching is constant tinkering," Verlander said. "You're always working on things. This year, I made more drastic adjustments than I would have liked, but I feel like I'm heading in the right direction and will continue working on what I've been working on, and go out there and continue to pitch the way I did (against the Rockies).

Verlander is 5-5 lifetime versus the Yankees with a 3.84 ERA in 15 starts.

Detroit evened this series at a game apiece on Tuesday, as Alex Avila's solo home run in the top of the 12th inning put the Tigers ahead for good in a 4-3 come-from-behind win.

Avila, who earlier came through with an RBI single that tied the contest in the seventh inning, belted an offering from Matt Daley (0-1) into the bleachers in right center to make Price's first outing as a Tiger a victorious one.

Price made a strong initial impression, however, allowing three runs in 8 2/3 innings. Two of the eight hits the former Tampa Bay ace surrendered were solo homers by Brian McCann and Martin Prado.

"He really did a fantastic job," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Price. "He gave us a chance to win, unfortunately we didn't get him the win but we did get the win."

Prado and Jacoby Ellsbury each finished 2-for-5 with an RBI for New York, which had a three-game winning streak halted. Hiroki Kuroda matched Price through the first seven innings, yielding three runs on six hits.

"We fought them for 12 innings," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a tough loss, but we'll bounce back."

On Wednesday New York will turn to veteran lefty Chris Capuano, who will be making his third start for the Yankees. Capuano absorbed the loss on Friday versus his former team, the Boston Red Sox, who reached him for four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 frames, dropping him to 1-2 on the year with a 4.50 ERA.

Capuano is 2-0 in four games (2 starts) against the Tigers with a 6.43 ERA.

Detroit split six matchups with the Yankees last season.

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