Yankees hope to feast on young Tigers

The New York Yankees established a franchise record for home runs in a season over the weekend.

A three-game series at Detroit should enhance their chances of catching the Minnesota Twins for the most homers this season.

Both teams have already surpassed the major league single-season record of 267 long balls, set by last year's Bronx Bombers. This year's Yankees now have 270 after hitting two in a 5-0 win at Boston on Monday night.

They had three on Sunday when they surpassed their previous record.

"When you are facing our offense, I want you to feel it," New York manager Aaron Boone said.

Minnesota enters Tuesday's action with 275 homers.

Tigers pitchers have allowed 221 long balls this season, seventh most in the majors. Detroit hit the 100-loss mark on Sunday and the Yankees should be able to feast on its tattered staff.

"I didn't know we broke the record again," said Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, who hit his 35th homer of the season on Sunday. "All of the guys hit pretty well. We've got the same plan, to attack early, and when we hit homers we're great. We'll just try to continue that and try to win most of the games."

The Yankees experienced an injury setback on Sunday night at Fenway Park. Outfielder Mike Tauchman (13 home runs, 47 RBI in 87 games) is out for the remainder of the regular season due to a calf strain.

The Yankees had not listed a starting pitcher for Tuesday's game as of late Monday night.

The Tigers will go with journeyman right-hander Edwin Jackson (3-9, 9.16 ERA), who turned 36 on Monday. Pitching for Toronto in June, Jackson gave up six runs (two earned) in 3 1/3 innings to the Yankees, including a pair of long balls.

Inserted into the Tigers' rotation last month in his 17th season, Jackson has lost his past four starts. He's given up 23 runs (20 earned) in 17 1/3 innings during that span while walking 10 batters. In his latest outing, he allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings at Kansas City on Wednesday.

Jackson is 2-8 with a 5.22 ERA in 22 career outings (14 starts) against the Yankees.

Utilizing lineups filled with players who spent a good portion of the season in the minors, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire knew wins would be scarce after the All-Star break.

"No one wants to lose 100 ballgames," Gardenhire told reporters. "But when you're with a young ball team like this, I understand this. We've had some really bad streaks, and that's how you wind up losing 100. We've had too many of those bad streaks. But if you look at our team out there, there are a lot of rookies, a lot of young people playing and a lot of injuries to our pitchers."

The Tigers were held to two hits in a 3-1 loss at Oakland on Sunday.

"We don't try to use any excuses; people have to step up," Gardenhire said. "As long as they are playing the game like they are playing and trying hard and giving everything they have, then you know what? The 100 losses mean nothing to me. I know that these guys give a flip, they are trying, and that's all I can ask for as a manager."

--Field Level Media
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