No matter the caliber of their opponent, the Detroit Tigers continue to roll at home.
The Tigers look to extend their winning streak at Comerica Park to 10 games Tuesday night against the New York Yankees.
Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts while Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera each homered Monday to help Detroit (59-50) to a fifth consecutive win overall, 7-2 over New York. The Tigers have hit .310 and averaged 6.3 runs while winning 15 of 16 at home.
Detroit has not won 10 straight at Comerica Park since June 15-July 15, 2006.
Fielder is 10 for 17 with two doubles, three homers and eight RBIs while the Tigers have gone 5-0 in August. He went 0 for 12 in the final four games of July, a 1-3 stretch for Detroit.
The slugging first baseman has also gone 8 for 24 with three home runs and six RBIs in seven games versus AL East-leading New York (63-45) in 2012.
Cabrera is 8 for 22 with three homers and seven RBIs in the last five contests overall, and he has 30 RBIs in his past 30 games to take the major league lead with 92.
Including postseason, Cabrera is 7 for 19 with three homers against scheduled New York starter Phil Hughes (11-8, 3.96 ERA), but the right-hander has allowed one run over 22 innings and struck out 22 while winning his last three starts in Detroit.
He gave up a homer to Fielder there June 3, but yielded only three other hits in a complete-game 5-1 win over Verlander and the Tigers.
Hughes, 4-2 with a 2.39 ERA in his last seven starts overall, won his second straight outing Wednesday, allowing just one run despite nine hits in six innings of a 12-3 victory over Baltimore.
"I didn't pitch well at all," Hughes said. "Didn't have good stuff. Didn't have good location. Was just trying to bear down and get some outs when I really needed them."
The Tigers hope Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.65) can continue his recent regular-season home success against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Though the right-hander allowed four runs in six innings of a 10-1 home loss to New York in Game 4 of last year's AL division series, Porcello is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three regular-season outings against the Yankees at Comerica Park. He gave up a run in six innings of a 4-3 victory June 2.
Porcello pitched into the ninth inning of a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in his last home start July 21, but he allowed nine runs in 11 2-3 innings over two starts during the Tigers' recent road trip. He surrendered four in 5 2-3 innings Wednesday but earned a 7-5 win at Boston.
New York's Robinson Cano is 6 for 15 versus Porcello but Derek Jeter is 1 for 15 against him. The Yankees' middle infielders combined for four hits and two RBIs Monday, but New York lost for the sixth time in nine games.
Cano is batting .348 in his last 16 road games.
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