Score of the Detroit Tigers at the New York Yankees: Time, TV channel

Detroit Tigers (18-13) vs. New York Yankees (20-13)

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Yankee Stadium in New York.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit.

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1). (Tigers Radio Affiliate).

Likely throwers: Tigers RHP Reese Olson (0-4, 3.18 ERA) vs. Yankees RHP Marcus Stroman (2-1, 3.69 ERA).

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Game notes: It's another duel of wild card contenders as the Tigers – who own third place in the American League thanks to Boston's loss to San Francisco on Thursday – visit the Yankees – who are in top spot after three of four losses to the AL East We fell behind in the World Cup place. leads Baltimore this week – for a three-game set.

The Yanks are off to a strong start (aside from their struggles with the O's), thanks to a rotation whose ERA (3.25) ranked fourth in the AL on Thursday. Today's starter, 10-year veteran Marcus Stroman — who signed a two-year, $37 million contract over the winter — was arguably New York's least effective starter. The 3.69 ERA is solid, but he had his struggles both in the zone – 30 hits, including five home runs, in 31⅔ innings – and outside of it (15 walks and two hit-by-pitches), for a WHIP of 1.421 , so 42nd among the 46 American Leaguers who qualified for the ERA title. He carries a career ERA of 3.25 against the Tigers entering tonight… but he hasn't played against the Old English “D” since 2019.

The Tigers, meanwhile, will put Reese Olson on the mound; The second-year starter has a sterling 3.18 rating, which would put him in the AL's top 20 if he had enough innings to qualify for the rankings (which he should do after tonight's start). He did it by limiting opposing batters' big hits; Of his 26 safeties allowed in 28⅓ innings, only six were for extra bases and none were for home runs. Olson is coming off one of the best games of his career, holding the Royals to three hits over seven innings and posting eight strikeouts on April 26.

The Yankees offense he faces is a far cry from the Bronx Bombers of old, but they can do some damage, averaging 4.75 runs per game, fifth in the AL, and 40 home runs , which is good for second place. That's despite the fact that there are only two players with OPS numbers above .800: Alex Verdugo (.805) … and Juan Soto (1,030 after his 2-for-4 performance, which included a three-pointer on Thursday). Soto, in his final year before free agency, demonstrated the blend of power—six doubles and eight home runs—and patience—MLB-high 26 walks in 148 plate appearances—that earned him the sport's second-highest contract (or No. 1 , if you don't count the deferred money Shohei Ohtani will receive from the Dodgers this winter.

The Tigers' offense, meanwhile, is the little engine that could, with a 4.10 run average that's in the bottom half of the league, although close to the AL average (4.21). They have two hitters with OPS numbers above .800: Mark Canha (.888) and Riley Greene (.906) – Greene isn't far behind Soto with seven home runs and 23 walks in 133 plate appearances.

After today's series opener, the Tigers and Yankees meet again in the Bronx for a Saturday matinee with Casey Mize on the mound for the Tigers and then on Sunday with Tarik Skubal looking to further his Cy Young candidacy.

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