Tigers go with Game 2 lineup for Game 3

The Detroit Tigers won Game 2 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees with the lineup below. So, manager Jim Leyland is going with it again for Game 3 (* indicates lefthanded hitter):

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Quintin Berry*, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder*, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Andy Dirks*, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila*, C
9. Omar Infante, 2B

This will be the third time Yankees righthander Phil Hughes has faced the Tigers this year at Comerica Park. On June 3 he scattered four hits in a complete-game win; the only run was a home run by Fielder. On August 7 Hughes got hit hard; Detroit had eight hits and four runs, including a Cabrera home run, in 4⅓ innings. Cabrera has homered four times off Hughes in 20 career AB, as well as a pair of doubles (9-for-20 overall).

The June 3 game was a day game; the August 7 game at night, and so you might think that since Tuesday's game is a night game, that might help the Tigers -- except that Hughes had a much better ERA in 2012 night games (3.59 in 21 starts) than in day games (5.59 ERA in 11 starts).

Conclusion: inconclusive. Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers, which could make the result pretty conclusive no matter how well Hughes does.

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