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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH

BOSTON -- Now all the Yankees have to worry about is facing the past three American League Cy Young Award winners over the next three nights.

Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, the 2013 winner, on Monday.

Left-hander David Price, the 2012 winner making his Tigers debut, on Tuesday.

Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who won it in 2011, on Wednesday.

Oh, and then there's Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello (13-5) on Thursday.

However, the Yankees, whose bats have struggled all year, come into the series on a bit of an offensive roll.

They scored 14 runs in their last two games -- both wins -- in Boston, including an 8-7, come-from-behind win over the Red Sox on Sunday night.

"Hopefully we can take this momentum home with us this week against the Tigers and get on a little roll and maybe get a little winning streak going," left fielder Brett Gardner said after his fifth homer on a six-game road trip proved to be the winner Sunday.

The win lifted the Yankees to 57-53 on the season, five games off the American League East lead but just 1 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot.


MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 57-53

STREAK: Won two

NEXT: Tigers (RHP Max Scherzer, 13-3, 3.27 ERA) at Yankees (RHP Brandon McCarthy, 3-0, 2.55 ERA)


--RHP David Phelps lasted just two innings at Fenway Park on Sunday night, allowing five runs on six hits and also getting a couple of loud outs. He took his second consecutive loss after going 4-0 with four no-decisions in his previous eight starts. Officially, he was removed because of inflammation in his right elbow, but he said after the game he was lifted for poor performance. He did, however, have an MRI after his July 18 start.

--CF Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-5 with a strikeout, a double play and a couple of loud outs against his old team Sunday night. Hearing boos every time up, he went 1-for-13 in the series, 0-for-10 in the last two games. He is 6-for-27 (.222) in six games at Fenway Park this season.