(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees will once again be without star third baseman Alex Rodriguez this evening when they continue their four-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez left Monday's tilt with a lower leg injury and an MRI on Tuesday revealed a low level calf strain that could keep him out the rest of the week.
"I've never had a calf injury," Rodriguez said. "But the doc says it's good news. It's day to day, and we'll just go from there."
The Yankees did not skip a beat without the three-time American League Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, as CC Sabathia struck out nine over seven strong innings to pick up his American League-leading 16th win, helping New York to a 6-2 win.
Robinson Cano and former Tiger Curtis Granderson each hit a solo homer for the Yankees, who had scored a total of one run over their last two games, both defeats.
Sabathia (16-5) allowed five hits and two runs, while walking three batters. The powerful southpaw won his third straight start as the Yankees remained tied with Tampa Bay for first place in the AL East. The Rays pounded Texas on Tuesday.
Justin Verlander (13-8) was charged with five hits and three runs over five innings and lost for the third time in his last four decisions.
Heading to the hill for the Yankees tonight will be righty Dustin Moseley, who is 2-2 with a 4.41 ERA. Moseley absorbed the loss on Friday in Kansas City, as the Royals reached him for four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 frames.
Moseley has faced the Tigers five times (two starts) and is 1-0 against them with a 4.85 ERA.
Detroit, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Jeremy Bonderman, who has lost his last two starts. Bonderman's latest setback came on Friday in Chicago, as the White Sox pounded him for six runs and seven hits in six innings, dropping him to 6-8 to go along with a 5.16 ERA.
Bonderman lost to the Yanks back on May 12 and is just 3-8 in 13 games (12 starts) against them with a 5.29 ERA.
Detroit has won four of its six meetings with the Yankees this season.