Justin Verlander faced a stiff challenge on Monday night against the vaunted New York Yankees lineup. It turns out the Bronx Bombers were no match.
The Detroit Tigers beat the Yanks 7-2, backed by Verlander fanning 14 Yankees in eight innings of work.
The reigning AL Cy Young winner and MVP was almost unhittable all night, hitting triple digits on the radar gun consistently even after throwing 100 pitches. All in all, Verlander only surrendered one walk and eight hits on the evening.
Ivan Nova wasn't nearly as effective for New York. The second-year man was knocked around for his second straight outing, allowing seven runs and 11 hits in just 5.1 innings.
Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera both went deep on Nova, in the second and fourth innings respectively.
Out of the Yankees' eight hits, Eric Chavez collected three while Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano amassed two apiece.
The chief difference in the game was the productivity with runners in scoring position. New York was 3-for-14 while the Tigers were 4-of-7.