Rapid Reaction: Yankees 2, Tigers 1

August, 4, 2014
Aug 4
10:40
PM ET
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are the first team ever to face the past three Cy Young award winners on three consecutive days, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. Well, one down and two to go.

Facing Max Scherzer on Monday, Brandon McCarthy outpitched the 2013 AL Cy Young winner.

McCarthy was helped by Matt Thornton, Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley and David Robertson.

Game back: The Yankees are now a game back of the Blue Jays for the American League's second wild card.

Big Mc: McCarthy stood toe-to-toe with Scherzer, going 5⅔ innings and allowing only one unearned run. He struck out eight and walked just two. He did throw a lot of pitches, 116 in all.

McCarthy's ERA in his past seven starts is 2.09. He is looking like a steal for Brian Cashman and his lieutenants.

What a catch! If you didn't see Ezequiel Carrera's third-inning diving catch, watch it here.

It may be the best catch I have ever seen in person and one of the greatest in any category. With the bases juiced in the third, the Yankees got on the board when Jacoby Ellsbury smashed a ball to deep center. Carrera raced back into left-center, fully spread his body parallel to the ground and extended his right glove hand to cradle the ball in the bottom of his glove as he landed on the warning track.

How good was the catch? When they showed it on the big board here, it got a nice ovation and I don't believe it was just from the Tigers' fans here. Seriously, check it out.

Up early: The Yankees put up two runs in the third. First on Ellsbury's sac fly and then on Brian McCann's RBI single. That's all Scherzer gave up.

Bad Brett: The reigning AL Player of the Week, Brett Gardner, messed up in the fourth and he was the first to know it.

With two outs and a man on second, Gardner singled to right, thinking Martin Prado would try to score. With Torii Hunter in right, third-base coach Rob Thomsen held Prado. Gardner made the wide turn at first and the Tigers simply cut it off and nailed him. Gardner slammed his helmet in disgust.

On deck: Next Cy Young winner up: Former Tampa Ray David Price (11-8, 3.11 ERA). Price will be opposed by Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.98 ERA).
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146