- Wallace Matthews, ESPN Staff Writer
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DETROIT -- One of the most important stretches of the season begins tonight -- provided the weather holds out -- as the Yankees open a three-game series against the Tigers, who they trail by two games in the race for the second AL wild card, at Comerica Park.
Derek Jeter is the DH and Brett Gardner (sore ankle) is on the bench, although he might be available to pinch hit. The forecast calls for rain for much of the evening; the field is covered right now (5:45 p.m.) and there was no on-field BP.
Here's the lineup that will face RHP Rick Porcello:
Martin Prado 2B
Stephen Drew SS
Brandon McCarthy RHP