Game 130: Yankees (68-61) @ Tigers (70-59)

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:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Jeter DH

Brian McCann C

Mark Teixeira 1B

Carlos Beltran RF

Martin Prado 2B

Stephen Drew SS

Chase Headley 3B

Ichiro Suzuki LF

Brandon McCarthy RHP