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Monday, May 2, 2011
Comerica trends troublesome to Yankees


Comerica Park is not always a friendly place for the Yankees.

The Yankees, who start a series there at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN tonight, are 21-22 all-time at Comerica Park. They hit .195 in four games there last season, losing three of them, though they did win four of six in Detroit over the previous two seasons. Their offensive issues there extend to several notable players.

• Derek Jeter’s .245 regular season batting average at Comerica is his worst at any AL park. He was 1-for-17 there last season (.059 BA) and is 3-for-30 there since the start of 2009.

Yet Jeter is a .330 hitter for his career against the Tigers due to his success against them in other venues.

• Mark Teixeira is 4-for-28 at Comerica Park as a Yankee. His .220 batting average at Comerica is surpassed only by Fenway (.209) for his worst batting average at an AL venue. His .244 career batting average against the Tigers is his worst against any team.

Part of that is due to going 2-for-19 against tonight’s starter, Justin Verlander. But Teixeira did homer off Verlander on Opening Day.

• Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs in his first game as a Yankee at Comerica Park on July 15, 2004. He has one in 19 regular season games and 74 at-bats there since then.

• Robinson Cano has one home run in 21 games there (87 at-bats). Both A-Rod and Cano hit their last homers at Comerica in 2007.

• Jorge Posada has one home run in 32 career games there (108 at-bats). His last regular season homer at Comerica came in 2003.

Rodriguez, Cano and Posada might want to take some tips from Eric Chavez, who hasn't played a game in Comerica since 2006, but has five home runs in 88 career at-bats there.

• Nick Swisher is one player who has shown some pop at Comerica. He had three homers in three games there in 2009, but for his career, he’s just a .200 hitter in 80 at-bats in that ballpark.

• The player who will be the most interesting to watch will be playing his first game as a visitor at Comerica Park. Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson didn’t play there last season, so he’s likely to get a nice ovation tonight.

Granderson, a .261 career hitter at Comerica, knows the one thing about the ballpark is its triple-friendliness. He is Comerica’s all-time triples leader with 30.

The other player who is due for some Comerica power is on the opposite end of the field. Miguel Cabrera has one home run in the small sampling of 44 at-bats at home this season. He's homered seven times in his last eight games against the Yankees, but six of those came in the Bronx.