C Alex Avila was initially in the starting lineup but was a late scratch. The Tigers said that Avila will be placed on the seven-day DL for concussions and that C Bryan Holaday will be promoted from Triple-A Toledo. Avila was examined in Detroit Thursday night after taking a foul ball off his mask in Thursday's win at Cleveland.
RHP Doug Fister takes a personal four-game winning streak in the opener of Monday's three-game series at Chicago and will look to equal the career high for victories he set two years ago when he went 3-12 for Seattle and 8-1 for Detroit. During Fister's second four-game winning streak of the season and third of his career, he has a 3.22 ERA in eight starts. Fister has allowed two runs or fewer in five straight starts and three took place during Detroit's 12-game winning streak. Fister last pitched in Wednesday's 14-inning win at Cleveland when he allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. Fister is 2-2 with a 5.22 ERA in five regular-season starts against the Yankees. Fister, however, has faced them three times in the postseason. He pitched six scoreless innings in Game One of last year's ALCS and won Game Five of the 2011 ALDS.
C Bryan Holaday was brought up from Triple-A Toledo Aug. 11 to replace C Alex Avila, effective Aug. 12. He's batting .231 with 13 at-bats with the Tigers.
3B Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to nine games and also homered for the fourth time in five games. He has a hit in 40 of 46 career regular-season games against the Yankees and is batting .373 with 18 home runs and 44 RBIs against the Yankees.
RHP Justin Verlander allowed four runs and seven hits over seven innings while striking out nine. He remained winless in five career regular-season starts at the current Yankee Stadium.
C Brayan Pena started for C Alex Avila and came within a triple of the cycle. It was his fifth three-hit game and over his last seven games, Pena is batting .423 (11-for-26) since July 22.