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Yankees vs. Tigers, Game 3 preview

Dustin Moseley (2-2, 4.41) will continue to fill in for the injured Andy Pettitte and square off against the Tigers and Jeremy Bonderman (6-8, 5.16) Wednesday night.

Get Jim Baumbach’s take on Pettitte’s absence here.

Bonderman has pitched decently since returning from an injury-ridden previous season and successfully leaped from reliever to starter this year. He’s fallen into a pattern in which one or two really bad pitches ruin an otherwise solid start. In his last outing Friday against the White Sox in Chicago, two poorly placed fastballs led to a three-run home run and a two-run shot.

Moseley ran into trouble in the fifth inning of his last start, finishing with eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-3 loss to the Royals. He's has three starts of at least six innings since replacing Pettitte.

Detroit ended its first three-game win streak since a five-game run July 5-10. Johnny Damon is 1-fo- 6 in his return to the Bronx, receiving a standing ovation before his first at-bat after spending the previous four seasons with the Yankees.

Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson has conversely gone 4-fo-6 in his first games against his former team. Granderson played his first six seasons with the Tigers.

The Yankees are tied with the Rays for first atop the AL East and a win from Moseley would give the Yankees a good chance of taking the four-game series, as Phil Hughes will take the mound Thursday against the Tigers’ struggling sophomore Rick Porcello.

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