National audience awaits Yanks, Rocket

National audience awaits Yanks, Rocket

Roger Clemens seeks some revenge against the Tigers on Saturday at Yankee Stadium in front of a national audience on FOX.

The last time The Rocket faced Detroit was last season with the Astros, when he lost, 4-0, despite allowing just three hits and one earned run over 6 1/3 innings.

He will make the Tigers earn any runs they score, as evidenced by the fact that he's walked only two of the last 73 batters he's faced.

Clemens owns a career 22-11 record and 3.95 ERA against the Tigers, and with 995 strikeouts under his belt with the Yankees -- 10th on New York's all-time list -- the veteran right-hander needs just five more for 1,000 in pinstripes. Countering for the Tigers will be Chad Durbin, who in one career start against the Yankees allowed four runs over six innings.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Roger Clemens (4-5, 4.00 ERA)
Clemens returns to the Yankee rotation after serving a five-game suspension for throwing at the Blue Jays' Alex Rios in an Aug. 7 affair at Rogers Centre. The $25 million man has been up and down in his efforts of late, showcasing his still-effective splitter on most occasions but prone to occasional blips.

DET: RHP Chad Durbin (7-5, 4.68 ERA)
Durbin's last effort wasn't a good one. He was the loser in a 7-2 loss to Oakland on Monday, yielding five earned runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He didn't show good command, left his breaking ball up and over the middle of the plate and didn't seem to adjust throughout the course of the game.

Player to watch
Detroit slugger Gary Sheffield has ripped Clemens' pitches in the past, owning a career .533 batting average against The Rocket with one double and two RBIs in 15 at-bats.

 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 10-5, 4.65) at Yanks (Chien-Ming Wang, 13-6, 4.09), 1:05 p.m. ET • Monday: Yanks (Phil Hughes, 2-1, 4.44) at Angels (Dustin Moseley, 4-2, 4.84), 10:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Yanks (Mike Mussina, 8-8, 4.76) at Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 13-6, 2.68), 10:05 p.m. ET

Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.