The Detroit Tigers eliminated the New York Yankees in the opening round of the playoffs last fall.
Justin Verlander was responsible for one of those victories, but he hasn't been nearly as effective in the Bronx.
The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner looks to win a third straight start with his first victory at New York in almost five years Friday night when the Tigers and Yankees open this three-game series.
Detroit (10-9) beat New York (10-8) in five games in the AL divisional series before being eliminated in six by Texas in the championship series.
Verlander (2-1, 1.72 ERA) earned one of those victories against the Yankees, yielding four runs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings of a 5-4 win in Game 3. That performance, however, came at home and the right-hander is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA in four starts at Yankee Stadium since getting his only career win in New York on Aug. 16. 2007.
Rain interrupted his last appearance in the Bronx, as he exited after the opening inning of Ga...