Speaking of hitting, the Tigers have been inconsistent thus far. It seems to be feast or famine.

On Saturday, the Tigers had 17 hits against Yankees' pitching.

Against Sabathia, the Tigers weren't even able to get a runner past second base in seven innings of work by the southpaw.

"He was smart today," said Torii Hunter, who was 2-for-5 in the game. "CC pitched his butt off.

"There's an old saying, good pitching beats good hitting any day. And when you pitch like that, it's hard."

To do what most expected was going to be automatic -- a sweep of the limping Yanks.