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Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a first inning pitch while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on April 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a first inning pitch while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on April 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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By LARRY LAGE/AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) – CC Sabathia pitched seven scoreless innings and Jayson Nix homered off Justin Verlander in the three-run second, lifting the New York Yankees to a 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

The Yankees (2-4) avoided a sweep and dropping to their worst six-game record since starting the 1989 season 1-7.

New York’s ace had a lot to do with helping his team get the much-needed win.

Sabathia (1-1) gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four in 114 pitches, bouncing back from a dreadful opening-day start.

Verlander (1-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks.

The Yankees got all the run support they needed in the second inning when Francisco Cervelli hit an RBI double and Nix followed with a two-run, two-out homer to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Yankees reliever David Robertson entered the game in the eighth and got out of a two-on, one-out jam by getting Victor Martinez to hit a fly to shallow center and Matt Tuiasosopo to strike out. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth, drawing some cheers after he was honored in a pregame ceremony for his planned retirement. Rivera gave up two hits and ended the game by striking out Torii Hunter.

The Yankees got all the run support they needed in the second inning when Francisco Cervelli hit an RBI double and Nix followed with a two-run, two-out homer to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Phil Coke replaced Verlander with one out and nobody on base in the seventh, and let the Yankees score two more runs – on Ichiro Suzuki’s sacrifice fly and Cervelli’s single – for a five-run cushion. Kevin Youkilis made it 7-0 with a two-run single off Octavio Dotel.

After losing the first two games in Detroit by a combined score of 16-7, the Yankees put a strong performance together at the plate on the mound and in the field.

New York has opened the season by winning two series finales to avoid being swept. The Tigers are off to a 3-3 start.

Detroit had won six straight against the Yankees, including sweeping them in last year’s AL championship series.

The Tigers advanced to the World Series by roughing up Sabathia in Game 4, scoring six runs – five earned – and getting 11 hits off him in just 3 2-3 innings. His first start this year wasn’t much better. Sabathia gave up four runs and eight hits over five innings in a season-opening, 8-2 loss to Boston.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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