Detroit Tigers Fend off New York Yankees to Even up ALDS

The Detroit Tigers held off the New York Yankees to tie up their American League Division Series on Sunday with a 5-3 win at Yankee Stadium, and are very much looking forward to heading back home to Detroit Monday night.

AL Batting Champion Miguel Cabrera smoked a two-run homer off Yankees starter Freddy Garcia in the first to give Max Scherzer an early lead before adding another RBI in the sixth along with Victor Martinez to make it 4-0. Scherzer actually pitched no-hit ball into the sixth before the Cano blooped one the opposite way into left field, but we totally forgave him for that.

About the time it started to rain again, Curtis Granderson hit a solo shot in the eighth off Joaquin Benoit, but Don Kelly answered with a home run of his own in the top of the ninth to bring the score to 5-1.

Things got a little crazy in the bottom of the ninth when Nick Swisher went yard and Andruw Jones added a sacrifice fly to bring the Yankees within two.  Tigers closer Jose Valverde then walked Granderson to put runners on first and second, but quickly recovered to retire the hot-hitting Cano and cap Detroit's victory to bring the series to Motor City for Game 3 Monday at 8:30pm ET on TBS.

CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander will get another shot at actually pitching, after their attempted Game 1 starts were cut short due to stupid rain on Friday.

Earlier on in the day, the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays will meet for their ALDS Game 3 at 4pm ET in St. Petersburg. This series is also tied at one a-piece with Colby Lewis getting the ball for the Rangers. The Rays will look to David Price, who lost to Texas not once, but twice, in last year's playoffs.


Jacob said...

That game did get a little crazy in the ninth. Valverde is always dependable, but he almost gave me a heart attack last night!

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