On Tuesday, Adrian Beltre's remarkable three home run performance carried the Texas Rangers to the ALCS for the second season in a row.
Tonight, the Tigers and Yankees will tangle in the Bronx to decide who will play the Rangers for the American League pennant.
Ivan Nova will take the ball for the Yankees, who roared to a 10-1 triumph in the fourth game to tie up this ALDS at two games a piece. The Tigers will attempt to rebound behind Doug Fister, who was the losing pitcher in the opener. First pitch at Yankee Stadium is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.
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|@ Justin_Stangel : SPOILER ALERT: Tigers win|
|@ SI_CoryMC : ... and now Leyland gets to look like a genius for having a very fresh Justin Verlander ready for Game 1 of the ALCS. #Tigers|
|@ STATS_MLB : #Yankees' Rodriguez struck out 6 times while going 2 for 18 (.111) in this ALDS vs #Tigers. He has a .180 avg w 12 Ks in last 2 #postseason|
|@ JimSmith68 : Papa Grande goes Venti on the Yanks and the Tigers win!!! It is going to be a great October!!! #GoTigers|
|@ GregJohnsMLB : There it is. Doug Fister is winning pitcher as Tigers knock out the Yankees. Great game start to finish.|
|@ ArashMarkazi : The Yankees season ends with A-Rod striking out. #perfect|
A-Rod makes the last out, Valverde has another save. Road uniforms celebrating on Yankee Stadium field.
A-Rod watches that, too. Count is 1-2.
He takes two called strikes. One last strike remaining for Yankees.
A-Rod is the Yankees' last chance. He's 0-3 with K when they were loaded.
Cano swings, breaks his bat and it's an out to Jackson in center. Here comes A-Rod.
At the very worst, he can't beat you here if you're the Tigers.
Raburn gets under it easily in left. One down. Two outs left for Yankees to come up with a run.
Everything has been middle or away so far.
No blown saves in postseason at all and none during season by Valverde. I think he's due.
Swinging on the first pitch and he fouls it off. Granderson vs. Valverde.
|@ StevePopper : Valverde in. Granderson, Cano, A-Rod. And Jim Leyland's insurance isn't going to cover this. #Yankees #Tigers.|
Rivera needs five pitches -- all strikes -- to get through inning. Jeez.
Rivera gets Peralta one a pitch.
|@ 206Child : I could have sworn Jeter hit that one out w the short porch. Wow. This game is unreal.|
Protecting a deficit. Avila swings at first pitch, bounces it off first base bag. But Tex is right there. One down.
Back.. Back.. and Kelly catches it in front of the wall. Fans listening on radio may think Yankees are winning if Sterling's call is anything like his deep fly outs usually are..
Benoit coming at Gardner with heat. Down 1-2, he slaps a FB to left.
|@ StevePopper : I don't endorse it, but I do understand tonight why Jim Leyland smokes. #Yankees #Tigers|
Or worst playoff crowd ever? Barely any noise tonight. Arizona fans wondering if volume on their TVs are busted.
Benoit puts a nice slider down the middle. Martin was not expecting that. Two down and none on for Gardner.
He's lost the zone high against Martin to let the count run full.
Definitely seems much more at ease this frame. Wonder how much of last innings trouble was bandaid related and how much was Benoit-related.