The rain may have slowed them, but it won’t stop them as the Yankees took two days to beat the Tigers 9-3 to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the American League Division Series.
The big inning for the Yankees came in the 6th inning when they scored six runs, four of them coming off the bat of Robinson Cano who hit a grand slam.
Ivan Nova “started” this game after CC Sabathia pitched the first two innings the night before. Nova was strong as he held the Tigers to just two runs over 6.1 innings.
Be careful reading too much into a lead in the series. The Yankees were up 1-0 over the Tigers in 2006 before they dropped the next three and the series.
Freddy Garcia will pitch Sunday afternoon against Detroit’s Max Scherzer.
We are off to a good start in this series against the Tigers. The rain-out was a blessing, as it neutralized the Tigers' number one weapon, Justin Verlander, presumably limiting the best pitcher in the AL to just one start instead of two. The rain also essentially converted this five-game series into a six-game series, which should play to the Yankees' deeper pitching staff. OK, so maybe we're not thrilled about starting AJ Burnett in game 4, but Porcello is no bowl of cherries for the Tigers either (4.75 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, .292 BAA). Plus, if anything goes wrong for the Tigers, they will have to use Brad Penny as their long man, and then they will be crying into their beer.
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