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Instant Reaction: Yankees 9, Tigers 3

Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:32 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 12:53 am
By Matt Snyder

New York 9, Tigers 3

WP: Ivan Nova

LP: Doug Fister

HR: Delmon Young, Robinson Cano

Series: Yankees lead 1-0

Hero: Robinson Cano got the scoring started -- at least during the Saturday portion of the game -- with an RBI double in the fifth. He then put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the sixth, making the score 8-1. He then added another RBI double for good measure. Cano was actually just a few inches from having two home runs and seven RBI in the game. He'll settle for 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI (which tied the all-time Yankees postseason record for RBI in a single game). Give Nova lots of credit for his outing -- at least the first six innings of it -- but Cano was the star Saturday night.

Goat: You can place blame any number of places here. Fister completely fell apart after a great start, the offense didn't really get much going, getting Alex Avila thrown out at home took away the chance for a big inning in the fifth and Jim Leyland elected to use right-handed Al Alburquerque against left-hander Cano. Let's immediately absolve Leyland, because Cano's line against righties (.296/.347/.537) isn't too different than his line against lefties (.314/.354/.525). He hits everyone and Alburquerque had been great all season, so there's no way to blame Leyland for the move. The biggest problem for Detroit was how quickly Fister's outing went south. He balked runners to second and third in his first inning, but worked out of it and then settled in. He just didn't settle in long enough. Getting 4 2/3 innings with seven hits and six earned runs wasn't exactly what the Tigers needed out of Fister to win this game.

Next: 10/2 at New York, 3:07 p.m. ET on TNT. Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43) vs. Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62)

More postseason coverage: Postseason schedule | Yankees-Tigers series2011 playoffs

Video: Cano discusses his six-RBI night.

Video: Leyland on the Game 1 loss.

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