By Matt Snyder
Hero: Doug Fister needed to step up for the Tigers with ace Justin Verlander unavailable and he gave the Tigers five strong innings. It wasn't an elite performance by any stretch, but he held down a powerful Yankees offense, only allowing one run -- a Robinson Cano solo homer. The Tigers acquired Fister in a late-July trade and he proved a solid No. 2 starter down the stretch. He did so again Thursday night. This was definitely a team effort, as several Tigers were worthy of consideration. Fister gets the nod by a nose.
|Tigers 3, Yankees 2|
Turning point: Don Kelly and Delmon Young hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning and the Tigers had a lead before the Yankees ever batted. They would never relinquish the lead. So if there was any feeling the Yankees had the advantage as they headed home, it was out the window within three batters.
It was over when ... Tigers closer Jose Valverde struck out Alex Rodriguez to end the game. This thing was in doubt the entire game until the final out was secured.
Next: The Yankees' season is over. The Tigers will head to Texas to square off against the Rangers, where a Verlander vs. C.J. Wilson matchup in Game 1 of the ALCS awaits.
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