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Tigers eliminate Yankees, head to ALCS

Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 3:02 am

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
Goat: This was a collective effort by the offense, so we'll just give it to everyone. Cano hit a solo homer and the other run scored was walked in. Otherwise, it was a team effort in leaving guys on base. They had 10 hits and three walks, but only two runs. The worst instance was in the fourth inning, when the Yankees had the bases loaded and one out, yet failed to score. Also, in the bottom of the seventh, they had bases loaded, one out with their cleanup hitter coming up. A run was walked in, sure, but they still only got one run in a situation where they could have easily scored two to four. The game hung in balance in either of those situations and the Yankees simply didn't get the job done.

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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Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:34 pm

Tigers eliminate Yankees, head to ALCS

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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:43 pm

Tigers eliminate Yankees, head to ALCS

      With no moves last year, the Yankees look to make major ones this year, and they will be formidable, and faves for the World Series championship yet again. The Phillies show cracks in the armour and that does not bode well for them this or next year, so anyone out of the American league looks good fer the whole ball of twine. Whatever the Yanks come up with next year, people's only chance will be the at bats plus the age of the Yankees. Crucial at-bats may spell their demise once again, with A-Rod, Jeter and company coming up empty when they happen. The teams at the top are just that close in parity, that those critical at-bats with 1,2 or threee on-base and 1 two or three out will decide the haves and have-nots. Down the stretch run to the playoffs, and in the playoffs...Happens every year since ...well...Ruth and the boys graced the on-deck circle.

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:22 pm

Tigers eliminate Yankees, head to ALCS

i really think the better team won. in a 5 or 7 game series, pitching is the biggest factor, and the Tigers are definitely a better team in that regard.  I couldn't imagine being saddled with A-Rod's contract for another 5 or 6 years....he is 9-50 in his last 2 postseasons.  9-50?  Are you KIDDING?  Enjoy the New York media A-Rod.

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:21 am

Today's officially a Yankee Distractor Holiday!

Folks feel good for several reasons:

  1. CC is an extremely "Fat Toad" today and I am sure Steinbrenner is rolling in his cell in Haiti.
  2. Benoit was worth the Tigers overpaid $$.. He worked Swisher Sweet like a corkscrew..
  3. Dombrowski and Leyland are superior geniuses than Cashman and Girardi.

  4. Suzy and Sterling are both very moist today...they win the awards for being the biggest Arrogant Bastards in MLB broadcasting
  5. A Roid is only 36 and is signed through his 42nd year
  6. The Yanks took on Girardi's  "Tight as a Drum" personality result: K2's with RISP
  7. The Yanks have taken the edge off the Bosox' catastrophe Undecided

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:11 am

Tigers eliminate Yankees, head to ALCS

Congrats to the Tigers for taking out the Yanks in 5! Next stop.....Texas baby and hopefully the World Series!CoolCoolSmile

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:03 am

Tigers eliminate Yankees, head to ALCS

Hitting was great, bullpen was great, starting pitching not so much.  The Yankees do not have the rotation to win the series, Detroit has a better chance to knock off Philly, even Texas has a better rotation.  Red Sox had a bit a chance with a healthy Beckett, but the wheels fell off down the stretch.  Go Tigers!  Do the Central Division proud.  Texas and Philly will find out what the White Sox and Indians already know.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:37 am

Tigers eliminate Yankees, head to ALCS

Fans of baseball can sing tonight! The Yankees lost because they were old, but I have to give the goat nod to captain Joe. He overplayed his hand and by taking out Nova (injury?), they were dust in the wind. Bring in CC was a panic move and now thy sit at home and cry. The Yankees just played a horrible series. They are too old. Look at Tex, A-Roid. OLD! I do feel for those Yankees fans were love their team. They let you down for sure!

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:21 am

Tigers eliminate Yankees, head to ALCS

I couldnt agree with you more the man is by far and away the worst Yankee i ever did see since Ed Whitson.

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