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Tigers rebound for ALCS Game 1 victory over Yankees

Oct 14, 2012, 1:12 AM EDT

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Raul Ibanez provided another dose of postseason heroics for the Yankees on Saturday evening in Game 1 of the ALCS, but it didn’t matter in the end.

The Tigers rallied after Jose Valverde‘s ugly ninth-inning blowup, tacking on two runs in the top of the 12th inning in an eventual 6-4 victory in The Bronx.

Delmon Young finished 3-for-6 with a home run, a double and three RBI, Austin Jackson had a triple, a double and a run scored, and starter Doug Fister tossed 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball as Detroit grabbed a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven clash.

The Yankees not only failed to capitalize on what was a rousing comeback but now face a dire set of circumstances going forward in this series. Derek Jeter is done for the playoffs with a fractured left ankle and Hiroki Kuroda will be pitching on short rest in Game 2. If the Yankees can’t pull out a victory on Sunday evening, they’ll be down two games heading into Detroit, where Justin Verlander will take the ball in Game 3.

Anything can happen — as we’ve seen time and time again in this crazy sport, especially in this particular postseason — but the situation certainly looks pretty grim right now for the fellas in pinstripes.

  1. nothing25 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    And Jeter breaks his ankle!

    • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:20 AM


    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      Loved seeing the Yankees lose. Hated seeing Jeter get hurt. Great ballplayer!! Seems like a good man. Get well soon (been there, done that, didn’t like it)!!

  2. polegojim - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Gutsy, Tough Minded Detroit Win.

    GO TIGERS!!!

    Get well soon Derek.

    Good-Bye MALverde.

  3. drewsylvania - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Sick game.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      and that was only game 1

  4. Brian Donohue - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Great comic relief moment (after watching Jeter get carried off the field) from Det. hero Delmon Young. Clueless Sager or whatever his name is gets the on-field interview with Young and asks: “how did you guys deal with that 9th inning collapse and ugh the emotions oh ah ooh how did you come back???”

    Young responds: “we’re big leaguers, that’s what we’re supposed to do.”

    Dead air as Clueless Sager waits breathlessly for more; Young remains silent. Hilarious.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      Yeah, it was like: Well, we had our big league pants on. Duh.

  5. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    It’s all Swishers fault!

  6. philliesblow - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Tigers need to put Valverde on the Usuk List immediately and activate Viilareal.

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      I’ve been sayin; Valverde’s an usuk. C’mon Derek, y’can’t be h broke, say it aint so….

      • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:08 AM

        Someone’s been drinking.

      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM


  7. vincentbojackson - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Game 2 tomorrow at 4pm. If he’s smart, Leland tells Valverde game is at 8:30.

  8. normcash - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Leyland’s famous loyalty is going to be tested now. It’s obvious that Valverde’s confidence is shot.
    Even if it weren’t, he’s a one-pitch pitcher…and that pitch is a straight medium fastball. You can’t
    keep putting him out there. And let’s not forget Benoit stunk too…he gave up a rocket that
    Jackson made a great play on, a rocket double that Garcia almost caught and a laser one-hopper
    to Infante….the back end of the pen needs to be retooled—-now! Period.

  9. vincentbojackson - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    philliesblow says:

    Tigers need to put Valverde on the Usuk List immediately and activate Viilareal.


    Good idea if that was possible. Postseason roster is set.

  10. passerby23 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Is it just me or has anyone noticed the complete absence of playoff-like atmosphere in Yankee stadium this postseason? It seems like the crowd is not into it at all; nothing to cheer for, like “been there done that”. Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem like playoff baseball in New York this year. It kinda reminds me of the Braves when they had their streak of consecutive playoff appearances. It just became blah after a while – no real excitement anymore.

    • normcash - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      I agree….lots of empty seats, which I assume they sold. But folks stayed home. Yes, it was cold,
      but, hey, it’s the post-season! I think you’re right about the take-it-for-granted attitude of
      the fans there….

    • hojo20 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      How about starting the game a 1pm instead of 8pm. Imagine Dads taking their kids to the game to fill those empty seats. Only 7,328 tickets left on Stubhub for this afternoon’s game.

      • passerby23 - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        8 pm on a Saturday night is a perfectly reasonable time slot. Oh, and it’s the playoffs. It seemed like the entire Baltimore series and especially Game 1 against Detroit, I have never seen such a lifeless atmosphere in Yankee stadium in the playoffs.

  11. normcash - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Based on Leyland’s post-game comments, it looks like Valverde might have lost his job as closer.
    He said it’ll be discussed and he’ll tell folks tomorrow what the decision is. Valverde’s post-game
    interview with John Keating of Fox Sports Detroit suggests he’s in denial. Interesting to hear FSD’s
    Mario Impemba and Rod Allen be pretty vociferous that a change is needed.

  12. crusty14 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    That Craig sager guy is ridiculous! I’ve thought that for years. Honestly , is there no one better than that

  13. leerosenthall - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Valverde should change his name to Valmuerte.

    That was one bizarre game. And I’m not ashamed to say I shed a tear when they helped Jeter off the field. I’m no Yankees fan, but that was heartbreaking. What fun is beating the Yankees sans Jeter?

    Man, Joe Girardi looked like he was just barely keeping it together during that presser. Didn’t his dad die this week?

  14. ragsrus - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Yes, Dans dad die this week. Rough week for him and Jeets.

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