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Justin Verlander cruises, Tigers top Yanks in ALCS Game 3

Oct 16, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

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The Tigers are one win away from the World Series.

Justin Verlander allowed just one run over 8 1/3 innings and Delmon Young homered as the Tigers rolled to a 2-1 defeat of the Yankees on Tuesday at Comerica Park, pushing their ALCS lead to 3-0.

Verlander finished with only three strikeouts, but he issued no walks and surrendered just three hits while hitting 99 mph with ease near the back end of his 132-pitch count. Only Ichiro Suzuki and Eduardo Nunez managed to reach base against him. Nunez hit a solo shot in the ninth. Ichiro tallied two singles.

Verlander has struggled in past postseasons (2006 and 2011), but he’s quickly making that a distant memory this October. The 29-year-old right-hander boasts a sparkling 0.74 ERA, a 0.62 WHIP and 25 strikeouts through 24 1/3 innings (three starts) in these playoffs. He has walked just five batters.

The Yankees will try to get in the win column in this best-of-seven series on Wednesday night when ace left-hander CC Sabathia squares off against Max Scherzer in Game 4. The Tigers will be seeking the sweep.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Feels good seeing them up 3-0
    Real Good

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 17, 2012 at 2:51 AM

      Please pick the response that best describes your feelings.
      Seeing the Yankees down 3-0 in the ALCS is:
      A) Not at all painful
      B) Better than winning a free bottle of Gatorade
      C) Winning a new car might feel better, but it would depend on what kind of car
      D) Really, really, really good
      E) Pretty much all of the above
      Thanks for participating. Enjoy Game 4 (hopefully).

  2. beefytrout - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Pulling for the Tigers all the way this year.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Broom Time!! JV was awesome!

  4. historiophiliac - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!

  5. weaselpuppy - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    The Girardi whinefest is on TV….let’s see him blame the rain….#MilliGirardi

  6. raysfan1 - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Well, the Yankees do know a comeback from 0-3 is possible, right? Very, very unlikely though!

  7. thebadguyswon - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Sweep the bastards.

  8. andrewproughcfe - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Yankees faithful, nine months ago: “Ah, who the hell needs beat up old Jorge Posada….”

    Today: “Oh Crap!!”

  9. philliesblow - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    I’ve got tickets in the LF stands for tomorrow”s game. I will personally jump in the bullpen and tackle Valverde if he picks up a baseball.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      Thanks man.

  10. jason9696 - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    These Yankees are the best team money can buy?

  11. kiopta1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Tigers…Nuff said.

  12. foreverchipper10 - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Sweep the leg!….er, series!

  13. richwizl - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I’m from Boston, rooting for The Tigs, but, I have to say That The Yankees have impressed the hell out of me with their ability to remain cool, calm and collected amidst such a variety of adverse conditions. There is no childish acting-out, smashing coolers or whining of any kind; in fact, they have shown no signs of quitting and almost pulled off a huge comeback last night. Had Ibanez gotten a hit vs Coke, I don’t think there would be all this smack talk here right now and Tigers fans would be worrying about facing CC today. Apparently, it’s not to be for NY this year, but they have earned my respect in a way they have never done before. Detroit has spent a ton of money to get big stars and it is paying off for them, although I fear their lack of a strong Closer may be their demise in the WS.

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