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ALDS Game 2: Tigers at Yankees

Oct 2, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Co. trounced the Tigers in Game 1 last night.

So much for the idea that the Tigers would most benefit from Friday night's rainout in the Bronx because of their deeper rotation. While Yankees starter Ivan Nova dominated last night in the resumption of Game 1, Doug Fister was shellacked by New York's potent lineup, leading to a 9-3 pounding and a 1-0 series lead.

Now, with word from Joe Girardi that CC Sabathia will come back to start Game 3 tomorrow in Detroit, it's the Tigers who are feeling pressure to do something today in Game 2 and ensure the series is tied back up. (FYI: Justin Verlander also will come back tomorrow.) Jim Leyland will send Max Scherzer to the mound today, hoping the young right-hander can harness his stuff and shut down the Yankees. Scherzer struggled down the stretch, posting a 6.32 ERA over his last three starts.

Freddy Garcia, meanwhile, gets the nod for New York, and he too labored to record outs late this season. In four September starts, his ERA was a hefty 7.36.

AL DIVISION SERIES – GAME 2
DETROIT TIGERS at NEW YORK YANKEES
Where: Yankee Stadium
Gametime: 3:07 p.m.
TV: TNT
Radio: XM 178
Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 9 mph RF to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
TIGERS
CF Austin Jackson
RF Magglio Ordonez
LF Delmon Young
1B Miguel Cabrera

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  1. natsfan1a - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Let's go, Tigers! (clap-clap clap-clap-clap)

  2. natsfan1a - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    And was Austin Jackson ever known as "Action Jackson"? Just curious.

  3. baseballswami - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Debating on whether or not I can stomach watching the Yankees. OTOH – it is baseball and I am hopeful that the Tigers can beat them today. Yanks definitely dodged a bullet not having to face Verlander for a whole game. 2 more games today – have you noticed how much easier it is to watch other people's teams? My heart rate barely rises, even when bases are loaded. With the Nats I am up and down on every pitch.

  4. natsfan1a - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    True, swami. It's easier when I don't much care about the teams in question.

  5. MicheleS - Oct 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    1aIn previous post you mentioned new article on FP and Carp.Can you put in the link?

  6. Dawn - Oct 2, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Being a Tigers/Nationals fan, my stress level has been on a roller-coaster all year. Have World Series tickets hanging in the balance, cross your fingers for me. Well, can't imagine there are too many of you that would be rooting for the Bombers anyway. Was at WS Game 2 in 06'(my 50th birthday present) only game the Tigers won (pinetar incident and all), awesome!

  7. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 2, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Side note for those of us with ADD….Rex Grossman = Doug Slaten

  8. Mark'd - Oct 2, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    NatsJack, yes both are loogies!

  9. sjm308 - Oct 2, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Swami:I am so with you on the Yankees but it is extremely sweet 1. when they lose 2. when they lose at home 3. When they get eliminatedOne huge payroll didn't even make the playoffs, now we need the 200 million payroll to fold.Go Tigers! Go anyone playing the Yankees

  10. Anonymous - Oct 2, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Wow – the Markmeister is posting like crazy – new post for the next game.

  11. FS - can breathe normal again - Oct 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    WOW talk about a lucky break for Yanks in bottom of the ninth. Avila slipped in foul territory and Jose followed that with Grandy's walk. Good thing Cano just grounded out to 2nd, otherwise we might have seen NY go up 2-0.

  12. natsfan1a - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    MicheleS, here's an earlier Tracee Hamilton piece . I may have to dig some to find the other piece, which was in the dead-tree edition, on the site.

  13. natsfan1a - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    That was a crazy game. I found it strangely compelling, perhaps because the Yanks were losing, but then there was the whole no-no aspect as well, as well as the skies opening whenever the home team rallied. Perhaps whenever the Yanks rally, it makes the baseball g*ds weep? :-)

  14. natsfan1a - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Oh, and fingers crossed for you, Dawn. I remember that game, and the pine tar incident (I rooted for the Tigers that postseason, too).

  15. natsfan1a - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Okay, here's a link to a PDF of the other Santangelo piece on the Post site.

  16. Dawn - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Thanks natsfan1a; One down (Papa Grande likes suspense), back to MoTown with Verlander on the mound. On another note thanks for the link regarding F.P., he's a keeper.

  17. natsfan1a - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    You're welcome, Dawn!

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W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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