October 02, 2011
Score and situation: The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees with a 5-3 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The Game 2 win tied the ALDS at a game apiece and stripped the Yankees of their homefield advantage as the series heads to Detroit.
Leading lads: Miguel Cabrera(notes) is in his first postseason since winning the 2003 World Series with the Marlins and it looks like he's getting reacquainted just fine. The Tigers first baseman went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI on Sunday. His two-run homer in the first inning and six scoreless innings from starter Max Scherzer(notes) helped put the Tigers in position to withstand a late push from the Yankees lineup.
Headhangers: Alex Rodriguez(notes) and Mark Teixeira(notes) went a combined 0-for-7 from the fourth and fifth lineup spots. Derek Jeter(notes), meanwhile, went 0-for-5, left five men on base and committed a throwing error that started the Tigers' two-run sixth.
Key play: With two runners on and two out in the ninth inning, Detroit closer Jose Valverde(notes) induced Robinson Cano(notes) to ground out to second. The out ended the game and any chance of a full-blown implosion by Valverde, who had given up two runs after coming into the game on a non-save opportunity.
Interesting stat: That Valverde struggled without a save on the line should probably come as no surprise. He owned a 0.55 ERA in save situations in 2011 and a 5.79 mark in non-save appearances.
What they'll be talking about: CC Sabathia(notes) vs. Justin Verlander(notes), Round 1A. After having their duel interrupted by rain on Friday night, the two aces will meet again for Game 3. Though both pitchers will likely get fan pressure to start Thursday's Game 5, one man can win on Monday and put his team in position to make the issue moot on with a series win on Tuesday.
What's next: The series moves to Comerica Park without a travel offday for Monday night's Game 3. Scheduled start time is 8:37 ET.