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Tigers Blank Yankees 3-0

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Anibal Sanchez gets out of a jam vs. the N.Y. Yankees Sunday. (Getty Images/Alex Trautwig)

Anibal Sanchez gets out of a jam vs. the N.Y. Yankees Sunday. (Getty Images/Alex Trautwig)

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NEW YORK (97.1 THE TICKET/AP) – The Detroit Tigers take a firm lead into the ninth and hold on to beat the New York Yankees 3-0 on Sunday and take a two-game lead in the best of seven AL championship series.

Anibal Sanchez shut down a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter, and the Detroit Tigers capitalized on a questionable call to aid in the win.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda pitched perfect ball into the sixth inning. But the slumping New York hitters looked lost a day after their captain broke his ankle in the 12th inning of a 6-4 loss.

Making his second postseason start, Sanchez pitched three-hit ball deep into the game to make Tigers manager Jim Leyland’s handling of a bullpen without struggling closer Jose Valverde a lot easier.
The Tigers scored twice in the eighth after second base umpire Jeff Nelson missed a call at second base.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Detroit, with reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander starting for the Tigers.

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