DETROIT (97.1 THE TICKET/AP) – Delmon Young pounded a solo homer in the fourth and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night and take a three game lead in the best of seven AL championship series.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – Verlander helped keep the Tigers scoreless until the lead-off batter in the ninth, Eduardo Nunez, hit a solo shot to left field.
Phil Coke gave up consecutive singles with two outs in the ninth before striking out postseason star Raul Ibanez for his second save in two games.
Verlander allowed only a pair of singles by Ichiro Suzuki and a leadoff homer by Eduardo Nunez in the ninth.
Young hit a solo home run for the Tigers, and Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes was lifted in the fourth because of a stiff back, and manager Joe Girardi’s lineup shuffle – Alex Rodriguez was benched again – failed to snap New York out of its untimely hitting funk.
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