(WXYZ) - The Tigers came home with a 2 game lead in the ALCS looking to their Ace to give them the edge in Game 3, and Justin Verlander didn't disappoint.
Verlander went deep into the 9th, before Phil Coke came in to close out the game.
Verlander has been outstanding so far this postseason, pitching 16 innings, including a complete game in his last outing in the ALDS against the Oakland A's. Coming into tonight's game he had struck out 22 batters this postseason.
Verlander faced a Yankees team that had some success against him this year. He posted a 1 - 1 record with a 3.10 ERA in 20.1 innings against the Bronx Bombers in 2012. However, he faced them in the friendly confines of Comerica Park where he posted a 9 - 2 record with a 1.65 ERA for the season.
The Yankees sent Phil Hughes to the mound. He was 16 - 13 for the year with a 4.23 ERA. Hughes was also 1 - 1 against the Tigers in 2012, with a 3.38 ERA in 13.1 innings. Both of his appearances against the Tigers came at Comerica Park.
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11:36 p.m. Phil Coke comes in and the Yankee threaten, but he's able to strike out Raul Ibanez to give the Tigers a 2 - 1 victory and a commanding 3 - 0 lead in the ALCS.
11:20 p.m. Verlander gets the first out of the inning with a bouncing tap down the line. Leyland is making a change. Phil Coke coming in. Verlander leaves to a standing ovation from the Comerica Park crowd.
11:16 p.m. Verlander loses a battle with Eduardo Nunez who hits it along way to make this a 2 - 1 game. The home run earns Verlander a trip from the dugout, but he stays in the game. Coke and Benoit are up in the bullpen.
11:08 p.m. The Tigers go 1-2-3 in the 8th. We're heading to the 9th and a chance to go up 3 games to 0 in the ALCS! Will Verlander be back to close it out?
10:58 p.m. Justin Verlander continues a strong outing, getting the Yankees out in the 8th without surrendering a run. Tigers are headed to the plate.
10:51 p.m. The Tigers stand another base runner, but they're still leading as we head to the 8th. It's Detroit 2, New York 0.
10:39 p.m. Justin Verlander gives up a hit to Ichiro, but that's it as we head to the stretch with Detroit leading 2 -0. By the way, the Yankees have two hits tonight, both by Ichiro.
10:25 p.m. The Tigers get the bases loaded for Miquel Cabrera ... but he hits into a double play. We're heading to the 7th with the home town team still up 2 - 0.
9:50 p.m. Miguel Cabrera doubled to deep right center driving in Quintin Berry in the 5th inning. Tigers up 2-0.
9:34 p.m. Austin Jackson grounds into a fielder's choice at short ; Avila out at second to end the 4th inning. Tigers still lead 1-0.
9:23 p.m. David Phelps of the Yankees takes the mound for the injured Phil Hughes in the 4th inning. Tigers up 1-0.
9:16 p.m. Delmon Young with a high fly to deep left in the bottom of the 4th. Young's 7 post-season homers are the most in Tigers history. 1-0 Detroit.
9:08 p.m. Ichiro Suzuki gets a hit off Verlander in the 4th inning. Perfection broken up.
9 p.m. Prince Fielder lines one out to center to end the third inning. Still scoreless.
8:45 p.m. Verlander gets former teammate Curtis Granderson with a heater for his second K.
8:30 p.m. Alex Avila with the nice hustle near the Yankees dugout for the out.
8:23 p.m. The Tigers get two men on, but can't get past second base. No score after one at Comerica Park.
8:11 p.m. It was a 1-2-3 inning for Justin Verlander. That's one strikeout, two hits for outs and three Yankees heading back to the dugout without reaching base. We're heading to the bottom of the 2nd.
8:03 p.m. Joe Girardi is shaking things up. Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher have been benched for the Yankees. Both have been slumping lately. This is the second time A Rod has been benched this postseason.
8 p.m Things are about to get underway at Comerica Park. Let's Go Tigers!
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