One more game. That's all the Tigers need to clinch the division series and knock the Yankees out of the playoffs.
Will they do it tonight? Or will the series return to New York?
Last night, both teams threw their aces. Both teams got timely hits.
But in the end, Justin Verlander's career postseason-high 11 strikeouts and Delmon Young's seventh inning blast gave Detroit a pivotal Game 3 win and a 2-1 advantage in the ALDS.
"This team has a never say die attitude," Verlander said after the 5-4 victory.
"We did what we've done all year, which is either come from behind or have a big hit when we need it when we're tied. Whatever it may be, we always seem to find a way."
Verlander struggled early and admitted he threw the ball harder than he wanted to, laughing while saying he'd be sore Tuesday. When he settled in, he joined his teammates in a resilient fight to claw out a victory.
"That's the good thing about this team," Austin Jackson said. "Nobody panicked. And that was the reason we got back in the ball game. We stayed composed."
Once Delmon Young's game-winning home run left the park, the outfielder had all the confidence in the world in the two pitchers left to protect that one-run lead.
"I knew I had Verlander coming out for the eighth and Valverde coming out for the ninth," Young said. "I was pretty excited knowing we had a lead and two of the best pitchers in baseball coming in for the next two innings."
Jim Leyland, proud of his team's efforts, assured reporters the series wasn't over.
"We got two (wins) and they got one. That's all that means," Leyland said. "Certainly that team is capable of rattling off a bunch of (wins) in a row. They're not gonna go away. Trust me, they're not gonna go away."
"We've put ourselves in a decent position, but we've still got a lot to accomplish."
All season long it's been a different hero each night for the Tigers. Monday, it was Santiago. It was Inge. It was Young. Austin Jackson said, from top to bottom, this team feeds off one another.
That's an environment that can only help them in a potential series-clinching Game 4 Tuesday night.
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