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Tigers sink Yankees in 12th; Jeter exits with fractured left ankle

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NEW YORK -- The Detroit Tigers took the lead on Delmon Young's ringing double in the 12th inning. Then came the blow that really staggered the New York Yankees.

A little grounder up the middle left Derek Jeter sprawled in the dirt, screaming in pain. The Yankees had lost more than the AL Championship Series opener - they had lost their captain for the rest of the postseason with a broken left ankle.

Detroit's 6-4 win and Jeter's injury on Saturday night capped a game of wild swings and wild swings of emotion.

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"Watching Jete go down was, and still is, a very difficult moment for us as a team and what he means to us, a great player and the great leader that he is," said Raul Ibanez, who hit yet another tying home run as the Yankees rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the ninth inning.

Jeter rolled when he reached down in an attempt to glove Jhonny Peralta's grounder up the middle in the 12th, planted his left foot and tumbled, landing on his stomach. Unable to move, he made a backhand flip toward second baseman Robinson Cano -- the same motion he made in the famous play against Oakland 11 years ago.

Jeter was down for about a minute and was helped up, then assisted to the dugout with manager Joe Girardi on his left and trainer Steve Donahue on his right.

"They talked about a three-month recovery period," Girardi said. "Won't jeopardize his career, but he will not be playing any more for us this year."

Jeter, who extended his career record earlier in the game with his 200th postseason hit, has been playing with a sore left foot for weeks. He joined closer Mariano Rivera on the sidelines. Rivera tore a knee ligament in May while shagging fly balls before a game in Kansas City.

"It is kind of a flashback to when Mo didn't get up," Girardi said. "Oh, boy, if he is not getting up, something's wrong. We have seen what he played through in the last month and a half, and the pain he has been in, and how he found a way to get [through] it. So it brought back a flashback for me."

Still, without Rivera, the Yankees won the AL East for the 13th time in 17 years.

"I think some people left us for dead when Mo went down, and here we are in the ALCS." Girardi said. "And Jete is going to tell us, `Let's go."'

Eduardo Nunez will fill Jeter's roster spot, with Jayson Nix likely taking over at shortstop.

"We've got to win this series. Somebody's got to step in and fill that spot," said Andy Pettitte, Saturday's starting pitcher.

Detroit was coasting toward a 4-0 win before the Yankees rocked Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth.

Valverde has allowed seven runs in three playoff games and could lose his closer's role to Octavio Dotel.

"We really want to put our heads together and discuss it first, to be honest with you, and get together as a coaching staff and talk about it," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Valverde is already looking toward his next possible appearance.

"There's nothing you can do. It's in the past. It's over, and you have to be ready for tomorrow," Valverde said. "I have confidence for me and for my team, and I'll be there to support my team."

Ichiro Suzuki started the Yankees' comeback with a two-run homer with one out in the ninth, and the 40-year-old Ibanez hit another two-run drive with two outs. Three nights earlier, Ibanez hit a tying home run in the ninth against Baltimore in Game 3 of the division series and another homer in the 12th to win it.

"If we are going to be good enough, we have to be able to take a punch, and we took a big punch," Leyland said. "We took a right cross in the ninth inning but we survived it."

Young's one-out double off David Phelps, which followed a leadoff walk by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, sliced in right and eluded Nick Swisher, who appeared ready to dive but couldn't get his glove out when he realized the ball was closer to him than he had thought.

"I thought I had a great jump, but then I got caught in the lights, and I lost it for a few seconds," Swisher said. "I was completely blind. It's a helpless feeling. I really thought I could make that play."

Young drove in three runs, hitting an RBI single in a two-run sixth against Pettitte, and a solo homer in the eighth against Derek Lowe. That gave him a Tigers record six postseason homers, breaking a tie with Hank Greenberg and Craig Monroe.

"We're big leaguers. Things are going to happen," Young said. "The other team wants to drive Mercedes-Benzes and eat Morton's, too. ... We got back in to play the 10th inning. Everyone just regrouped, and basically a 0 0 ballgame."

Tigers rookie Avisail Garcia singled in a run against Boone Logan, and Andy Dirks added an RBI single in the 12th on a comebacker that glanced off Phelps' pitching hand.

Rookie Drew Smyly, who had started warming up in the third when starter Doug Fister took a line drive off his right wrist, got the win by pitching two scoreless innings, ending a 4-hour, 54-minute marathon.

In Game 2 on Sunday, New York will start Hiroki Kuroda, who will be pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his big league career. Detroit will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound.

Twenty-five of 42 previous Game 1 winners have gone on to take the AL pennant.

Before the 12th, the star of the night was Ibanez, the first player to hit three home runs in the ninth inning or later in a single postseason.

On Wednesday, he hit a tying shot as a pinch hitter, and three innings later became the first player to hit two homers in a postseason game he didn't start.

This made him the first player in baseball history with two tying ninth-inning home runs in a single postseason, according to STATS LLC. Cincinnati's Johnny Bench, in 1972 and 1976, had been the only player to do it twice in a career.

Fister escaped three bases-loaded jams in the first six innings - the first time in their 375 postseason games the Yankees stranded a trio of runners three times without scoring in any of those innings, according to STATS LLC.

Alex Rodriguez, back in New York's lineup following a benching in Friday's division series finale, was 0 for 3 and stranded six runners -- striking out on three pitches with runners at second and third and no outs in the sixth as fans booed loudly.

Girardi sent up Eric Chavez to hit for A-Rod in the eighth, the third time Rodriguez was taken out early in the last three games he has played.

Not that A-Rod's teammates were any better. The Yankees stranded 13 runners and were 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position, leaving them at 10 for 45 (.222) in the playoffs.

Fister, who beat the Yankees in Game 5 of last year's division series, had a shaky start, walking the bases loaded in the first and allowing three two-out singles in the second.

Rodriguez bounced into a forceout that ended the first, with shortstop Peralta making a spectacular diving stop. In the second, Cano lined a ball off the inside of Fister's right wrist, and Peralta picked up the ball on a bounce and threw to first for the out. Both plays were so close that even replays didn't definitively show whether the calls were correct.

Detroit was so concerned about Fister's wrist that Smyly started warming up in the third. Fister changed from a short sleeve undershirt into long sleeves and stayed in the game for 6 1/3 scoreless innings. His finest moment came with Detroit leading 2-0 in the sixth. After fanning Rodriguez, he loaded the bases with a walk to Swisher, then struck out Curtis Granderson and Martin with breaking balls.

Fister allowed six hits, struck out five and walked four.

"It was a little stiff, little sore, but nothing too major," he said of his wrist. "I went in and checked it out, and made sure nothing was remarkably hurt. Put on some sleeves to keep warm, and went back out there."

Rodriguez was dropped to sixth in the batting order for the first time since the 2006 playoff finale against Detroit, but the key situations find the $275 million man no matter where he is. He is hitting .105 (2 for 19) with no RBIs in the postseason, going hitless in 15 at-bats against right-handed pitchers with 10 strikeouts. A-Rod hasn't homered in 87 at-bats since Sept. 14.

Cano (2 for 28), Granderson (3 for 23) and Swisher (3 for 23) also remained mired in deep postseason slumps, with Swisher's eighth-inning double the only hit among the three.

Making his record 44th postseason start, Pettitte gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Afterward, the Yankees clubhouse was as quiet as it ever is. The loss of Jeter weighed on the minds of his teammates more than the defeat,

"I think we probably feel more for him than anyone else because we know how important it means to him personally," Teixeira said.

The Detroit Tigers took the lead on Delmon Young's ringing double in the 12th inning. Then came the blow that really staggered the New York Yankees. A little grounder up the middle left Derek Jeter sprawled in the dirt, screaming in pain. The Yankees had lost more than the AL Championship Series opener - they had lost their captain for the rest of the postseason with a broken left ankle. Detroit's 6-4 win and Jeter's injury on Saturday night capped a game of wild swings and wild swings of emotion.

Notes

  • Leyland is 2-4 in previous LCS he has managed.
  • On a cool, 49-degree night, there were empty seats in the top two decks in the outfield for the second straight day.
 
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After an RBI single and a solo home run, Delmon Young delivers the Tigers' go-ahead RBI in the 12th to defeat the Yankees. (AP)
After an RBI single and a solo home run, Delmon Young delivers the Tigers' go-ahead RBI in the 12th to defeat the Yankees. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

I. Suzuki
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

D. Young
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF6120012 .269
Omar Infante, 2B5000113 .273
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4210212 .250
Prince Fielder, 1B6021022 .222
Delmon Young, DH6133011 .304
    Don Kelly, PR-DH0100000 .000
Jhonny Peralta, SS5130110 .364
Andy Dirks, LF-RF6011005 .261
Avisail Garcia, RF4011014 .182
   a- Quintin Berry, PH-LF2000012 .250
Gerald Laird, C4010012 .111
   b- Alex Avila, PH-C2010002 .286
Totals506156410  
a-grounded out for Garcia in the 11th
b-singled for Laird in the 11th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (3, Eppley), Delmon Young (1, Phelps), Jhonny Peralta (1, Lowe)
3B - Austin Jackson (1, Pettitte)
HR - Delmon Young (1, Lowe)
RBI - Prince Fielder (3), Delmon Young 3 (5), Andy Dirks (1), Avisail Garcia (2)
2-OUT RBI - Avisail Garcia (1)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Infante-Fielder
E - Omar Infante (1, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister 6.1600450 1.35
Phil Coke (H,2) 1000000 0.00
Joaquin Benoit 0.2100000 4.91
Jose Valverde 0.2344122 27.00
Octavio Dotel 1.1000110 0.00
Drew Smyly (W,1-0) 2100020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 102-61, Phil Coke 16-15, Joaquin Benoit 7-5, Jose Valverde 28-18, Octavio Dotel 27-15, Drew Smyly 29-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 7-7, Phil Coke 3-0, Joaquin Benoit 1-1, Drew Smyly 1-3
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 29, Phil Coke 3, Joaquin Benoit 3, Jose Valverde 6, Octavio Dotel 5, Drew Smyly 7
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5010122 .333
    Jayson Nix, SS0000000 .500
Ichiro Suzuki, LF6142001 .310
Robinson Cano, 2B6000015 .071
Mark Teixeira, 1B4110202 .333
Raul Ibanez, DH5122102 .429
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3000016 .105
   a- Eric Chavez, PH-3B3000020 .000
Nick Swisher, RF5010110 .130
Curtis Granderson, CF4000124 .130
    Brett Gardner, PR-CF1000000 .000
Russell Martin, C5120014 .227
Totals474114610  
a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (1, Fister), Nick Swisher (1, Benoit)
HR - Ichiro Suzuki (1, Valverde), Raul Ibanez (3, Valverde)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (5), Raul Ibanez 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez 2 (2)
SB - Brett Gardner 2 (2, 2nd base off Dotel/Laird, 3rd base off Dotel/Laird)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andy Pettitte 6.2722350 3.29
Derek Lowe 0.2222011 18.00
Boone Logan 0.2100000 0.00
Cody Eppley 0.2100010 0.00
Clay Rapada 0.1000010 0.00
Rafael Soriano 1000000 0.00
David Robertson 1100010 0.00
David Phelps (L,0-2) 1322110 11.57
IBB - Cabrera by Andy Pettitte
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 107-71, Derek Lowe 12-8, Boone Logan 11-8, Cody Eppley 16-11, Clay Rapada 4-3, Rafael Soriano 13-10, David Robertson 19-12, David Phelps 30-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 6-8, Derek Lowe 1-0, Boone Logan 1-1, Cody Eppley 1-0, Rafael Soriano 2-1, David Robertson 1-1, David Phelps 2-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 29, Derek Lowe 4, Boone Logan 3, Cody Eppley 3, Clay Rapada 1, Rafael Soriano 3, David Robertson 4, David Phelps 7
Game Information
Attendance - 47122
Game Time - 4:54
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Jeff Nelson