Rapid Reaction: Tigers 6, Yankees 4 (12)

October, 14, 2012
10/14/12
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees are down 1-0 to the Tigers in the American League Championship Series, but it feels like so much more.

First of all, Derek Jeter, the Yankees' captain, fractured his ankle in the top of the 12th inning, and manager Joe Girardi just announced he will miss the rest of the playoffs.

The Yankees, without Jeter and with a taxed bullpen, now turn to Hiroki Kuroda starting Game 2 on three days' rest. He has never done that before.

In Game 3, Justin Verlander awaits them.

DELMON DELIVERS: In the 12th, Delmon Young nailed a go-ahead double off David Phelps to put the Tigers ahead for good. Phelps was the Yankees' eighth pitcher of the night.

JETER INJURY: After the Young go-ahead RBI, Jhonny Peralta nailed a hard shot that Jeter stopped up the middle. Jeter fell awkwardly and needed assistance to get off the field.

LEGEND OF THE FALL: Raul Ibanez is now a legend. No matter what happens from here on out, he will be worshipped forever at Old-Timer's Days here in the Bronx.

In the ninth, up four runs, the Tigers turned to shaky closer Jose Valverde. He gave up a two-run homer to Ichiro Suzuki, which cut the lead in half. After Robinson Cano struck out, Mark Teixeira walked to set up Ibanez.

Ibanez nailed an 0-1 pitch into the right-field seats to tie the game.

Ibanez is the first player ever with three home runs in the ninth inning or later in a single postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

LOADED: Before Ibanez put on his usual late-inning magic show, the Yankees were their normal tragic selves with runners in scoring position.

In the sixth, the Yankees loaded the bases for the third time in the game. And for the third time, they left them loaded. The third time!

ANDREW EUGENE: Pettitte's still got it. He pitched well enough to collect his 20th career playoff win. Pettitte went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked three (one intentional). Pettitte could come back in Game 5 on regular rest.

EMPTY SEATS: Yankee Stadium was far from a sellout, and the seats were half-full during player introductions. The announced attendance was 47,122.

WHAT'S NEXT: A 4 p.m. ET Game 2 at the Stadium, pitting Kuroda against Anibal Sanchez.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .284
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 60
RB. Gardner 77
OPSB. Gardner .781
ERAH. Kuroda 3.94
SOM. Tanaka 135