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TIGERS WIN IN 12 AFTER BLOWING A FOUR-RUN LEAD IN THE NINTH
From Elias: The Tigers avoided becoming the first team in major-league history to lose a postseason game in which they led by four runs or more in the ninth inning when they scored twice in the 12th inning to win Game 1 of the ALCS, 6-4. Detroit is the first team to win a postseason game after squandering a four-run or bigger lead in the ninth inning. Three teams recovered to win a postseason game in which they blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning: the 1957 Milwaukee Braves (Game 4 of the World Series against the Yankees), 1993 Phillies (Game 5 of the NLCS in Atlanta) and 2000 Mets (Game 2 of their NLDS against the Giants in San Francisco).
RAUL IBANEZ: TWO SCORE-TYING NINTH-INNING HOMERS IN FOUR DAYS
From Elias: Raul Ibanez, who hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning against the Orioles on Wednesday, did it again on Saturday when he capped the Yankees' game-tying four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-run blast off Tigers closer Jose Valverde. Ibanez is the second player in major-league history to hit two score-tying or go-ahead home runs with his team trailing in the ninth inning or later in one postseason. The first was Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees in 2009 (yes, A-Rod has had some clutch hits in postseason play), in Game 2 of the Division Series against Minnesota and Game 2 of the ALCS versus the Angels.
The only other player with two such home runs in his postseason career is Johnny Bench: in 1972 against Pittsburgh (NLCS Game 5) and 1976 versus Philadelphia (NLCS Game 3).
YANKEES COME UP EMPTY WITH THE BASES LOADED THREE TIMES
From Elias: The Yankees lost 6-4 in 12 innings in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, after staging a game-tying four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees squandered several excellent run-scoring opportunities earlier in the game, leaving three runners on base in the first, second and sixth innings. They're the first team in major-league history to score no runs and leave three runners on base in each of the first two innings of a postseason game (it happened just twice in the 2012 regular season), and only the third team to leave the bases loaded without scoring a run in three separate innings of one postseason game. The Milwaukee Braves did that in their 12-3 loss to the Yankees in Game 3 of the 1957 World Series, and after a relocation to Atlanta the Braves did it again in a 4-1 loss at San Diego in Game 3 of the 1998 NLCS.
CANO TIES A YANKEES POSTSEASON RECORD HE'D RATHER NOT HAVE
From Elias: Robinson Cano went 0 for 6 in Game 1 of the ALCS, extending his hitless streak to 22 at-bats dating back to Game 2 of the Yankees' Division Series against Baltimore. Cano has tied the record for the most consecutive hitless at-bats in postseason play by a Yankee, a mark set by Frank Crosetti (1937-1938) and equaled by Whitey Ford (1953-1960), Dave Winfield (1981) and Wade Boggs (1996). Cano is still far short of the major-league record held by Dan Wilson, who went hitless in 42 straight postseason at-bats from 1995 to 2000.