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VERLANDER EXTENDS STARTERS' SCORELESS STREAK TO RECORD 30 1/3 INNINGS
From Elias: Justin Verlander threw eight scoreless innings before allowing a ninth-inning home run as the Tigers held on for a 2-1 victory over the Yankees in Game Three of the American League Championship Series. Verlander's mastery extended the streak of consecutive scoreless innings by Tigers starters to 30 1/3 innings, establishing a new standard for the longest stretch of innings without allowing a run by a team's starting pitchers within a single postseason. Detroit's streak started with Verlander's shutout in Game Five of the Division Series against Oakland, and in all, he was responsible for 17 of the 30 1/3 scoreless innings.
YOUNG DOES IT AGAIN: DRIVES IN WINNING RUN FOR 3RD STRAIGHT GAME
From Elias: Delmon Young hit yet another home run, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead and providing his team with a lead it never relinquished in Game Three of the ALCS. It was Young's seventh home run within a span of 63 postseason at-bats - dating back to his hitting a home run off CC Sabathia in his first postseason at-bat in a Tigers uniform on September 30 of last year.
Young now has five home runs in 56 postseason at-bats against the Yankees, tying five other players for the fourth-highest total of postseason homers against the Bombers. Duke Snider holds the record with 10 homers in 123 postseason at-bats, all in World Series competition; George Brett hit six in 67 at-bats and Juan Gonzalez hit six in 39 at-bats against the Yankees in intraleague postseason games. (Ken Griffey, Jr., David Ortiz, Trot Nixon, Jason Varitek and Chase Utley are the other players with five postseason homers against the Yanks.)
Young earned credit for the game-winning RBI for the third consecutive game, becoming the first player in major-league history to have the RBI that put his team ahead to stay in each of three consecutive games in one postseason - whether in one series or more than one series.
CABRERA BREAKS RECORD SHARED BY THE HIT KING AND MANNY
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera's RBI double in the fifth inning of Game Three extended his hitting streak in League Championship Series competition to 16 games, setting a record for LCS play. (Cabrera has had a hit in every LCS game in which he has played.) What makes the new mark noteworthy are the identities of the players whose record Cabrera surpassed - a couple of pretty good hitters named Pete Rose (who did it from 1973 to 1983) and Manny Ramirez (2003 to 2007).
COKE: 1 SAVE IN REGULAR SEASON, 2 SAVES IN POSTSEASON
From Elias: Phil Coke earned his second consecutive save in Game Three, dancing through the raindrops to get the final two outs in the Tigers' 2-1 victory. Coke, who had one save during the 2012 regular season, became the first pitcher ever to earn two postseason saves following a season in which, while being used primarily as a relief pitcher, he had either no saves or one save. (Two other pitchers who had no saves in the regular season had two saves in the postseason - Vida Blue in 1972 and Bob McClure in 1982 - but each of them pitched primarily as a starter in those seasons, only to be used in relief in October. Coke pitched exclusively in relief this year, making 66 regular-season appearances.)
YANKS SNAP SCORELESS STREAK, BUT TOO LATE
From Elias: The Yankees ran their scoreless-innings streak to 20 before Eduardo Nunez drove a home run off Justin Verlander leading off the ninth inning. It marked only the third time in history that the Yankees have been held scoreless for 20-or-more innings within a single postseason - and only the second time that it has happened within one postseason series. The Yankees had been blanked in that manner by the Tigers for 20 consecutive innings in the 2006 Division Series; and in the 2000 postseason, New York had a 21-inning drought overlapping the end of its Division Series against Oakland and the start of the Championship Series against Seattle.
YANKEES' POSTSEASON BATTING AVERAGE FALLS TO .200
From Elias: The Yankees managed only five hits in 32 at-bats at Detroit on Tuesday night, lowering their batting average through eight games this postseason to an even .200, on 58 hits in 290 at-bats. Only two other teams in major-league history batted .200 or lower through their first eight games in a given postseason - and both of the other teams wound up winning the World Series! The Athletics were batting .197 through their first eight postseason games in 1974, and then won the Series by beating the Dodgers in their ninth game; and the Mets batted .190 through their first eight games in 1986, before their dramatic seven-game World Series victory over the Red Sox.