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This is how you tame the Tigers

Five keys will go a long way in determining if the Yankees will survive the ALDS

Updated: September 30, 2011, 1:22 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

A lot of things have to go right for any team to win a division series, given the short duration of the series and the narrow margin for error. For the New York Yankees, that margin is even narrower with a 24-game winner like Justin Verlander pitching Games 1 and 5 for the opponent.

That doesn't mean the Yankees can't beat the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS, which begins Friday night at Yankee Stadium. But in order to do so, there are some aspects of their game that absolutely have to ...

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