Joe says it's over ... before it's over

Skipper turns to Ayala in ninth instead of big guns, helps foil Yankees' comeback

Updated: October 3, 2011, 12:17 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Don't tell Yogi.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought Game 2 was over. His team had barely hit all game.

They were already down three runs heading into the ninth. Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde, 49-for-49 in save situations on the season, was waiting in the bullpen. So Girardi thought it was over before it was over.

He didn't put in Rafael Soriano or David Robertson to hold the damage in the ninth.

He opted for the Yankees' postseason version ...

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