NYY 9, Detroit 3

October 2, 2011 – 12:45 pm

So much for the notion that Ivan Nova is a rookie and thus can’t be trusted to deliver in the post-season. Quite frankly right now I don’t see much difference at all between Nova and CC — when it comes down to a must-win game, I’m fine with either one of them on the mound. Course the problem is what happens after you get by those two in the rotation, and we’re going to get an answer to that pretty quickly with Freddy Garcia starting Sunday.

More good news is that the offense came through like we need it to, with solid hitting from top to bottom of the order. Every starter got a hit except for — surprise, surprise — Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, and just does not look good at the plate. I’m afraid that’s going to be a black hole for the entire post-season, but as long as everyone else is hitting there’s enough power there to cover for Alex, or so my theory goes.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E SO BB
Tigers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 0 10 4
Yankees 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 X 9 11 0 11 4
WP: I. Nova (16-4)   LP: D. Fister (11-13)
HR: NYY – R. Cano, DET – D. Young
LOB: NYY 7, DET 6   RISP: NYY 2-for-12, DET 4-for-7

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