Under Pressure, Tigers Refuse to Fold

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Tense? Nah, why would you say that?

Just because, for more than five innings Sunday, Tigers starter Max Scherzer flirted with a no-hitter? Because the Tigers built a 2-0 lead that you just knew should have been bigger? Or because in the ninth inning, the entire season appeared to fall apart, one brick at a time?

There was Jose Valverde, on the pitcher's mound, a lonely man on a hill -- crowd screaming, rain pouring, Yankees rallying. Valverde -- maybe the best closer in the game this season -- had come in with a 5-1 lead. In normal circumstances, Tigers manager Jim Leyland might not even use Valverde with a four-run lead. These were not normal circumstances.

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