Yankees Need Quick Fix for A-Rod's Slow Bat

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NEW YORK – This is how far Alex Rodriguez has fallen in the eyes of those who used to fear him: With the tying runs already on base in the ninth inning, Tigers manager Jim Leyland toyed with the idea of intentionally walking Robinson Cano – yes, loading the bases, putting the potential winning run on first, practically signing his death notice – just to get to the slumping A-Rod.

“It did cross my mind,” is what Leyland said before losing his nerve. Jose Valverde ultimately retired Cano, the Tigers survived the Yankees’ uprising, and in holding on for a 5-3 victory on Sunday, now have the home-field advantage in the final three games of the AL Division Series.

It’ll be up to CC Sabathia to outpitch Justin Verlander tonight, which is to stay the...

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