It doesn't matter how they do it, or who does it. But the Tigers are ever closer to doing it again, to stifling the mighty Yankees.
Justin Verlander did most of the heavy work before newcomer Delmon Young clubbed the winning home run, and suddenly, the Tigers have pushed the Yankees from the Bronx to the Brink. The Tigers hung for a 5-4 victory Monday night and used everything — from the widely sung to the unsung — to do it.
In front of a jacked-up crowd of 43,581 on a chilly night, the Tigers rallied and set up what could be a celebration Tuesday night. They lead the series 2-1, and a Comerica Park clincher certainly is possible with up-and-down Rick Porcello pitching against New York's struggling A.J. Burnett.
In this ballyhooed pitching matchup, Verlander gutted it out, soundly outdueling CC Sabathia. Verlander went from scuffling to spectacular in the blink of a few 100-mph fastballs, finishing with 11 strikeouts. Closer Jose Valverde came in to end it in typical tense fashion, putting two runners on base before striking out Derek Jeter. He had no choice but to end it, after jokingly declaring the other day the series already was over.