Detroit Likes Its Chances in Do-or-Die Game 5

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It's daunting, no doubt. The Tigers are back in the belly of the baseball beast, with the odds and the noise and the Yankees lineup stacked against them.

The Tigers have been here before, although not exactly here before. They've won big games in Yankee Stadium, but not a decisive Game 5, not with this much at stake. The revived Yankees have home field and history on their side tonight, but home field and history don't win games, usually.

Pitching wins games. Sluggers win games. The Yankees might have a bit more, but the Tigers have more than enough, which is why they headed to New York on Wednesday unfazed, even mildly defiant. This isn't the Game 5 they'd planned for, because without the rain that halted Game 1, Justin Verlander would be on the ...

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