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2012 MLB Playoffs: Tigers take commanding 3-0 lead over Yankees

The Tigers are now one win from the World Series after Justin Verlander shut down the Yankees on Tuesday.

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The Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Yankees, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The win gave the Tigers a 3-0 series lead in the ALCS, with the next two games to be played in Detroit. Only one team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win an MLB series, and New York was on the wrong end of that when losing to the Red Sox in 2004.

Justin Verlander was dominant again for the Tigers. The right-hander, who earned two of the three victories for Detroit in the ALDS, went 8 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on three hits. His strikeout total of three was low, but he was limiting powerful contact and New York stuggled to do much with his pitches. Their first run came in the ninth when shortstop Eduardo Nunez homered.

The Yankees used six different pitchers in the loss, as starter Phil Hughes left in the fourth inning with a stiff back. The bullpen came in to allow just one run over six innings, but that was one run too many with Verlander on the other side.

Delmon Young and Miguel Cabrera provided the scoring for Detroit. Young homered to lead off the fourth, while Cabrera double in a run in the fifth. The series continues on Wednesday at 5:07 PT.