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Detroit Tigers take ALCS Game 1 as Derek Jeter suffers broken ankle

NEW YORK — Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning after New York's Raul Ibanez hit another tying homer during a four-run rally in the ninth, and the Tigers outlasted the Yankees 6-4 late Saturday in an American League Championship Series opener in which Yankees star Derek Jeter suffered a broken left ankle that will end his season.

Jeter rolled over his knee when he dove in an attempt to glove Jhonny Peralta's grounder up the middle in the 12th. Unable to move, he flipped the ball toward the mound and his leg was dangling as he was assisted off by manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donahue. Girardi said afterward that the injury is not considered career-threatening.

Detroit was coasting to a 4-0 win before the Yankees rocked Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth.

Three batters after Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run shot off Valverde to cut the Yankees' 4-0 deficit in half, Ibanez connected for his second tying homer of this postseason, a two-run drive to right-center.

Ibanez started his powerful week pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez against Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the ninth on Wednesday to send Game 3 of the division series to extra innings. Then he won it with a homer in the 12th inning.

Ibanez, 40, also homered twice after entering as a pinch hitter on Sept. 22 in a 10-9, 14-inning win over Oakland. With New York fighting for the AL East title, he hit a tying pinch homer against Boston in the ninth on Oct. 2 and then singled in the winning run in the 12th.

The Tigers failed to capitalize on pinch-hitter Alex Avila's one-out single off David Robertson in the top of the 11th, and the Yankees missed a chance in the bottom half after Suzuki led off with a single, his fourth hit of the game, off Drew Smyly.

Russell Martin singled leading off the ninth and advanced on defensive indifference. Suzuki followed with the first postseason homer of his career after Jeter struck out. Robinson Cano struck out and Mark Teixeira walked ahead of Ibanez.

The Tigers opened a 4-0 lead against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte and Derek Lowe.

Prince Fielder singled in a run after Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked in the sixth, and Young followed with a run-scoring single to make it 2-0.

Young then homered in the eighth, and rookie Avisail Garcia had an RBI single three batters later off Boone Logan to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

In Game 2 today, Anibal Sanchez starts for Detroit, and Hiroki Kuroda will go for New York on three day's rest.

American League Championship Series

Tigers 1, Yankees 0

Saturday: Tigers 6, Yankees 4

Today: at New York, 4:07

Tuesday: at Detroit, 8:07

Wednesday: at Detroit, 8:07

Thursday: at Detroit, 4:07*

Oct. 20: at New York, 8:07*

Oct. 21: at New York, 8:15*

TV: All games TBS

National League Championship Series

Giants vs. Cardinals

Tonight: at San Francisco, 8:15

Monday: at San Francisco, 8:07

Wednesday: at St. Louis, 4:07

Thursday: at St. Louis, 8:07

Friday: at St. Louis, 8:07*

Oct. 21: at San Francisco, 4:45*

Oct. 22: at San Francisco, 8:07*

TV: All games Ch. 13

* If necessary

Today's matchup 2012 Team 2012 Vs. Opp.

Team Pitcher Time W-L ERA Rec. W-L IP ERA

Detroit Sanchez (R) 4:079-14 3.83 13-19 0-1 3.0 21.00

New York Kuroda (R) p.m. 16-11 3.28 20-14 0-0 13.1 3.37

Detroit Tigers take ALCS Game 1 as Derek Jeter suffers broken ankle 10/13/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 14, 2012 1:27am]
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