The New York Yankees avoided a dubious distinction. They didn't avoid moving within a loss of elimination.
Eduardo Nunez's ninth-inning home run prevented New York from getting shut out in consecutive postseason games for the first time. Raul Ibanez went on to strike out against former Yankee Phil Coke with two on, sealing a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night and a 3-0 AL championship series deficit.
''What has happened has happened, and you have to find a way to score runs tomorrow,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''And you have your ace on the mound, and you see what happens. Win a game tomorrow, and then let's see what happens
On a night when Alex Rodriguez was benched for the second time in four games, Justin Verlander took a two-hit shutout into the ninth, allowing a pair of Ichiro Suzuki singles.
Nunez homered on a Verlander curveball with one out in the ninth, and Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano hit consecutive two-out singles against the lefty Coke- with Cano en...