Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/16/12
DETROIT -- Dominant starting pitching has become the theme of the postseason for the Detroit Tigers. Justin Verlander's third sensational outing of the playoffs Tuesday night led the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees, giving Detroit a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Verlander's bid for a second straight shutout ended when his hanging curve was lined over the left field wall by Eduardo Nunez to lead off the ninth inning. That ended Verlander's scoreless-innings streak at 23. Lefty Phil Coke relieved Verlander after the starter got the first out in the ninth and had thrown 132 pitches to equal his season high. Coke gave up a two-out, 3-2 single to Mark Teixeira, then Robinson Cano broke an 0-for-29 postseason hitless streak with a line single to left. Coke fed Raul Ibanez a steady stream of 94-95 mph fastballs, then struck him out with a slurve to end the game. Since Jose Valverde was pulled from the Tigers' closer role, Cok...
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