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Tigers/Yankees ALCS Game 3 Recap: Justin Verlander pitches.

Highest WPA: Justin Verlander, .480
Lowest WPA: Jhonny Peralta, -.086

You don’t often hear about how a pitcher “labored” in certain parts of a start when they go 8 1/3 innings allowing a single run. Verlander did go through some long at-bats and only struck out three hitters, but he still walked no one while allowing only three hits as he went into the 9th with a shutout and allowed just a single run on a solo home run to Eduardo Nunez. That’s usually pretty good, even if it took him 130 pitches to accomplish. After he left, Phil Coke came on and threatened to blow the game by allowing the tying and winning runs to get on base, but then Raul Ibanez struck out on a full count to give the Tigers a 3-0 series lead with two games remaining in Detroit.

Yankee starter Phil Hughes walked off the mound in the 4th with what was later revealed to be a stiff back. A parade of Yankee relievers held the Tigers offense to just two runs over the next six innings, giving Detroit just enough leverage to win. Two of New York’s three hits off of Verlander were by Ichiro Suzuki, the other was the Nunez home run. The Yankees were nearly shut out two games in a row in the postseason for the first time ever. Detroit looks to finish things off and New York tries to keep things alive at eight tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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