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The Tigers have a 2-0 lead in the ALCS and will start ace Justin Verlander in Game 3 against the Yankees.
After winning the first two games of the American League Championship Series in New York, the Detroit Tigers return home for Game 3 on Tuesday. Already having a 2-0 lead in the series, the Tigers will have their ace, Justin Verlander on the mound on Tuesday.
After starting Game 5 of the American League Division Series against Oakland, Verlander will make his first appearance of the ALCS. Verlander was dominant in two starts against Oakland, allowing one run over 16 innings. He also struck out 22 batters while allowing just seven hits en route to two wins.
Verlander was 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this season, although he was dominant in his final regular season start against New York. Verlander shutout the Yankees over eight innings while striking out 14 on August 6. If he's able to have similar success on Tuesday, the Tigers will likely be headed for a 3-0 series lead.
It was initially thought the Yankees may turn to ace CC Sabathia in Game 3, but instead Phil Hughes will make the start for New York. Hughes allowed one run over 6-2/3-innings during his one start in the ALDS. He had some success against the Tigers this season, going 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts. Hughes beat Detroit and Verlander in one of his two starts, throwing a complete game while allowing one run and striking out eight.
First pitch for Tuesday's game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on TBS.