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Justin Verlander threw a gem en route to a 2-1 Tigers victory.
The Detroit Tigers are one win away from advancing to the World Series. The Tigers went up 3-0 on the New York Yankees in the ALCS with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night. Reigning Cy Young winner Justin Verlander went 8.1 innings, allowing just three hits and one run. That one run came on a ninth-inning homer by Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez, but New York couldn't scrape together a tying run.
They did come close, though. After Jim Leyland removed Verlander with two outs left in the game, Phil Coke induced a groundout from Ichiro Suzuki. Mark Teixeira singled one batter later with one out remaining, and that was followed by a single by Robinson Cano. But with runners on first and second, Coke struck Raul Ibanez out on a bending slider to end the game.
Detroit's two runs came early in the game in the fourth and fifth innings. Delmon Young got the Tigers on the board in the fourth with a solo homer and Miguel Cabrera extended that lead in the fifth with a double to center that scored Quintin Berry.