The Detroit Tigers had a chance to eliminate the New York Yankees with a win on Tuesday night in Game 4 of their series. The Yankees weren't ready to end their season, however. New York came to play, and the Tigers stood no chance, ultimately losing by the lopsided score of 10-1.
Because they lost on Tuesday, the Tigers now have to head back to New York for a fifth and final game in this series. It's simple: The team that wins Thursday's game will win the series and advance to the ALCS to face the Texas Rangers. The loser will be eliminated from the 2011 MLB playoffs.
To win Game 5, the Tigers will need a strong performance out of Doug Fister, who came in as the Game 1 reliever when the action resumed this past Saturday night. Ivan Nova will get the start for the Yankees, and he also came in for the resumption of Game 1.
Obviously, the Tigers are hoping things go much differently this time around with Fister and Nova taking the hill. In Game 1, Fister went only 4.2 innings and surrendered six runs. Nova, on the other hand, went 6.1 innings and gave up only two runs. Nova got the win in a 9-3 Yankees victory.
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