So they didn't finish the game with a win, and they're departing the Bronx headed into Tigers territory.
But the ninth-inning comeback attempt was enough to rally the team. Although they were hitless until the sixth, the late rally showcased the Yankees at their best.
Nick Swisher started things off with the solo homer, only to be followed by a triple from Posada that left the whole nation asking "How the hell did he get to third?"
The rare triple set up more strangeness when Tigers catcher Alex Avila slipped and lost his footing to miss what routinely would have been the game-ending catch.
The pop-fly from Curtis Granderson hung for awhile before another set of surprised cheers resounded.
Although the Tigers were able to breathe that sigh of relief when Cano grounded out, the two-run inning for the Yanks proved they could pounce on an opportunity in the Tigers shaky closer work.
Impressive stats in just two games
- At 40 years old, Jorge Posada is the oldest player to ever triple in the postseason.
- Robinson Cano's 6 RBI's are the most for a second baseman in a Division series game. On Saturday he went 3-5 in the Yanks 9-3 rout over Detroit.
- Posada, Cano and Granderson are three of the top batters for the Yanks, and coincidentally, the three that made things look promising in last night's final inning.
History does (maybe not) repeat itself
We all know the old phrase.
New York and Detroit have met only once in the postseason, where Detroit took the ALDS 3-1.
But five years ago, Curtis Granderson was in orange, not pinstripes. He went 5-17 with two home runs against the Yankees. With this switch in teams, it's quite possible the fates have rearranged, with the advantage to New York.
Game 2: The determinant.
In the past eight postseason series for the Yankees, the team that has won Game 2 has gone on to win the series. With the Tigers taking Game 2, the Yankees need to win number three to change the trend.
The original Game 1 pitching starters will begin tonight. With CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander being the winningest pitchers in the AL this season, it's undoubtedly going to be a close matchup, with rain on the forecast yet again.