This was worth the wait. One day after it started, the Yankees won the opening game of the ALDS by playing their best baseball in weeks. Robinson Cano tied a franchise postseason record with six RBI, Ivan Nova pitched 6.1 innings of one-run ball and the Yankees defense was outstanding in a 9-3 win against the Tigers. Cano delivered the big blow in the sixth, hitting a grand slam off reliever Al Alburquerque, who had not allowed a home run all season. Nova almost finished what he kind of started. CC Sabathia will still go down as this game’s starting pitcher, but it was Nova who got all but the last two outs tonight, allowing just four hits, all of them singles.
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