Hiroki Kuroda was at his very best, but the Yankees offense was missing once again. It was another offensive letdown and another playoff loss, this time 3-0 to the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The Yankees had just three hits, squandered their few scoring opportunities, and will now head to Detroit down two games to none while facing Justin Verlander in Game 3. Kuroda gave the Yankees every chance to win Game 2. He had a perfect game through five innings and didn’t allow a run until a potential double-play was blown in the seventh. In the eighth, the Tigers added two more runs after a blown call at second base that cost the Yankees to end the inning without a run. The Yankees, though, had only four hits and couldn’t stage another ninth-inning rally. Alex Rodriguez did single with two outs in the ninth, but it was the Yankees first hit since the fourth inning as they went out with a whimper.
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