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New lineup, same result: Yankees drop Game 3

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 16, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are one loss away from being swept in the American League Championship Series. A new lineup produced the same results in tonight’s Game 3, and a 2-1 loss to Justin Verlander and the Tigers put the Yankees in need of an unearthly return from the dead. Ichiro Suzuki’s pair of singles were the Yankees only hits — only baserunners, even – before Eduardo Nunez homered in the ninth to avoid a second straight shutout. Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano singled with two outs in the ninth — Cano snapped a 29-at-bat hitless streak — but postseason hero Raul Ibanez struck out to strand the runners and end the game. Starter Phil Hughes pitched out of some early trouble, allowed a solo homer to Delmon Young in the fourth, and was pulled one batter later because of a stiff back. The Yankees bullpen gave up one unearned run — spurred by Eric Chavez’s error at third — but two runs were too many for this lineup, and the Yankees are one more letdown away from an embarrassing playoff exit.

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