The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees will continue their intriguing American League Championship Series on Sunday when Game 2 takes place at Yankee Stadium. The Tigers managed to get their noses in front following a tight, tense battle in Game 1 on Saturday night, and the Yankees will be keen to make an immediate comeback today. The game is scheduled to begin at 4.07 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream via one of the MLB postseason packages listed below.
Game 1 was a double blow to the Yankees on Saturday night, as they lost 4-6 to go 0-1 in the series, as well as losing shortstop Derek Jeter for the rest of the postseason with a fractured left ankle.
Yankees' manager Joe Girardi will have to replace Jeter as well as think about shaking things up in his offense. Throughout the postseason the Yankees have struggled to get runs of the board. They have now scored more runs in the ninth innings and beyond than they have in the first eight innings of games in the postseason. That simply is not good enough if they are to get past the Tigers and into the World Series.
Saturday night's Game 1 looked like it would be a relatively simple win for the Tigers as they held a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. However, they let that lead slip in an extraordinary turnaround and it looked like the Yankees would pull off a shock win. However, despite blowing that four run lead at the end, the Tigers held their nerve to claim two runs at the top of the 12th inning, and the Yankees couldn't find a way back a second time.
The manner of that win will be a relief for the Tigers, and although will be disappointing for the Yankees, will have given them more hope than had they been swept aside 4-0.
But with the loss of influential captain Jeter, this series has swung firmly in the Tigers' favor, and it will take some big displays from the New York squad to win this one from here.
The Tigers will start Game 2 with Anibal Sanchez, who last pitched against the Yankees six years ago with the Florida Marlins. In that game he went 5.2 scoreless innings to help beat that Yankees side. However, that was so long ago not much can be looked into from that result.
Sanchez did well on his last road start against the Oakland Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS. He conceded just two runs on five hits from his 6.1 innings, but could not stop the Tigers ultimately losing that game.
The Yankees must get a few other players getting on the scoreboard, and in their postseason only Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez have really impressed. The rest of the team must quickly find their punches or this series could be over quickly.
Today's Game 2 between the Tigers and the Yankees starts at 4.07 p.m. ET and MLB.com and TBS are both offering packages to watch the MLB Playoffs online.
On MLB.tv a postseason package is available for just $24.99, and that includes live streaming, HD quality video, in-game stats and highlights and more. Sign up by clicking here.
TBS is also offering coverage through MLB.com on "TBS Hot Corner."
MLB.com has described:
"This year's media player allows fans more interactivity as they'll be able to choose between a Backstop Cam, Pitcher Cam, Dugout Cam and Batter Cam.
"With this year's Live Game Streaming application, fans will have the option to switch between live games, interact with other fans around the country in live chat rooms and vote in live polls. An on-site reporter will bring fans live reports and exclusive interviews throughout the game as well.
"The Hot Corner also offers exclusive on-demand postseason content featuring on-field postgame reactions from players and managers, sit-down player interviews, original postseason-themed music videos featuring rock 'n' roll legends Bon Jovi and a behind-the-scenes look into players' pregame and off-day routines."