DETROIT (CBSNewYork/AP) — Searching for answers, Joe Girardi was stumped.
“I can’t hit,” the New York Yankees manager said.
And, apparently, neither can some of his high-priced stars.
The Yankees avoided a dubious distinction Tuesday night and yet moved within a loss of elimination for the third straight year. Eduardo Nunez’s ninth-inning home run prevented New York from getting shut out in consecutive games of one postseason for the first time.
Raul Ibanez, though, went on to strike out against former Yankee Phil Coke with two on, sealing a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night and a 3-0 AL championship series deficit.
The Yankees’ backs are against the wall, but it takes four games to win — a fact New York knows all too well.
“We’re still in this thing,” said outfielder Brett Gardner.
“It’s possible,” Nick Swisher said. “It starts with one game.”
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