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Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, left, meets with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi during batting practice before Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

ALDS Game 3: Tigers 5, Yankees 4

The Yankees fell to the Tigers, 5-4, in front of a thunderous crowd of 43,581 at Comerica Park, putting them on the brink of elimination.

Jose Valverde reacts with Victor Martinez after beating
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Jose Valverde reacts with Victor Martinez after beating the New York Yankees, 5-4. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Jose Valverde after beating the New York Yankees,
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Jose Valverde after beating the New York Yankees, 5-4. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Ivan Nova reacts after the Tigers took a
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Ivan Nova reacts after the Tigers took a 5-4 lead in the ninth inning. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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Robinson Cano reacts after striking out in the
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Robinson Cano reacts after striking out in the eight inning. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees' Russell Martin yells after scoring
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New York Yankees' Russell Martin yells after scoring during the seventh inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees' Jorge Posada signals for runner
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New York Yankees' Jorge Posada signals for runner Russell Martin as they scored during the seventh inning on a hit by Brett Gardner in Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Detroit Tigers' Delmon Young high-fives third base coach
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Detroit Tigers' Delmon Young high-fives third base coach Gene Lamont after a solo home run during the seventh inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Detroit Tigers' Delmon Young hits a solo home
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Detroit Tigers' Delmon Young hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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Delmon Young celebrates his home run against the
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Delmon Young celebrates his home run against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia walks
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia walks off the mound after being replaced during the sixth inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Brandon Inge #15 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates
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Brandon Inge #15 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Don Kelly #32 after Kelly scored in the sixth inning during Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Justin Verlander is congratulated by Jim Leyland after
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Justin Verlander is congratulated by Jim Leyland after leaving the game following the eighth inning. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Curtis Granderson strikes out in the sixth inning
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Curtis Granderson strikes out in the sixth inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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CC Sabathia walks off the field after being
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CC Sabathia walks off the field after being pulled in the sixth inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Don Kelly #32 and Alex Avila #13 of
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Don Kelly #32 and Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate after Kelly scored on a double by Jhonny Peralta #27 in the sixth inning. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner bunts for a
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New York Yankees' Brett Gardner bunts for a single during the third inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, left,
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New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, left, confers with starting pitcher CC Sabathia, right, as catcher Russell Martin listens during the third inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) jumps over
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Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) jumps over New York Yankees' Brett Gardner during the third inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge watches his double during
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Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge watches his double during the third inning against the New York Yankees in Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees Derek Jeter is congratulated as
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New York Yankees Derek Jeter is congratulated as he is brought home by an RBI triple hit by Curtis Granderson. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees Curtis Granderson slides into home
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New York Yankees Curtis Granderson slides into home plate as he is brought home by a groundout hit by Alex Rodriguez. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees Curtis Granderson is congratulated by
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New York Yankees Curtis Granderson is congratulated by manager Joe Girardi. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Brett Gardner bunts the ball for a single
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Brett Gardner bunts the ball for a single in the third inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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Brandon Inge high-fives Justin Verlander after scoring on
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Brandon Inge high-fives Justin Verlander after scoring on a single by Ramon Santiago. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Austin Jackson celebrates in the dugout after scoring
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Austin Jackson celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the third inning. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Jorge Posada hits a single in the second
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Jorge Posada hits a single in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia speaks to
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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia speaks to catcher Russell Martin during the first inning. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the first inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws during the first inning of Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Justin Verlander throws a pitch in the first
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Justin Verlander throws a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees during Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Derek Jeter runs the bases on a his
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Derek Jeter runs the bases on a his way to scoring on a triple by Curtis Granderson in the first inning. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Former Detroit Tigers Kenny Rogers throws out the
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Former Detroit Tigers Kenny Rogers throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, left, meets
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Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, left, meets with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi during batting practice before Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter warms up
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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter warms up before Game 3 of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees' pitcher A.J. Burnett during batting
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New York Yankees' pitcher A.J. Burnett during batting practice before Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

The New York Yankees take batting practice before
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The New York Yankees take batting practice before the start of their ALDS Game 3 against the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera talking to the Yankee
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Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera talking to the Yankee players during batting practice before Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera talking to the Yankee
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Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera talking to the Yankee players during batting practice before Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson warming up during
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New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson warming up during batting practice before Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson warming up during
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New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson warming up during batting practice before Game 3. (Oct. 3, 2011)

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