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Alex Avila jumps into the arms of closer Jose Valverde after the Alex Rodriguez struck out in the bottom of the 9th inning. (Oct. 6, 2011)

ALDS Game 5: Tigers 3, Yankees 2

Ivan Nova was chased after two innings, and the Yankees never rebounded, as the Tigers eliminated New York from the playoffs.

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees strikes out to end the game against the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees strikes out to end the game as Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers starts to celebrate. (Oct. 6, 2011)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez #13 watches from
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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez #13 watches from the dugout after he struck out with the bases loaded. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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Alex Avila jumps into the arms of closer
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Alex Avila jumps into the arms of closer Jose Valverde after the Alex Rodriguez struck out in the bottom of the 9th inning. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Alex Avila runs to the pitcher's mound with
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Alex Avila runs to the pitcher's mound with his arms in the air after the Alex Rodriguez struck out in the bottom of the 9th. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Fans sit in their seats after the Detroit
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Fans sit in their seats after the Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Yankees in game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees
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Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees reacts after being stranded on base in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Joe Girardi looks on as Alex Rodriguez strikes
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Joe Girardi looks on as Alex Rodriguez strikes out in the bottom of the 7th inning against the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees
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CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout against the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees
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Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees fouls out with the bases loaded in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees rounds third base but holds up in the fourth inning. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Film director Spike Lee attends game five of
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Film director Spike Lee attends game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws in
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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws in the 5th inning during game 5. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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Robinson Cano hitting homer in the bottom of
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Robinson Cano hitting homer in the bottom of the 5th inning. (Oct. 6, 2011)

CC Sabathia talking with catcher Russell Martin in
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CC Sabathia talking with catcher Russell Martin in the top of the 5th inning. (Oct. 6, 2011)

New York Yankees' Robinson Cano #24 rounds the
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New York Yankees' Robinson Cano #24 rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run. (Oct. 6, 2011)

New York Yankees' CC Sabathia, No. 52, enters
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New York Yankees' CC Sabathia, No. 52, enters the game in the fourth inning of ALDS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Musician Jay-Z attends game five of the American
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Musician Jay-Z attends game five of the American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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Musician Jay-Z attends game five of the American
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Musician Jay-Z attends game five of the American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees
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Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees reacts to a strike in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers during game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees
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Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees strikes out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers during game five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

New York Yankees' Phil Hughes #65 relieved Ivan
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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes #65 relieved Ivan Nova and pitches to the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of ALDS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers during game five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees
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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers during game five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister #58 pitches to the
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Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister #58 pitches to the New York Yankees in the first inning of ALDS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Delmon Young hitting a home run in the
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Delmon Young hitting a home run in the top of the first inning against the New York Yankees. (Oct. 6, 2011)

New York Yankees' Ivan Nova #47 rubs his
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New York Yankees' Ivan Nova #47 rubs his face after giving up a home run to Detroit Tigers' Don Kelly #32 in the first inning of ALDS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Oct 6, 2011)

New York Yankees' Ivan Nova #47 adjusts his
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New York Yankees' Ivan Nova #47 adjusts his cap before he pitches to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of ALDS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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New York Yankees' Ivan Nova #47 walks past
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New York Yankees' Ivan Nova #47 walks past a young fan with a sign before he pitches to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of ALDS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Oct. 6, 2011)

New York Yankees' Ivan Nova #47 rubs the
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New York Yankees' Ivan Nova #47 rubs the ball before he pitches to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of ALDS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees
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Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees looks on after surrendering a first inning home run against Delmon Young #21 of the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Don Kelly #32 of the Detroit Tigers follows
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Don Kelly #32 of the Detroit Tigers follows through on a first inning home run against the New York Yankees during game five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees
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Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees
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CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

The New York Yankees warm up during batting
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The New York Yankees warm up during batting practice before playing against the Detroit Tigers during game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees
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Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees
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Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees
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Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees
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Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees
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Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Jorge Posada, No. 20 on the New York
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Jorge Posada, No. 20 on the New York Yankees, during batting practice before Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at the Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees
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Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees
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Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees
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Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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