Tigers lead Yankees 2-0 after 3 innings in ALCS

Tigers lead Yankees 2-0 after 3 innings in ALCS
October 18, 2012, 5:34 pm
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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez responds to a question from the news media before Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


DETROIT (AP) Delmon Young has helped the Detroit Tigers move one step closer toward a sweep and their first trip to the World Series since 2006.

Young hit a two-out RBI single in the first inning, Avisail Garcia drove in a run in the third and Max Scherzer pitched hitless ball to give Detroit a 2-0 lead over the New York Yankees through three innings Thursday in Game 4 of the AL championship series.

Young is the only player in baseball history to have game-winning RBIs in three straight games of a postseason series, according to STATS LLC.

Alex Rodriguez was benched for the third time in the postseason and Curtis Granderson joined him.

If New York avoids elimination, Game 5 would start at 4:07 p.m. Friday in Detroit.