Detroit Tigers
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Ivan Rodriguez and the Tigers took three straight from the Yankees.
Hear Them Roar
In disposing of the mighty Yankees in four games, the Tigers re-ignited Detroit's passion for baseball, writes Jerry Crasnick. Story

• Tigers rock Yanks, 8-3 ... ESPN Video | Keith Law: Yankees lack fight Insider
• SportsNation: What's next for the Yankees? | Bombers bombed ESPN Video
• Inside Edge pitching grades: Bonderman (B+) | Wright (D)
Magglio Ordonez Keith Law on Magglio Ordonez
"Magglio Ordonez has had a tremendous resurgence this year at the plate, and while he's definitely looking for the fastball (particularly one he can pull) early in the count, he adjusts well to off-speed stuff and will take a changeup or breaking ball the other way."
• Law's complete team reports: Tigers Insider | Yankees Insider
• Law's series preview: Yankees pose matchup issues
Inside Edge
Jeremy Bonderman earned an A+ grade in which area -- finishing off hitters or dominance? How well did he work ahead in the count? Did Jaret Wright earn a passing or failing grade for his overall effort? Check out Inside Edge's scouting report card on the Game 3 starters.
• Game 3 report cards: Jeremy Bonderman | Jaret Wright
• Full-roster reports: Tigers Insider | Yankees Insider
Jeremy Bonderman
Saturday, October 7
Fewer than dozen fans greet dazed Yanks in New York
Four hours after they were eliminated by the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees pulled up to Yankee Stadium in three buses late Saturday night, greeted by fewer than a dozen fans.
A-Rod looks in mirror after Yankees' loss: 'I sucked'
Nothing will deflect the glare of another postseason bust for A-Rod and the New York Yankees.
Trying to get 8-ball rolling: A-Rod dropped in lineup
Alex Rodriguez, 1-for-11 with no RBI in the AL playoffs and stuck in a prolonged October slump, was dropped to the eighth spot in New York's batting order on Saturday as the Yankees tried to avoid being eliminated by the Detroit Tigers.
Friday, October 6
Crasnick: Yanks pinning hopes on Wright and dormant bats
On paper, the Yankees were supposed to pound Kenny Rogers. Instead they got pounded by the Tigers, and now they're one loss from being eliminated.
Law: Rogers was in total command Insider
Kenny Rogers had all of his pitches working against the Yankees, who didn't have a great approach at the plate.
Neyer: Tigers have formula to beat Yankees Insider
No one should be shocked that the Tigers are tied with the Yankees. After all, the Tigers are pretty good, too.
Olney: A-Rod a big problem for Yanks Insider
Alex Rodriguez's streak of ineptitude in the playoffs is just getting worse by the day.
Thursday, October 5
Crasnick: Zumaya's heat too much for Yankees
The Tigers got the ball to reliever Joel Zumaya in a meaningful situation, and the ultraconfident 21-year-old fireballer responded in a big way, writes Jerry Crasnick.
Law: Yankees miss golden opportunity Insider
Sure, the final score was 4-3, but it could have been much worse for the Yankees, who struggled at the plate.
Little rain, but Tigers-Yankees Game 2 postponed
While it hardly rained, the second game of the AL Division Series between the Tigers and Yankees was postponed Wednesday night.
Big Unit confirmed as Game 3 starter for Yankees
Randy Johnson threw a bullpen session Wednesday afternoon and Yankees manager Joe Torre said the left-hander is set to start Game 3 of the AL division series in Detroit on Friday night.
Wednesday, October 4
The Sports Guy: MLB playoff diary
Bill Simmons kicks off the 2006 playoffs with a running diary of the Tigers-Yankees game.
Tuesday, October 3
Crasnick: It's impossible not to respect Jeter
Even if you don't like Derek Jeter, it's impossible not to respect him -- especially in October.
Law: Torre could have saved his bullpen Insider
The way Chien-Ming Wang was pitching, it didn't make sense for Joe Torre to go to his bullpen so early.
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Gillette: Ranking the playoff teams Insider
Who has the best rotation, bullpen, lineup, defense and bench? Gary Gillette ranks the playoff teams in each category.
Gallo: MLB breakdown
DJ Gallo's in-depth, position-by-position analysis is your best bet to determine who will win the Divisional Series.
Monday, October 2
Stark: Why the Yankees will win the World Series
The Yankees haven't won the World Series since 2000, but this is the year they recapture glory.
Olney: Top 10 ALDS matchups Insider
How the A's relievers handle the Twins' left-handed bats is among the top 10 ALDS matchups to keep a very close eye on.
E-Ticket: Why Isn't This Man Smiling?
Raised by a hard-ass father, Jim Leyland does the impossible by being impossible to please. Wright Thompson explains.
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Spoiler alert: Playoff foes aim to prevent Subway Series
Everyone on Broadway is gearing up for another Subway Series. But six other teams like their playoff chances, too, and they plan to spoil the party.
Sunday, October 1
Torre: Rivera a one-inning pitcher for postseason
The Yankees won five of the seven meetings against the Tigers this season with the only two losses coming when Detroit rallied in the ninth inning. In both games, closer Mariano Rivera wasn't available for New York.
Unit throws, optimistic for Game 3
Randy Johnson was optimistic after a bullpen session that he will start Game 3 of the playoffs Friday night.
Tigers blow six-run lead, lose AL Central title in extras
The sagging Detroit Tigers wasted a big chance to win the AL Central on Sunday, blowing a six-run lead and then watching All-Star starter Kenny Rogers lose in relief 10-8 to the last-place Kansas City Royals in 12 innings.
Jeter falls short of batting title as Yanks fall to Jays
Derek Jeter went 1-for-5 in the New York Yankees' 7-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday and failed to overtake Minnesota's Joe Mauer.
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• Alex Rodriguez, who had 121 RBI during the regular season, started in the eighth slot in the Yankees' batting order on Saturday. No player with as many as 121 RBI in the preceding regular season had ever before started in the bottom third (seventh, eighth or ninth) of his team's lineup during a postseason game. The previous record was held by Gil Hodges, who batted seventh for Brooklyn in the first two games of the 1949 World Series against the Yankees, after driving in 115 runs during the regular season.

• Jeremy Bonderman had a perfect game until Robinson Cano singled to start the sixth inning. In the past 20 years, only one other pitcher was perfect through at least the first five innings of a postseason game: Mike Mussina, who had a potential perfect game broken up with one out in the seventh inning in Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS on a double by Boston's Mark Bellhorn.

• For the first time in the history of their franchise, the Yankees have lost three consecutive postseason series (the 2004 ALCS and the ALDS in both 2005 and 2006).

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