Verlander for the victory

Justin Verlander allowed only a pair of singles and took a shutout into the ninth inning as the Tigers beat the Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night in Detroit in Game 3 of the ALCS to take a 3-0 series lead. Enlarge photo

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Justin Verlander allowed only a pair of singles and took a shutout into the ninth inning as the Tigers beat the Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night in Detroit in Game 3 of the ALCS to take a 3-0 series lead.

DETROIT – Justin Verlander and Detroit’s stellar starters are one win from the World Series.

Verlander took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the Tigers held on to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night for a 3-0 lead in the AL championship series.

Phil Coke gave up consecutive singles with two outs in the ninth before striking out postseason star Raul Ibañez for his second save in two games.

Detroit can complete a sweep and earn its second pennant in seven years tonight when Max Scherzer pitches against Yankees ace CC Sabathia.

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