Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Double Trouble

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Double Trouble

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NEW YORK - After another dramatic, ninth-inning homer by Raul Ibanez had revived the Yankees' fortunes in Game 1, everything came crashing down around them.

Derek Jeter was helped off the field, having suffered a left ankle fracture during a two-run Tigers' 12th inning that lifted Detroit to a 6-4 victory in Saturday night's ALCS opener at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankee captain hit the ground in agony after fielding Jhonny Peralta's infield hit and had to be helped up. He put no weight on his left leg as he was assisted to the dugout to a chorus of "De- rek, Jee-ter" chants by what remained from a crowd of 47,122 fans.

"It's not a career-threatening injury. He will not be playing any more for us this year,'' manager Joe Girardi said.

Delmon Young's RBI double off rookie David Phelps eluded Nick Swisher's running attempt in right field to score Miguel Cabrera (walk) with the go-ahead run.

Before the ninth inning, a string of Yankee zeros told the story in the best-of-seven opener, leaving Girardi's club to wonder again if a frigid lineup might doom their October dreams.

But as long as Ibanez gets a chance to swing, there's fuel for even their wildest wishes.

Ibanez's latest postseason magic came in the ninth, with a game- tying, two-out, two-run homer into the Stadium's lower right-field seats to cap a four-run inning.

Down 4-0 in the ninth, Ichiro Suzuki (4-for-6) pulled a two-run homer to right off embattled Tigers closer Jose Valverde to get the Yankees on the board.

After Robinson Cano (0-for-6) struck out, Mark Teixeira drew a two-out walk to set up Ibanez's homer off an 0-1 fastball by Valverde.

Ibanez had possibly saved the Yankees' season Wednesday night, when he pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez and homered to tie Game 3 of the AL Division Series against the Orioles.

In his next at-bat, Ibanez beat Baltimore with a homer in the 12th inning.

Benched for Friday's division series-clinching Game 5, Alex Rodriguez was reinserted into Saturday's lineup by manager Joe Girardi, who batted him sixth. By the eighth inning, Girardi called back Rodriguez for a pinch hitter - the third time that's happened this postseason.

Andy Pettitte turned in the Yanks' latest solid October start. But against a wobbly Doug Fister, the Yankees stranded the bases loaded in each of the first two innings due to shortstop Jhonny Peralta's pair of run-saving plays. …

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