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Cano, Nova leads Yankees to ALDS Game One victory

The New York Yankees poured on the runs, as Robinson Cano led the Bombers to a 9-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. After waiting out a 23-hour delay, Cano hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to propel the team to victory.

Helping out Cano on the mound was the start of rookie-sensation Ivan Nova, who tossed shutout ball into the ninth before 50,940 fans-the largest crowd at the new Yankee Stadium.

The Bombers finished Game One with a whopping 11 hits, as almost every starter recorded a hit. The only exception was Alex Rodriguez, who did contribute to the offensive cause, as the All-Star third baseman drove in a run on a ground out in the bottom of the first inning.

New York looks to continue to beat out not only the rain, but the Tigers in Game Two on Sunday.  The Yankees will look to starter Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62 ERA) who makes his first playoff start since beating Houston in 2005 to give the Chicago White Sox a World Series sweep.

Garcia has had plenty of success in the postseason thus far, holding a 6-2 record with a 3.11 ERA in nine games with Chicago and Seattle. Thus far in starts at Yankee Stadium the righty has even more success with a 5-0 record with a 3.86 ERA.

Detroit will counter with Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43) who will be making his first playoff start with the Tigers. The righty has had some success against New York winning all three starts against the Yankees-holding a 2.84 ERA.

Scherzer was roughed up in his last outing on April 3, as the starter gave up six runs and a career-high four homers, but his teammates pulled out the 10-7 victory. The starter established a career high in victories, has gone 1-3 with a 5.18 era in his last six road starts.

Written on October 2, 2011

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