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ALCS: Tigers blank Yankees to stretch lead

‘WRONG CALL’:The game turned on a botched pickoff call by second base umpire Jeff Nelson that allowed the Tigers to increase their lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning

AFP, NEW YORK

Quintin Berry led off for the Tigers by bouncing a ball over the center-field wall for a ground-rule double, then took third base on a Cabrera single.

Prince Fielder struck out, but Delmon Young followed with a ground-ball to Yankee shortstop Jayson Nix, who flipped the ball to Cano at second base in hopes of turning a double play to end the inning and the threat. Cano grabbed the ball for the force-out, but dropped it as he tried to throw to first base to retire Young, allowing the batter to reach first base safely and Berry to cross the home plate to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Adding to Cano’s woes was his none-for-26 playoff hit drought, which has now become the longest playoff batting drought in major league history.

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