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Tigers 6, Yan­kees 0

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers didn’t waste this home­com­ing and Kenny Rogers made ev­ery pitch count.

In a ball­park nor­mally locked up by Oc­to­ber, the Tigers got 7 ⁄ shutout in­nings from Rogers and out­played New York in a 6-0 vic­tory, push­ing Detroit within one win of shock­ing the Yan­kees into an early win­ter.

Rogers, 41, one of the few Detroit staffers who doesn’t fire 100 m.p.h. fast­balls, used ev­ery pitch in his per­sonal stash to blank a re­vamped Yan­kees’ lineup for his first ca­reer post-sea­son win.

As if con­jur­ing the spirit of for­mer Tigers phe­nom Mark (The Bird) Fidrych, Rogers spent much of the evening talk­ing to him­self on the mound.

Rogers’s first win over the Yan­kees since 1993 came at the per­fect time for the Tigers, who were play­ing their first post-sea­son game in Comer­ica Park and the first play­off game in The Mo­tor City since 1987 at Tiger Sta­dium.

Detroit scored three runs in the sec­ond in­ning off Randy John­son and two more in the sixth.

Sean Casey had two RBIs and Cur­tis Gran­der­son hit a solo homer.

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