NEW YORK — Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning after New York’s Raul Ibañez hit another stunning game-tying home run during a four-run rally in the ninth, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the Yankees, 6-4, Saturday night in an American League Championship Series opener in which Derek Jeter broke his left ankle.
Three innings after Ibañez sent the 47,122 in Yankee Stadium into a frenzy with a tying two-run homer, the durable Yankees captain stunned the crowd silent when he didn’t get up after making a diving stop on Jhonny Peralta’s groundball in the 12th inning. Unable to move, he flipped the ball toward the mound. His leg was dangling as he was assisted off by manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donahue.
He was helped up, and he put an arm around Girardi and Donahue. They coaxed him off the field with Jeter not moving his left leg as chants of “Derek Jeter!” rang out.
Detroit was coasting to a 4-0 win before the Yankees rocked Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth.
A pair or former Seattle Mariners stars were responsible. Ichiro Suzuki started the comeback with a two-run homer with one out, and the 40-year-old Ibañez hit another two-run drive with two outs. Three nights earlier, Ibañez hit a tying home run in the ninth against Baltimore in Game 3 of the division series and another homer in the 12th to win.
Young’s one-out double off David Phelps, which followed a leadoff walk by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, sliced in right and eluded Nick Swisher, who appeared ready to dive but couldn’t get his glove out when he realized the ball was closer to him than he had thought.
Young drove in three runs, hitting an RBI single in a two-run sixth against Andy Pettitte, and a solo homer in the eighth against Derek Lowe.
Tigers rookie Avisail Garcia singled in a run against Boone Logan, and Andy Dirks added an RBI single in the 12th on a comebacker that glanced off Phelps’ pitching hand.
Drew Smyly, who had started warming up in the third when starter Doug Fister took a line drive off his right wrist, got the win by pitching two scoreless innings.
In Game 2 tonight, New York starts Hiroki Kuroda, pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his big league career. Detroit sends Anibal Sanchez to the mound.
Twenty-five of 42 previous Game 1 winners have gone on to take the AL pennant.