It was the worst of times, it was the best of times, and then it was the times that made the worst of times seem like winning the lottery. The Yankees entered the ninth inning down 4-0 with a hapless offense and having had Derek Lowe in the game to give up a home run when the game was still 2-0, but they sure did give it their all against Detroit closer Jose Valverde. Ichiro Suzuki kicked off the fireworks with a one out, two run home run to cut the deficit in half, and after a Robinson Cano strikeout (Cano, incidentally, just looks terrible at the plate right now, and ended this at bat by whiffing at a 91 MPH fastball literally right down the middle), Mark Teixeira battled back from 0-2 in the count to work a walk, bringing up the tying run in the form of…Raul Ibanez. In a moment Aaron Sorkin would dismiss as over-dramatized, Ibanez hit the ball three rows deep into the right center field seats, and suddenly the Yankees were alive with a 4-4 tie.
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