Sanchez Outduels Kuroda, Tigers Take Game 2 of the ALCS

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Alex Trautwig/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hiroki Kuroda was good, but Anibal Sanchez was better. Sanchez pitched seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, three walks and striking out seven, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 shutout over the New York Yankees, giving Detroit a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.

“I thought both starting pitchers were absolutely terrific,” Tigers skipper Jim Leyland said. “I haven’t seen that much of Kuroda. I thought he was terrific. Then Sanchez was matching him inning for inning. We didn’t have a hit through five. I mean this is a tough place to pitch with a tough lineup…and a short porch…and a whole bunch of left handed hitters. It’s not easy. It was quite a feat.”

Kuroda went 7 2/3 innings allowing three runs, five hits, zero walks and 11 strikeouts.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano went 0-for-4, setting a Major League playoff record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit at 26.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Detroit.

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