They needed two nights and two starting pitchers, but the Yankees finally took Game 1 of their American League division series, 9-3, against the Tigers. Ivan Nova "started" the game -- it resumed in the bottom of the second after rain delayed it Friday -- and held the Tigers in check. He worked into the ninth and didn't allow a run until after he left the game. He struck out five and walked four. Robinson Cano took care of the rest (pictured above), knocking in six runs. He hit a go-ahead double off the top -- very top -- of the left-field wall and then hit a grand slam in a six-run sixth. For good measure, he added an RBI double in the seventh. Brett Gardner had a key two-strike single that turned a 2-1 lead into a 4-1 advantage. The only downside? Luis Ayala struggled in relief of Nova, and the Yankees had to turn to Mariano Rivera to throw three pitches.
A late goal by Thierry Henry helped the Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in Toronto and preserve their playoff chances. The goal came off a redirected corner kick.