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Tigers top punchless Yankees, lead series 2-0

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  • Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 6:38 a.m.

— Even with Derek Jeter this postseason, the Yankees’ offense produced next to nothing.

Without him?

Find something else to do next Saturday night, when Game 6 of this ALCS is scheduled in the Bronx. The series has almost no chance of getting that far.

Anibal Sanchez was the latest opposing pitcher to look like Sandy Koufax against the increasingly dead-men-walking Yankees, holding them to three hits in seven innings Sunday in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory in ALCS Game 2 in front of 47,082 irritated fans at the Stadium.

The Tigers, who have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, will start ace Justin Verlander — the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner — in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Comerica Park against Phil Hughes.

“We’ll have a chance to see what we’re made of,” Mark Teixeira said. “We’re not in a great position, definitely not. I don’t think anyone is happy about what happened the last two days. But we do have a day off tomorrow to kind of clear our heads, refocus on the job we have to do. Because if we don’t get it done, the season’s going to be over.”

Nick Swisher, one of a brigade of Yankees hitters swinging dead wood in these playoffs, came into the game 3-for-23 this postseason and went 1-for-3.

“We have a lot of pride in here,” said the rightfielder, whose postseason slump set in motion what appeared to be a falling out with the Bleacher Creatures on Sunday. “And we’re not going to go down like this.”

Hiroki Kuroda became the latest Yankees pitcher to go down to defeat because of a sad performance by the Yankees’ offense, which managed only four hits against Sanchez and former Yankee Phil Coke.

“I know there’s a lot of doubts out there but we have tremendous confidence in this clubhouse,” said Alex Rodriguez, who batted sixth, had a single in a 1-for-4 afternoon that still included mostly boos from the fans.

Of the day off Monday, A-Rod said it was “good timing.”

“Everyone needs it,” he said. “Take a deep breath. And come back with blazing guns on Tuesday. This team’s going to be ready … We’ve overcome a lot of adversity and answered the bell, and we’ll do it again. Don’t doubt us. Don’t count us out.”

Said catcher Russell Martin: “It’s definitely a tough position to be in. We have to win the next game. There’s no question about that.”

Good luck with that.

Looking for a spark from someone — anyone — in the lineup after losing Jeter to a broken left ankle toward the end of Game 1, Joe Girardi, ejected after a blown call in the eighth inning that led to two Tigers runs, saw more of the same, meaning zilch.

Most confounding from the bat of Robinson Cano, who finished the season on a torrid 24-for-39 stretch only to flat-line in the postseason. The second baseman went 0-for-4, dropping to 2-for-32 this postseason, including a still-going 0-for-27 stretch, the longest postseason stretch of hitless at-bats in Yankees postseason history, according to Elias.

Girardi, normally optimistic in the worst of circumstances, showed some frustration with his lineup.

“We know what they are doing to us. You have to make adjustments,” Girardi said after spending the first part of his news conference calling for expanded replay. “They are not going to put it on a tee for us. We know that. We are more than capable of scoring runs, and have done it a number of times this year. We have to make adjustments.”

Girardi wasn’t specific, beyond saying: “You have to understand what teams are trying to do to you. Take what they are doing to you and make adjustments.”

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E—A.Sanchez (1). LOB—Detroit 6, New York 7. 2B—Berry (1), Teixeira (1). RBIs—A.Garcia (2), Mi.Cabrera (1), D.Young (4). SB—Granderson (1). CS—Ibanez (1).

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Kuroda L, 0-172/35330113.52

Logan pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Chamberlain pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Rapada pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Inherited runners-scored—Logan 2-1, Chamberlain 2-1, Rapada 2-0, Eppley 3-0. IBB—off A.Sanchez (Ibanez). T—3:18. A—47,082 (50,291).

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