NEW YORK — Raul Ibanez struck again.
The New York Yankees' sudden
slugger hit another tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. This
one came off Detroit closer Jose Valverde on Saturday night to lift
New York into a 4-4 tie in the opener of the American League Championship Series. The Tigers went on to win 6-4.
Three batters after Ichiro Suzuki
hit a two-run shot off Valverde to cut the Yankees' deficit in half,
Ibanez connected for his second tying homer of the postseason and sent
the game into extra innings.
Ibanez started his powerful week
against Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning Wednesday to send Game 3 of the division series to extra innings. Then
he won it with a homer in the 12th inning.
Watch the Ibanez blast in the video below.