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Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 7, 2011 at 02:39:18 PM

The precious opportunities kept appearing. Crucial chances for the Yankees, chances for them to overtake the Tigers, win Game 5 of the American League Division Series and prolong their season. But, in futile at-bat after futile at-bat, the Yankees didn’t produce. The powerful Yankees couldn’t smack a timely single Thursday night.

When Jose Valverde pumped a fastball past Alex Rodriguez, the Tigers had a 3-2 win while the Yankees had the ending to their night and the ending to an exasperating postseason. Rodriguez’s last, helpless hack was an attempt to catch up with a 94-mile per hour pitch. That final swing was an ugly and fitting finale to a game that should haunt the Yankees.

“This,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, “will be a game I remember for