Game 1 was the Tigers' third postseason victory in extra innings on the road in franchise history. It also marked the third time since 1964 that the Yankees have lost in extra innings at home in the playoffs -- and the second time in three nights, as they fell to Baltimore, 2-1, in 13 innings on Thursday.
The Yankees lost in extra innings at home in the ALCS for the first time since Game 2 against the Indians in 1998.
This is the second consecutive season that the Tigers and Yankees have met in the playoffs, and the third time in postseason history. Detroit beat the Yankees in the American League Division Series in both
2006 and 2011. The Tigers lost Game 1 in both series.
The Tigers are 3-1 in franchise history when winning Game 1 of the ALCS or World Series on the road, while the Yankees are 7-2 when losing Game 1 at home.
Raul Ibanez hit a game-tying, two-run homer off Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the bottom of the ninth inning, becoming the first player in Major League history with three home runs in the ninth inning or later in a single postseason. Ibanez also hit a pinch-hit, game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles and then a walk-off blast in the 12th inning of that same game.
Ibanez joined teammate Alex Rodriguez as the only players to hit two game-tying homers in the ninth inning or later in a single postseason -- Rodriguez did so during the Yankees title run in 2009. Ibanez, Rodriguez and Johnny Bench are the only players to hit two game-tying homers in the ninth inning or later in postseason history.
Valverde has allowed at least three runs in back-to-back appearances for the second time in his career. The other time came in June 2006 as a member of the Diamondbacks.
Valverde, who also surrendered a ninth-inning homer to Ichiro Suzuki, allowed two home runs in a game for the third time in his career and for the first time since July 21, 2008, against the Pirates.
Ichiro, who recorded his first career postseason homer, became the first Yankees player to record four or more hits in a playoff game since Derek Jeter went 5-for-5 in Game 1 of the 2006 ALDS. Ichiro has reached base safely in 16 of his 17 career playoff games.
Delmon Young's solo home run in the eighth inning was his sixth career postseason homer, which set a Tigers franchise record.
Young's .542 regular-season batting average against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte ranked as the highest among players with at least 20 at-bats against the lefty. He went 1-for-3 on Saturday.
Young recorded three RBIs to join Miguel Cabrera as the only Tigers to drive in three runs in a postseason game against the Yankees. Cabrera did so in Game 2 of the 2011 ALDS.
Cabrera has reached base safely in 17 consecutive postseason games after singling off Pettitte in the first inning.
Pettitte started Game 1 of a playoff series for the seventh time and for the first time since the 2005 NLCS, as a member of the Astros. It was the first Game 1 Pettitte started for the Yankees since the 2001 ALCS against the Mariners.
Rodriguez batted sixth or lower in the batting order for the fourth time in 58 career postseason games with the Yankees.
Rodriguez, who went 0-for-3 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, is batting
.108 (4-for-37) in his last two postseasons with 16 strikeouts. He is 0-for-15 with 10 strikeouts against right-handers in the 2012 playoffs.
Jeter became the first player in Major League history to record 200 career postseason hits with a second-inning single off Tigers starter Doug Fister.
Jeter, who fractured his ankle and is out for the season, had started in all 158 postseason games the Yankees have played in since 1996. The last time the Yankees played a postseason game without Jeter was Game 5 of the ALDS on Oct. 8, 1995, against the Mariners, which was the first playoff game of Rodriguez's career.
Fister walked three batters in the first inning, marking only the second time he has walked that many in an inning. He started by walking Jeter, which was just the third time in his career that he has started a game by issuing a walk, and the first time since Oct. 1, 2009, against the A's.
Fister became the second pitcher in Tigers postseason history to issue at least four walks and allow zero runs in a game. The other was Max Scherzer in Game 2 of the 2011 ALDS vs. the Yankees.
The Yankees left the bases loaded three times for the first time ever in a postseason game.
Austin Jackson recorded his first postseason triple and the fourth by a Tigers player in an ALCS. It was Detroit's 16th postseason triple in franchise history.
Prince Fielder opened up the scoring with an RBI single off Pettitte in the top of the sixth. During the season, Fielder finished in a three-way tie for the second most RBIs in the Majors against lefties and is third in all of baseball since 2008 with 178, trailing only Adrian Gonzalez and Mark Teixeira.
Curtis Granderson's 11 strikeouts are the most he has had in a single postseason, passing the 10 he had in 13 games in 2006.
New York's four runs in the ninth inning marked just the second time this postseason the club has had a multi-run inning.
Robinson Cano went 0-for-6 and is now hitless in his last 22 at-bats. In six games this postseason, Cano is batting .071. Cano has now gone hitless in four consecutive postseason games for the first time in his career.