1. The basics

  2. American League Championship Series, Game 3: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers; Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET at Comerica Park, Detroit. 
  3. TV: TBS (broadcasters: Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and John Smoltz); MLB.TV (subscription required)
  4. Weather: Cloudy, temps in the low 50s.
  5. Pitching matchup: Detroit's Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64 ERA) vs. New York's Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.23 ERA)
  6. Live chat: With Oakland (Mich.) Press, 12:30 p.m. ET
  7. Odds: Detroit -176
  8. An anemic offense goes up against the Tigers' ace, someone who is considered one of the elite pitchers in the MLB today. There's one bit of good news, though, if you want to call it good news: There are two batters who have hit three home runs against Verlander -- Alex Rodriguez (3-for-23 this postseason) and Nick Swisher (4-for-26). In two starts and 16 innings so far this postseason, Verlander has allowed one run on seven hits, and has struck out an astonishing 22. 
  9. Phil Hughes pitched rather well against Baltimore in Game 4 of the ALDS -- one earned run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings -- but left with a no-decision, mostly because the Yankees couldn't provide any run support (they lost, 2-1 in the 13th inning). Miguel Cabrera -- who has yet to record a postseason home run -- has four off Hughes. 
  10. How they stack up

  11. Obviously, the loss of Derek Jeter presents a problem for the Yankees, as the Ichiro-Cano combination at the top of the lineup failed to provide any hits in Game 2. The loss of table-setters meant that Detroit pitchers were more willing to pitch around Mark Teixeira and Raul Ibanez.
  12. History

  13. In Game 2, the Yankees' offense disappeared. After a first-inning double, the Bronx Bombers didn't record an extra base hit. They left seven runners on base, and were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. 
  14. Get hyped!