NEW YORK (AP) — Raul Ibanez struck again.
The New York Yankees’ sudden slugger hit another tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. This one has come 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.
Three batters after Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run shot of Valverde to cut the Yankees’ deficit in half, Ibanez connected for his second tying homer of this postseason and sent the game into extra innings.
Ibanez started his powerful week against Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning on Wednesday to send Game 3 of the division series to extra innings. Then he won it with a homer in the 12th inning.