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Yankees beat Tigers 9-1 win in playoff series opener

Oct 1, 2011, 8:38 p.m.
New York Yankees' Brett Gardner (R) hits a two-RBI single in front of Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila during the sixth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Saturday in their rain-delayed opening game of the Major League Baseball (MLB) division playoffs.

Second baseman Robinson Cano crushed a grand slam home run and drove in six runs, including two run-scoring doubles, to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

The game had begun Friday but was suspended midway through the second inning because of heavy rain. It resumed Saturday on a chilly night in the Bronx with the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning.

Cano broke the deadlock in the fifth inning with a shot that hit the top of the wall and allowed Curtis Granderson to score. In the next inning, he belted a pitch from reliever Al Alburquerque into the second deck with the bases loaded to cap a six-run burst that effectively ended the contest.

The second game of the series, originally scheduled for Saturday, will be played on Sunday.

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Julian Linden)

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