RH Doug Fister
Season stats: 10-10, 3.45 ERA.
Quality starts: 18-for-27 (including 1-for-1 in the postseason).
The buzz: Fister returns to Yankee Stadium, where he held the Yankees to one run in five innings to win the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS last year. That was his first postseason start; now he's made three and has allowed five runs in 19 1/3 innings (2.33 ERA).
Key hitter for Fister: Robinson Cano. He's 3-for-9 off Fister with two doubles in regular-season play, and it's easy to see him launching a long drive if Fister makes a mistake. Fister isn't a pure power pitcher. But when he's locating all of his pitches, he can get strikeouts quickly, as he has done in two recent starts.
LH Andy Pettitte
Season stats: 5-4, 2.87 ERA.
Quality starts: 7-for-13 (including 1-for-1 in the postseason).
The buzz: Pettitte, 40, has been pitching well in big games for the Yankees since the mid-1990s, when they started their current run of excellence. Tonight will be his 44th postseason start. In his most recent outing, he made a quality start but lost to Baltimore in the ALDS. Strangely enough, the Tigers haven't faced Pettitte in more than four years, since April of 2008, when they beat him at old Yankee Stadium. He was injured for part of this season, and he sat out last year in retirement.
Key hitter for Pettitte: Delmon Young. Oh, my. Young is 11-for-19 off Pettitte. The consolation for Pettitte: None of those 11 hits was a home run.
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