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.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Cubs vs. Red Sox Pick Who will take the rubber match when the Chicago Cubs take on the Boston Red Sox tonight at 8PM ET in Sunday Night...
Thumbnail Padres vs. Giants Prediction Are the Padres a good bet to upset the Giants again today at 4:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Phillies vs. Dodgers Pick Will the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies hit the over for a third straight day when they meet up at...
Thumbnail Rockies vs. Diamondbacks Pick Can the Colorado Rockies complete a road sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks when the two meet today at 4:10PM ET?
Thumbnail A's vs. Astros Prediction Will Dallas Keuchel lead the Astros to a win versus the A's today at 2:10PM ET?

MLB Team Pages