Despite having allowed just one run through five innings, Doug Fister was removed and replaced by Max Scherzer to begin the sixth. Scherzer was the starter Jim Leyland was willing to make available in relief, instead of Justin Verlander.
Well, when the Yankees went to CC Sabathia out of the bullpen, he immediately allowed a run. Scherzer did not. He nearly did very quickly when Mark Teixeira led off with a deep fly to center, but Austin Jackson flagged it down on the track, the crowd volume dying along with the baseball.
Up next was Nick Swisher, who bounced into a harmless ground out. Jorge Posada attempted to start a rally with a two-out single pulled by Brandon Inge at third base, and that brought Russell Martin as the tying run, but Martin swung through a 1-2 changeup with just one of the very worst swings that you'll see. Inning over, job well done by Scherzer.
Off to the seventh, with the Tigers still up 3-1. Joe Girardi is sitting on David Robertson and Mariano Rivera, who could come in and shut this down, so the Tigers bullpen still has a lot of big outs to record. Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke have been throwing.