The Tigers are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven ALCS with the Yankees, going home to their ballpark where they won 50 games, with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer scheduled to start the next two games.

Yeah, there are a lot worse situations. They could be the Yankees, for instance.

"Jim [manager Leyland] said at the beginning, 'You need 11 [postseason wins]' and after we won the first one, he said, 'We need today.' And that's what the focus is.

"So we'll try to win Tuesday's game," said Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski who reminded how wacky the postseason has been. "Look at what's happened in this postseason. How many clubs have come back when there's been two strikes and two outs? So the tension is always there and you have to focus on the job at hand.

"But you feel good for Tuesday. You never know, but you feel good with Justin on the mound."

Especially after the Nos. 3 and 4 guys in the rotation, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez did not allow a single run in Yankee Stadium.

"We definitely have a lot of confidence but we've been in this position before," said center fielder Austin Jackson. "The Oakland series, we were up 2-0 and they tied. Anything can happen. We just want to keep our foot on the gas."