The Yankees will be without shortstop Derek Jeter for the rest of the playoffs. Jeter broke his ankle late in Detroit's 6-4, 12-inning win in Game 1 of the series. Jayson Nix came into the game at shortstop in Jeter's absence. Nix hit .243 with four home runs in a utility role this season.
Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32 ERA) starts for the Yankees, trying to help New York avoid falling behind two games to none in the series. Kuroda faced the Tigers twice this season. He had a 3.38 ERA against them and had no-decisions in each start. The Yankees were 1-1 in those games.
Kuroda picked up a win in his lone start in the Division Series against Baltimore, giving up two runs in 8⅓ innings and striking out three. Kuroda is pitching on just three days rest.
Anibal Sanchez (9-13, 3.86 ERA) starts for the Tigers. Sanchez pitched against the Yankees once this season, giving up seven runs in three innings in a loss Aug. 8. Sanchez took a loss for the Tigers in his lone playoff start this season, giving up two runs over 6 ⅓ innings against Oakland.