Sports on TV, Oct. 16: Yankees try for win in ALCS, Nets, Team USA soccer in action

The New York Yankees desperately need a win to bounce back from a 2-0 deficit against the Detroit Tigers, but they're on the road against arguably the best pitcher in the American League.

A quick look at tonight in New York sports, as the Yankees attempt to get back into the ALCS against the Tigers.

MLB: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers, 8 p.m., TBS: The Yankees' situation looks bleak. The team hasn't been able to score runs ever since the postseason started -- unless the hitter is Raul Ibanez, and it's the ninth inning or later -- and Derek Jeter is not coming back. Compound that with the fact that they face Justin Verlander, last year's MVP and Cy Young Award winner, who allowed only one run in 16 innings in the ALDS against Oakland. Taking the mound for New York is Phil Hughes, who pitched very well in a 6⅔-inning effort Game 4 against Baltimore.

NBA: Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m., NBATV: The Nets take the road to play the Boston Celtics a night after opening up their new arena. Expect big minutes for guys trying to make the roster in the second night of a preseason back-to-back.

Soccer: Guatemala vs. USA, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2: The men's national team can move to the fourth and final round of World Cup qualifying in the North American region with a win or draw over Guatemala. The two teams drew in an earlier match in Guatemala City earlier, and now have a home field advantage that has been very strong for the Americans as they meet in Kansas City. The Guatemalans also advance to the next round with a draw, so they likely won't try to test the Americans much.

Elsewhere on TV:

College football: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. North Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Soccer: Spain vs. France, 3 p.m., ESPN2.

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