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Keys to Game 1 of both ALDS

9/30/2011

Here's what I'll be looking for as I watch Game 1 of both American League Division Series tonight.

Detroit Tigers-New York Yankees

• Realistically, Detroit ace Justin Verlander has to beat CC Sabathia for the Tigers to have a chance of winning the series. I'm looking to see how well Verlander can utilize his secondary offerings against the Yankees' potent lineup. Unlike a lot of teams, the Yankees can handle high-90s velocity, as they showed against David Price on Wednesday night.