With runners at second and third and two outs in the seventh, Nick Swisher flied out against Brian Matusz, dropping to 1 for 33 (.030) with runners in scoring position in postseason play.
And a night after scoring five runs in the ninth against All-Star reliever Jim Johnson to win 7-2, the Yankees saw just 12 pitches in a 1-2-3 ninth against Baltimore’s closer. Alex Rodriguez, 1 for 9 with five strikeouts in the series, fanned for the final out.
Last year, the Yankees won their first-round opener against Detroit but were knocked out in five games. In 2010, they beat Texas in Game 1 of the AL championship series but lost in six.
Not the type of history New York wants to repeat.