Tigers advance to World Series
The Detroit Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven years by beating the New York Yankees 8-1 on Thursday for a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series.
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Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning against CC Sabathia, who was unable to prevent the Yankees from getting swept in a post-season series for the first time in 32 years.
Pitcher Max Scherzer took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning against a New York starting line-up that was again without Alex Rodriguez, who was caught off a fly ball with two men on base in the sixth as a pinch hitter.
Austin Jackson added a solo homer in the seventh for Detroit and Peralta hit another homer an inning later to make it 8-1 as the Tigers won their 11th American League pennant and first since 2006.
The Tigers have five days off before the World Series starts on Wednesday against the defending champion St Louis Cardinals or 2010 winners the San Francisco Giants.
Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister allowed only two earned runs against the Yankees. New York were shut out once and totalled six runs in the series.
It looks increasingly likely that the Tigers will face the Cardinals in the World Series after the defending champions took a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.
Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina had two RBIs each to lead the Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Giants in Game Four on Thursday night.
And they can wrap up their second straight trip to the World Series as a wild card with a victory at home in Game Five on Friday evening.