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Detroit Tigers sweep the Yankees to advance to World Series

Detroit : MI : USA | Oct 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM PDT
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The Tigers lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series that shifts to Detroit for game three

The Detroit Tigers’ fans waited all day yesterday and today to watch their team crowned as the American League champions. Detroit beat the New York Yankees with 8-1 victory in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series to complete a sweep of the Yankees at Comerica Stadium in Motor City. New York sent ace CC Sabathia to the mound in Game 4, only to see him rocked for two home runs in the fourth inning with a total of six runs.

The Tigers scored seven runs, led by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, who homered in the bottom of the fourth. The crowd chanting “MVP, MVP” whenever he steps in the batter’s box, Cabrera also had an RBI double during Detroit's victory over New York in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson were still out of New York's starting lineup for Game 4, a day after the game was postponed by rain. The Yankees’ offense in this series was completely dormant, plus they lost Derek Jeter, who broke his left ankle in the 12th inning of the Tigers’ win on Saturday night.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead when Delmon Young singled to right to bring Omar Infante home in the bottom of first inning. That was followed by Avisail Garcia’s infield single to shortstop as Prince Fielder scored to make it 2-0 in bottom of the third.

Sabathia battled jams in the first three innings but couldn't handle the dominant batting lineup of the Tigers. Sabathia faces Cabrera for the second time in the bottom of the fourth, this time giving up a two-run home run. But the inning wasn't done as the Yankees’ ace pitcher gave up second hit to Young followed by Jhonny Peralta’s homer to make it a 6-0 Tigers lead.

Sabathia was done after the fourth inning, having given up 6 runs and 11 hits. But the Yankees scored to start the sixth inning as Nick Swisher doubled to center to bring in Eduardo Nunez, making it 6-1. Yankees relievers give up another two home runs to the Tigers, and the crowd began chanting for a sweep.

Austin Jackson homered in the seventh, and Peralta homered again in the eighth inning to wrap up the 8-1 victory. Phil Coke pitched two innings to save the game, and the Tigers will go to the World Series after 6 years. Delmon Young was named MVP in the series in bringing in 6 RBI's. They will face the winner of San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship series. Tigers last won the World Series in 1984.

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