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ALCS Game 4: Tigers sweep Yankees, clinch trip to World Series

The Detroit Tigers are headed to the World Series after sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

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Tigers fans celebrate trip to World Series

Detroit Tigers fans are celebrating as the Tigers are heading to the World Series after sweeping the New York Yankees on Thursday in the ALCS.


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Tigers wrap up Game 4 of ALCS over Yanks, 8-1

The Tigers wrapped up a complete four-game sweep of the Yankees on Thursday to advance to the 2012 World Series.


Yankees vs. Tigers: Detroit ahead 6-1 after 6

Powered by a pair of two-run home runs from Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta, the Detroit Tigers have taken full command of Game 4 of the ALCS over the visiting New York Yankees through six innings, 6-1.

Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer did not allow his first hit until the top of the six inning, and recorded 10 strikeouts of New York hitters before exiting after 5 innings pitched. Scherzer's only mistake came on an RBI double to Nick Swisher that scored infielder Eduardo Nunez, but the talented strikeout artist was quickly bailed out by reliever Drew Smyly to close out the inning and limit the damage.

The key to the game thus far came during a high-powered fourth inning against Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. With No. 2 hitter Omar Infante on base and Cabrera at the plate with one out, the Triple Crown winner proceeded to demolish a first pitch Sabathia fastball into the left field bleachers to give the Tigers a comfortable 4-0 lead. Before a visibly shaken Sabathia could wrap up his frustrating inning, it was Peralta who stepped up and smacked a two-run bomb of his own to break the game wide open.


Yankees vs. Tigers: Detroit leads 2-0 after 3

On a sunny afternoon at Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers are off to a solid start in Game 4 of the ALCS with a 2-0 lead on the New York Yankees after three innings of action.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning on a Delmon Young RBI single that plated infielder Omar Infante, and added a second run two innings later after Avisail Garcia's infield single with the bases loaded. First baseman Prince Fielder leads the way with an early 2-for-2 performance from the plate, while Yankees lefty CC Sabathia continues to labor through Detroit's right-handed-heavy lineup with a whopping 73 total pitches thrown after just three frames.

Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer came into the game on a reported 100-pitch limit due to shoulder concerns, and needed a total of 55 to make it through his first three innings of work unscathed. Scherzer has already fanned five New York hitters with one walk, and is still in good shape to pitch deep into the contest if he can pick up a quick inning.


Phil Coke available to pitch in Game 4 if needed

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke is available to pitch if needed in Game 4 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees.


Game 4: No changes in lineups from Wednesday

The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees are putting out the same lineups they had planned to before Wednesday night's game was postponed due to rain.


Tigers, Yankees battle in delayed Game 4

After getting pushed back a day, the Tigers will have a chance to sweep the Yankees and advance to the World Series.


Game 4 of ALCS postponed due to rain

The Detroit Tigers will have to wait one more day before they get a shot at sweeping the New York Yankees. Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday night has been postponed due to rain, pushing the game back to Thursday. First pitch on Thursday will be at 4:07 p.m. ET, and all tickets for Wednesday's game will be honored. A potential Game 5 has been pushed back to Friday.

Game 4 had initially been delayed at the start, but it was decided that the weather in Detroit wasn't going to clear up anytime soon and that it would be best to play the game on Thursday. Inclement weather in the central part of the country has affected both leagues' championship series, as Game 3 of the NLCS is currently delayed in the seventh inning.

The pitching matchups for Game 4 are not expected to be affected, although certain relievers who would not have been available on Wednesday may be on Thursday.


Start of Game 4 delayed due to rain

The start of Wednesday night's pivotal Game 4 between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees has been delayed due to weather in the Detroit area. There has been no indication yet as to when the game might get underway.

Inclement weather has been an issue throughout the middle part of the country on Wednesday, as Game 3 of the NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants was paused in the bottom of the 7th due to wind and rain.

The Tigers, of course, will be going for a sweep of the Yankees, but will have to deal with New York ace CC Sabathia. In Game 3 on Tuesday night, the Tigers got a gem of a start from reigning Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, one which Sabathia would likely want to replicate.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been tinkering with the team's lineup, and Wednesday night will see Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez on the bench, with Nick Swisher -- who was benched on Tuesday night -- batting second and playing right field.


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Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez pitched 30 and 1/3 innings before allowing a run, setting a postseason record.


Yankees vs. Tigers: ALCS Game 4 lineups

Facing elimination in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has once again opted to shake things up with his starting lineup.

With Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer set to take the mound, Girardi plans to keep struggling hitters Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson each on the bench to start the game. Rodriguez was held out of the lineup in Game 3 in favor of Eric Chavez, a veteran defensive specialist who will once again start at third base in Game 4.

Despite owning a .333 career average against Scherzer, Granderson will also be forced to take a seat on Wednesday after going 0-for-10 in the first three games of the series. Granderson has only been able to produce three hits in 29 postseason at-bats, and has already racked up a whopping 15 strikeouts over eight playoff games.

Here are the full starting lineups for Game 4 of the ALCS:

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
7. Andy Dirks (L) LF
8. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
9. Gerald Laird (R) C
Max Scherzer (R) SP

1. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
2. Nick Swisher (S) RF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Raul Ibanez (L) DH
6. Eric Chavez (L) 3B
7. Russell Martin (R) C
8. Brett Gardner (L) CF
9. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
C.C. Sabathia (L) SP


Yankees vs. Tigers: Lineups for ALCS Game 4

Detroit manager Jim Leyland will use the exact same lineup he featured in Game 1 on Wednesday night against Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia.


Leyland says he may use Valverde in Game 4

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that he may use struggling closer Jose Valverde in Game 4, but did not say that an appearance by Papa Grande was a certainty.

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