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10/12/2012 2:12 AM EDT
Tigers ride Justin Verlander back to ALCS
DETROIT 6, OAKLAND 0

By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Once he finally made his way to the
victorious visiting clubhouse, Justin Verlander's teammates
greeted him with chants of "Cy Young!" and sprayed him in the
face with bubbly.



Already among baseball's best starters, Verlander showed he sure
can finish.



Detroit's ace and MVP bookended the AL division series with
11-strikeout gems, throwing a four-hitter in the decisive fifth
game to get the Tigers back to the AL championship series for a
second straight year with a 6-0 victory over the Oakland
Athletics on Thursday night.



"I thought he might have thrown 300 pitches if he had to,"
slugger Prince Fielder said. "He wasn't coming out of the game.
No way."



Verlander delivered a day after closer Jose Valverde failed to
hold a ninth-inning lead as Detroit was pushed to the brink
after jumping out to a 2-0 series lead back home at Comerica
Park.



Verlander tossed his first career postseason shutout and
complete game with a 122-pitch masterpiece.



"He had a look in his eye today," manager Jim Leyland said. "A
complete-game look in his eye."



The Tigers will face either the New York Yankees or Baltimore
Orioles, tied at two games apiece heading into Game 5 on Friday
night in New York. Game 1 of the ALCS is scheduled for Saturday.



Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP, was so
sharp nobody in the bullpen ever got up to throw. He struck out
22 in his wins on both ends of this nail-biting series.



After squandering two chances to clinch the series, including
blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead in Game 4, Leyland left it
all up to Verlander just as he said he would.



"I think it's one of those things I expected to go nine
innings," Verlander said. "In this situation, in a Game 5, I
wanted to go all the way."



Austin Jackson hit an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring
single as the Tigers added on with a four-run seventh. Fielder
had an RBI single.



The Tigers are on to another ALCS despite getting just one RBI
all series from Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera - on a
bases-loaded hit by pitch, no less. Booed by the yellow
towel-waving sellout crowd of 36,393 each time he stepped into
the batter's box. Cabrera finished 5 for 20, and it was his
blooper dropped by Coco Crisp in a 5-4 Game 2 victory Sunday
that allowed two runs to score.



Leyland all but called Verlander's latest gem.



"Justin Verlander's a pretty tough chore for anybody," Leyland
said.



The Detroit skipper gave the ball to his 17-game winner and said
beforehand the Tigers would likely win or lose with the
hard-throwing right-hander on the mound.



And, against the A's - or anybody else, for that matter -
Verlander usually wins.



"This is where legends are made," catcher Alex Avila said.
"Tonight, he basically put us on his back and said, `We're not
going to lose."'



Verlander recorded the most strikeouts in a shutout of a
winner-take-all postseason game, topping Sandy Koufax's 10 in
the 1965 World Series against Minnesota.



"When you're going into pressure situations like this, there's
nobody better to have on the mound than Justin," Jackson said.



Verlander followed up an 11-strikeout outing in Detroit's 3-1
Game 1 win Saturday with another overpowering performance in his
10th postseason start. He improved to 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in
three postseason starts against the A's and upped his career
mark to 5-4 with 2.15 ERA in 10 starts at the Coliseum.



Verlander had allowed one earned run with a 0.69 ERA in beating
the A's twice during the regular season.



"He's always tough. You go out there and you battle him the best
that you can," Crisp said. "Today he had some of his best stuff
of the year."



Detroit finally got to party in a visiting clubhouse that for
the sixth straight game was prepped for a possible clinch
celebration.



The Texas Rangers were in town last week needing one victory to
win the AL West but dropped all three to lose the division to
the surprising A's in Game No. 162.



On Wednesday night, plastic covering the floor and lockers was
torn down in all of about 40 seconds after Valverde allowed
three runs in the bottom of the ninth as Oakland won with
another walkoff in a season full of them.



This time, the Tigers let loose.



Verlander hollered "Whoo!" when he entered the clubhouse and
quickly ran to a table to grab a celebratory bottle before being
doused from all directions.



"It was awesome and horrible at the same time because you can't
see a thing," he said. "Your eyes are burning and all I want to
do is look up and celebrate with my teammates. And all I can do
is look down and shut my eyes."



After Seth Smith grounded out to end the game, the A's stayed on
the field to greet the fans who were still on their feet
chanting "Let's Go Oakland!" Verlander waved toward the Oakland
players in a classy acknowledgment.



Detroit's offense did more than enough to give Verlander a
cushion on another relatively quiet night by Cabrera and
Fielder, the team's $214 million cleanup hitter.



Cabrera went five straight games without an RBI on four
different occasions during the regular season, but didn't extend
that to the playoffs when Ryan Cook plunked him with the bases
loaded in the seventh.



Oakland's miscues on the mound only helped matters.



Omar Infante singled to start the third inning against A's
starter Jarrod Parker, then moved to second on a wild pitch.
Then, with Cabrera batting after Jackson's double and a
sacrifice by Quintin Berry that moved him up a base, Parker
threw another wild pitch that allowed Jackson to score.



The upstart A's were attempting to become the ninth team to
rally from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series, but couldn't
match the cross-bay Giants after San Francisco won at Cincinnati
earlier in the day to reach the NLCS.



So much for all that chatter about another Bay Bridge World
Series in Northern California like the earthquake-interrupted
Series in 1989 swept by the A's.



Oakland struck out 50 times in a series of swings and misses
riding high only a week ago after stunning the two-time reigning
AL champion Rangers on the regular season's final day to win the
AL West. The Ks were the most in A's franchise history for a
five-game series.



The A's payroll of $59.5 million is lowest in the majors. But
the last game was the only lopsided one.



Detroit eliminated Oakland again after the Tigers pulled off a
four-game sweep in the 2006 AL championship series.



"We didn't think it was going to end today, not for a second,"
A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We knew we were going up against a
good pitcher. That didn't mean we didn't think we were going to
win. We've gone up against good pitchers this year. And it's a
bit of a shock when it finally does end. It was a heck of a
story. It was a heck of a run for us."



The Tigers now look to get through another round after falling
in six games to the Rangers in last year's ALCS.



NOTES: Josh Reddick, who hit a team-leading 32 homers, struck
out 10 times for the most by an A's player in a postseason
series. The only person with more Ks than Reddick in a division
series was Seattle's Bret Boone with 11 in 2001. ... The A's
have lost eight of their last nine postseason series. ...
Cabrera has reached base safely in all 16 of his postseason
games with the Tigers. ... Verlander is Detroit's all-time
postseason leader in strikeouts (70) and wins (5).

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