DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers are headed back to the World Series for the first time in six years after crushing the New York Yankees 8-1 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series.
Game Four of the series was rained out on Wednesday but it only seemed to delay the inevitable as the Tigers finished off the reeling Yankees in devastating style.
The Yankees had been counting on ace CC Sabathia to tame the Tigers and extend the series but instead it was Detroit mauling the left-hander for 11 hits in 3-2/3 innings, including two-run homers from Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta in the fourth that kicked the party into top gear at a packed Comerica Park.
Austin Jackson and Peralta added solo homers to complete the rout as Detroit ended New York's season for a second consecutive year. The four Detroit home runs match a franchise post-season record while their 16 hits set a new club standard.
That was more than enough run support for Tigers starter Max Scherzer, who was brilliant surrendering just one run on two hits while striking out 10 and walking two in 5-2/3 innings.
The big right-hander had a no-hitter going through five innings until Eduardo Nunez led off the sixth with a triple and then scored New York's only run off a Nick Swisher's double.
Detroit, seeking its first World Series title since 1984, will play the winner of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball's championship. (Reporting by Steve Keating in Detroit; Editing by Frank Pingue)