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Tigers ride Justin Verlander back to ALCS

Detroit Tigers' pitcher Justin Verlander pops some champagne in the locker room. Detroit Tigers' pitcher Justin Verlander pops some champagne in the locker room.
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    This photo says it all.  Tigers' pitcher Max Scherzer takes a victory swig of champagne. This photo says it all. Tigers' pitcher Max Scherzer takes a victory swig of champagne.
    It wasn't easy.  It took five games, but the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland A's 6-0 to win an American League Divisional playoff series three games to two.This may give the team a chance to finally sigh
    It wasn't easy.  It took five games, but the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland A's 6-0 to win an American League Divisional playoff series three games to two.This may give the team a chance to finally sigh
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Justin Verlander struck out 11 in a four-hitter to send the Detroit Tigers back to the AL championship series, beating the Oakland Athletics 6-0 in the decisive Game 5 of their division series Thursday night.

Play the videos to see post game celebration in the locker room and interviews with Delmon Young, Doug Fister, Austin Jackson and Dave Dombrowski.  Fox 2's Woody Woodriffe reports.

After squandering two chances to clinch the series, including blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead in Game 4, Verlander became Detroit's ultimate closer.

The Tigers will face either the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles, tied at 2-all heading into their 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.

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