DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have won the American League pennant and are going to the World Series for the 11th time in team history -- and first since 2006.The Tigers finished a sweep of the punchless New York Yankees with an 8-1 trouncing in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta both hit two-run home runs in the fourth inning as the Tigers took command early. Peralta and Austin Jackson added solo homers later in the rout. Yankees starter CC Sabathia was hit hard by the Tigers, giving up two home runs and six runs in three and two-thirds innings of work.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer lost a no-hit bid in the sixth inning. He struck out 10 in his five and two-thirds innings. Scherzer and three relievers combined on a two-hitter.
The Tigers will get some rest before the World Series. The Fall Classic opens next Wednesday night in either St. Louis or San Francisco.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals are one victory away from returning to the World Series with a chance at winning back-to-back titles.
The Cardinals routed San Francisco 8-3 to take a 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series. Adam Wainwright and Fernando Salas combined on a six-hitter. Wainwright hurled seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits, striking out five.
Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece to lead a 12-hit outburst by a team that batted just .198 through the first three games of the series.
The Cardinals roughed up Tim Lincecum early in his first start of the postseason. Lincecum departed after four and two-third innings, allowing four runs on six hits.
Carlos Beltran did not play for the Cards after injuring injured his left knee while running on a double-play grounder in the previous game. He's listed as day to day. His backup, Matt Carpenter, again did fine. After homering in Game 3, Carpenter went 1-for-3, walking twice and scoring two runs.
The highlight for the Giants was a meaningless two-run homer by Pablo Sandoval in the ninth.
The Cards will send out 18-game winner Lance Lynn when they go for the clincher Friday night. The Giants counter with Barry Zito, who was 15-8 in the regular season.