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Tigers beat A's
OAKLAND, California (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - While you were sleeping the Tigers were winning, pushing through game five.
It was a brilliant showing from Justin Verlander in a 3-0 shutout of the Athletics in Oakland.
Verlander carried a no-hitter into the seventh and limited the A's to a pair of singles while striking out 10 in eight innings.
Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers ahead with a two-run homer in the fourth.
A lot of people are going to be tired Friday morning after staying up late to watch the thriller of a game.
But for the third straight year the Tigers are heading to the American League Championship Series.
There was lots of celebration in Oakland Thursday night.
Justin Verlander pitched another game five gem, just like last year, while carrying a no-hit bid into the seventh inning.
Miguel Cabrera helped seal the deal. He homered to lead the Tigers past the Athletics 3-0 Thursday night.
It came down to the 9th inning where Joaquin Benoit made it a little interesting with two outs in the ninth, allowing a base hit before hitting a batter. But he closed out the series by getting Seth Smith to fly out to right field.
Justin Verlander says it was the type of game he's dreamt about his whole life.
"Obviously it's something you dream about as a kid, it's win or go home. You visualize when you're 10 year's old in your back yard. Game five, game seven. Gotta win. And it's pretty exciting to have gone out there twice in that scenario and done a very good job," said Verlander.
Jim Leyland says he's happy the pitcher has hit his stride coming into the playoffs, especially in a do or die situation.
"This was a big challenge for him. He did it here last year, He's done it on several occasions for us, and he did it once again," said Leyland.
The Tigers now head to Boston to take on the Red Sox in game one of the ALCS on Saturday.
Game one takes place Saturday night in Boston. Game two will also be in Boston. Then the Tigers are back in Detroit for games three through five.
And then it's off to Fenway for six and seven.
You can count on Newschannel 3 to bring you all the highlights and post reaction throughout the series.