Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The day may have changed, but the outcome was very much the same.
The Detroit Tigers' arms once again dominated the New York Yankees' bats in finishing off a four-game sweep of a one-sided American League Championship Series with an 8-1 victory Thursday at Comerica Park, sending the franchise into the World Series for the first time since 2006.
Max Scherzer didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning and combined with three relievers on a two-hitter as Detroit became the first team to sweep a postseason set from the Yankees since the Royals took all three meetings with the Bronx Bombers in the 1980 ALCS.
Scherzer (1-0) yielded one run and just two hits while racking up 10 strikeouts over the first 5 1/3 innings, giving the Tigers yet another outstanding pitching effort during their playoff run.
Detroit starters have now compiled a stupendous 1.02 ERA and limited opponents to a .162 batting average over nine postseason contests in 2012.
As for the Yankees, not even another lineup shakeup by manager Joe Girardi prevented the AL's top seed from ending its recurring offensive woes. The New York skipper benched star third baseman Alex Rodriguez for a second straight game and also held out slumping slugger Curtis Granderson, but the revised order still mustered just a triple from Eduardo Nunez and an RBI double out of Nick Swisher, both of which came in the sixth inning.
The Yankees scored only six runs while batting an anemic .156 (22-for-141) over the four games, their lowest average ever in a postseason series.
Detroit, on the other hand, wasn't affected by having to wait an extra day to clinch after heavy rain postponed Game 4 from its originally-scheduled start time. The Tigers pounded out 16 hits and teed off on New York ace CC Sabathia, with Jhonny Peralta slugging a pair of homers and knocking in three runs and AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson also going deep in the rout.
Sabathia (2-1), who pitched into the ninth inning while tossing two gems in the Yankees' ousting of Baltimore in the ALDS, lasted only 3 2/3 frames and was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits.
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