Jon Paul Morosi recaps ALCS Game 4, looks ahead to World Series.
You lift me up
Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera hoists his daughter Isabella after the Tigers swept the Yankees in the 2012 ALCS at Comerica Park.
Tigers infielder Omar Infante beats out a throw to first in the first inning despite Mark Teixeira stretching on the play. The hustle paid off as Infante came around to score the first run in Detroit's 8-1 victory, completing a sweep of the Yankees to advance to the World Series on Thursday.
CC, no no
Yankees ace CC Sabathia struggled in his final start of the season, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings as New York was swept for the first time in 32 years.
Break it up
Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks slides hard into second base to disrupt Eduardo Nunez's attempt at a double play in the second inning.
Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder is congratulated by catcher Gerald Laird after scoring in the third inning in Detroit's 8-1 victory.
Tigers fans were anticipating Detroit finishing the Yankees on Thursday, and their team obliged. The Tigers advance to the World Series for the second time in seven years.
Hand it to them
Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta celebrate after they scored on Peralta's 2-run home run, part of the Tigers' four-run fourth that gave Detroit starter Max Scherzer a little breathing room.
Nick Swisher drives in the Yankees' lone run Thursday on a sixth-inning double. New York scored a total of six runs in the four-game sweep to the Tigers.
Take a dive
Brett Gardner slides toward first base in the second inning, but the attempt doesn't pay off as Prince Fielder stretches for the throw to retire the Yankees outfielder.
Jhonny on the spot
Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta hits a two-run home run, highlighting a four-run fourth inning that proved to be a crushing blow to the Yankees' hopes of extending the ALCS.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano argues with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson after striking out on a foul tip in the first inning, part of his 0-for-4 effort Thursday. Cano finished a miserable 1 for 18 in the series.
Don't give up
Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia legs out an infield single in the third, scoring Detroit's second run of the game.
Bummer in Motown
These Tigers fans at Comerica Park aren't upset about their team losing — it didn't and still leads the New York Yankees 3-0 in the ALCS — but they're disappointed that Wednesday's Game 4 was rained out and postponed to Thursday at 4:07 p.m. ET.
Men at work
The Comerica Park grounds crew covers the infield with a tarp before Game 4 of the ALCS, which is eventually postponed to Thursday. So the Tigers' hopes of sweeping the Yankees in four games will have to wait another day. If New York wins on Thursday, Game 5 will be Friday in Detroit at a time to be determined.
Roll out the barrel
No, this isn't Milwaukee, it's Detroit, where the grounds crew pushes the tarp onto field before Game 4 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees. The postponement means there will be no off-day if New York manages to avoid elimination by winning the next two games and forces the series back to the Bronx. ... But Yankees ace and scheduled Game 4 starter CC Sabathia likely won't be able to start Game 7 on Sunday if the series goes that far.
Are we really up 3-0?
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder of the Tigers celebrate their 2-1 win Tuesday over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS in Detroit. The Tigers are up 3-0 in the series — if they beat the Yankees one more time they win the AL pennant and head to the World Series. Game 4 of the ALCS is Wednesday in Detroit.
This must work
Eduardo Nunez of the New York Yankees kisses his bat during the ninth inning Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers. It must've worked — Nunez then hit a home run — but the Yankees' nail-biting, ninth-inning rally came up short, and they lost Game 3 of the ALCS to the Tigers, 2-1. The Yankees are now in a deep hole, and must win four games in a row, or they're done for the season.
Setting up the score
Quintin Berry (right) of the Tigers steals second base as New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano waits for the throw in the 5th inning Tuesday. Berry went on to score when Miguel Cabrera doubled.
Look out, big fella
Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder dodges an inside pitch from New York Yankees' Boone Logan in the seventh inning Tuesday during Game 3 of the ALCS in Detroit. Fielder went 0-for-3 in the Tigers' 2-1 win.
Triple Crown fans
Tigers fans support 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera Tuesday against the New York Yankees during Game 3 of the ALCS at Comerica Park in Detroit. Cabrera went 1-for-3 — an RBI double — in the Tigers' 2-1 win.
Whose broad stripes
Detroit Tigers fans, cheering during the national anthem Tuesday before the start of Game 3 of the ALCS, also were cheering at the end — they beat the New York Yankees, 2-1, to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
Getting ready for Game 3
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano warms up Tuesday before Game 3 of the ALCS against the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Gotta get moving
The New York Yankees, down 2-0 in the best-of-seven ALCS, stretch before the start of Game 3 against the Tigers in Detroit.
Two down, two to go
Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder celebrates with third baseman Miguel Cabrera after beating the Yankees 3-0 in Game 2 of the ALCS Sunday in New York. The Tigers now head home with a 2-0 series lead.
Granderson fans again
The Yankees' Curtis Granderson strikes out to end the game Sunday against the Detroit Tigers in New York. Granderson struck out three times in the Tigers' 3-0 win.
New York's Mark Teixeira collects his thoughts during the Yankees' 3-0 loss to Detroit on Sunday. Teixeira (1-for-4) and the Yankees now must head to Detroit down 2-0 in the series. They face reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander Tuesday.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (right) celebrates with catcher Gerald Laird after beating the Yankees, 3-0, in Game 2 Sunday in the ALCS.
Swisher just misses
New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher can't catch a foul ball hit by Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera in the 8th inning Sunday.
Bad call — ump later admits it
Umpire Jeff Nelson is approached by New York Yankees' Robinson Cano (second from left) and Jayson Nix after calling Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante safe at second base in the eighth inning Sunday. After the game, Nelson watched a replay and admitted that he missed the call — that the Tigers' Infante should've been called out.
New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira reaches for — but can't catch — a foul ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Delmon Young in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the ALCS Sunday at Yankee Stadium. The Tigers won, 3-0, and head to Baltimore with a 2-0 series lead over the Yankees.
Ump called him safe?
Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante dives back into second as the Yankees' Robinson Cano reaches to tag him in the eighth inning Sunday of Game 2 of the ALCS. Infante was called safe by umpire Jeff Nelson.
Sanchez strong for the Tigers
Tigers' Anibal Sanchez, making his second postseason start, pitched three-hit ball deep into Game 2 Sunday en route to Detroit's 3-0 win over the Yankees in New York. Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Detroit, with reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander starting for the Tigers.
Missed, but no error
Omar Infante of the Detroit Tigers can't come up with a ball hit by the Yankees' Nick Swisher in the second inning Sunday. Swisher was credited with an infield single
Miggy strikes out
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reacts after striking out in the first inning Sunday. Triple Crown-winner Cabrera rallied and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Tigers' 3-0 win.
Fans watch Yankees' pitcher Hiroki Kuroda warm up before Game 2 of the ALCS Sunday in New York. Kuroda, who had a perfect game through five innings, struck out 11 and allowed three runs on five hits before leaving the game in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 3-0 loss to the Tigers.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is carried off the field by trainer Steve Donohue (L) and manager Joe Girardi after Jeter broke his left ankle in the top of the 12th inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. Jeter will miss the rest of the playoffs.
Derek Jeter reacts after breaking his left ankle in the top of the 12th inning. His injury compounded a 6-4 loss for the Yankees.
Better late than never
Miguel Cabrera (24) celebrates with teammates after the Tigers beat the Yankees 6-4 in 12 innings despite blowing a 4-0 lead in the ninth.
Yankees left fielder Raul Ibanez is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run homer off Tigers closer Jose Valverde, capping a four-run rally in the ninth that forced extra innings.
Out of reach
Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia can't catch a foul ball hit by Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher in the eighth inning.
Fans jeer Alex Rodriguez, who returned to New York's lineup following a benching in Friday's division series finale. Rodriguez went 0 for 3 and stranded six runners - striking out on three pitches with runners at second and third and no outs in the sixth.
Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run in the ninth inning, his latest postseason heroics for the Yankees. Ibanez hit the game-tying and game-winning homers for New York in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles.
Nick Swisher of the Yankees signs an autograph on a bat before Game 1 of the ALCS.
That's why you stretch
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira gets the throw to just force out Tigers second baseman Omar Infante during Game 1 of ALCS at Yankee Stadium.
In a multiple-exposure shot, New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 1. Pettitte lasted into the seventh, giving up two runs.
Pomp and circumstance
A giant American flag is stretched across the outfield during the performance of the national anthem at Yankee Stadium before Game 1 of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers.
Oct 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) commits an error on a ball hit by Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks (not pictured) in the third inning during game four of the 2012 ALCS at Comerica Park.