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Detroit Tigers Can Punch Ticket to World Series With Win Tonight

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The Detroit Tigers have a chance to earn a trip to the 2012 World Series with a win tonight over the New York Yankees at Comerica Park in Detroit.  The Tigers lead the best-of-seven ALCS 3 games to none over the Yankees.

Max Scherzer will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers, facing Yankee ace C.C. Sabathia.  Both pitchers have had plenty of success facing their opposing team, Sabathia is 3-0 against Detroit this season, two of those wins coming at Comerica Park.  Scherzer is 3-1 lifetime against the Yankees, and lost his only start against the Bronx Bombers this season.

First pitch scheduled for just after 8 p.m. tonight on TBS.

History is on the side of the Tigers to make it to the World Series.  Teams leading 3-0 in a 7-game series are 31-1 in postseason history.  The only team to win the last four was the Red Sox in 2004, who did it to the Yankees before going on to win the World Series.

The Yankees have been to the postseason 72 times in their storied history and have only been swept 3 times.  1922 by the N.Y. Giants, 1963 by the Dodgers and 1976 by the Reds.

If Scherzer can continue the dominant starting pitching the Tigers have featured so far in this postseason, there is no reason the Tigers shouldn’t add their name to that short list.



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