2012 ALCS: Yankees vs. Tigers

Breaking down Alex Rodriguez's future

The Yankee third baseman became a bench player in the playoffs, but is that his role in the future?

Tigers fans revel in pennant-clinching victory

The Detroit Tigers handily defeated the Yankees 8-1 Thursday night to earn the club a berth in the 2012 World Series. For Al Beaton of Bless You Boys, the ALCS confirmed for him that this season has been unlike any other in Tigers history.

Yankees fans looking beyond ALCS sweep

The New York Yankees were shut down yet again in Game 4 Thursday night, managing just two hits in an 8-1 loss. For Steven Goldman of Pinstriped Bible, as tough as the series sweep was to watch, its completion almost offers a release for Yankee fans.

The good fortune of the Yankees (the other ones)

With every season without a Yankees championship, it's a little easier to appreciate how silly it was for the Yankees to win it almost every year.

Tigers sweep their way to 11th pennant

Thursday in Detroit, the Tigers finished off the New York Yankees, who were swept for the first time in a postseason series since 1980.

The pitching-first Tigers

The Detroit Tigers are one win away from the pennant, but they didn't mash their way there as expected.

Game 4 of ALCS delayed by rain

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, but it has been delayed due to weather conditions in the area.

Phil Hughes, injuries, and failed expectations

Phil Hughes was full of potential years ago, but injuries have derailed this promise.

The World Series matchup we've never seen

The four clubs in the league championship series account for more than 40 percent of all World Series appearances. But they haven't all played each other in the Fall Classic -- yet.

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Tigers fans rejoice in Game 3 win

The Detroit Tigers are just one win away from the World Series after their 2-1 Game 3 victory over the Yankees Tuesday night. For Al Beaton of Bless You Boys, it is unexpected success of Phil Coke in a shutdown role that has Tigers fans talking.

Joe Girardi plays the odds ... until he doesn't

In Game 3 of the ALCS, Raúl Ibañez struck out to end the game, with a left-hander on the mound and Alex Rodriguez on the bench. Did Joe Girardi simply forget to manage in the ninth inning?

Verlander dominates, Tigers now 1 win from pennant

The Tigers took Game 3 behind characteristically strong pitching from Justin Verlander, taking a 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.

Point/Counterpoint: The 2012 postseason

Here are two different perspectives on the 2012 postseason. With which one do you identify?

Got 99 closer problems, but some bling ain't one

How two former Cardinals are flashing their hardware to Detroit teammates while also invoking comparisons of last year's World Series winning team.

The downward spiral of Nick Swisher

The Yankees' right fielder is in a funky place right now, and he's running out of time to climb out of it in a Yankees uniform.

Will MLB finally institute replay review?

At last, it happened. The Yankees were the victims of not just one, but two blown calls in postseason games. Will that mean replay review? Um... maybe.

Tigers fans react to Game 2 victory over Yankees

Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez pitched a gem Sunday night, shutting out the once-mighty New York Yankees offense over seven innings, striking out seven along the way.

ALCS managers facing tough choices after Game 1

Derek Jeter's season-ending injury means that Joe Girardi needs to find a new shortstop. But should also be looking for a new third baseman? And what is Jim Leyland going to do with his struggling closer?

Derek Jeter is done for the season, players react

A dour clubhouse after the Yankees lose their captain

Tigers blow big lead in 9th, beat Yanks in 12th

The Yankees battled back to tie the Detroit Tigers with four runs in the bottom of the ninth -- highlighted by another home run from Raúl Ibañez -- only to lose not only the game, but also Derek Jeter, who broke his ankle and won't play again.

Derek Jeter fractures ankle, out for playoffs

The Yankees' captain is going to miss the rest of the 2012 playoffs with a fractured ankle suffered during a Game 1 loss on Saturday.

Yankees and Tigers colliding in 2012 ALCS

Led by Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers will try to do what they couldn't a year ago: win the ALCS and advance to the World Series. The powerful Yankees stand squarely in the Tigers' way.

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