The Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics, 3-0, tonight to advance to the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox. It will be the first time the franchises will meet in the postseason.
Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Yoenis Cespedes broke it up with a single. Verlander settled for eight shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out 10.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for Detroit.
The Red Sox were 3-4 against Detroit this season. But they outscored the Tigers 43-35 and took two of three when the teams met at Fenway Park Sept. 2-4. The Sox beat the Tigers 20-4 in the final game of the season series.
Red Sox Game 1 starter Jon Lester is 2-2 with a 4.63 earned run average in seven career starts against Detroit. Lester was 2-0, 4.26 in two starts against the Tigers this season.
The Tigers have 44 hours and 37 minutes before first pitch on Saturday. They will start Anibal Sanchez, the former Red Sox prospect. He has faced the Sox once in his career, back in 2006 when he allowed seven runs in a start for the Marlins.
“This Oakland team is a very tough team,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters in Oakland. “Now we’re going to go play a more tough veteran team.”