Detroit Tigers
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The Tigers mob Magglio Ordonez after his series-clinching home run.
Totally Tigertown
As Magglio Ordonez's ball landed, Adams Street outside Comerica Park became the happiest place on Earth, writes Eric Adelson. Story

• Tigers win 6-3, sweep A's ... ESPN Video | Jerry Crasnick: Tigers' thrill ride
• Wayne Drehs: Mags' special gift | Keith Law: A's overmatched Insider
• Polanco named MVP | Baseball Tonight: The Tigers' chances ESPN Video
Keith Law on the Tigers
"This is a team to make the most grizzled old-schooler giddy, winning with good pitching, great defense and an offense built around home runs, with none of those pesky walks that only passive nancy-boy hitters draw."
• Law's complete team reports: Tigers Insider | A's Insider
Inside Edge
• Dan Haren: Report Card | Postgame report
• Jeremy Bonderman: Report Card | Postgame report
• Updated hitter rankings: A's | Tigers
• Rosters: Tigers Insider | A's Insider | Hitter/pitcher: Tigers | A's
Jeremy Bonderman
Saturday, October 14
Fox fires Lyons for racially insensitive comment on air
Fox baseball broadcaster Steve Lyons has been fired for making a racially insensitive comment directed at colleague Lou Piniella's Hispanic heritage on the air during Game 3 of the ALCS.
Friday, October 13
Crasnick: Rogers making time stand still
On a cold day in Detroit, Kenny Rogers remained hot in the playoffs and carried the Tigers to the cusp of a World Series berth.
Drehs: Shellshocked A's acknowledge Tigers are 'better'
As their offense continues to struggle, the down-and-nearly-out A's acknowledge that the Tigers are the better team.
Law: Rogers' control leaves A's flailing Insider
Kenny Rogers wasn't blowing guys away, but he dominated Oakland's hitters just the same.
Inside Edge: Polanco, Inge feast on Harden, Haren Insider
Inside Edge takes a closer look at how well Placido Polanco and Brandon Inge fare against the next two A's starters, Rich Harden and Dan Haren.
Thursday, October 12
Shea: A's have complete confidence in Harden
Facing Kenny Rogers in Game 3 should be a tough assignment for Rich Harden. But the A's are confident in the young righty .
Game 3 of ALCS calls for frosty forecast
Welcome to baseball's winter wonderland, a.k.a. Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, where the forecast is calling for fastballs, curveballs and ... snowballs.
Sore wrist sidelines Tigers reliever Zumaya
A month after being sidelined for a week with a sore right wrist, Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya has developed the same problem and is unavailable to pitch.
ALCS Game 3 moved up
Game 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Mets and the Cardinals will start at 8:05 p.m. ET Friday, and Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Tigers and Athletics will start at 4:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 11
Crasnick: Tigers have their swagger back
Getting production from several different spots in the lineup, the Tigers cruised past the A's in their Game 2 victory.
Caple: Down 0-2, A's prepare for uphill battle
While they're dealing with the loss of former teammate Cory Lidle, the A's are fighting to sustain their baseball season in the ALCS.
Law: Little mistakes are costing A's Insider
The Tigers played a sloppy game, but the A's played a sloppier one, and Esteban Loaiza couldn't keep the game close.
Fans will have to exchange misprinted Tigers tickets
The Tigers say people who bought misprinted tickets for a possible Game 5 in the American League Championship Series will have to obtain replacements.
Tuesday, October 10
Calf injury could keep Tigers' Casey out of ALCS
Detroit first baseman Sean Casey left the AL championship series opener against Oakland on Tuesday night with an injured left calf, and is expected to miss a couple of days.
Crasnick: A's off to a sloppy start in ALCS
The A's need to get back to playing fundamentally sound baseball, or it's going be a short ALCS.
Caple: Inge gives Tigers a big lift
No. 9 hitter Brandon Inge provided the spark for the Tigers in their ALCS-opening victory over the A's.
Law: Tigers take right approach against Zito Insider
The Tigers made Barry Zito work, and it paid off in a big way, while the A's couldn't hit with men on base.
A's name Harden Game 3 starter; Haren gets Game 4
Rich Harden got the nod to start Game 3 of the American League championship series for the Oakland Athletics even though he's made only three starts since early June.
Caple: It's official -- Billy Beane's a genius
A "genius" label is difficult to sustain in baseball, but A's GM Billy Beane manages to remain on top of the sport's Mensa list, writes Jim Caple.
Swisher: Sophomore Year
In "Sophomore Year," 25-year-old A's slugger Nick Swisher talks about the playoffs and what it's like playing in them.
Olney: Looking at the top 10 ALCS matchups Insider
From Detroit's hitters to Eric Chavez to Kenny Rogers, Buster Olney examines the top 10 Tigers-A's matchups.
Inside Edge: Zito vs. Robertson Insider
Inside Edge takes a closer look at the Barry Zito-Nate Robertson pitching matchup in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Monday, October 9
Leyland: Tigers will use same rotation as ALDS
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland decided not to use Kenny Rogers in Game 2 at the Coliseum, holding him back until the series shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Friday.
Crawford, Welke picked as LCS crew chiefs
Umpire Jerry Crawford was picked Monday as crew chief of the AL Championship Series and Tim Welke was selected as crew chief for the NL Championship Series.
Sunday, October 8
Law: Tigers vs. A's
From pitching to defense to offense, the A's and Tigers have enough similarities to predict a series that will last at least six games.
A's tab Zito for Game 1, Loaiza over Harden for Game 2
Barry Zito will start Game 1 of the ALCS for Oakland, while Esteban Loaiza will start Game 2.
Saturday, October 7
Crasnick: An unforgettable day at Comerica Park
The Tigers dispatched the mighty Yankees in four games and celebrated the achievement with 40,000 of their closest friends.
Detroit rocks NY: Bonderman, Tigers eliminate Yanks
Jeremy Bonderman was perfect for five innings and sublime for 8 1/3 in leading Detroit to an 8-3 victory in Game 4 on Saturday to win the AL playoff series and eliminate A-Rod, Jeter and the New York Yankees.
Friday, October 6
Caple: A's finally enjoy a happy ending
Eric Chavez calls it one of the least-talented teams Oakland has sent to the playoffs, but these A's are going to the ALCS.
A's sweep Twins for first playoff series win since '90
Milton Bradley homered and threw out Torii Hunter in a disputed play at the plate as the A's snapped a stretch of nine straight losses in potential playoff clinchers, beating the Twins 8-3 to reach the ALCS for the first time in 14 years.
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• Magglio Ordonez joins the exclusive club of eight major league players who have ended a postseason series with a home run. Bill Mazeroski was the first to do it, with a game-ending shot for the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. He was then joined by Chris Chambliss (1976 ALCS for the Yankees), Joe Carter (1993 WS for Toronto), Todd Pratt (1999 NLDS for the Mets), Aaron Boone (2003 ALCS for the Yankees), David Ortiz (2004 ALDS for the Red Sox), Chris Burke (2005 NLDS for the Astros) and now Ordonez.

• Frank Thomas, Oakland's cleanup hitter, was 0-for-13 in the ALCS. In the past 10 years, only one other player was 0-for-13 or worse in a postseason series while batting in the heart (third, fourth or fifth) of his team's batting order: Scott Rolen, who was 0-for-15 in the 2004 World Series.

• Milton Bradley was 9-for-18 in the ALCS. Only three other players batted .500 or higher playing on the losing end of a four-game postseason series sweep (minimum: 15 AB): Thurman Munson (.529 in the 1976 World Series for the Yankees), Vic Wertz (.500 in the 1954 World Series for the Indians) and Tony Gwynn (.500 for the Padres in the 1998 World Series).

• The Tigers had a losing record for 12 consecutive seasons, from 1994-2005, the longest streak in major league history broken with a trip to the World Series. The previous record was held by the Boston Braves, who were below .500 in eleven straight seasons, from 1903-13, but reached the World Series in 1914 and swept the Athletics in four games.

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