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The Tigers became the first team to reach the ALCS in three straight years since the New York Yankees from 1998-2001. Game 1 is Saturday in Boston. The Tigers went 4-3 against the Red Sox this year.
Playing catch-up most of the way, the Tigers tied it first with Jhonny Peralta's three-run homer in the fifth inning and then on Victor Martinez's solo shot in the seventh.
Justin Verlander took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Tuesday night for a 3-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.
Al Alburquerque reached out and snagged a sharp grounder to the mound — then planted a little kiss on the ball before tossing it to first.