The Detroit Tigers are headed to the ALCS for the 3rd time in seven years.
Justin Verlander threw a complete game shutout as the Tigers won 6-0 at Oakland Thursday night to win the best-of-five American League Championship Series in five games.
The A's had forced the decisive game five with a walk-off win Wednesday in the bottom of the 9th in Game 4.
Verlander struck out 11 batters while giving up just four hits. Verlander outdueled former Silver Hawk and Fort Wayne native Jarrod Parker. Parker, just 23, gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Austin Jackson drove in the game's first run, scored its 2nd and then sparked a 4-run 7th inning in the win for the Tigers.
Detroit now waits the winner of the Yankees and Orioles which will play Game 5 on Friday. The O's forced the final game with a 13-inning win on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. Notre Dame alum David Phelps took the loss in that game.