Tigers beat Yankees 3-2.

Their reward?  The ALCS and The Texas Rangers.

After scoring two home runs in the first inning and holding off the New York Yankees, the Detroit Tigers will head down to Texas to play the Rangers to see who gets to go to the 2011 World Series.

The homers were the first back-to-back postseason shots in Tigers’ history, and it was the third homer of the series for Young, who was acquired from Minnesota on Aug. 15. Kelly was a surprise starter at third to some.

While the Yankees were eliminated in the postseason with a one-run loss at home for the first time since the 1926 World Series against St. Louis, Detroit won an all-or-nothing postseason game for the first time since beating the Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series.

With the Tigers vying for their first World Series title since 1984, ace Justin Verlander  will start the ALCS opener at Texas on Saturday night against the Rangers’ C.J. Wilson.  This will be Detroit’s first trip to the ALCS since 2006.

New York had its chances, but the Yankees went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and 0 for 4 with the bases loaded, and they stranded 10 runners.

The Yankees used seven pitchers, one short of the record for a nine-inning postseason game.  The Tigers have not lost consecutive games since Aug. 28-29.

New York has not won the final game of a series pushed to the maximum since rallying past the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
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