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A look at some notable facts and figures from the Detroit Tigers' 8-1, American League Championship Series-clinching victory over the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on Thursday.
The Tigers' sweep of the Yankees was their third in postseason history. They swept the Royals in three games in the 1984 ALCS and disposed of the A's in four games in the 2006 ALCS.
The Yankees were swept for the first time since the 1980 ALCS against the Royals. It ended a string of 36 consecutive postseason series without being swept, a Major League record.
Detroit is the first team to sweep New York in a best-of-seven postseason series since the Reds in the 1976
The Tigers became the second team to beat the Yankees in back-to-back postseasons -- the other was the 1921-22 New York Giants.
Detroit, which made back-to-back postseasons for the first time since 1934-35, won its 11th pennant.
Jim Leyland became the first Tigers manager to win two AL pennants since Mickey Cochrane (1934-35).
The Tigers, who won 88 games this year, became the fourth team to win the AL pennant with fewer than
90 regular-season wins since 1961. They are the first team to do so since the 2000 Yankees.
New York's two hits matched its fewest in a postseason game in franchise history. The Yankees had
done it three other times, the most recent being Game 3 of the 2010 ALCS against the Rangers
The Yankees hit .188 this postseason, which is the second-lowest mark in franchise history. The 1963 Yankees hit .171, but only played four games. New York's .188 team-batting average is the lowest by a Yankees team that played at least five postseason games.
The Tigers became the first team to sweep a best-of-seven postseason series without having trailed in the series since the Red Sox did it against the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It has happened five times in total.
Max Scherzer became the second pitcher in postseason history to strike out 10 batters in a game in fewer than six innings pitched. Adam Wainwright also did it this postseason in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Scherzer became the sixth Tigers pitcher to strike out 10 or more batters in a single playoff game.
Tigers starters have a 1.02 ERA this postseason, which is the seventh-lowest in a single postseason
in Major League history. It's the lowest ERA in postseason history among teams that played more than five games.
Robinson Cano's .098 on-base percentage is the lowest in a single postseason in Major League history
and his .075 average is the fourth lowest (minimum 35 plate appearances).
Curtis Granderson became the only Yankees player to strike out more than 15 times in a single postseason in fewer than 10 games played. Granderson struck out 16 times in 30 at-bats. Every other Yankees player that struck out more than 15 times played at least 15 games and had at least 55 at-bats.
Granderson became the fourth player in Major League history to strike out more than 15 times in a single postseason in fewer than 10 games played. Matt Kemp (2009 Dodgers), Ryan Howard (2010 Phillies) and Reggie Sanders (1995 Reds) are the others.
New York did not record a save in nine postseason games. The last time the Yankees played at least
two series in the same postseason and did not record a save was 1977.
Young became the eighth player in baseball history to drive in six or more runs against the Yankees in the ALCS. Young is the only one to accomplish the feat in four games. Young is the sixth player to drive in six-plus runs in the ALCS in four games or fewer.
Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in 17 consecutive LCS games, a Major League record.
Cabrera has reached base safely in 20 consecutive postseason games, a Tigers record.
Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, giving him 15 career postseason RBIs as a member
of the Tigers, which is the second-most in franchise history.
The last four Triple Crown winners all reached the World Series the year they accomplished the feat -- Mickey Mantle in 1956, Frank Robinson in 1966, Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 and Cabrera this season.
Jhonny Peralta is the first player to hit two home runs in a single playoff game against the Yankees since Josh Hamilton accomplished the feat in Game 4 of the 2010 ALCS.
One of Peralta's homers was against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who he entered 2-for-23 against
lifetime (including the postseason).
Sabathia was unable to finish four innings in a playoff start not affected by rain for the first
time since Game 2 of the 2008 National League Division Series as a member of the Brewers. He surrendered a
season-high 11 hits, which matched a postseason-high allowed in Game 5 of the 2010 ALCS against Texas.
The six runs Sabathia surrendered, five of which were earned, were his most in a postseason game
since Game 1 of the 2007 ALCS against the Red Sox, when he was with the Indians.
Eric Chavez went 0-for-16 in the playoffs, which is the longest skid to start a postseason in Yankees history.
The Yankees used 25 pitchers in the ALCS and recorded just 22 hits.