Verlander pitches Tigers past A's, back to ALCS

Updated: October 12, 2012, 4:29 AM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Miguel Cabrera danced on a chair in one corner of the visiting clubhouse, puffing a cigar. Prince Fielder doused his young sons, Jadyn and Haven, with non-alcoholic sparkling wine, then handed them each a bottle to shake and spray.

Just when the celebration seemed to be ending, Justin Verlander ran through the door and screamed "Whoo!"

On the mound and in the clubhouse, Verlander made sure Detroit's postseason party wasn't over yet.

The reigning AL Cy Young ...

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