Game 1 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Fenway Park in Boston. Game 2 is set for 8 p.m. Sunday.
The Tigers' two stars and the league's past two Most Valuable Players stepped up to carry Detroit. Verlander had a perfect game in the sixth, a no-hitter two outs into the seventh and a shutout through eight innings. A single up the middle off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes ended the no-hit bid. Verlander struck out 10 while allowing just two hits and a walk.
Cabrera hit his first home run of the postseason, just the second since injuring his midsection on Aug. 29, to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning following a Torii Hunter single. Victor Martinez scored the third run two frames later when Omar Infante grounded into a fielder's choice.
A's rookie Sonny Gray allowed all three runs on six hits in five innings of action.
Joaquin Benoit earned the save for the Tigers, allowing only a hit.
And then ... celebrate!