The Tigers open AL Championship Series play Saturday night in Boston against the Red Sox.
On the field, there was no bigger hit for the Tigers in Game 4 than the home run Martinez belted in the seventh off left-hander Sean Doolittle to tie the game after the A's had taken a 4-3 lead off Max Scherzer.
It's been a long time since Miguel Cabrera's looked like Miguel Cabrera. But there are still probably some pitches you shouldn't throw him.
When Jim Leyland pulled a lineup out of his hat
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
The Tigers haven't been scoring much against the A's. The solution? Don Kelly, of course! But what they really need is the pre-September version of Miguel Cabrera. Good luck with that.
ALDS Game 5: Justin Verlander dominates the A’s as Tigers win 3-0 and advance to ALCS
Big League Stew, Mike Oz
Memo to the Oakland A's: Avoid Justin Verlander at all costs in the postseason.
There's no better manager than Jim Leyland to lead these Detroit Tigers in 2014
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp
Detroit 3, Oakland 0: Justin Verlander masterful in Game 5 again; Tigers to ALCS
Detroit Free Press, Anthony Fenech
Justin Verlander put on another pristine playoff performance, blanking the Oakland A’s over eight innings in Game 5 of the ALDS in a 3-0 win on Thursday night in Oakland.
Justin Verlander too good for the A's
ESPN, David Schoenfield
The A's stood no chance against Justin Verlander in Game 5, and David Schoenfield's running diary has all the details.
It wasn’t a perfect game, it wasn’t a no-hitter, it wasn’t a shutout, and it wasn’t even a complete game (though it was very nearly all of those things), but Justin Verlander could hardly have been more brilliant in his eight scoreless innings in Game 5 in Oakland on Thursday night.