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OAKLAND, Calif. Rafael Bush Jersey . -- With the season on the line once more in Oakland, Justin Verlander pitched another Game 5 gem. Verlander carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and Miguel Cabrera homered to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Athletics 3-0 Thursday night and back into the AL championship series. Joaquin Benoit retired Seth Smith on a fly ball with two on in the ninth to close out the deciding game of their division series. The Tigers became the first team to reach the ALCS in three straight years since the New York Yankees from 1998-2001. Anibal Sanchez will start Game 1 in Boston on Saturday. The Tigers went 4-3 against the Red Sox this year. They have never faced each other in the post-season. Detroit staved off elimination at home in Game 4, overcoming a three-run deficit on Tuesday. Behind Verlander, the Tigers never trailed in the clincher. The big right-hander gave up a clean, two-out single to Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh to end his chance at the third no-hitter in post-season history. The hit hardly fazed him, however. On a night he allowed only three baserunners, Verlander made it a post-season-record 30 straight scoreless innings against one team since Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run for the As in Game 1 last October. Just 364 days earlier, Verlander tossed a four-hit, 6-0 masterpiece in Game 5 in this very ballpark, a 122-pitch performance for his first career post-season shutout and complete game. He nearly matched that with a spectacular 111-pitch outing in a rematch of his thrilling pitchers duel with rookie Sonny Gray five days earlier in Game 2. "It felt good out there," Verlander said. "Its the first time in a while my changeups been really good. Obviously this lineup with a bunch of left-handed hitters that was a big pitch for me." Aching slugger Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the fourth off with a drive into the left-field seats for his first homer since Sept. 17 and just his third extra-base hit in 99 at-bats. That ended a 20-inning scoreless streak by the Tigers at the Coliseum. Gray danced with danger from the start with stuff not nearly as crisp as just five nights before when he matched zeros with the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner. This time, Verlander didnt allow a baserunner until Josh Reddick drew a one-out walk in the sixth -- but the no-hit bid remained until Cespedes single the next inning. The hardest hit ball was a fly to the centre-field warning track by Stephen Vogt in the sixth. Verlander struck out 10 in eight innings, giving him 21 Ks in these two starts. He has 43 strikeouts in his four playoff outings against Oakland the past two years. The As saw their season end at the hands of Detroit for the third time in as many postseasons, including in a four-game sweep in the 2006 ALCS. Oakland has lost its last six winner-take-all Game 5s and fell to 1-12 in potential clinchers since 2000. The As struck out 57 times for the most in a best-of-five playoff series. Verlander earned the nod for the decider after Game 1 winner Max Scherzer pitched in relief of an 8-6, season-saving win Game 4 in Detroit. Manager Jim Leyland had no qualms turning again to Verlander, who went 13-12 this season. When asked before the game about his bullpen availability, Leyland nodded his head and quipped, "Verlander, hes available." Gray, meanwhile, looked overmatched this time. He wiped his brow and never looked comfortable. As manager Bob Melvin went with Gray over 18-game winner and 40-year-old Bartolo Colon, who yielded three first-inning runs to lose Game 1. These Game 5s becoming awfully familiar for both sides in their recent October rivalry. Detroit held another clinching party in the visiting clubhouse of the Oakland Coliseum, where a raucous crowd of 46,959 swirled yellow towels until Benoit threw his hands in the air at the final out. Catcher Alex Avila met Benoit in front of the mound for a long embrace as their teammates quickly joined them -- with cheers of "Lets go Oakland!" still ringing out. The Tigers came together near the mound for a unique chant in which they squatted in unison and raised their hands in the air. The 93-win Tigers are determined to take the next step and win a championship after being swept in four games of the 2012 World Series by the San Francisco Giants. "Thats the motivation that weve been looking for, that weve had all year," Verlander said. "Guys like Torii (Hunter) who wasnt a part of our team last year, he comes in and hes got that urge. He wants to win that championship before he retires. Everybody else that was here that had a taste of that last year how much it hurts, its that extra driving factor." The 23-year-old Gray, pitching to chants of "Sonny! Sonny!" in his 12th career start, returned for the sixth inning at 92 pitches but was done once he allowed consecutive singles to Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta. Omar Infante then drove in the third run with a fielders choice grounder off Dan Otero. Along the 880 freeway just outside the Coliseum, a billboard blared: "ITS ALWAYS SONNY IN THE TOWN." The only thing sunny was the outfield for the early evening start, which had players shielding their eyes to deal with tricky shadows and sun angles. Center field and right field initially played in bright sun. Rookie starters have lost their last six winner-take-all post-season games since Daisuke Matsuzaka beat Cleveland in the 2007 ALCS for Boston. Grays curveball had less break and he never found the same groove that carried him in his playoff debut. It was a breezy Bay Area night and 19 degrees cooler at first pitch than the 82 degrees in a game starting an hour later Saturday night. This marks another disappointing exit for the low-budget As, who have baseballs 27th smallest payroll at $71.1 million after having the lowest at $59.5 million last year. Both managers tweaked their lineups, most notably in the middle infield with Peralta back at shortstop for Detroit and the As Alberto Callaspo playing second base in his first career post-season start. Peralta, who served a 50-game suspension until late September for his ties to the Biogenesis clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs, hit a three-run homer in Game 4 to help extend Detroits season. NOTES: Verlander tried for just the third no-hitter in post-season history and first since Philadelphias Roy Halladay no-hit Cincinnati on Oct. 6, 2010. Don Larsen pitched a perfect game for the New York Yankees against Brooklyn in the World Series on Oct. 8, 1956. ... Brandon Moss struck out 13 times in 18 at-bats. Detroits Austin Jackson fanned 13 times in 20 at-bats. Nathan Peterman Jersey . He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in Sundays final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4. Micah Hyde Jersey . Wade is posting a short film on his website next week, with a sneak preview scheduled to come out Wednesday. . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell.CHICAGO - General manager Rick Hahn contacted a representative for Melky Cabrera right after the World Series, and agent Peter Greenberg said the free-agent outfielder appreciated the interest from the Chicago White Sox and wanted to know more about the teams off-season plans.Then the White Sox signed reliever Zach Duke and first baseman Adam LaRoche, and they traded for pitcher Jeff Samardzija and signed closer David Robertson during baseballs winter meetings in San Diego.Actually was on the plane getting ready to take off from San Diego on Thursday, I sent Peter a text and said, I dont know how we would pay for this, but I hope at least at this point Melky sees how he fits and why we want him, Hahn said. And that led to a series of exchanges.The result was a $42 million, three-year contract for the switch-hitting Cabrera that was announced on Tuesday, another bold move in an impressive off-season for Hahn & Co. Samardzija, Robertson and Cabrera then pulled on their White Sox jerseys later in the day and posed for television cameras and photographers while Chicagos front office basked in the glow of a major chunk of its off-season work.So how was your week? a beaming Hahn cracked soon after he sat down for the introductory press conference.The 30-year-old Cabrera will make $13 million next year, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in the final season of the deal. The agreement, which also includes a limited no-trade provision, put Chicago over its planned payroll for next season, but Hahn credited the aggressiveness of owner Jerry Reinsdorf and the positive response from White Sox fans to the teams earlier moves for making the contract happen.I think that this is a club from top to bottom that you can now start that process, you can start to raise your level of expectations and you can dream a little bit, Executive Vice-President Kenny Williams said.Cabrera could slot in quite nicely behind leadoff hitter Adam Eaton in Chicagos suddenly deep lineup. He hit .301 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 139 games with Toronto last season. He also is a .336 hitter with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 34 games at U.S. Cellular Field.Cabrera, who was one of the top bats on the free-agent market, said the decision to play for the White Sox was based on a variety of factors.It was a decision that I made with my family, Cabreera said through a translator. Jason Croom Jersey. Im happy about the decision. My family is happy. I like the city and I like the ballpark and I like the White Sox.Cabrera missed the final part of the 2012 season with San Francisco when he was suspended for 50 games for a positive test for artificial testosterone. But Hahn said he had no concern about bringing him in.Major League Baseballs drug agreement is set up in a way where there is specific punishment in place that he has served, and then youre subject to a heightened level of scrutiny which he has been able to perform under for the past two years, Hahn said, referring to additional testing given to players found to have violated the program.Were very confident that the level of play will continue going forward.It was a homecoming of sorts for Samardzija, who was a White Sox fan when he was growing up in northwest Indiana. Samardzija also played college football for Notre Dame and spent the first 6 1/2 seasons of his major league career with the Cubs before he was traded to Oakland last summer.To be able to come here and play and be a part of it is really exciting, Samardzija said. It feels like I came full circle with my professional career. Just excited to be here, and excited to take advantage of all the emotions and excitement I have and just let it all out on the field.The addition of Samardzija gives the White Sox a strong 1-2 at the top of a rotation that includes lefty ace Chris Sale. The right-hander has made 33 starts and pitched more than 200 innings in each of the past two seasons.Seeking organizational depth, the White Sox also were closing in on a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Brad Penny that would include an invitation to spring training. Penny was 2-1 with a 6.58 ERA in eight games with Miami last season.Robertson agreed to a $46 million, four-year contract with Chicago after he saved 39 games for the New York Yankees in his only year in the closer role. The White Sox struggled to close out games in 2014, with Jake Petricka finishing with a team-high 14 saves.Robertson and Cabrera were teammates with the Yankees when they won the World Series in 2009.I want to win again, Robertson said. 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