World Series 2012: A-Rod, Yankees out, Detroit Tigers in

The Detroit Tigers are in the 2012 World Series! The Tigers swept A-Rod and the New York Yankees in the 2012 American League Championship Series after entering the postseason tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the worst record among the eight playoff teams.

Detroit started the season with high expectations after signing free agent slugger Prince Fielder and were 26-32 in early June. But the Tigers kept at it and edged past the pesky Chicago White Sox to win the American League Central by three games.

The Tigers eliminated the red hot Oakland A’s in five games in the American League Divisional Series before completely shutting down the Yankees in the ALCS. Detroit will play either St. Louis or the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 World Series.