Baseball Rarity: Yankees Get Swept by Tigers

It wasn't even close
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2012 7:16 PM CDT
New York Yankees' Brett Gardner strikes out in the seventh.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – It's a tough night to be a Yankees fan. The Detroit Tigers thumped the Yanks 8-1 tonight to sweep the ALCS and advance to the World Series. How bad was it?

  • The Yankees not only failed to win a game, they never even led one, points out the New York Times.
  • "Mowed Down in Motown," says the headline in the New York Post, which notes that this is the first postseason sweep of the Yankees since 1976.
  • "Motown and Out!" says the Daily News, whose story pronounces the sweep "embarrassing."
  • Maybe worse than the hometown abuse is Tom Gage's line in the Detroit News that the Tigers "stepped over the pebble-sized obstacle the Yankees proved to be."
The Tigers will face the winner of the Giants-Cardinals series, and Bleacher Report has plenty more on that series as well the Tigers-Yankees here. (Read more New York Yankees stories.)

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