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American League Championship Series

The American League Championship Series (ALCS) is played in October. It is a round in the postseason that determines the winner of the American League pennant.

The winner of the ALCS advances to play the winner of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) in baseball's championship, the World Series.


The American League started in 1969 which was reorganized into two divisions - East and West. The winner of each division will play in a best-of-five series to determine the winner who will advance to the World Series.

The format was changed to best-of-seven in 1985.

The league was restructured into three divisions in 1994. The winners from the three division and a wild-card team will advance to a best-of-five postseason round, known as the American League Division Series (ALDS). The winners of that round then advanced to the best-of-seven ALCS.

in 2012, the playoffs were expanded again so that two wild card teams face off in a one game wild card round to determine which team advances to the division series, with the playoffs then continuing as it had before 2012 (though with the possibilty of a fifth seed being in the playoffs and a fourth seed being out) after the end of the wild card round. This is the system currently in use.

2012 American League Championship Series

The 2012 American League Championship Series is played between New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers to determine the American League's representative in the 2012 World Series. The Championship Series is a best-of-seven playoff.

Detroit Tigers won the 2012 ALCS and will head to the World Series after they defeated Yankees 4-0.

The 2012 ALCS began on October 13, 2012.

New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

113 Oct 2012Detroit Tigers - 6, New York Yankees - 4 (12 innings)Yankee Stadium4:5447,122
214 Oct 2012Detroit Tigers - 3, New York Yankees - 0Yankee Stadium3:1847,082
316 Oct 2012New York Yankees - 1, Detroit Tigers - 2Comerica Park3:2842,970
417 Oct 2012New York Yankees-1, Detroit Tigers - 8Comerica Park3:2742,477

In the fourth game, Detroit Tigers beat New York Yankees 8-1 on 18 October 2012 for a four-day game sweep. Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralty hit two home-runs in the fourth innings against CC Sabathia. This is the first time in 32 years that the New Yankees were swept in a postseason series.

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