Detroit can finally exhale

Tigers survive in the Bronx, edge Yankees 3-2 in tense ALDS finale

Updated: October 7, 2011, 11:07 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The Detroit Tigers earned the right to meet Texas for a pennant Thursday night, and they did it the hard way. On the heels of a blowout loss to the Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, the Tigers dragged their tired behinds back to the East Coast and took on a star-laden New York lineup and all that tradition in front of more than 50,000 hostile fans in the Bronx.

It's a baseball truism that you finish off the Yankees when you get a chance, or ...

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