Justin Verlander complete in victory

Detroit ace dominates the Athletics in Game 5 to lead the Tigers back to the ALCS

Updated: October 12, 2012, 8:48 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

OAKLAND -- Naturally, in this delightfully chaotic, dramatic postseason of backward home-field advantage and last-minute scheduling changes, the Tigers' travel itinerary for the ALCS had to be a little flexible in the minutes after Justin Verlander's 6-0 Game 5 shutout over the Athletics Thursday night.

"We're flying back [Thursday night]," champagne-soaked general manager Dave Dombrowski said as his team celebrated behind a plastic curtain in the clubhouse. "We land around 8 in the ...

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