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Detroit Tigers Five Best Playoff Moments

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Aug 29, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) celebrates after he hits a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) celebrates after he hits a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 14, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

 #5: Defeating the Yankees – Time and Time Again

While it sure is nice to see the Tigers beat any and all of the teams in the AL Central, there is nothing quite like putting the New York Yankees in their place. The Tigers managed to do it several times in recent memory, including 2006, 2011, and 2012.

The most recent demolition took place in 2012 when the Tigers swept the Yankees in four games. In those four games, the winning pitchers included Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, and Drew Smyly. Even Phil Coke got in on the action, getting a save in Game Two. The 2012 ALCS included home runs by Delmon Young, Miguel Cabrera, and more.

But, the most memorable moment of the series was the second game, where Sanchez pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning. It was a true highlight in a year when Tigers starting pitchers were the most dominate in the game.

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