OAKLAND -

The Detroit Tigers are going to the 2012 American League Championship Series after downing the Oakland Athletics 6-0 Thursday night.

The Tigers will face either the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles who play Game 5 of their American League division series on Friday night.

Recap of Game 5:

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Justin Verlander (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Jarrod Parker (0-1, 2.84)

1st inning:

Austin Jackson flew out. Quintin Berry hit one to deep left center for a 1-out double. Miguel Cabrera grounded out. Prince Fielder also grounded out to end the side.

Verlander struck out Wednesday night's hero Coco Crisp. Stephen Drew also struck out. Yoenis Cespedes got a 2--out double but Verlander got out of the inning by getting Seth Smith to ground out.

Score: Tigers 0, Athletics 0

2nd inning:

Delmon Young's foul pop fly was caught for the 1st out. Andy Dirks got to 1st on a grounder to 2nd base. He beat the throw. Jhonny Peralta was out on a fly ball. Dirks then stole 2nd on a pitch to Alex Avila. Avila then struck out, stranding Dirks at 2nd.

Josh Reddick struck out -- Verlander's 3rd K. Josh Donaldson popped up. Brandon Moss walked with two outs. Moss was then thrown out trying to steal second base.

Score: Tigers 0, Athletics 0

3rd inning:

Omar Infante led off with a base hit. Austin Jackson hit an RBI double to put the Tigers up 1-0. Berry got Jackson to 3rd base on a sacrifice. Jackson scored on a wild pitch to Cabrera. Cabrera then popped up. Fielder struck out to end the side.

Verlander started the bottom of the 3rd inning with another K. Pennington then grounded out. Crisp was out to end the inning.

Score: Tigers 2, Athletics 0

4th inning:

Delmon Young struck out. Andy Dirks flew out. Peralta grounded out to end the side.

Verlander got his 5th K against Drew. Cespedes lined out to Jackson. Verlander then struck out Donaldson to end the inning.

Score: Tigers 2, Athletics 0

5th inning:

Infante gets on base. Avila grounded out. Infante stole 2nd before Jackson struck out. Berry's foul fly ball was caught to end the inning.

Jackson caught Reddick's fly ball to deep center. Donaldson flew out. Moss hit a 2-out single. Verlander gets out of inning by striking out Norris.

Score: Tigers 2, Athletics 0

6th inning: