So much for sending C.C. Sabathia to the mound to save the season, at least for a day.

The Yankees had survived the first round, and stuck around in each game to this point with great pitching, but their ace was battered around for 11 hits and five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings - while New York's offense could muster just two hits and a run - en route to a 8-1 loss and a 4-0 American League Champion Series defeat.

In a 2-0 game in the third, Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and shortstop Jhonny Peralta each touched-up C.C. for two-run shot. Austin Jackson added a solo-shot in the eighth and Peralta added another in the ninth, part of a 16-hit afternoon as the Tigers ended the Yankees' season for the second straight year (3-2 in ALDS last year).

Nick Swisher drove in New York's lone run, scoring Eduardo Nunez.

How badly did New York's offense in the playoffs?

Worst than any team in MLB postseason history, with team batting average of .188 - five points lower the 1965 Twins, according to espn.com.

Alex Rodriguez was left out of the starting lineup for consecutive games, but did enter the game as a pinch hitter Thursday, going 0-2, ending the playoffs with three hits in 23 at-bats, with no RBI's, one run scored, two walks and 12 strikeouts.

His absence from the lineup, along with a report indicating the aging superstar was flirting with girls during a game he'd been take out of, has led to rumored trade-discussions between the Yanks and Marlins.

Detroit's last trip to the World Series came in 2006. They'll face either St. Louis or San Francisco.

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