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4 Reasons Detroit Tigers Are Rooting for the Baltimore Orioles in ALDS Game 5
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Though it's out of their control, the Detroit Tigers would certainly prefer to face the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 American League Championship Series.

The O's battle the New York Yankees in a winner-take-all Game 5 this evening. Whomever wins will advance to meet Detroit in a best-of-seven series beginning on Saturday.

Justin Verlander and Co. were in this position a year ago, tested over five games in the divisional round and set to oppose a team that had a superior regular-season record. It didn't work out, as the Tigers were eliminated from the 2011 ALCS in six games.

Against the Orioles, however, they would be poised to clinch a World Series berth for the following reasons.

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