They won it at hello.

Now they're close to saying goodbye.

Whether it comes from Justin Verlander's eyes, his focus, or the fire that drives him to excel, manager Jim Leyland calls it his "complete-game look."

Know what, though, the look Verlander had for 8.1 innings on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series worked just fine.

Until the ninth, Eduardo Nunez's leadoff home run for the Yankees, it was his Oakland performance all over again.

Better yet for the Tigers, it was what they did at Yankee Stadium all over again.

With a 2-1 victory against a New York team on the brink of looking over its first off-season putt, the Tigers pulled to within a victory of going to the World Series for the first time since 2006.

Max Scherzer will on the mound for the Tigers on Wednesday night in an attempt to complete the sweep. CC Sabathia, the Yankees' best starter, will try to keep the Yankees alive.

The Yankees are looking like road kill, though. Unless he finds some friends or relatives who can hit, Sabathia alone won't save them from the end of a truly abysmal series.

But while Yankees have done little right, the Tigers have done even less wrong. They've done everything they've had to do — above all, pitch.

In fact, their starters had not been scored upon in the last 37.2 innings before Nunez's home run.

Whether it was Alex Avila making a leaping grab in foul territory of Russell Martin's pop-up in the second. . .

Or Miguel Cabrera racing in from the RenCen — or wherever an infield shift had taken him in the fourth — to haul down Mark Teixeira's foul near the Tigers' dugout, the Tigers also made every play they had to make.