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  1. And That Happened: Sunday’s Playoff Highlights

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Two

    Tigers 5, Athletics 4: Don Kelly with the walkoff? Sure, why not? The A’s are in a deep hole now, down 2-0 in a best of five. How quickly the magic pixie dust from a late regular season run fades. Nationals 3, Cardinals 2: Gio Gonzalez walked the world, but the Nats rallied and Mike…

  2. An escape, a Russell Martin bomb and some insurance has the Yankees up 7-2 in the ninth

    Oct 7, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    UPDATE: Turn out the lights, folks. Jim Johnson had nothing, and now the Yankees sport a 7-2 lead. 11:56 PM: So many chances for both teams had gone by the wayside by the ninth inning rolled around, the last of which came in the bottom of the eighth. There the Orioles got a leadoff double…

  3. Josh Reddick labels Tigers reliever ‘unprofessional’ after kiss

    Oct 7, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    Al Alburquerque

    Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque‘s win was sealed with a kiss Sunday, as he opted to give the baseball a little sugar after snagging Yoenis Cespedes‘ comebacker to end the top of the ninth. Alburquerque kissed the ball before throwing it over to Prince Fielder for the out in a tie game. It was the only…

  4. Vaunted bullpen trio lets A’s down in loss to Tigers

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Omar Infante - Game 2 ALDS

    Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour combined to pitch nine scoreless innings, allowing just three hits in the process, in the series sweep of the Rangers last week. In today’s Game 2 loss to the Tigers, the trio gave up four runs — two earned — and six hits in 2 2/3 innings of…

  5. Don Kelly launches walkoff sacrifice fly as Tigers take 2-0 lead over Athletics in ALDS

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Don Kelly

    The Tigers designated Don Kelly for assignment in early August. And now he’s a postseason hero. The 32-year-old utilityman scored a game-tying tally as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the eight inning then hit a walkoff sacrifice fly to deep right-center field in the bottom of the ninth as Detroit topped Oakland 5-4 in Game 2…

  6. Tigers rally in bottom of the eighth, ALDS Game 2 is tied

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

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    The A’s tied this ALDS Game 2 in the top of the eighth inning when Yoenis Cespedes raced home from third base on a Joaquin Benoit wild pitch. And now the Tigers have answered in a similar fashion. Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the eighth then advanced…

  7. Tigers jump on top when Coco Crisp makes error in center, but A’s storm back in eighth

    Oct 7, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

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    A’s left-hander Sean Doolittle had MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera beat with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, inducing what looked to be a flyout to deep center field. But Coco Crisp failed to secure a basket catch and both runners raced home, giving the Tigers a sudden 3-2…

  8. Oakland grabs ALDS Game 2 lead in seventh inning

    Oct 7, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Tigers starter Doug Fister has been pretty sharp this afternoon at a chilly Comerica Park, boasting eight strikeouts through seven innings against the A’s. But leadoff walks are murder. And the one Fister just issued to Seth Smith could be a real haunter. Smith was sacrificed over to second by George Kottaras then scored on a…

  9. A’s and Tigers trade runs in third, Game 2 of ALDS sits tied

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    The A’s only tallied three hits off Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Saturday’s ALDS Game 1 loss at Comerica Park. Through three innings Sunday, Oakland already has five hits against Doug Fister. Cliff Pennington and Coco Crisp hit back-to-back singles to open the top of the third, then Yoenis Cespedes drove Pennington in with a…

  10. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Athletics vs. Tigers

    Oct 7, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    comerica park getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the A’s and Tigers, set to get underway at 12 p.m. ET: OAKLAND ATHLETICS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Coco Crisp, CF 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Stephen Drew, SS 2. Omar Infante, 2B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B…

  11. A’s can’t get big hit in Game 1 loss

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    ALDS Athletics Tigers Baseball

    The A’s set out to make Justin Verlander work in Game 1 and were partly successful, boosting his pitch count early on. Verlander improved as the outing went on, but those early pitches resulted in his departure after seven, and once the A’s got into the bullpen, they came up just a couple of feet…

  12. Justin Verlander does Justin Verlander things as Tigers defeat A’s in Game 1 of ALDS

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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    It didn’t look good for the Tigers when A’s speedster Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning of Saturday night’s ALDS Game 1 in Detroit. But that feeling changed pretty quickly. Verlander settled in after Crisp’s shot to right field, yielding just two hits over the rest of…

  13. Pat Neshek pitches A’s out of jam in first appearance since the death of his infant son

    Oct 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

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    A’s right-hander Pat Neshek undoubtedly took the mound with a heavy heart when he was called from the bullpen in the seventh inning of tonight’s ALDS Game 1 against the Tigers — only three days after losing his infant son just 23 hours after childbirth. But the side-armer looked plenty composed. Neshek induced a fielder’s…

  14. Alex Avila’s fifth-inning shot gives Tigers two-run cushion

    Oct 6, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

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    Tigers catcher Alex Avila played through an injured knee last postseason and wound up batting just .073/.116/.146 in 44 plate appearances. It appears he’ll be much more of a contributor this time around. The 25-year-old launched a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning of tonight’s ALDS Game 1 against the Athletics,…

  15. Jarrod Parker fumbles, Tigers take third-inning lead

    Oct 6, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

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    A’s starter Jarrod Parker nearly pitched his way around a one-out double from the Tigers’ Omar Infante in the bottom of the third inning of this ALDS Game 1, but the Oakland right-hander misplayed a Quintin Berry slow-roller near the first base bag and the potential third out turned into Detroit’s go-ahead score when Infante…

  16. Coco Crisp homers, Austin Jackson doubles as ALDS Game 1 gets underway in Detroit

    Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

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    The leadoff men are the stars so far in Game 1. Tigers ace Justin Verlander allowed a solo homer to Coco Crisp in the very top of the first inning, then issued a one-out walk to Yoenis Cespedes before escaping the frame with back-to-back strikeouts of Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick. Verlander is no stranger…

  17. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Athletics vs. Tigers

    Oct 6, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander AP

    Here are the Athletics’ and Tigers’ lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS, which is set to begin around 6 p.m. ET: OAKLAND ATHLETICS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Coco Crisp, CF 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Stephen Drew, SS 2. Quintin Berry, LF 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B 4.…

  18. Brett Anderson on A’s roster for ALDS following oblique injury

    Oct 6, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    The Athletics have officially announced their roster for their series against the Tigers in the ALDS, which will begin tonight in Detroit. No big surprises in here, but Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com passes along word that Brett Anderson is indeed on the roster after straining his oblique during a start in Detroit on September 19.…

  19. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Athletics

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Athletics have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (88-74) vs. Oakland Athletics (94-68) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Detroit: Jarrod Parker vs. Justin Verlander…

  20. Josh Hamilton hints at moving on after loss to Orioles

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    If last night was Josh Hamilton‘s final game in a Rangers’ uniform, it ended pretty ugly. After Hamilton dropped a fly ball during the final game of the regular season against the Athletics, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a double-play ground ball last night. He saw a total of eight pitches. Fans directed…

  21. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  22. A’s pick rookie Jarrod Parker to start Game 1 against Tigers

    Oct 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Fittingly for a team that has relied so heavily on rookie pitchers all season the A’s have picked the youngest starter on the staff, 23-year-old Jarrod Parker, to take the mound in Game 1 of the ALDS against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Parker, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of the Trevor…

  23. Tigers set ALDS rotation, push Max Scherzer to Game 4

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander AP

    Justin Verlander starting Game 1 was a given and today the Tigers announced the rest of their ALDS rotation against the A’s: Doug Fister in Game 2, Anibal Sanchez in Game 3, and Max Scherzer in Game 4. And then if the series goes to a Game 5 it would be Verlander getting the ball…

  24. Rangers GM: Josh Hamilton hasn’t been at his best

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    While the Rangers downplayed the idea that anything happened between manager Ron Washington and center fielder Josh Hamilton in the dugout during Wednesday’s season finale, GM Jon Daniels admitted that his former MVP is struggling some at the moment. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com has the quotes: “It’s easy to pick out one guy, but it’s…

  25. Since when is Miguel Cabrera not getting any press for his Triple Crown?

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera triple crown getty

    I realize that the whole Mike Trout–Miguel Cabrera MVP debate has led to a lot of old school-new school tribalism (and a lot of Detroit-non-Detroit tribalism), but it seems that in the past week or so that tribalism has taken a rather silly turn:  people claiming that Miguel Cabrera was/is getting no attention for his…

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