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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 10, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Sergio Romo

    Giants 2, Reds 1: No one would ever get rich betting on things like “Scott Rolen will make a critical error on a relatively easy bouncer to third,” but that’s what happened. It was set up by a passed ball, allowing the winning run to get to third. The Reds have still not won a…

  2. Backs against the wall, Giants and A’s come through

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    With four teams combining on just 16 hits and five runs, Tuesday’s games were all about the pitching. Facing elimination, the Giants and A’s survived thanks to the strength of their rotations and bullpens. Tied 1-1 for most of the day, the Giants tried emptying their bench as a means to score a run in…

  3. Offense a problem for these Tigers

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Cliff Pennington, Delmon Young

    The Tigers possess MLB’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years in Miguel Cabrera and a second premium bat in Prince Fielder, but the offense as a whole is really quite average. And even average seems kind given its performance so far against the A’s in the ALDS. Shut out in Tuesday’s loss, the Tigers…

  4. Brett Anderson dazzles in Game 3 of ALDS as Athletics shut out Tigers and stay alive

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

    brett anderson getty

    A’s left-hander Brett Anderson made only six starts during the regular season and had not pitched since September 19 because of an oblique strain, so there was reason for concern about how he’d fare in Game 3 of the ALDS on Tuesday night against the Tigers. It didn’t take long for those concerns to disappear.…

  5. Coco Crisp makes exceptional catch in Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    crisp getty

    Oakland’s Coco Crisp failed to haul in a fly ball in center field in Game 2 of the ALDS on Sunday afternoon at Detroit’s Comerica Park, allowing the Tigers to tack on two runs in an eventual 5-4 Detroit victory. But the speedster just leapt out of the doghouse in the second inning of ALDS Game 3 tonight…

  6. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Tigers vs. A’s

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s, in Oakland: DETROIT TIGERS OAKLAND A’S 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Coco Crisp, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Stephen Drew, SS 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B 5. Delmon…

  7. Elimination Tuesday? The Athletics and Giants have their backs up against the wall

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Division Series - Cincinnati Reds v San Francisco Giants - Game Two

    Today marks the first day when a team could be eliminated from the division series. The Athletics and the Giants are both in action and both face 0-2 deficits. It’s do or die time, Bay Area baseball fans. The Giants find themselves in Ohio of all places, facing a pitcher who tossed a no-hitter 11…

  8. And That Happened: Monday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 9, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals 12, Nationals 4: Just sayin’, teams that lose their starting pitchers early due to injuries are 2-0 this postseason. If I’m the Giants or the A’s tonight, I hope for Ryan Vogelsong and Brett Anderson to get hurt. The Cardinals blast the Nats, with two homers from Carlos Beltran. About whom, some guy from…

  9. Brett Anderson to return from injury, start Game 3 for A’s

    Oct 8, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    As soon as Oakland included Brett Anderson on the ALDS roster despite not pitching since injuring his oblique on September 19 it was clear they planned for him to start a game against Detroit and sure enough he’ll get the call for Game 3 tomorrow night. And if the A’s are able to extend the…

  10. Jonny Gomes: not a fan of the A’s “home field advantage”

    Oct 8, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Jonny Gomes hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game in Oakland

    There has been a lot of chatter about how the 2-3 format of the division series — with the higher seed starting on the road for two games — is not really a home field advantage. It certainly hasn’t been for the A’s, as they have started off their series 0-2 in Detroit despite having…

  11. Cespedes on the Alburquerque kiss: “I am going to hit the ball hard against him and I am going to kiss my bat”

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Al Alburquerque

    As we mentioned yesterday, A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a comebacker to end the top of the ninth in Game 2 of the ALDS. Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque fielded it and then kissed it before throwing him out at first.  After the game, Cespedes said how he planned to respond: “We’re not finished yet,. When I get…

  12. HBT Playoff Weekend Wrap-UP

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Cardinals Braves Baseball

    I know a lot of you are at-work-only readers and actually try to have lives and/or watch football on the weekend. Whatever, I can’t stop you from doing silly things. If you are one of those people with bad priorities, however, we would like you to know that there was all kinds of fun playoff…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    don kelly getty

    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…

  17. 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

    josh reddick getty

    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…

  18. Oakland grabs ALDS Game 2 lead in seventh inning

    Oct 7, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    doug fister getty

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

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

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    justin verlander getty

    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…

  23. 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

    pat neshek getty

    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…

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

    Oct 6, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    omar infante getty

    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…

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

    Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    coco crisp getty

    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…

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