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PostSubject: ALDS2: 10/5/13 - DET (1-0) AT OAK (0-1) - 9:07 p.m. ET   Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:01 am

ALDS2: 10/5/13 - DET (1-0) AT OAK (0-1) - 9:07 p.m. ET




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Detroit Tigers AT Oakland Athletics
Saturday, October 5, 2013
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Game Time - 9:07 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup



Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Verlander has been the Game 1 starter in four of the Tigers' five postseason series over the last two seasons, but he takes a step back this series. He tossed a complete-game shutout in Oakland to end last year's Division Series.



Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Starting Game 2 so he can pitch in front of a welcoming home crowd, the rookie right-hander enters his first postseason start 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA over his last six starts. His strikeout rate of 24.8 percent is tops in the A's rotation.



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PREVIEW


Aiming to even series, A's face another ace
Oakland rookie Gray opposes Detroit's Verlander in Game 2

By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com | 10/5/2013 4:22 AM ET

OAKLAND -- On the heels of Max Scherzer's dominating Game 1 effort, here comes Justin Verlander. The Tigers are armed and dangerous in the American League Division Series, but that's no news bulletin to the A's.

The AL West champions knew what they were facing coming in, and now the urgency heightens for Game 2 on Saturday (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, TBS) as young Sonny Gray, in his 11th Major League start, engages Verlander, the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player.

"I like facing Verlander," said A's leadoff man Coco Crisp. "He's a competitor. I like facing guys who are really good -- and he's been the best pitcher in the game."

Crisp has a fond memory attached to Detroit's superlative right-hander. Leading off Game 1 of the 2012 ALDS at Comerica Park, Coco homered against Verlander. It was the only run he allowed in the game and in the series.

"It's always a shock to lead off a game with a home run, but especially against a guy like Verlander," Crisp said. "That was a shocking thing."

The A's need to find some offense, fast. They managed only six baserunners while striking out 16 times against Scherzer and relievers Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit in Game 1, taken by the Tigers, 3-2. Crisp walked three times, but Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson were a combined 0-for-8 behind him.

"We need all our components in this series," Crisp said. "We need everybody."

Yeonis Cespedes' two-run homer in the seventh got the A's back in the game, but Scherzer restored order, and the bullpen nailed it down. Brandon Moss' single and Cespedes' second-inning triple were the only other A's hits. Scherzer struck out Josh Reddick and retired Stephen Vogt to leave Cespedes stranded.

"This doesn't depend on me only," said Cespedes, who has been hindered by a sore shoulder. "This is about the whole team. [Friday] I was good, but let's hope everyone is good [Saturday]."

The Tigers came out with aggression against Bartolo Colon, and it paid off with three first-inning runs that stood up. Austin Jackson doubled on Colon's third pitch, and Torii Hunter was hit on the arm with a fastball. Miguel Cabrera slammed a first-pitch RBI single to center. After Prince Fielder grounded into double play to cash in the second run, Victor Martinez doubled and scored on Alex Avila's single.

Scoring early enabled the Tigers to take some of the energy out of the largest crowd in Oakland since 2004. But the fans roared to life when Cespedes went deep in the seventh.

"It's just loud," Jackson said. "That's what you get in the playoffs, that type of atmosphere. You want to try to take some of that away from them if you can."

Gray, with high-octane stuff, will try to keep the Tigers quiet in his matchup with Verlander. Gray, a standout at Vanderbilt while Verlander was building his reputation as the game's premier starter, has a killer curveball to go with his 93 mph heater, changeup and slider.

"The problem with Sonny Gray," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, "is we don't know much about him, other than what we've seen on TV."

Verlander had an uncharacteristic season, going 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA and ceding his role as the ace to Scherzer. His teammates expect Verlander to be in prime form with so much on the line.

"He's going to step up for us," Hunter said. "Trust me, Verlander's going to try to match what Scherzer did. He's a competitor."

The 96-win A's have had an amazing season. They don't want to go down 0-2 heading to Detroit.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Up next (Probable Pitchers)


SUN, Oct 6:
OFF DAY


MON, Oct 7:
Detroit: (RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)) VS
Oakland: (RHP Jarrod Parker (0-0, 0.00 ERA))
1:07  p.m. ET (MLBN  / FM 97.1, ESPN Radio)


TUE, Oct 8: IF NEEDED
Detroit: (RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA)) VS
Oakland: (RHP Dan Straily (0-0, 0.00 ERA))
5:07  p.m. ET (TBS  / FM 97.1, ESPN Radio)


WED, Oct 9:
OFF DAY


THU, Oct 10: IF NEEDED
Detroit: (RHP TBA (TBA ERA)) AT
Oakland: (TBA (TBA ERA))
9:07  p.m. ET (TBS / FM 97.1, ESPN Radio)



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PostSubject: Re: ALDS2: 10/5/13 - DET (1-0) AT OAK (0-1) - 9:07 p.m. ET   Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:01 am

STARTING LINEUPS:

TIGERS

   Austin Jackson, CF
   Torii Hunter, RF
   Miguel Cabrera, 3B
   Prince Fielder, 2B
   Victor Martinez, DH
   Alex Avila, C
   Omar Infante, 2B
   Don Kelly, LF
   Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Justin Verlander


ATHLETICS (career numbers off Verlander)

   Coco Crisp, CF (9-for-32, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
   Jed Lowrie, SS (2-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
   Josh Donaldson, 3B (4-for-16, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
   Brandon Moss, 1B (2-for-13, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
   Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-12, walk, K)
   Seth Smith, DH (2-for-15, HR, 6 walks, 4 K’s)
   Josh Reddick, RF (2-for-18, walk, 8 K’s)
   Stephen Vogt, C (0-for-5, K)
   Eric Sogard, 2B (0-for-7, 2 K’s)

P: Sonny Gray


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PostSubject: Re: ALDS2: 10/5/13 - DET (1-0) AT OAK (0-1) - 9:07 p.m. ET   Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:29 pm

Detroit - Top of 1st
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
A Jackson struck out swinging.
T Hunter grounded out to shortstop.
M Cabrera singled to left.
P Fielder grounded out to pitcher.


Oakland - Bottom of 1st
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
C Crisp flied out to left.
J Lowrie struck out looking.
J Donaldson popped out to second.

0 - 0 AFTER 1 INNING


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Detroit - Top of 2nd
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
V Martinez grounded out to second.
A Avila walked.
O Infante struck out swinging.
D Kelly reached on infield single to second, A Avila to second.
J Iglesias grounded into fielder's choice to third, A Avila out at third, D Kelly to second.


Oakland - Bottom of 2nd
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
B Moss struck out swinging.
Y Cespedes flied out to right.
S Smith struck out looking.

0 - 0 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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Detroit - Top of 3rd
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
A Jackson struck out looking.
T Hunter struck out swinging.
M Cabrera struck out swinging.


Oakland - Bottom of 3rd
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
J Reddick fouled out to third.
S Vogt struck out looking.
E Sogard lined out to third.

0 - 0 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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Detroit - Top of 4th
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
P Fielder grounded out to second.
V Martinez flied out to right.
A Avila grounded out to shortstop.


Oakland - Bottom of 4th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
C Crisp struck out looking.
J Lowrie struck out looking.
J Donaldson singled to center.
B Moss struck out looking.

0 - 0 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: ALDS2: 10/5/13 - DET (1-0) AT OAK (0-1) - 9:07 p.m. ET   Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:45 am

Detroit - Top of 5th
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
O Infante walked.
D Kelly grounded out to second, O Infante to second.
J Iglesias reached on infield single to shortstop, O Infante to third.
A Jackson struck out swinging. J Iglesias caught stealing second, catcher to second.


Oakland - Bottom of 5th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
Y Cespedes singled to right.
S Smith singled to right, Y Cespedes to second.
J Reddick grounded out to third.
S Vogt struck out swinging.
E Sogard struck out swinging.

0 - 0 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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Detroit - Top of 6th
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
T Hunter struck out swinging.
M Cabrera flied out to right.
P Fielder grounded out to second.


Oakland - Bottom of 6th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
C Crisp flied out to center.
J Lowrie fouled out to shortstop.
J Donaldson struck out swinging.

0 - 0 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: ALDS2: 10/5/13 - DET (1-0) AT OAK (0-1) - 9:07 p.m. ET   Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:50 am

Detroit - Top of 7th
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
V Martinez grounded out to second.
A Avila struck out looking.
O Infante flied out to left.



Oakland - Bottom of 7th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
B Moss walked.
Y Cespedes lined out to right.
S Smith fouled out to left.
J Reddick singled to right, B Moss to third, J Reddick to second advancing on throw.
S Vogt struck out swinging.

0 - 0 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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Detroit - Top of 8th
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
D Kelly reached on infield single to second.
J Iglesias sacrificed to pitcher, D Kelly to second.
A Jackson struck out looking.
T Hunter popped out to first.


Oakland - Bottom of 8th
Drew Smyly pitching for Detroit
D Smyly relieved J Verlander.
A Callaspo hit for E Sogard.
A Callaspo doubled to left.
C Crisp fouled out to first.
J Lowrie walked.
A Alburquerque relieved D Smyly.
J Donaldson struck out swinging.
B Moss struck out swinging.

0 - 0 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: ALDS2: 10/5/13 - DET (1-0) AT OAK (0-1) - 9:07 p.m. ET   Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:41 am

Detroit - Top of 9th
Grant Balfour pitching for Oakland
A Callaspo at second base.
G Balfour relieved S Gray.
M Cabrera flied out to right.
P Fielder flied out to left.
V Martinez lined out to right.


Oakland - Bottom of 9th

Al Alburquerque pitching for Detroit
Y Cespedes singled to left.
S Smith singled to right, Y Cespedes to third.
J Reddick intentionally walked, S Smith to second.
R Porcello relieved A Alburquerque.
S Vogt singled to left, Y Cespedes scored, S Smith to third, J Reddick to second.


TIGERS LOSE 0-1

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W: G. Balfour (1-0)
L: A. Alburquerque (0-1)


GAME INFO:

Alburquerque pitched to 3 batters in the 9th.
Porcello pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

IBB: Reddick (by Alburquerque).
Pitches-strikes: Verlander 117-73, Smyly 17-9, Alburquerque 22-12, Porcello 3-2, Gray, S 111-65, Balfour 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Verlander 0-4, Smyly 0-0, Alburquerque 0-0, Porcello 0-0, Gray, S 10-3, Balfour 0-2.
Batters faced: Verlander 26, Smyly 3, Alburquerque 5, Porcello 1, Gray, S 29, Balfour 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Alburquerque 2-0, Porcello 3-1.
Umpires: HP: CB Bucknor. 1B: Gary Darling. 2B: Jim Reynolds. 3B: Tom Hallion. LF: Mike DiMuro. RF: Mark Wegner.
Weather: 82 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:23.
Att: 48,292.
Venue: O.co Coliseum.
October 5, 2013


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