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PostSubject: ALDS5: 10/10/13 - DET (2-2) AT OAK (2-2) - 8:00 p.m. ET   Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:32 am

ALDS5: 10/10/13 - DET (2-2) AT OAK (2-2) - 8:00 p.m. ET




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Detroit Tigers AT Oakland Athletics
Thursday, October 10, 2013
O.co Coliseum , Oakland, CA
Game Time - 8:00 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup



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

This start originally belonged to Max Scherzer, who started Game 1 and was on track for Game 5, but the Tigers used the right-hander in relief in Game 4. Justin Verlander will pitch in the deciding game.



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

Gray, who posted a 5-3 record and 2.67 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) during the regular season, pitched eight shutout innings in Game 2 last Saturday.



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PREVIEW


Tigers and A's return to Oakland for decisive Game 5
In a rematch, Verlander set to face off against rookie Gray

By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com | 10/9/2013 9:33 PM ET

DETROIT -- Play it again, Sonny and Justin.

Fittingly, an American League Division Series distinguished by brilliant pitching comes down to a rematch of one of the most compelling duels in recent postseason history.

Oakland's Sonny Gray, the kid with the golden arm, and Detroit's Justin Verlander, the decorated veteran, match power and precision components in Game 5 on Thursday night in O.co Coliseum at 8 p.m. ET on TBS.

The winner moves on to face the Red Sox in the AL Championship Series.

Verlander, the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and AL Most Valuable Player Award winner, blanked the A's across seven innings with 11 strikeouts in a Game 2 showdown with Gray that went to the A's, 1-0, on catcher Stephen Vogt's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

Gray, a 23-year-old Vanderbilt product with 11 starts on his Major League resume, matched Verlander in yielding just four hits across his eight innings, striking out nine.

Part of the wave of great young arms in the game, Gray was Oakland's choice over veteran Bartolo Colon, who worked Game 1. The Tigers won that game, 3-2, with three first-inning runs.

"It's not like Bartolo has done anything to warrant not pitching in this game," A's manager Bob Melvin said of his 40-year-old ace, an 18-game winner. "It's just that Sonny pitched so well."

The Tigers, having never faced him before, came away duly impressed with Gray's 94-96 mph fastball and knee-buckling hook.

"Sonny has one of the best curveballs I've seen in a while," said Torii Hunter, who expressed his distaste in the batter's box of one of Gray's up-and-in fastballs that sent him reeling in Game 2. Bad blood also boiled over in a Game 3 verbal spat between Victor Martinez and A's closer Grant Balfour.

The big question is whether Gray can replicate his magic against an offense now familiar with his delivery and the movement on his pitches.

"They also saw him two and three times around the lineup during that game," Melvin noted. "He's able to make adjustments as well, and he has very good stuff on top of it."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't expecting his hitters to fall into a "comfort zone" against Gray, "but it makes you a little more comfortable, now that you know the action on the ball, the great breaking ball that he has."

The A's, 0-5 in Game 5 ALDS showdowns, are bidding to avenge their elimination loss to Verlander and Co. last October in the Coliseum. The Tigers prevailed, 6-0, with their ace going the distance in one of the signature performances of his career.

In three postseason starts against the A's the past two seasons, Verlander has yielded one run in 23 innings. That was a leadoff homer by Coco Crisp in Game 1 of the 2012 ALDS, won by the Tigers in Detroit.

"The hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball," Crisp said. "Verlander is a tough pitcher; their whole pitching staff is a great staff. He is who he is. We've got to go out and beat him.

"We're a one-through-nine lineup. We need everybody to chip in in a collective effort. If we swing at our pitches, I think we'll have a good chance to beat them."

Crisp is the hottest hitter in the series. With seven hits in the two games in Detroit, the A's center fielder is batting .500 with a .556 on-base percentage.

In contrast, Tigers leadoff man Austin Jackson is batting .133 with a .188 OBP, striking out 10 times in 15 at-bats. Detroit is hoping his big RBI single in the seventh inning of Game 4 will serve to lift Jackson out of his funk.

A major issue for the Tigers has been the absence of thunder from Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, who have not produced an extra-base hit in 31 combined at-bats. Fielder is hitting .267, Cabrera .250.

The 2012 Triple Crown winner and 2013 batting champion, Cabrera said he has grown "tired of questions every day" about groin and abdomen ailments draining his power.

After managing just six runs in the first 31 innings of the series, the Tigers busted out with eight runs in the final four innings in Game 4.

Jhonny Peralta, returning at the end of the regular season from his 50-game suspension, and Martinez unloaded the first two homers of the series by the Tigers.

Peralta and Martinez are hitting .375 in the series and have accounted for seven of the team's 12 RBIs. Peralta has five in just eight at-bats.

The A's, who launched four home runs in the two games in Detroit, were third in the Majors in homers (186) during the regular season, producing 10 more than the Tigers.

The A's have tasted some success in the regular season against Verlander, who is 5-4 in the Coliseum with a 2.38 ERA in 10 starts.

A's shortstop Jed Lowrie, hitless through three games, busted out in Game 4 with a homer, single and three RBIs.

"I think the strength of our offense all year has been to trust everybody up and down the lineup and not try to do too much," Lowrie said. "That's the easiest way to get to a guy like Verlander. ... Get guys on base and get him to throw those stress innings and pitches, where he's not able to cruise through innings."

Josh Donaldson (.176, no extra-base hits) has been quiet, but Yoenis Cespedes has been a force, batting .389 with a double, triple, homer and team-high four RBIs. Designated hitter Seth Smith is hitting .417.

It's Gray vs. Verlander in a fascinating finale that will extend one team's season and bring a numbing end to the other's.


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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PostSubject: Re: ALDS5: 10/10/13 - DET (2-2) AT OAK (2-2) - 8:00 p.m. ET   Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:34 am

STARTING LINEUPS:

STARTING PITCHERS
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander, RHP (0-0, 0.00)
Lifetime vs. Athletics: 8-6, 2.48 ERA.

Oakland Athletics
Sonny Gray, RHP (0-0, 0.00)
Lifetime vs. Tigers: 0-0, 0.00 ERA.

STARTING LINEUPS
(Batters' career statistics vs. opposing starting pitcher in regular season)

Detroit Tigers
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Torii Hunter, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Omar Infante, 2B
9. Don Kelly, LF
*Gray has yet to face a Tigers hitter during the regular season.

Oakland Athletics
1. Coco Crisp, CF (8-for-24)
2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (3-for-10)
3. Jed Lowrie, SS (2-for-8)
4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-6)
5. Seth Smith, DH (2-for-9, 1 HR)
6. Brandon Moss, 1B (1-for-8, 1 HR)
7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B (4-for-19)
8. Josh Reddick, RF (2-for-13)
9. Stephen Vogt, C (0-for-5)


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PostSubject: Re: ALDS5: 10/10/13 - DET (2-2) AT OAK (2-2) - 8:00 p.m. ET   Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:38 pm

Detroit - Top of 1st
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
A Jackson struck out looking.
T Hunter lined out to second.
M Cabrera grounded out to shortstop.


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

0-0 AFTER 1 INNING


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Detroit - Top of 2nd
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
P Fielder walked.
V Martinez flied out to center.
J Peralta struck out swinging. P Fielder caught stealing second, catcher to second to first to shortstop.


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

0-0 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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Detroit - Top of 3rd
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
A Avila grounded out to first.
O Infante grounded out to shortstop.
D Kelly flied out to left.


Oakland - Bottom of 3rd
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
A Callaspo flied out to center.
J Reddick grounded out to second.
S Vogt struck out swinging.

0-0 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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Detroit - Top of 4th
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
A Jackson lined out to right.
T Hunter singled to center.
M Cabrera homered to left, T Hunter scored.
DET 2 - 0
P Fielder grounded out to first.
V Martinez singled to left.
J Peralta singled to left, V Martinez to second.
A Avila walked, V Martinez to third, J Peralta to second.
O Infante grounded out to shortstop.


Oakland - Bottom of 4th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
C Crisp grounded out to shortstop.
J Donaldson flied out to center.
J Lowrie grounded out to second.

DET 2 - 0 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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Detroit - Top of 5th
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
D Kelly walked.
A Jackson struck out swinging.
T Hunter grounded out to shortstop, D Kelly to second.
M Cabrera intentionally walked.
P Fielder grounded out to pitcher.


Oakland - Bottom of 5th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
Y Cespedes popped out to shortstop.
S Smith grounded out to shortstop.
B Moss struck out swinging.

DET 2 - 0 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: ALDS5: 10/10/13 - DET (2-2) AT OAK (2-2) - 8:00 p.m. ET   Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:23 pm

Detroit - Top of 6th
Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland
V Martinez singled to shallow center.
J Peralta singled to left, V Martinez to second.
D Otero relieved S Gray.
A Avila grounded into fielder's choice to first, J Peralta out at second, V Martinez to third.
O Infante grounded into fielder's choice to third, V Martinez scored, A Avila out at second.
DET 3 - 0
D Kelly walked, O Infante to second.
A Jackson grounded out to second.


Oakland - Bottom of 6th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
A Callaspo grounded out to first.
J Reddick walked.
S Vogt flied out to center, J Reddick to second.
C Crisp flied out to left.

DET 3 - 0 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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Detroit - Top of 7th
Dan Otero pitching for Oakland
T Hunter grounded out to third.
M Cabrera popped out to second.
P Fielder singled to right.
V Martinez singled to left, P Fielder to second.
J Peralta grounded into fielder's choice to third, P Fielder out at third, V Martinez to second.


Oakland - Bottom of 7th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
J Donaldson struck out swinging.
J Lowrie flied out to left.
Y Cespedes singled to center.
S Smith struck out swinging.

DET 3 - 0 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: ALDS5: 10/10/13 - DET (2-2) AT OAK (2-2) - 8:00 p.m. ET   Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:13 am

Detroit - Top of 8th
Sean Doolittle pitching for Oakland
S Doolittle relieved D Otero.
A Avila flied out to left.
O Infante flied out to center.
D Kelly struck out swinging.


Oakland - Bottom of 8th
Justin Verlander pitching for Detroit
B Moss struck out swinging.
A Callaspo grounded out to first.
J Reddick singled to center.
S Vogt struck out swinging.

DET 3 - 0 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: ALDS5: 10/10/13 - DET (2-2) AT OAK (2-2) - 8:00 p.m. ET   Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:45 am

Detroit - Top of 9th
Grant Balfour pitching for Oakland
G Balfour relieved S Doolittle.
A Jackson struck out swinging.
T Hunter flied out to center.
M Cabrera struck out swinging.


Oakland - Bottom of 9th
Joaquin Benoit pitching for Detroit
J Iglesias at shortstop.
R Santiago at third base.
J Benoit relieved J Verlander.
C Crisp grounded out to second.
J Donaldson struck out swinging.
J Lowrie doubled to shallow left center.
Y Cespedes hit by pitch.
S Smith flied out to right.


TIGERS WIN 3-0

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W: J. Verlander (1-0)
L: S. Gray (0-1)
S: J. Benoit (2)


GAME INFO:

Gray, S pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

IBB: Cabrera, M (by Gray, S).
HBP: Cespedes (by Benoit).
Pitches-strikes: Verlander 111-76, Benoit 21-12, Gray, S 98-53, Otero 27-17, Doolittle 13-9, Balfour 18-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Verlander 6-7, Benoit 1-1, Gray, S 7-2, Otero 5-0, Doolittle 0-2, Balfour 0-1.
Batters faced: Verlander 27, Benoit 5, Gray, S 24, Otero 9, Doolittle 3, Balfour 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Otero 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Tom Hallion. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Mark Wegner. 3B: CB Bucknor. LF: Gary Darling. RF: Jim Reynolds.
Weather: 63 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:20.
Att: 46,959.
Venue: O.co Coliseum.
October 10, 2013


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