September 20, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Seth Smith (15) receives congratulations from teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Athletics Vs. Tigers: Oakland Wins Finale, Avoids Sweep

The A's were able to avoid the sweep at Comerica Park. They blew out the Tigers in Thursday's series finale.

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Brett Anderson Injury: Atheltics Pitcher Out For Rest Of Regular Season

The Oakland Athletics will be without starting pitcher Brett Anderson for the rest of the season with an oblique injury. The news comes as the A's are in the midst of a pennant race in the American League West, with a Wild Card spot also a possibility. Anderson has missed most of the season recovering from Tommy John Surgery and has started just six games, although he's pitched very well to the tune of a 2.57 ERA over 35 innings of work. The club is 4-2 in his starts.

Here is the latest from team reporter Susan Slusser:

If the Athletics make the postseason, Anderson is hopeful he will be able to pitch. No timetable has been set for his return, but he'll need a couple of rehab appearances before any final decision is made.

Oakland currently sits 3½ games back of the Rangers in the AL West, is tied with Baltimore for the No. 1 Wild Card spot and holds a four-game lead for the other spot.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers Final Score: Oakland Strikes Late In 12-4 Win

The Oakland Athletics fell behind early on Thursday afternoon and for a little while it appeared as though they would be swept by the Detroit Tigers. But the offense came to life in the later innings and the A's avoided the sweep with a lopsided 12-4 win behind Tom Milone.

In the second inning, Milone gave up two runs on an RBI single from Gerald Laird and a sacrifice fly from Austin Jackson. The A's managed to cut that lead in half in the top of the third, then Seth Smith homered in the fifth to tie things up at 2-2.

Prince Fielder hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to give the Tigers the lead once again, but the A's broke through in a big way with a four-run sixth inning. Brandon Moss drove in a run with a double, Josh Donaldson added an RBI single and George Kottaras plated another two runs with a two-out triple to give Oakland a 6-3 lead.

Andy Dirks led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to let Detroit get one of those runs back, but the A's avoided further damage. The A's offensive output wasn't finished, as they exploded for another six runs in the top of the ninth. Those runs came on a Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice fly, a bases-loaded walk to Daric Barton, a bases-clearing double by Smith and another double by Donaldson that brought Smith home. All six runs came with two outs in the inning.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers, Game Preview: Oakland Will Attempt To Salvage Final Game Of The Series

After dropping the first two games of their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers, the Oakland Athletics will attempt to salvage the final game of the series on Thursday.

Oakland lost 6-2 on Wednesday and has been outscored 18-4 during the first two games of the series. Their loss on Wednesday, coupled with Baltimore's win, dropped the Athletics a half-game behind the Orioles in the American League Wild Card Standings. The A's are currently holding the second Wild Card slot with a three-and-a-half game lead over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Athletics will turn to Tom Milone (13-10, 3.81 ERA) to end their current three-game losing streak. Milone has pitched well recently, allowing two or less earned runs in four of his last five starts. He won his only start against the Tigers this season, allowing one earned run over seven innings.

Detroit will counter with Anibal Sanchez (8-12, 4.02 ERA) who is making his first career start against Oakland. Sanchez, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Florida Marlins, was acquired by Detroit at the trade deadline. If Oakland is going to get a win out of the series, they will likely need to slow down Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera is 4-7 with three home runs and seven RBI in the series.

Thursday's game will be an early start on the West coast with first pitch scheduled for 10:05 a.m. PT. The game will not be television locally, although radio coverage will be available on 95.7 FM.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers Final Score: Oakland Offense Slumbers In 6-2 Loss

The Oakland Athletics were hoping to pad their Wild Card lead against the Detroit Tigers. Instead, after Wednesday's 6-2 loss, they have dropped the first two games of the series and will be trying to avoid being swept.

The Tigers broke through in the third inning with a two-run double from Omar Infante.

Brett Anderson, fresh off his first loss of the season, had to be removed from the game in the third inning due to an oblique strain. He was charged with three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings, with the last run coming in the third on a Delmon Young sacrifice fly right after Anderson was lifted.

Jhonny Peralta stretched the Detroit lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning with an RBI single. Miguel Cabrera hit his 41st home run of the year in the seventh and Infante contributed an RBI groundout in the eighth to make it 6-0.

The A's mounted a two-out rally in the ninth inning to avoid the shutout, as Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew hit RBI singles, but that was the extent of their offensive explosion.

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Brett Anderson Injury: Athletics P Leaves Game With Right Oblique Strain

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson was pulled from their game against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning on Wednesday with what is being called an oblique strain.

On his final pitch to Delmon Young, Anderson looked to tweak himself on his follow-through, getting visited by the team's trainer afterward. He threw just 48 pitches before being removed, and left on a 2-2 count with two runners on base.

Anderson was having some issues early against the Tigers, giving up three runs on three hits along with one strikeout and three walks in just 2 1/3 innings of work.

Anderson missed the last 14 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. He is 4-1 since returning from the injury this season, taking his first loss in his last outing against the Angels.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers, Game Preview: A's Look To Cool Off Justin Verlander

The Oakland Athletics are looking to shake off the beating handed out to them by the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday and get back to their winning ways, as Justin Verlander takes the bump for Detroit on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Verlander (14-8, 2.82 ERA) allowed no runs in seven innings of work during the Tigers' 4-0 win at Cleveland on Friday. He's also had the A's number as of late, giving up one run, five hits, and 14 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched in his last two outings against Oakland. He is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA against the A's at Comerica Park, where he hasn't faced them since 2010.

Oakland will counter with Brett Anderson (4-1, 1.93), who had his first hiccup since returning from Tommy John surgery. He allowed five runs in 6 innings of work en route to a 6-0 loss against the Angels on Thursday, though is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA against the Tigers in his career. He has not faced them since 2010.

The Tigers have won 27 of their last 35 games at home.

First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN, CSN California and 95.7 The Game.

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MLB Standings: Giants, Athletics Holding Strong In Playoff Race

Both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics are running out of regular season games, but are looking to hang on down the stretch and move on to the postseason.

After their 6-3 win on Tuesday night, the Giants have extended their lead to a season-high 8.5 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers with 14 games left on the schedule. Their magic number to clinch the NL West is down to seven.

As for the Athletics, they've dropped two straight after their 12-2 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday night, with two more stops against the Yankees and Rangers left on their schedule. They hold a half-game lead over the Orioles in the AL Wild Card Race, and are three games back of Texas in the AL West.

You can check out the entire standings here.


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 85 63 .574 0 Won 2
Los Angeles 76 71 .517 8.5 Lost 1
Arizona 73 74 .496 11.5 Won 2
San Diego 71 77 .479 14 Lost 1
Colorado 58 89 .394 26.5 Lost 4

(updated 9.19.2012 at 8:10 AM PDT)



American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Oakland 84 63 .571 0 Won 2
Baltimore 84 64 .567 0.5 Won 3
Los Angeles 81 67 .547 3.5 Won 2
Detroit 78 69 .530 6 Won 1
Tampa Bay 78 70 .527 6.5 Lost 2
Seattle 70 79 .469 15 Lost 3
Boston 68 81 .456 17 Won 2
Toronto 66 79 .455 17 Won 1
Kansas City 66 81 .448 18 Lost 2
Cleveland 61 87 .412 23.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 61 87 .412 23.5 Won 1

(updated 9.19.2012 at 8:10 AM PDT)


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Athletics Vs. Tigers Final Score: Oakland Obliterated In 12-2 Loss

Oakland Athletics starter A.J. Griffin was never going to stay perfect for his entire MLB career. But he made his first loss something really extravagant, as the Detroit whomped on the A's in a 12-2 loss to open the three-game series.

The A's actually got on the board first, as Brandon Moss hit a two-out RBI single in the top of the first inning. The Tigers evened things up in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly from MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera. In the bottom of the second, the Tigers took the lead on a solo homer from Jhonny Peralta and never looked back.

Early on, it appeared the story of the game would be Max Scherzer leaving the game after two innings with shoulder fatigue, but the Tiger offense made that a distant memory -- at least for the moment.

Cabrera homered in the third inning to push the Detroit lead to 3-1 and Prince Fielder hit a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 5-1. A pair of RBI doubles in the sixth inning from Austin Jackson and Quintin Berry put Detroit up by seven runs and effectively put the game out of reach.

Yoenis Cespedes was able to drive in Josh Reddick with a hard-hit single in the seventh inning, but Cabrera more than eliminated the deficit with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. It was Cabrera's second home run of the game and his 40th of the season.

Griffin gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk in 5.2 innings of work. The A's will try to even up the series on Wednesday.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers Lineups: A's Looking To Cool Off Detroit's Red Hot Max Scherzer

The Oakland Athletics are in Detroit with their sights on catching the Texas Rangers in the A.L. West, but they'll have their hands full as they face a Tigers team that is fighting to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

The A's (84-62) will send right-hander A.J. Griffin (6-0, 1.94) to the hill. The 24-year-old is coming off a stellar performance against the Los Angeles Angels, in which he threw eight innings of six-hit shutout ball on his way to the win.

The Tigers will counter with Max Scherzer (16-6, 3.77), who has been a beast of late. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA in his last five starts, and leads MLB in strikeouts with 220.

The lineups for Tuesday's game are as follows:

Oakland Athletics

  1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
  2. Seth Smith (L) LF
  3. Josh Reddick (L) RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) DH
  5. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
  6. Stephen Drew (L) SS
  7. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
  8. George Kottaras (L) C
  9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B

Detroit Tigers

  1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
  2. Quintin Berry (L) LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
  4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
  5. Delmon Young (R) DH
  6. Andy Dirks (L) RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
  8. Omar Infante (R) 2B
  9. Gerald Laird (R) C

First pitch is slated for 4:05 p.m. PT, and the game will be televised on CSNCA.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The Athletics kick off a difficult road trip in Detroit on Tuesday. They'll need to continue to win to hold their spot atop the Wild Card standings.

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