Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 10/2/13
Playoff Preview: Oakland v. A`s Background: These two dynamic teams aren`t strangers to the post-season, or to each other. Rewind back to last year where we found both teams in the exact same position. Oakland held home field advantage while Detroit came in as the Central Division champions. The teams were, and currently are, constructed in opposite designs. The Tigers are built on the mo-town mustle. The home grown boys of Verlander, Porcello, Rondon, Avila, Dirks and Smyly have given the Tigers a great foundation, but it`s not the farm boys that make this team elite. In 2007 a much skinnier Miguel Cabrera made his way from the Marlins, Austin Jackson followed him in 2009 from the Bronx boys and Sherzer was added the same year from the Diamondbacks. The last three years have seen Fister (Mariners), Infante (Marlins), Sanchez (Marlins), Veras (Astros), and Iglesias (Red Sox) thrown into the equation from other teams. Fielder, Alvarez, Hunter, and Pena were added from free agency all...
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