The Oakland Athletics avoided a three-game sweep, yet still came out on the losing end.
Seth Smith homered, doubled and drove in four runs, and the Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 12-4 in a matchup of AL playoff contenders. But the wild-card co-leaders also learned they would be minus starter Brett Anderson for the remainder of the regular season.
An MRI revealed Anderson sustained a Grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle on Wednesday night, when the left-hander awkwardly fell off the mound and exited after two-plus innings.
Anderson was 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA after six games while coming off Tommy John surgery. The A's revealed the extent of his latest injury after their victory.
''He's a guy that's got ace-type of stuff. It hurts to lose a starting pitcher,'' Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. ''But we've lost a lot of starters in the last month and a half, three.''
Melvin said he doesn't know about Anderson's availability for the postseason.
The team also is without Bran...