Posted September 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
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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...
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