DETROIT The old saying is defense wins championships. If that's the case, the Tigers are probably not going to need any champagne.
The box score from Thursday afternoon's 12-4 loss to the Oakland A's shows that the Tigers made one error, Omar Infante's throwing error in the third inning that allowed a run to score.
"I think Omar's play, he just didn't set his feet and make the throw," manager Jim Leyland said. "I think he could have done that. That was kind of a fundamental play."
Infante now has nine errors in 49 games with the Tigers after committing just eight in 82 games at second base with the Miami Marlins.
But the Tigers also ran into trouble in the sixth inning, trouble that doesn't show up as errors in the box score.
After Yoenis Cespedes singled, Brandon Moss hit a double to right field. Right fielder Avisail Garcia threw the ball quickly, but missed the cutoff man, and Cespedes scored easily, tying the game at 3.
"We were set up for the relay on the one play and th...