Found October 11, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
For the second consecutive season, the Athletics lost to the Tigers in the ALDS despite having home-field advantage. Detroit limped into the postseason, nursing injuries and trying to get healthy in September. Meanwhile, everything appeared to be coming together for Oakland with a lineup that mixed platoons wonderfully, a young starting rotation and the AL's best bullpen. Yet after taking a 2-1 series lead, the A's were steamrolled by a Tigers rally. Here are five observations we took from Detroit's five-game victory over Oakland. 1. When you have an opponent beaten, you have to finish them off. The Tigers were dead in this series after losing Game 3. They couldn't score runs, Anibal Sanchez — who led the AL in ERA during the regular season — pitched one of his worst games of the season, and Oakland's Coco Crisp and Seth Smith looked unstoppable. Game 4 seemed almost like a formality. Detroit was done, worn down by the grind of the regular season and nothin...

Tigers Stars Shine In Game 5

The last entrant into the league championship series round of the Major League Postseason punched their ticket last night in Oakland. Behind a stellar effort by starting pitcher Justin Verlander the Detroit Tigers shutout the Oakland A’s, 3-0, to win their American League Division Series three games to two. Verlander and the Tigers were staked to a two run lead in the fourth inning...

Tigers (oddly) celebrate ALDS win over Oakland

Down two games to one and 3-0 in Game 4, the Detroit Tigers came back to win the best-of-five American League Divisional League series.  I guess that means they can celebrate any way they want to.  And they did.  Oddly. It’s called the Haka and it was taken from a Samoan/Pacific Island thing.  

Justin Verlander Outduels Sonny Gray and Takes A’s Hitters To School

  Justin Verlander put on a pitching clinic Thursday night against the Oakland Athletics, going 8 strong innings, striking out 10 A’s hitters, and only surrendering 1 walk. With this stellar performance Verlander extended his scoreless streak to 27 innings, spanning over his last 4 starts. Unbelievable, to think two years in a row Verlander single handily dominated an up and coming...

Anibal Sanchez to Start Game 1 of ALCS for Detroit Tigers

Anibal Sanchez’s start against the Oakland A’s in Game 3 of the ALDS was one of the worst of his season. He’ll get a chance to redeem himself in Game 1 of the ALCS against Boston. #Tigers Jim Leyland announces Anibal Sanchez will start Game One of ALCS in Boston Saturday night. — WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) October 11, 2013 There was no immediate word on how the rest of...

Torii Hunter confident he’ll play beyond next season

Last November, Torii Hunter signed a two year contact with the Detroit Tigers and most believed he would call it a career at the end of the contract.  But now Hunter, at age 38,  is confident he can play beyond 2014. As reported by Alden Gonzalez of, Hunter has in many ways defied age.  He played in 148 games this season, and although he moved from center field to right...

Verlander and Cabrera cuss on TV after beating Oakland A’s

Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were understandably pumped after beating the Oakland A’s in game 5 of the ALDS.  Both of them dropped a few “f*ck yeah’s” on live TV afterwards, but who could blame them?  It was an epic come back from the brink of defeat.

Tigers may trade Scherzer this winter before cost skyrockets

Baseball's winter trade market will feature a Cy Young winner. Or two Cy Young winners. The Rays will almost certainly trade David Price. But there's also a very real chance that the Tigers trade Max Scherzer according to sources. Scherzer hasn't won a Cy Young yet but he's the heavy favorite to win the award in the American League this year after going 21-3 with...

Red Sox-Tigers Live: Jon Lester, Anibal Sanchez Square Off in Game 1 of ALCS at Fenway Park

1:55 p.m.: The Red Sox announced their ALCS roster. If it looks familiar, it’s because it’s the exact same as Boston’s ALDS roster. There are no changes to report. 8 a.m. ET: Four wins separate both the Tigers and Red Sox from a World Series berth. Each club enters the ALCS with something to prove. The Tigers were a popular preseason pick in the American League. And why not...
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