DETROIT -- The Oakland Athletics know all the clichs.
Their backs are against the wall. There's no tomorrow. It's do or die ... win or go home ... one and done.
As a matter of fact, they know them so well that they feel right at home.
After losing Game 2 of their American League Division Series with the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, on Sunday, the Athletics need to win three straight games at home to avoid elimination -- the exact thing they did earlier this week to win the AL West.
"We're not going to pack it in just because Detroit is up 2-0," second baseman Cliff Pennington said. "We're going to keep fighting until this is over. That's how we got here in the first place, and we're not about to stop now."
The odds are firmly against Oakland, but that's nothing new. On July 1, they trailed the Rangers by 13 games and were computed to have a 1.1 percent chance of winning the division. On Sept. 30, still three games behind with only two to play, the odds remained quite low, at about 16 p...