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DETROIT -- The Tigers know they need to score more runs to win their American League division series against the Oakland Athletics. They have just six runs -- scored in two three-run innings -- and trail the series, 2-1.
They're also going to need big performances from Doug Fister on Tuesday at Comerica Park, and hopefully, Max Scherzer on Thursday back in Oakland..
Fister talked before Monday's 6-3 Tigers loss about the pressure of pitching in an elimination game.
"It's a game that I'm honored to pitch," Fister said. "When your name is called, you are ready to go. I'm not going to change anything. I'm going to have the same mindset that I've had all year.
"The biggest thing is to go out there and execute. You make sure you've done your homework and your preparation, and you go out and get the job done."
If Fister's postseason record is anything to go on, the Tigers have a pretty good shot at forcing a fifth game. He struggled in long relief in Game 1 of the 2011 ALDS against the Yankees, but he's been lights out since.
In five starts -- one in each of Detroit's series over the past two seasons -- he posted a 1.71 ERA and the Tigers have gone 4-1. Even in his one loss -- Game 2 of last year's World Series -- he gave up only one run in six innings.
"We've just got to go out there and play our game," Fister said. "That's the only way to do this."
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We don’t get a lot of time with the players this time of the year. So it was very nice of Doug Fister to spend some of that precious resource talking with me about his craft late last week. His thoughts could serve well as a backdrop for the six-foot-eight bulldog’s performance in Game Three today.
Eno Sarris: This is your best year as measured by ground balls. If you look over...
DETROIT For one night, Max Scherzer, the only 20-game winner in the majors, was coming out of the bullpen to save the day.
And he did so in a very unconventional, Todd Jones-like manner.
Ernie Harwell nicknamed the Detroit Tigers closer from the 2006 World Series team Rollercoaster Jones, and Scherzer made Jones seem like an easy ride to the final out.
Scherzer got out of a...
Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez and Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour ignited a bench clearing scene Monday at Comerica Park after Martinez took exception to the way Balfour was allegedly staring him down from the mound.
After the game, Martinez provided some insight on what transpired.
"I just fouled a pitch off," Martinez said. "...
John Bendzinski was a little nervous during Tuesday night's elimination game for his Tigers. He wasn't nervous because he was afraid his team was going to lose and get eliminated. No, the season ticket holder was nervous because he was in danger of being grouped in with one of the most notorious fans in all of baseball.
Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman.
Detroit Tigers' outfielder Torii Hunter, who suffered a bruised shoulder on an diving attempt at a catch of Coco Crisp's fly ball in the first inning of Game 3, will be in the starting lineup tonight for Game 4 of the ALDS.
As reported Jason Beck of MLB.com, the only question about Hunter's status was how healthy he'd be while playing in tonight's game. All...
The Detroit Tigers are facing elimination on Tuesday in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics, but despite the importance of this matchup, manager Jim Leyland has opted not to pitch Game 1 winner Max Scherzer.
Instead, Doug Fister has taken the mound with the Tigers’ season on the line.
His last outing against the Athletics at Comerica Park was in August, when he gave...
DETROIT (AP) -- Max Scherzer escaped a major jam in relief and the Detroit Tigers -- helped by two fans who reached out to reel in Victor Martinez's disputed home run -- rallied past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series.
Playing catch-up most of the way, the Tigers tied it first with Jhonny Peralta's three-run homer...
Ken Davidoff of the NY Post writes that Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta will head a new wave of available players that he refers to as “Biogenesis free agents.”
With regard to Peralta, Davidoff speculates that both the Yankees and Mets will be paying attention to him and if they aren’t, they should be.
What makes Peralta and his fellow Biogenesis free agent Nelson Cruz so intriguing...
The A’s relied on the main components that have carried them all season long on Monday afternoon: pitching and power.
Jarrod Parker followed Sonny Gray’s ‘David versus Goliath’ style performance against former MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander with an outstanding game of his own, out-pitching 2013 AL ERA champion Anibal Sanchez in the A’s 6-3 victory.
DETROIT (AP) - On a night of desperation, dispute and finally, delirium, Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers kept their season alive by the slimmest of margins.
With their season on the line, the Tigers' bats finally showed some life on Tuesday. After scoring only six runs and in two of 27 innings during the first three games of the ALDS, Detroit's previously feeble offense put some runs on the board against the Oakland A's.
The Tigers fell behind 3-0 in the fifth inning on a two-run homer by Jed Lowrie. Extending the ALDS...
Settle down all you Jeffrey Maier comparison-makers.
Victor Martinez's game-tying home run in Detroit's 8-6 victory over Oakland was a homer, just as the umpires ruled after a replay review.
Watch Tuesday's controversial play from Game 4 of the ALDS:
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But you have to wonder if the fan holding his beer towel over the fence was...
These decisive Game 5s sure are becoming familiar for Justin Verlander.
Just like last October in Oakland, the Tigers have been pushed to a winner-take-all fifth game in their AL division series against the Athletics. And Detroit will have Verlander on the mound again Thursday night after he pitched a four-hit shutout in the 2012 clincher.
''Well, you don't pretend...
The A’s and Tigers are playing Game 3 right now, but they played Game 2 on Saturday night, and that game was umpired by one CB Bucknor. Bucknor is routinely considered one of baseball’s worst umpires, and Saturday he made a few questionable decisions, the most questionable of which was probably a called strike three against Seth Smith in the bottom of the second. Now, granted...