There wasn't a champagne bottle in sight Tuesday night, not in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse. They may have come here intending to celebrate, to pop a few corks and douse each other with bubbly, but it will have to wait.
The question is, for how long? The Oakland A's have done the unexpected this season, but can they now pull off the improbable? Can they come from two games down in a best-of-five series against the Tigers?
They aren't looking at it that way. They are doing what they always have, living in the moment and refusing to think too far ahead. But after a 2-0 win in a raucous Oakland Coliseum, they must believe anything is possible.
"We're just trying to take it one game at a time," outfielder Coco Crisp said. "Today was a big win for us. We're going to sleep on it. We're not going to get too high, we definitely didn't get too low, and that's been our mentality the whole year."
It has served them well. The Tigers may still win this series, perhaps on Wednesday to avoid a...