AL Division Series: Tigers (88-74) vs. Athletics (94-68)
Season series: Tigers won 4-3
Of note: Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera won baseball's first Triple Crown (.330, 44 HRs, 139 RBIs) since 1967. His charge began in earnest Aug. 1. Since then, he hit .344 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 57 games. … Detroit grounded into a majors-leading 156 double plays, and it stole just 59 bases, second-fewest in the majors. … Tigers RHP Justin Verlander won both his starts this year against Oakland, allowing one run in 13 innings. … Verlander and RHP Max Scherzer finished 1-2 in the majors in strikeouts, and they face an Oakland team that whiffed more than any other (1,387). … Oakland DH Seth Smith had success against the Tigers this season, hitting .417 with two HRs and six RBIs. … A's CF Coco Crisp is 8-for-22 in his career against Verlander. No other A's player has more than two hits against the Tigers ace. … … Oakland went 78-38 when homering in a game and 41-14 when hitting at least two. The A's were 16-30 when they failed to go deep. … Oakland's bullpen is led by former Rays RHP Grant Balfour. He won back his closing job Aug. 11 and converted all 17 save chances down the stretch to finish with 24.
2012 Team 2012 Vs. Opp.
Team Pitcher Time W-L ERA Rec. W-L IP ERA
Oakland Parker (R) 6:00 13-8 3.47 17-12 0-1 5.2 3.18
Detroit Verlander (R) tonight 17-8 2.64 21-12 2-0 13.0 0.69