December 10th, 2013 § § permalink
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 points in Detroit’s 121-94 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday (Photo Courtesy of the Detroit Pistons)
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Kevin Love scored 26 points and had 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons allowed a season-high 121 points to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves in a 27-point home loss on Tuesday.
“We couldn’t get any defensive stops going and that’s a good offensive team,” said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks. “We had turnovers and they continued to score.”
Minnesota (10-11) finished with 64 first half-points and never slowed down. Six Timberwolves finished in double figures, including all five starters and reserve point guard J.J. Barea. After Love’s 26 points, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic each had 18, and Ricky Rubio added 15 to go along with nine assists.
“We did a great job of running, of pushing the ball,” said Martin. “We had fun out there.”
Brandon Jennings led Detroit (10-12) with 20 points and seven assists and Josh Smith added 17 points and four rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 16 points and Andre Drummond had eight points and eight rebounds. Chauncey Billups scored seven points and tallied five assists in his first game back since November 12.
“We have to go back to the drawing board, we have a game tomorrow so we have to get ready for that. We just have to let this one go.”
The Pistons travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans Wednesday before returning home Friday against Brooklyn. The Timberwolves host Philadelphia tomorrow and travel to Sacramento on Friday.
December 1st, 2013 § § permalink
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will start for the ninth consecutive game for the Detroit Pistons, on Sunday against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers (Photo Courtesy of the Detroit Pistons)
After earning the season’s first winning-streak with wins over Brooklyn and Milwaukee, the Detroit Pistons (6-10) have lost consecutive games – to Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers. Holding eighth place in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons welcome the slumping Philadelphia 76ers Sunday afternoon in a 3:30p.m. tip-off at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Philadelphia, a team accused of ‘tanking’ for a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, stands at 6-11 on the season and just a half-game behind Detroit in the East. Forwards Evan Turner (21.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG) and Thaddeus Young (15.2 PPG, 7 RPG) and center Spencer Hawes (16.5 PPG, 10.2 RPG) are all having career years, and rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams (17.2 PPG, 7.2 APG) has been better than expected. The Sixers started the season with three straight wins, but have dropped 11 of their last 14 games.
Detroit added rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to its starting lineup on November 15th, and have started him ever since. The Pistons will remain with their starting five of Josh Smith (13.8 PPG, 7.3 APG), Greg Monroe (15.0 PPG, 8.6 RPG), Andre Drummond (12.0 PPG, 11.8 RPG), Caldwell-Pope (7.2 PPG, 0.9 APG), and Brandon Jennings (15.6 PPG, 8.1 APG) for the fifth consecutive game.
Chauncey Billups (knee tendinitis) and Will Bynum (left hamstring) are both listed as inactive for the Pistons. Arnett Moultrie (left ankle) and Nerlens Noel (left knee) will not play for the 76ers.
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November 25th, 2013 § § permalink
Brandon Jennings and the Pistons look for their second win in a row after defeating Brooklyn on Sunday
After a decisive 12-point victory at Brooklyn on Sunday, the Detroit Pistons return home Monday in search of their first winning streak of the 2013-2014 season. Standing in their way will be former Pistons Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.
Detroit (5-8) has yet to play consistently like the team Pistons general manager Joe Dumars thought he was getting this offseason. After signing Josh Smith to a lofty four-year, $56 million deal, bringing in veteran Chauncey Billups and Italian sharpshooter Luigi Datome and trading for the likes of Brandon Jennings, the Pistons organization appeared to exhibit a playoff-or-bust mentality entering the season.
While the Pistons’ offense has been above-average, the team defense has been surprisingly mediocre. The Pistons rank 20th in points allowed at 100.5 per game and last in opponent field goal percentage. Detroit’s opponents have shot 47.9% against them this season.
Thankfully for Detroit, the Bucks have been anything but impressive to begin the season following a major roster overhaul that includes the loss of Jennings, Monta Ellis, J.J. Redick and Samuel Dalembert. Both Knight and Middleton will start for Milwaukee (2-10), as will free-agent acquisitions Zaza Pachulia, O.J. Mayo, and Caron Butler. Bucks center Larry Sanders (right thumb) and Carlos Delfino (right foot) are inactive.
The Pistons will start Jennings, Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Billups (knee tendonitis) and Will Bynum (left hamstring) are both listed as day-to-day and inactive for Monday night’s game.
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November 25th, 2013 § § permalink
As the seniors prepare for their final home game against Ohio State, their legacy will serve as a testament to how quickly the football program has been turned around
The 2013 class of Michigan football seniors has had a first-hand view of the rocky transition that has taken place as the Wolverines attempt to regain their position as one of the top football programs in the nation. Over the past five years, men like Michael Schofield, Taylor Lewan, Thomas Gordon, Brendan Gibbons, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Jeremy Gallon, Jibreel Black, Cam Gordon, Courtney Avery, and Drew Dileo have all seen Michigan hit rock bottom under Rich Rodriguez while also experiencing the elation of winning a BCS Bowl game under Brady Hoke.
At the onset of their careers in 2009, this class of seniors was part of a Michigan team that finished 1-7 in the Big Ten. Consistently horrific defense plagued the Wolverines in each season under Rich Rodriguez until he was fired following the 2010 season. These seniors were recruited by Rich Rodriguez to become part of a scheme that would revolutionize the Big Ten, a spread offense with speed and talent unseen in the history of Michigan, and a defense with equally effective speed and turnover-producing ability. In reality, what fans received out of Rich Rod’s recruiting hype were players that couldn’t tackle, speedy playmakers with low football IQs, and 15 wins combined from 2008-2010.
When Brady Hoke arrived in 2011, many of these young men knew things would be changing not only from a schematic standpoint but from a cultural standpoint as well. Hoke was seen as the ideal “Michigan man” to get the program back to playing “Michigan football,” something that most players from the previous regime did not fully understand. As it turned out, many players bought in. Fitz Toussaint rushed for just over 1000 yards in 2011 along with 9 touchdowns. Jeremy Gallon became the 2nd leading receiver on the team with over 450 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brendan Gibbons hit the game winning field goal in the Sugar Bowl. Courtney Avery and Thomas Gordon – two players recruited specifically for Rodriguez’s 3-3-5 defensive scheme – thrived as defensive backs under Greg Mattison. Taylor Lewan flourished and emerged as the leader on the offensive line, becoming one of the best offensive lineman in the country and a perennial 1st round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. It’s clear that Hoke’s culture change resonated with Lewan, whom, upon choosing to return for his senior season this past January, said, “I was asked why I would come back and my answer was, ‘Have you ever played for Michigan?’”
As the last of the Rich Rodriguez recruits begin to trickle out of the program, many fans can’t wait to see Brady Hoke’s highly rated recruiting classes shuffle through the system and ideally produce Big Ten contenders for many years to come. With many looking toward the future for renewed success, the question that’s becoming increasingly difficult to answer is, what will the 2013 seniors be remembered for? What exactly is their legacy?
On the field, their legacy consists of many ups and downs. The Sugar Bowl victory remains the highlight of their 4-5 year tenure, closely followed by the 2011 victory over Ohio State that ended an eight-year drought against the Buckeyes. However, this unit only boasts one victory against Michigan State in the past 5 years along with the lone victory over Ohio State. Road performances have been abysmal since Lloyd Carr left Michigan and the Wolverines have had their fair share of close calls against inferior opponents since the Carr era as well.
Regardless, the legacy of the 2013 seniors transcends performance on the field and simple win/loss records. Men like Lewan, Gallon, and Thomas Gordon were the leaders who bought into Brady Hoke and the renewed meaning of what it means to be a Michigan athlete. These men were responsible for educating every Michigan recruit and every incoming freshman on what it means to play for Michigan. This job was essential, considering the turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the program after Rich Rodriguez was fired. With highly rated recruits showering the program amidst a culture change, the veteran players who saw how highly recruited players failed under the previous regime were left with the task of humbling the youngsters and teaching them how to become winners again under the guidance of Hoke and his coaching staff.
As these seniors take the field against Ohio State on November 30th for their final game, keep in mind (despite all the missed opportunities over the past three seasons) how far Michigan football has come, broadly speaking. From the depths of a 1-win Big Ten season to becoming Sugar Bowl Champs, these players exemplify the speed with which Brady Hoke has turned around a program many thought was destined to remain subdued for quite some time. Even though this season might not have lived up to expectations, and even if Michigan football isn’t where many want it to be, Hoke did an incredible job turning losers into winners who understand what the block M represents.
November 22nd, 2013 § § permalink
Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap on Friday. The Hawks defeated the Pistons 96-89. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Pistons)
AUBURN HILLS, MI – For the second time in three days, the Detroit Pistons fell short in a losing effort against the Atlanta Hawks – this time at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Atlanta defeated Detroit 96-89 on Friday in what Pistons players described as a disappointing loss.
“Nobody likes to lose, nobody does,” said Pistons’ forward Andre Drummond. “It’s tough to swallow.”
Detroit forward Josh Smith was taken out of the starting lineup shortly before tip-off on Friday, and responded with a scoreless, 0 for 7 performance from the field and seven rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the first time the former Hawks forward was held scoreless in a game since his rookie season in 2004-2005. In his post-game press conference, Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said Smith was removed from the starting lineup for missing a mandatory team practice on Thursday morning.
“I called a practice and (Josh) didn’t get to practice,” said Cheeks.
Kyle Singler led all scorers with a career-high 22 points and Andre Drummond finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds for Detroit (4-8), who lost back-to-back games against Atlanta on Wednesday and Friday.
Jeff Teague led the way for Atlanta (8-5), finishing with 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and all five Hawks starters finished in double-digit scoring totals. Al Horford had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyle Korver added 14 points on 4 for 6 shooting from 3-point range.
The Pistons return to action Sunday at Brooklyn before returning home to face Milwaukee on Monday. The Hawks host Boston on Saturday and Orlando on Tuesday.
November 22nd, 2013 § § permalink
Josh Smith (right) and the Detroit Pistons will have a second chance against Al Horford (left) and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Josh Smith’s first chance at beating his former team didn’t go as according to plan Wednesday at the Atlanta Hawks’ Phillips Arena. But the newly-acquired Pistons’ forward will have another opportunity Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Detroit Pistons (4-7) host the visiting Atlanta Hawks (7-5) for the second of two consecutive games between the two teams. Atlanta won the first game on Wednesday, 93-85. Detroit is playing its fourth game in six days.
The Pistons will start Smith (16.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG), forward Greg Monroe (15.5 PPG, 8.9 RPG), center Andre Drummond (12.1 PPG, 12.0 RPG), rookie shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (7.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG) and point guard Brandon Jennings (16.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG). Though Pistons 98.2 points per game ranks 18th in the NBA, their 101.2 points allowed ranks 21st and the Pistons are 30th in opponent field goal percentage.
“We thought our offense was a little better than our defense going into the season,” said Pistons’ coach Maurice Cheeks. “We’ve got to get better on the defensive end.”
Starting for Atlanta are forwards DeMarre Carroll (9.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG) and Paul Millsap (16.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG), center Al Horford (17.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG), shooting guard Kyle Korver (12.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG), and point guard Jeff Teague (18.4 PPG, 8.7 APG). Jennings and Teague, both point guards, lead their respective teams in scoring.
Point guards Chauncey Billups (knee tendinitis) and Will Bynum (sore left hamstring) are both inactive for Detroit and listed as day-to-day. Tip-off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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October 27th, 2013 § § permalink
The Tigers have had three straight division titles and three straight disappointing post-seasons with no rings to show for it. Despite all of the team and individual accomplishments over the past three seasons, such as Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown, Justin Verlander’s Cy Young Award and Max Scherzer’s 20-win season, Tigers fans certainly must be feeling sour as they reflect on the missed opportunities over the last three years to bring home the ultimate prize.
Of course, one does not need to look too far for evidence of these missed opportunities. Against the Red Sox in the ALCS, the Tigers gave up two go-ahead grand slams by their bullpen. In Game 2, with the Tigers leading 5-1 in the 8th inning, closer Joaquin Benoit surrendered a grand slam to Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, tying the score at 5-5. The Red Sox would win the game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia RBI-single. This was a major momentum shift in the series, as Tigers pitching had held the Red Sox to only two hits in the first 16 innings of the series. Had the Tigers won Game 2 and taken a 2-0 series lead back to Detroit, with Justin Verlander scheduled to pitch in Game 3, the odds would have been in their favor to take the series and have the opportunity to play in the World Series.
However, with ALCS tied 1-1 after Game 2, Boston’s AL pennant hopes were still very much alive. They outplayed the Tigers in Detroit, taking a 3-2 lead back to Boston, yet still facing the difficult task of going up against Max Scherzer in Game 6 and Verlander in Game 7 if necessary. With the Tigers leading 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning of Game 6, the bullpen surrendered yet another grand slam, as Shane Victorino took reliever Jose Veras deep over Fenway’s Green Monster in left field. This was the ultimate back-breaker for the Tigers, who went on to lose Game 6, sending Boston to the World Series.
As if things could not get any worse for Tigers fans, on the Monday following the loss, manager Jim Leyland announced his retirement after eight seasons, which included three division titles and two American League pennants. However, a glance at the Tigers’ roster suggests that this will not be the only tough decision made by Tigers personnel this offseason.
First and foremost, the Tigers will have decisions to make on free agent closer Joaquin Benoit, shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and second baseman Omar Infante – three key pieces to the 2013 AL Central Division winning squad. Looking ahead, the Tigers will have more important decisions to make regarding players scheduled to become free agents in 2014. The headliner of that class is Max Scherzer, this year’s likely Cy Young Award winner. The Tigers are going to have to pay to keep him, yet it’s unclear whether that’s part of their long-term plan. Numerous trade rumors regarding Scherzer have floated around. In addition, one of the best hitters this postseason, Victor Martinez, will also be a free agent in 2014 along with veteran outfielder Torii Hunter.
The scarier prospect for Tigers fan is the shrinking time window left for the Tigers to contend for a World Series. While Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder are locked up long term, Miguel Cabrera, Rick Porcello, Doug Fister, Austin Jackson and Alex Avila are all going to be free agents in 2015. While Cabrera will most certainly be given an extension, it’s unclear how these other key pieces factor into the long-term plans of President Dave Dombrowski. Furthermore, several on-field questions loom as the Tigers simultaneously try to refuel again to muster another World Series run. Prince Fielder’s power production was significantly down this year. Miguel Cabrera’s health problems reached a boiling point in the playoffs. The bullpen needs more depth, as evidenced in their horrific performance in the ALCS. Most importantly, the Tigers need to find a replacement for Jim Leyland capable of inheriting a contender.
As such, there is great uncertainly surrounding the Tigers this offseason. Hopefully, many questions will be answered as the winter progresses and the Tigers will be back in 2014 and ready to make another run deep into the postseason. Spring Training is only four months away!
October 15th, 2013 § § permalink
Tigers’ Game 3 starter Justin Verlander has thrown 15 scoreless innings with 21 strikeouts this postseason (Photo Courtesy of ESPN)
After a dramatic two-game split in Boston, the Detroit Tigers return home for a crucial Game 3 in the first of three consecutive games to be played at Comerica Park. Despite a late-game collapse in which Detroit allowed five Boston runs over the final two innings of Sunday’s Game 2 loss, a combined one-hitter from Tigers’ pitchers in Game 1 gives Detroit a theoretical chance to win the ALCS at home.
Before looking too far ahead, here are four keys for the Tigers in Tuesday’s Game 3:
Starting strong – Detroit’s starting pitchers have been outstanding during the playoffs, and especially so far in the ALCS. Game 1 and 2 starters Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer combined for 13 scoreless innings, surrendering only two hits while striking out 25 Boston batters. Game 3 starter Justin Verlander pitched 15 scoreless innings against Oakland in the ALDS, allowing six hits and recording 21 strikeouts in two starts. And no, those numbers don’t come from a video game. Verlander pitched just once against the Red Sox during the regular season, and allowed four runs and seven hits in only five innings pitched on June 23. The Tigers’ Game 3 starter admitted that despite getting roughed up earlier in the season, his game plan against the top-ranked Red Sox lineup hasn’t changed.
“I think the only way you combat that is be aggressive,” Verlander said in a press conference on Monday. “Throw a lot of strikes and pound the strike zone.”
Dirks’ Day – The starting left fielder for most of the regular season, Andy Dirks will make his first start of the postseason on Tuesday, batting ninth in Jim Leyland’s lineup. Dirks batted .256 in 131 games during the regular season with 9 home runs and 37 RBIs, but is only 3-for-26 (.115) since September 21. Dirks has the potential to provide a noticeable upgrade at the plate from struggling utilityman Don Kelly, who started Game 2 in left field and is 0-for-4 in the ALCS.
Contain Boston’s 1-4 hitters – Not surprisingly, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, and David Ortiz are huge factors in Major League Baseball’s top scoring offense. But the high percentage of the Red Sox’ offense coming from their 1-4 hitters is alarming. Four of Boston’s six hits on Sunday came from the first four, and five of Boston’s six runs were driven by Pedroia and Ortiz. Ellsbury, Victorino, and Ortiz lead the Red Sox in batting average, batting .375, .333, and .300, respectively, while Pedroia is fifth, batting .261. The four have scored 19 of the team’s 32 runs during the playoffs, and have recorded 18 of 28 RBIs. If Verlander has success against Boston’s first four, the Red Sox will have to rely on Jarrod Saltalamacchia for offense, and the slumping bats of Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Will Middlebrooks, and Mike Napoli.
Fix the bullpen – Despite an impressive performance in Game 1, the Tigers’ bullpen struggled mightily in Game 2, allowing all six Boston runs and ruining a career outing for Scherzer. Tigers’ relievers Al Alburquerque, Drew Smyly, and Joaquin Benoit have postseason ERAs of 9.00, 6.75, and 5.79 respectively. That should explain everything.
First pitch at 4:07 p.m. ET from Comerica Park. Follow all of the action live on Twitter @MichiganReview and @MReviewSports
October 8th, 2013 § § permalink
Jhonny Peralta connects with a two-run home run off Oakland’s Dan Straily in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s ALDS Game 4. The Tigers defeated the Athletics, 8-6. (Charles Arbogast/AP)
Through the first three games of the postseason, the Tigers’ offense looked defeated against the AL West champion Oakland Athletics.
But, for one game, it all seemed to change.
Jhonny Peralta was the answer Tuesday night for Detroit. After singles by Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez to start the fifth inning, Peralta blasted a three-run shot into the left field stands to tie the game at 3-3. He finished the night 2-for-3 with three RBIs as the Tigers came back to beat the visiting Athletics, 8-6.
The A’s out-hit the Tigers 12 to nine, and opened Game 4 as if they wanted to end the series Tuesday at Comerica Park.
Coco Crisp led off the first inning against Tigers’ starter Doug Fister with a triple, and scored two batters later on a Jed Lowrie single to right.
Oakland struck again in the fifth, when Crisp singled to lead off the inning and Lowrie homered to right to give the A’s a 3-0 lead.
After Detroit went 1-2-3 against Oakland starter Dan Straily in each of the first four innings, Peralta’s home-run tied the game at 3-3.
Game 1 starter Max Scherzer relieved Fister to start the seventh, and surrendered a run when Crisp singled to score Stephen Vogt with one out.
Trailing 4-3, the Tigers responded in the bottom of the seventh when Victor Martinez hit a disputed lead-off home run to right field off Sean Doolittle. Replay showed a fan attempting to catch the ball over the outstretched glove of Josh Reddick as the Athletics’ right fielder jumped near the fence. After viewing the replay, home plate umpire Jim Reynolds confirmed the ruling of a home run, tying the game at 4-4.
Peralta, the next batter, doubled, and Andy Dirks entered to pinch run. Jose Iglesias walked to put runners on first and second, and Austin Jackson singled to score Dirks.
In perhaps the most dramatic half inning of the series, Scherzer walked Brandon Moss to start the eighth, and Yoenis Cespedes doubled to right field. Seth Smith was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs, and the A’s, trailing 5-4, looked primed to retake the lead.
With a full count, Reddick struck out on an inside pitch from Scherzer that would have walked in the tying run. The next batter, Stephen Vogt, also went down on strikes. Pinch hitting for Eric Sogard, Alberto Callaspo hit a line drive to center field that was caught by Austin Jackson for the third out.
“It was surreal,” said Scherzer, who improved to 2-0 in the series. “That’s the stuff you dream about as a pitcher.”
The Tigers struck again in the bottom of the inning, when Martinez singled, and both Dirks and Alex Avila walked to load the bases. Hernan Perez pinch ran for Martinez, and scored on a wild pitch from Oakland reliever Bryan Anderson to put the Tigers ahead 6-4. With runners on second and third, Omar Infante doubled to left field, scoring both Dirks and Alex Avila.
Joaquin Benoit relieved Scherzer in the ninth inning, surrendering two earned runs when both Crisp and Lowrie scored on a single by Yoenis Cespedes.
“We took our best shot and we had to because we were a behind the 8-ball a little bit,” said Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland on his decision to use Scherzer in the seventh and eighth innings. “We took that shot, and both teams are going to have a good pitcher going two days from now.”
The ALDS will conclude in Oakland on Thursday, starting at 8:07 PM. Leyland confirmed that Justin Verlander will start for the Tigers, while Oakland manager Bob Melvin said he has not yet decided on who will start for the A’s. Melvin has ace Bartolo Colon and rookie Sonny Gray available on normal rest.
October 8th, 2013 § § permalink
Doug Fister will start Game 4 for Detroit (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Tigers)
Straily (10-8, 3.96) vs. Fister (14-9, 3.67)
On the brink of elimination, the star-studded Detroit Tigers offense looks to produce for the first time all series in Game 4 at Comerica Park. The Tigers have averaged 1.8 runs per game over their past 10 games dating back to September 22nd.
The Tigers’ lineup is identical to yesterday’s lineup as Torii Hunter (shoulder) and Miguel Cabrera (groin) will both play.
“There are no tricks,” Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland said of a potential lineup shuffle. “This is who we are.”
Leyland said Game 1 starter Max Scherzer will also be available to pitch in relief, leaving Justin Verlander to start Game 5, if necessary.
“It’s a possibility I would put Max in for maybe innings 7 and 8 if we were ahead and Doug (Fister) was out of gas.”
With a 2-1 series lead, Oakland is looking to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 2006 and only the second time since 1992. Though the A’s could lose Tuesday and still clinch Thursday in Oakland, manager Bob Melvin insists the team’s focus is completely on Game 4.
“We really don’t look past today’s game,” Melvin said. “We’re going to go out there and play like this is the last game and I think that’s the only way to look at it.
Dan Straily will start on the mound for Oakland against Detroit’s Doug Fister. Straily is 3-1 in his last five starts with an ERA of 2.10. Fister started six games for the Tigers in September, going 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA.
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