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2013 ALDS: Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera send Tigers to ALCS

Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and pitched eight shutout innings, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run to lead the Tigers over the Athletics 3-0 in Game 5 in Oakland to win their ALDS.

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MLB to discuss banning home plate collisions

After Tigers' catcher Alex Avila suffered a strained tendon in the ALDS due to a play at the plate, there have been more calls to ban collisions.

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What the Tigers did to Bob Melvin

Sadness, thy name is Melvin.

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Wikipedia-trolling the eliminated A's

You have to admit, this was an inventive application of the time-tested Wikipedia troll job.

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Justin Verlander rises to the occasion

In which an already-great hurler becomes that much greater.

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ALDS Game 5 GIF recap: Tigers move on

Justin Verlander showed superhuman concentration as he shutdown the Athletics over eight innings to pitch the Tigers into the ALCS.

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Sonny Gray suffers broken thumb in Game 5

Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray suffered a broken thumb while fielding a ball in the last game of the 2013 ALDS.

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Justin Verlander joins Sandy Koufax

With eight scoreless innings and 10 strikeouts in Thursday's Game 5 clincher against the A's, Tigers ace Justin Verlander joined select company in postseason history.

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Tigers beat Athletics 3-0 on Verlander's gem

Justin Verlander was nearly unhittable and Miguel Cabrera went deep to power the led the Tigers past the Athletics.

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Cespedes breaks up Verlander no-hitter in 7th

The Tigers' ace has retired 21 of the 23 Athletics batters he has faced Thursday night in Oakland.

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Tigers up 3-0, Verlander hasn't allowed a hit

Justin Verlander has held the Athletics hitless through six innings and holds a 3-0 lead in Game 5 of the ALDS.

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Dave Dombrowski nervous

A winner-takes-all MLB playoff game can be nerve-wracking for just about anyone, but I would imagine for a general manager of one of the teams involved it is even more so. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is sitting in the crowd at O.co Coliseum for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Athletics (nice green tie by the way, Dave!), and before a pitch in the fourth inning Dombrowski was shown on the TBS broadcast.

That sigh says it all, doesn't it? And his team is winning, 2-0 thanks to a home run by the suddenly-alive-again Miguel Cabrera. Just imagine how A's general manager Billy Beane feels! I bet Beane can't even watch (or, maybe he can).

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A's, Tigers scoreless after 2 innings

Over the first two frames of Game 5, we have a pitcher's duel shaping up.

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Tigers vs. A's Game 5 lineups

Jim Leyland is shaking things up a bit for Thursday's elimination game. Jhonny Peralta is in at shortstop over Jose Iglesias.

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Tigers-A's TV info, more

If the sequel of Justin Verlander vs. Sonny Gray is as good as Part 1, TBS will be required viewing on Thursday night.

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Sonny Gray to start Game 5 over Bartolo Colon

Rookie Sonny Gray will be the A's starting pitcher over Bartolo Colon against the Tigers during Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday.

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ALDS 2013: Jarrod Parker's suffering arm fatigue

Parker was pulled after throwing just 73 pitches in Game 5 with manager Bob Melvin saying he didn't look quite right.

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Tigers hang on for 8-6 win

A crazy comeback win sends the series back to Oakland for a deciding Game 5.

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Tigers holding onto 8-4 lead through 8

Max Scherzer escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the eighth to preserve the Tigers' slim lead. Then the floodgates opened.

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Martinez ties game with controversial HR

Tigers slugger Victor Martinez and a fan in the right-field bleachers put MLB's instant replay system to the test in the bottom of the seventh of Game 4. Martinez hit a high drive to right that Josh Reddick appeared to have a bead on, but then this happened:

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The ball was obviously interfered with by the fan -- hitting him in the hands -- and the trajectory has it clearing the yellow line, but it's difficult to say whether Reddick would have caught the ball had the guy not put his hands out.

Here's a still image of the moment before it hits:

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You are free to make up your own mind as to whether Reddick would've come down with it. The umpires ruled it a home run on the field and didn't find enough evidence to overturn it upon review.

The home run knots the game at 4-4 in the seventh.

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Crisp gives A's 4-3 lead

The Tigers brought in Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer in the the seventh to preserve the tie, but he couldn't do it. A single and a successful sac bunt set the table for Coco Crisp, who knocked his third hit of the day into center to give the A's a 4-3 lead:

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Crisp was hitless in the first two games of the series, but now has three knocks in each of his last two games.

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A's, Tigers all square thru 6

A three-run dinger from Jhonny Peralta has knotted the game at 3-3.

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Peralta ties game with 3-run homer

The Tigers are finally showing signs of life in Game 4. The club broke through with back-to-back singles from Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez, who then scored on a three-run blast from Jhonny Peralta:

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The homer knots the game at 3-3 and continues the Tigers' strange run of scoring all of their runs in threes. Detroit has now scored nine runs in the series, all of which have come in three-run innings.

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Lowrie homer gives A's 3-0 lead

The A's have opened things up a bit on the Tigers in the fifth. Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie drove in his second and third runs of the game with a two-run home run, giving the A's a 3-0 lead:

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The ball landed just out of the reach of Torii Hunter, who was visibly frustrated when he came down without the ball in his glove.

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A's up 1-0 through 4

Detroit's offensive woes continue against young A's right-hander Dan Straily.

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A's lead 1-0 early in Game 4

The A's have jumped out to an early lead thanks to a leadoff triple from Coco Crisp.

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Crisp triples to start Game 4

Coco Crisp wasted no time getting things started off of Tigers right-hander Doug Fister, driving the second pitch of the game into the left-center gap for a three-bagger:

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The perils of playing Jhonny Peralta in left field...

Crisp, who now has three extra-base hits in the series, later scored on a single to left by shortstop Jed Lowrie. The A's have a 1-0 lead in the second.

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Athletics vs. Tigers: ALDS Game 4 starting lineups

Doug Fister starts for the Tigers while Dan Straily takes the mound for Oakland.

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Tigers' Scherzer could relieve in Game 4 of ALDS

Both Scherzer and Verlander were excellent in their first starts in the series, but the Tigers still face elimination.

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Torii Hunter has shoulder injury, will still play

Hunter injured his shoulder on the first play Monday's game, but played through soreness.

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Athletics vs. Tigers, 2013 ALDS Game 4

Rookie Dan Straily will face Doug Fister in an attempt to eliminate the Tigers from postseason play.

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Athletics vs. Tigers final score: A's win 6-3

The A's now lead the Tigers 2-1 in the ALDS.

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Balfour, V-Mart drop F-bombs on each other

V-Mart took exception to something Balfour said, and the mics picked up all the swearing that ensued.

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Athletics chase Sanchez with two HR's

Anibal Sanchez appeared to start the top of the fifth inning well, retiring his first leadoff hitter of the game with a Jed Lowrie strikeout. Brandon Moss had other ideas, launching a 2-2 pitch that caught too much of the plate to right field to give Oakland a 4-3 lead. (.gif couresty @gifdsports)

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You know a ball is crushed when the outfielder doesn't even turn around to see where it lands.

Yoenis Cespedes followed the Moss homer with a single, then Seth Smith blasted a two-run shot, giving Oakland a 6-3 lead. The homer chased Sanchez, who only allowed nine homers during the regular season:

Jose Alvarez replaced Sanchez.

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Tigers, A's knotted at 3-3 through 4

The Tigers snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak with a 3-run fourth.

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Athletics score first on Cabrera error

The Oakland Athletics broke through against Anibal Sanchez in the third inning, scoring the first run of the game on a Miguel Cabrera error.

Coco Crisp led off the inning with a single, the third straight inning the Athletics put their leadoff hitter on base. Josh Donaldson followed with walk, but Sanchez struck out the next two hitters, nearly escaping the inning.

Yoenis Cespedes then hit a groundball at Cabrera, who misplayed the ball and booted it into left field, allowing Crisp to score from second.

Dave Cameron of Fangraphs quickly diagnosed the situation, offering his coaching advice:

Sanchez whiffed Seth Smith to end the inning, his fifth strikeout of the game

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Tigers, A's scoreless through 2

Pitching and defense continues to dominate this series.

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Athletics vs. Tigers: ALDS Game 3 starting lineups

Jim Leyland will start Jhonny Peralta in left field, hoping to give the Tigers offense a boost.

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A's vs. Tigers: Time, TV schedule, and pitchers

Jarrod Parker vs. Anibal Sanchez face off in a key Game 3 of the ALDS.

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Vogt hits walkoff single to give A's 1-0 victory

The Athletics catcher helped call a spectacular pitching performance, threw a baserunner out at second and drove in the only run of the game.

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Tigers vs. A's: Pitchers' duel in 0-0 game

Verlander and Gray continue to deal, but both managers have hurt their offense with some questionable decisions.

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Athletics' strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play

The Detroit Tigers were threatening to score in the top of the fifth. They had runners on the corners with one out and Austin Jackson up at the plate. Sonny Gray and Stephen Vogt both stepped up in the clutch; Gray recorded a strikeout against Jackson, while Vogt gunned down Jose Iglesias at second base, ending the inning with a double play.

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The defensive effort helped the Athletics keep the game scoreless heading into the bottom half of the fifth.

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Detroit, Oakland remain scoreless through 4

Justin Verlander and Sonny Gray have combined for 12 strikeouts.

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Tigers, Athletics scoreless through 2

Sonny Gray and Justin Verlander have both thrown a pair of quality innings.

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Don Kelly cup check in on-deck circle

Detroit Tigers left fielder Don Kelly was in the on-deck circle minding his own business during Jhonny Peralta's at-bat when he received an unpleasant surprise.

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Kelly recovered quickly after the foul tipped his cup, extracting revenge against Sonny Gray by hitting a single later in the inning.

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Athletics vs. Tigers starting lineups

Athletics rookie starter Sonny Gray will attempt to out-duel Justin Verlander

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Scherzer, Tigers take Game 1

Max Scherzer racked up double-digit strikeouts and overcame a late home run off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes to help the Tigers steal home field advantage from the A's.

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A's cut Tigers' lead to 1

Yoenis Cespedes crushed a two-run homer to get Oakland back into the game.

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Tigers still up by 3 runs

Early offense and a dominant performance by Max Scherzer have the Tigers three innings away from stealing home field advantage.

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Reddick guns down Martinez

With the Oakland Athletics already in a three-run hole and facing the task of having to deal with Max Scherzer dominating on the mound, the importance of preventing the Detroit Tigers from scoring more runs was at a high level in the sixth inning.

After consecutive singles by Victor Martinez and Alex Avila, Omar Infante stepped to the plate and ripped a line drive to the opposite field. Martinez was hoping to give Scherzer an even bigger cushion, but Josh Reddick had other ideas:

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Bartolo Colon retired Andy Dirks to end the Tigers' threat. Now, the A's just need to figure out Scherzer.

For more on this game, follow our stream or head over to Bless You Boys and Athletics Nation.

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Tigers lead A's, 3-0, after 4

MLB wins leader Max Scherzer is dominating the A's.

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Tigers score on A's early

Five Tigers hitters reached base during a three-run first inning in Oakland.

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Athletics vs. Tigers: Game 1 lineups

Oakland and Detroit gear up for Game 1 of their ALDS rematch.

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A's and Tigers clash in ALDS rematch

The defending AL champions take on the A's in a rematch of last year's ALDS.

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