The Tigers would like to close out the A’s tonight in Oakland and make it a 3-game sweep in their best of 5 American League Division series because they don’t want to give this A’s team any momentum whatsoever. All Detroit has to do is look back to what happened in Oakland on the last weekend of the regular season when the A’s won 3 straight from the 2-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers to capture the A-L West pennant. After Detroit took games one and two Saturday and Sunday at Comerica Park, the Tigers, for the first time in franchise post season history, hit the road with a 2-game lead. Detroit sends right hander Anibal Sanchez to the mound tonight against Oakland lefty Brett Anderson.
Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 9:07 Eastern time with the contest televised on TBS. If Oakland survives for a Game 4 Wednesday night, TNT will have the telecast with a bit later starting time of 9:37.
There were two playoff games on Monday. In the American League last night at Baltimore, the Orioles evened up their series with the Yankees, beating New York 3-to-2 while yesterday afternoon at Cincinnati, the Reds also made it one-one in their series with the Nationals by pounding Washington 12-to-4.