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RHP Joaquin Benoit gave up the only hit allowed by Detroit pitching in Game 1 and had the tying run at second base with two out in the ninth before he got rookie Xander Bogaerts to pop out and end the game; and Benoit's third save of this postseason. "The entire bullpen did an absolute terrific job," manager Jim Leyland said after four relievers worked the final three innings. Said Benoit: "My heart was pumping. There was nothing I could do after I gave up a hit. All I could do was try to get the final out."

Oakland Athletics - PlayerWatch

3B Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Thursday night in a 3-0 loss to Detroit in Game 5 of the AL Division Series. Donaldson, one of the Athletics' top hitters during the regular season, batted . 143 (3-for-18) in the series with no extra-base hits, no RBIs and eight strikeouts.

Oakland Athletics - PlayerWatch

3B Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Thursday night in a 3-0 loss to Detroit in Game 5 of the AL Division Series. Donaldson, one of the Athletics' top hitters during the regular season, batted . 143 (3-for-18) in the series with no extra-base hits, no RBIs and eight strikeouts.

BasebalL: Tiger beat A's to force game five

Max Scherzer came on in relief and Austin Jackson belted a key RBI single as Detroit rallied to beat Oakland 8-6 to force a deciding game in their opening round playoff series. Game one winning pitcher Scherzer came out of the bullpen to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth and Jackson snapped his hitting slump with a single to cap a two-run rally that gave the Tigers the lead for good after they trailed twice earlier in the game.

A's take 2-1 series lead over Tigers

A's take 2-1 series lead over Tigers DETROIT - One more victory in two chances will send the Oakland Athletics into the American League Championship Series. Oakland, eliminated by Detroit in the 2006 and 2012 playoffs, pushed the Tigers to the edge of elimination Monday with Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Seth Smith hitting home runs off Anibal Sanchez to power the Athletics to a 6-3 victory. It gave the A's a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.

Baseball: Red Sox pound Price to seize 2-0 series lead

The Boston Red Sox rolled over the Tampa Bay Rays in a second-straight game Saturday, winning 7-4 and getting closer to advancing to the American League Championship Series. David Ortiz clubbed two home runs and Boston solved nemesis David Price by scoring a half-dozen runs in the first five innings against the Rays' starting pitcher in front of a crowd of 38,705 at Fenway Park in Boston. "Tonight is one example of the relentlessness of this team," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "They look at each night as an individual challenge."

Oakland Athletics - PlayerWatch

RHP Sonny Gray will make his first career postseason appearance Saturday when he faces the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their American League Division Series at the O.co Coliseum. Gray (5-3) will become the sixth rookie in Oakland history to start a postseason game. In his final four regular-season starts, Gray went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He struck out 23 and walked nine during that stretch, taking full advantage of his two best pitches, a mid-90s fastball and a sharp-breaking curve. This will mark Gray's first career appearance against Detroit.

Tampa Bay Rays - PlayerWatch

OF Will Myers didn't have the best of playoff debuts for the prized rookie in Friday's American League Division Series loss to Boston. He botched a fly ball that turned into a ground-rule double and ignited Boston's five-run fourth. He was mocked when he came to the plate and serenaded with chants of "My-ers! My-ers." At the plate, he went 0-for-4.

Oakland Athletics - PlayerWatch

RHP Sonny Gray will make his first career postseason appearance Saturday when he faces the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their American League Division Series at the O.co Coliseum. Gray (5-3) will become the sixth rookie in Oakland history to start a postseason game. In his final four regular-season starts, Gray went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He struck out 23 and walked nine during that stretch, taking full advantage of his two best pitches, a mid-90s fastball and a sharp-breaking curve. This will mark Gray's first career appearance against Detroit.

Tampa Bay Rays - PlayerWatch

OF Will Myers didn't have the best of playoff debuts for the prized rookie in Friday's American League Division Series loss to Boston. He botched a fly ball that turned into a ground-rule double and ignited Boston's five-run fourth. He was mocked when he came to the plate and serenaded with chants of "My-ers! My-ers." At the plate, he went 0-for-4.
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