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A's blow chances to tie series, lose 5-4 to Tigers

Associated Press Modified: October 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm •  Published: October 7, 2012
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Oakland hopes it can draw on its comeback experience from late in the regular season.

The AL West champions became the first team in baseball history to win a division or pennant after being behind by at least five games with fewer than 10 games left, capping the remarkable rally with a three-game sweep against Texas that erased a two-game deficit.

"We're not packing it in. We don't do that, or we wouldn't be here," Oakland second baseman Cliff Pennington said. "We'll keep fighting until we're done, one way or the other. We've been doing this all year."

Crisp has been covering a lot of ground in the outfield this season, his third with the A's, and throughout his career that started in Cleveland a decade ago and continued in Boston and Kansas City.

When Cabrera hit a relatively soft fly to center, the Triple Crown slugger was sure two runners were going to be stranded because he expected Crisp to make the catch, even though he was in deep center at the crack of the bat.

"We're lucky," Cabrera acknowledged.

The A's deserved to win the division, coming back to beat the Rangers, and they will have earned a spot in the AL championship series if they can rally in the division series well enough to win three straight.

Oakland is down, but far from out.

Barring a setback, the A's are expecting right-hander Brett Anderson to start in Game 3 in his first outing since straining his right oblique Sept. 19 at Detroit. The Tigers will counter with righty Anibal Sanchez, hoping he can help them advance to the ALCS for the second straight year and third time since 2006 when they swept Oakland.

"We've been doing this all year," Reddick said. "We've got a great pitcher going, and we just need to get him some run support."