Tigers, Athletics play Game 4 at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday in Detroit
Tigers face elimination Tuesday while trailing A's 2-1 in ALDS
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will play Game 4 of the American League Division Series at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday in Detroit.
The Oakland Athletics are shutting down the Detroit Tigers offense by keeping the ball in the park. The Athletics will look to keep the Tigers homer-free for a fourth straight game and close out the best-of-five American League Division Series when they visit Detroit for Game 4 on Tuesday. The Tigers snapped a 20-inning scoreless drought in the fourth inning of Game 3, but could not keep Oakland off the board in a 6-3 setback.
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Detroit finished second in the majors in scoring and seventh in home runs during the regular season, but did not have a blast and totaled six runs in the first three games of the ALDS. Those six runs came in the first inning of Game 1 and the fourth inning of Game 3, leaving the Tigers scoreless in the other 25 frames. The Athletics were having nearly as much trouble with the bats until Game 3, when Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Seth Smith homered.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67)
Straily was not going to be a part of the ALDS rotation until A.J. Griffin came up with tendinitis in his pitching elbow in the last weekend of the regular season. The 24-year-old has not pitched since Sept. 25 but closed out the regular season strong with a 3-1 record and a 2.10 ERA in five September starts. The California native allowed one run on eight hits over six innings to earn a win at Detroit on Aug. 28.
Fister struggled through some inconsistency in the second half but finished up solid with a win in his last start at Minnesota on Sept. 24. The 29-year-old endured his worst start of 2013 against Oakland on Aug. 28, when he was lit up for a season-high seven earned runs on 13 hits in five innings. Fister went seven strong innings against the Athletics in the 2012 ALDS and is 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA in six career postseason games.
Details about Game 4 at Comerica Park:
All fans will receive a Detroit Tigers Rally Towel, courtesy of Meijer.
First Pitch: The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by former Frank Tanana.
National Anthem: The national anthem will be performed country vocalist, Sarah Lenore.
Game Ball Delivery: Petty Officer William France of the United States Coast Guard from Pontiac, Michigan will deliver the game ball. Petty Officer France trained in New Jersey and attended Aviation Maintenance Technician School in North Carolina before serving on the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw in Cheboygan, Michigan, and now at the Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. He has earned an Aircrew Insignia, two Coast Guard "E" ribbons and a Golden Wrench Award. Pretty Officer France has proudly served the Coast Guard since 2007.
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