AL Division Series
The Athletics and Tigers will meet in the playoffs for the third time in the two teams' history.
In 1972 the two teams squared off in just the fourth ever ALCS.
The A’s took the first two games of the series on Oakland sending the Tigers back to Motor City with the daunting task of having to sweep the final three games to make the Fall Classic.
And the Tigers nearly turned the trick. Tigers righty Joe Coleman set an ALCS record fanning 14 A’s in his complete game shutout in Game 3 before the Tigers won game 4 in a 10th-inning walk-off.
However, the A’s would take the rubber match thanks to Reggie Jackson’s speed and a controversial call at first that put George Hendrick on to score the winning run in the fourth.
The A’s would go on to win a thrilling World Series over the seedlings of what would become The Big Red Machine in seven games.
But Detroit would get its revenge in the 2006 ALCS.
The Tigers swept Oakland in a series where they would trail for just six combined innings. The series was capped by Magglio Ordonez’ walk-off, three-run shot in game 4 that sent the Tigers to their first World Series since 1984.
However, the team would go on to fall to the Cardinals in five games in the World Series.
There was little to choose from between the two teams this season as they evenly split the season series five games apiece. If the Tigers are to be given anything in the split it’s that eight of the 10 games were in Oakland, with both sides each claiming four games.
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