Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

American League Division Series

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

American League Division Series

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MATCHUP

The A's were swept by Detroit in the 2006 ALCS, ending their last playoff trip. Detroit won the pennant on a home run by Magglio Ordonez. ... The teams split a four-game series in Oakland in May, and Detroit won two of three at home in September.

BIG PICTURE

* Athletics: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Oakland after GM Billy Beane traded top starters Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill and closer Andrew Bailey in the offseason to give the team the lowest opening-day payroll in the majors at $53 million. Instead, manager Bob Melvin led a collection of rookies and misfits to the franchise's first playoff berth since 2006.

* Tigers: It wasn't as easy as many expected, but Detroit (88- 74) finally wrested the AL Central title away from the fading Chicago White Sox down the stretch to reach the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1934-35. …

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