October 8, 2013
Doug Fister hopes to help force a game 5 in Oakland.
The Tigers hope to stave off elimination and force a deciding game 5 back in Oakland, while the A’s look to wrap the series up and wait out the winner of Tampa/Boston. The Tigers will send Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67 ERA) to the mound, while the A’s counter with Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96 ERA). Straily faced the Tigers once in the regular season, beating them 14-4 at the end of August in a game Fister also started. Fister struggled during that start, lasting only 5 IP while giving up 7 runs on 10 hits. Fister has faced Oakland in the playoffs before, going 7 IP, striking out eight, and allowing only two runs—but that was the game José Valverde blew in the ninth to force a winner-take-all game 5.
Lineups after the jump
Athletics (D. Straily — R)
Tigers (D. Fister — R)