DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 20: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers can't come up with a catch on a triple off the bat of George Kottaras #14 of the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on September 20, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tigers Vs. Athletics: Detroit Roughed Up By Oakland In Finale, 12-4

The Detroit Tigers couldn't wrap up a three-game sweep of Oakland on Thursday in a 12-4 loss.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers Final Score: Detroit Halted By Oakland In Series Finale, 12-4

The Detroit Tigers were unable to pull off a three-game sweep of Oakland on Thursday, as the visiting Athletics left Comerica Park with a comfortable 12-4 victory in the series finale.

Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez fanned eight batters over five and 2/3 innings of work, but was roughed up for four runs in the sixth before being pulled from the mound. Sanchez fell to 8-13 on the season with the loss, and is now just 3-6 through 10 starts since joining the Tigers' rotation at the trade deadline.

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera still managed to maintain his Triple Crown pursuit with a 1-for-4 performance from the plate to move his season average to .333, but was unable to homer for the third consecutive game. Outfielder Andy Dirks provided the biggest hit of the game with a solo blast into the bleachers in right, but the Tigers could not mount a comeback late after reliever Octavio Dotel alone was shelled for four runs in the ninth.

Next up for Jim Leyland's team is a three-game weekend series with the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Rick Porcello will take the hill in search of his 10th win of the season on Friday in Game 1.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers Preview: Detroit Goes For Sweep In Matinee

The Detroit Tigers moved back to within two games of the Chicago White Sox in the race for first place in the A.L. Central on Wednesday night, and they'll be looking to continue that momentum as they wrap up their series with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon.

On the mound for the Tigers is Anibal Sanchez, who is working on a streak of five straight quality starts. The Tigers, though, have only won two of those five starts, a trend which they'll certainly be looking to reverse on Thursday. Sanchez's starts in Comerica Park have been a mixed bag since he's joined Detroit -- he's been able to suppress runs thanks to only giving up one homer in 21.2 innings pitched there, but has also allowed 35 baserunners in those innings.

The good news for Detroit is that they will be facing A's rookie Tom Milone, who has enjoyed a stellar rookie season if you erase his starts away from home. On the road, Milone has an ERA of 5.13, nearly a full 2.5 runs higher than his home ERA. Milone has also been slightly worse after the All-Star break.

First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit.

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Athletics vs. Tigers Final Score: Detroit Cruises To 6-2 Victory

The Detroit Tigers picked up another crucial victory on Wednesday night, dominating the Oakland Athletics en route to a 6-2 win. The Tigers ran A's starter Brett Anderson from the game early, and then relied on a combination of starter Justin Verlander and a few big hits to improve to 79-69.

The win puts Detroit two games behind the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central lead after the White Sox's 3-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

The Tigers scored three runs off of Anderson in the third inning when Omar Infante doubled in two runs and Delmon Young brought in the third on a sacrifice fly. Jhonny Peralta singled home a run in the fifth, and Miguel Cabrera hit homer No. 41 in the seventh inning to make the score 5-0. Infante drove in the Tigers' sixth run in the eighth on a fielder's choice.

Oakland scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Jose Valverde, but their bats were quiet for almost the entire night. Verlander allowed five hits and no runs over six innings. He walked three and also struck out five.

The teams will wrap up the series Thursday afternoon when Anibal Sanchez takes on Tom Milone.

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2012 MLB Standings: Tigers Still Trail White Sox By 3 Games

Despite a dominating 12-2 win over the American League wild card-leading Oakland A's, the Detroit Tigers still face an uphill battle if they're going to qualify for the playoffs in 2012.

Since the Chicago White Sox also won on Tuesday night, the Tigers remain three games behind the Tigers for first place in the American League Central. Detroit didn't gain any ground on the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card spot either, as the Orioles defeated the Mariners in 18 innings on Tuesday night. Detroit remains five and a half games behind Baltimore.

AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 81 66 .551 0 Won 5
Detroit 78 69 .530 3 Won 1
Kansas City 66 81 .448 15 Lost 2
Cleveland 61 87 .412 20.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 61 87 .412 20.5 Won 1

Needless to say, the AL Central is much more likely a fit for the Tigers than a wild card spot.

Still, the folks at coolstandings.com give the Tigers just a 17% chance of winning the division -- and a 20.8% overall chance at making the playoffs.

The Tigers will have an opportunity to gain ground on the White Sox this weekend, as the White Sox head to Los Angeles to take on Mike Trout and the Angels, while the Tigers host the Twins.

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Tigers Vs. Athletics Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Justin Verlander takes the mound Wednesday night for the Detroit Tigers against the Oakland Athletics while the Tigers try to keep within striking distance of the American League Central Division-leading Chicago White Sox.

Both the Tigers and the White Sox won Tuesday, so Chicago stayed three games ahead of the Tigers in the standings.

Verlander was outstanding in his only previous start this season against Oakland. He went seven innings on May 13 and gave up one run on two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. The reigning American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner has pitched at least six innings in 29 of his 30 starts this season.

For the Athletics, Brett Anderson will pitch in an effort to maintain the team's hold on the first of two Wild Card playoff spots. The Athletics are a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, who are tied for the second spot. Anderson is making his sixth start since returning from Tommy John surgery, and he has a 1.93 ERA in 32 2/3 innings.

First pitch at Comerica Park is at 7:05 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on FS-D and ESPN.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers Final Score: Detroit Routs Oakland In 12-2 Victory

Every game for the Detroit Tigers is crucial, and they picked up a big victory on Tuesday night with a 12-to-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with six RBI, in the process hitting home runs No. 39 and 40 on the season. Prince Fielder also went deep in the game, hitting his 27th homer of the season.

Unfortunately for Detroit, the night wasn't perfect. In a move that could hinder the Tigers' move towards the playoffs, starting pitcher Max Scherzer left the game after the second inning with right shoulder soreness. He'll undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. Outfielder Quintin Berry also left the game after hurting his shoulder in the seventh inning on an dive attempt. The severity of that injury is also unknown.

The two teams will face each other on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET, with Justin Verlander taking on Brett Anderson.

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