Tigers jump on top when Coco Crisp makes error in center, but A’s storm back in eighth

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A’s left-hander Sean Doolittle had MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera beat with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, inducing what looked to be a flyout to deep center field.

But Coco Crisp failed to secure a basket catch and both runners raced home, giving the Tigers a sudden 3-2 lead. MLB Network replay showed the ball hitting the heel of Crisp’s glove, rather than the webbing.

Crisp looked distraught as he jogged in after the third out was recorded. But his mood quickly improved.

Yoenis Cespedes opened the top of the eighth inning with a single, then stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch by Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit. Josh Reddick followed with a solo home run.

The A’s are up 4-3 as Game 2 of the ALDS marches into the bottom of the eight. We’ve got a wild one.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.