Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s, in Oakland:
DETROIT TIGERS OAKLAND A'S
1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Stephen Drew, SS
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH 5. Josh Reddick, RF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS 6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
7. Andy Dirks, LF 7. Seth Smith, DH
8. Avisail Garcia, RF 8. Derek Norris, C
9. Gerald Laird, C 9. Cliff Pennington, 2B
SP Anibal Sanchez, RHP SP Brett Anderson, LHP
Detroit is using all right-handed starting pitchers this series, which means Oakland is going with the left-handed-hitting half of manager Bob Melvin’s various platoons. Except for at catcher, where Derek Norris is back in the lineup after giving way to George Kottaras in Game 2.
Jim Leyland doesn’t platoon quite as much, but for the second straight game he’s going with the right-handed-hitting Gerald Laird behind the plate instead of the left-handed-hitting Alex Avila because the A’s are using a southpaw starter. And that southpaw starter, Brett Anderson, is pitching for the first time since injuring his oblique on September 19.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.