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October 4, 2013

A’s, Tigers prepare for playoff rematch year later

Max Scherzer, Bartolo Colon starters for today's opener

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“I wish tomorrow at game time I’m 100 percent. I feel much better the last couple days,” Cabrera said of his groin problem. “I don’t think it’s going to be an issue for the playoffs. Anything can happen. I’m ready to give everything on the field.”
Leyland has seen improvement in Cabrera’s leg strength.
“He’s playable. He’s not 100 percent,” Leyland said. “He’s handicapped a little bit, but the last few days have been better.”
Donaldson will take note of Cabrera, even if not fully healthy.
“Any time I can watch him hit, if I’m watching a game, I like to watch and see what he’s doing,” Donaldson said. “That’s what I do in the offseason.”
Still, the A’s expect Cabrera to bring his best in October when the stakes are so much higher.
The A’s have their own injury concerns, with left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hoping to play the outfield Friday. 
Manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes threw Thursday to test his sore right shoulder and “there’s a good chance you’ll see him in left field tomorrow,” and not be relegated to designated hitter.
Leyland considered Oakland’s home field one of the most difficult last year as raucous, sellout Coliseum crowds packed the place for the team’s first playoffs in six years.
And, now, tarps in the third deck have been removed to bring capacity from 35,067 to 48,146 in a dual-sport facility that has featured sewage spills in the clubhouses and dugouts this year.
“I’ve heard the plumbing here isn’t quite up to standards,” Scherzer quipped. “I’m hearing the birds chirp on that.”
Kind of fitting for the blue-collar, low-budget franchise.
“It’s a little more rugged,” Crisp said. “It does have its own personality.”
 

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