2012 American League Division Series 2
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|2012 American League Division Series|
88 - 74 in the AL
|3 - 2
94 - 68 in the AL
 The Teams
 Series results
|1||Oakland Athletics 1 Detroit Tigers 3||October 6||Jarrod Parker (0-1) Justin Verlander (1-0)|
|2||Oakland Athletics 4 Detroit Tigers 5||October 7||Tom Milone (0-0) Doug Fister (0-0)|
|3||Detroit Tigers 0 Oakland Athletics 2||October 9||Anibal Sanchez (0-1) Brett Anderson (1-0)|
|4||Detroit Tigers 3 Oakland Athletics 4||October 10||Max Scherzer (0-0) A.J. Griffin (0-0)|
|5||Detroit Tigers 6 Oakland Athletics 0||October 11||Justin Verlander (2-0) Jarrod Parker (0-2)|
 Game 1 @ Comerica Park
|WP: Justin Verlander (1-0), LP: Jarrod Parker (0-1), SV: Jose Valverde (1)|
|Home Runs: - OAK: Coco Crisp (1); DET - Alex Avila (1)|
- Attendance: 43,323
In the Game 1 of the ALDS, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers gave up a home run to the first batter of the game, Coco Crisp, but went on to strike out 11 over 7 innings, not giving up another run to the Oakland Athletics. The Tigers got the initial run back in the bottom of the 1st, took the lead with a 3rd-inning score, and completed the tally when C Alex Avila homered off Jarrod Parker in the 5th for a 3 - 1 win.
 Game 2 @ Comerica Park
|WP: Al Alburquerque (1-0), LP: Grant Balfour (0-1)|
|Home Runs: - OAK: Josh Reddick (1)|
- Attendance: 40,684
The Tigers took a two games to none lead in the ALDS on Don Kelly's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th which scored Omar Infante to close a 5-4 win over Oakland. Detroit scored in each of the last three innings to pull out the win.
 Game 3 @ The Coliseum
|WP: Brett Anderson (1-0), LP: Anibal Sanchez (0-1), SV: Grant Balfour (1)|
|Home Runs: -OAK: Seth Smith (1)|
- Attendance: 37,090
The Athletics avoided elimination with a 2-0 win over the Tigers in Game 3. Brett Anderson pitched 6 shutout innings in returning to the mound after a twenty-day injury layoff, setting the tone for Oakland. Coco Crisp scored a run in the 1st and DH Seth Smith homered off Anibal Sanchez in the 5th for the only runs of the game.
 Game 4 @ The Coliseum
|WP: Ryan Cook (1-0), LP: Jose Valverde (0-1)|
|Home Runs: DET - Prince Fielder (1)|
- Attendance: 36,385
The Athletics orchestrated a three-run rally in the bottom of the 9th off Tigers closer Jose Valverde to win, 4-3, in Game 4 and even the ALDS at two wins apiece. Detroit led 3-1 entering the final frame when Seth Smith hit a two-run double to tie the score, and Coco Crisp ended the game with a single.
 Game 5 @ The Coliseum
|WP: Justin Verlander (2-0), LP: Jarrod Parker (0-2)|
|Home Runs: - none|
- Attendance: 36,393
Ace Justin Verlander pitched what was for him a typical game, striking out 11 and throwing a shutout as Detroit eliminated Oakland with a 6-0 win in Game 5 of the ALDS. He became the second pitcher to fan 10 or more in a winner-take-all game, following Sandy Koufax in the 1965 World Series.
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|Major League Baseball American League Division Series