Pat Neshek hasn't been with the A's that long. He joined the team on August 3, when he was acquired for cash considerations. Yet, his teammates are all rallying around him like compassionate brothers.
Coco Crisp drilled a leadoff home run but that was all the A's were able to muster off Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who struck out 11 A's batters over seven dominant innings to lift the Tigers to a 3-1 victory.
The A's had the second best record in the AL during the regular season, but they will play underdogs to Justin Verlander, Triple Crown-winner Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers.
Brett Anderson is on the A's active ALDS roster, giving every indication he'll be ready to take the mound against the Tigers.