Tigers could sweep A's in ALDS tonight, not taking desperate Athletics lightly

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Detroit Tigers have put themselves in the exact position where they want to be.

Up two games to none in their American League Division Series with the Oakland Athletics, the Tigers went through light workouts and batting practice Monday.

The A's have never won a series where they lost the first two games, but the Tigers are far from taking Oakland lightly.

"It could go either way. They could lay down or keep fighting. We gotta prepare like they're gonna get everything like it's their last day," outfielder Quintin Berry said.

The Tigers win in Game 2 came after a set of blunders and mistakes from Oakland. The Tigers succeeded by capitalizing on those mishaps.

Miguel Cabrera said the team needs to play like they did at home, in order to get home as quickly as possible.

"We're young and hungry. This part of the season, the playoffs, is the most fun because if you get here, it was a lot of work," he said.

Jim Leyland took his 1997 Florida Marlins team into Candlestick Park with a 2-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants.

He was asked Monday if he remembered anything about how he prepared his team.

"Everybody thinks you have to warn your team about being overconfident. I don't think that at all. We know we have to win one game. They know they have to win three," Leyland said.

"It's very simple."

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad's updates from Oakland on Twitter: @BradGalli .

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