OAKLAND, Calif., (AP) - A's, Tigers prepare for playoff rematch year later
Josh Donaldson mimics Miguel Cabrera whenever he can, and he has no problem copping to it.
Donaldson spent a couple of days each week over the offseason studying film of Detroit's star in the batter's box, trying to pick up on something he could apply to his own hitting for Oakland.
Indeed, he learned a thing or two on the way to a breakout season.
These two third basemen will face off in the playoffs for the second straight October starting with Game 1 of the AL division series Friday night.
One is a household name, 2012 Triple Crown winner and widely considered the best hitter in baseball. The other is more anonymous up-and-comer whose spectacular September in his first full major league season earned him AL player of the month honors.
Peralta makes Tigers' roster for division series
Jhonny Peralta is on the Detroit Tigers' roster for the AL division series against the Oakland Athletics.
Just over a week ago, the All-Star shortstop completed his 50-game suspension for ties to the Biogenesis clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Peralta isn't in the starting lineup for Game 1 on Friday night in Oakland. The Tigers acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias from Boston before Peralta's suspension took effect.
Peralta played left field after returning from his suspension. He batted .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs this season. Andy Dirks will start in left in the opener of the best-of-five series.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday that he'll make out his lineups using "some statistical analysis, some gut feeling, a combination of those things."