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Tuesday's AL Playoff Action
Detroit vs. Oakland - 5:05 PM EST

Adjusted Series Price: Athletics (-250) Tigers (+210)
Series Format: Oakland (2-2-1)

Game 1 - Detroit, 3-2
Game 2 - Oakland, 1-0
Game 3 - Oakland, 6-3
Game 4 - Tuesday, Oct. 8
Game 5* - Thursday, Oct. 10

Records

Overall
Detroit - 94-71
Oakland - 98-67

Home
Detroit - 51-31

Away
Oakland - 45-37

Head-to-Head (10 Games)
Overall: Oakland 6-4
Comerica Park: Oakland 4-1

Total Notes (Over/Under)

Overall
Detroit - 82-77-6
Oakland - 85-76-4

Home
Detroit - 46-32-5

Away
Oakland - 45-34-3

Head-to-Head (10 Games)
Overall: Over - 7-3
Comerica Park: Over - 5-0

Game 4 Starters

Detroit - Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67 ERA)

-- The Tigers went 18-14 in Fister's 32 starts, 9-6 at home
-- The Tigers went 10-4 in his final 14 starts
-- Fister was racked in his previous start against Oakland, allowing 13 hits and seven earned runs in five innings of a 14-4 home defeat in late August.
-- The 'under' was 18-14 in Fister's starts, 8-7 to the 'under' at home.
-- Fister has put together a 2-2 career playoff record, while beating the Yankees as a road underdog to close out the 2011 ALDS.

Oakland - Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96 ERA)

-- The Athletics have gone 16-11 in Straily's 27 starts, which includes an 8-7 road mark.
-- The Athletics went 5-1 in Straily's final six starts.
-- Straily shut down the Tigers on August 28 at Comerica Park, allowing eight hits and one earned run in six innings of a 14-4 blowout.
-- Straily is making his first postseason start.

Tampa Bay vs. Boston - 8:35 PM EST

Adjusted Series Price: Red Sox (-400) Rays (+320)
Series Format: Boston (2-2-1)

Game 1 - Boston, 12-2
Game 2 - Boston, 7-4
Game 3 - Tampa Bay, 4-3
Game 4 - Tuesday, Oct. 8
Game 5* - Thursday, Oct. 10

Records

Overall
Tampa Bay - 94-73
Boston - 99-66

Home
Tampa Bay - 52-30

Away
Boston - 44-38

Head-to-Head (22 Games)
Overall: Boston 14-8
Tropicana Field: Boston 6-5

Total Notes (Over/Under)

Overall
Tampa Bay - 79-79-9
Boston - 77-81

Home
Tampa Bay - 39-39-4

Away
Boston - 41-38

Head-to-Head (19 Games)
Overall: Under - 14-8
Tropicana Field: Under - 5-5

Game 4 Starters

Tampa Bay - Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 5.17 ERA)

-- The Rays went 17-14 in Hellickson's 31 appearances, 11-4 at home.
-- The Rays went 3-6 in Hellickson's last nine starts.
-- Hellickson beat the Red Sox twice in three starts this season. Hellickson tossed 18 1/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs in his three starts against Boston.
-- Hellickson hit the 'over' in eight of 15 home starts this season, while the 'under' hit in all three starts against Boston.
-- Hellickson's last playoff start came against Texas in 2011, a 4-3 loss in which he allowed four innings and three earned runs.

Boston - Jake Peavy (12-5, 5.17 ERA)

-- The Red Sox went 5-5 in Peavy's 10 appearances since getting acquired from Chicago, while going 3-4 on road.
-- Peavy split a pair of starts against Tampa Bay this season. The righty beat the Rays as a member of the White Sox in April, 5-4 as a home favorite, while losing with Boston in September at Tropicana Field, 4-3.
-- Peavy allowed six earned runs in 12 2/3 innings of work against Tampa Bay this season.
-- Peavy saw the 'over' go 11-10-2 on the season, as the 'over' was 8-5 in his 13 road starts.
-- In two postseason starts with the Padres, Peavy lost to the Cardinals twice in 2005 and 2006, while allowing five earned runs in five innings of the '06 NLDS.

  
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