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After deflating losses, it's desperation time in the 'D'

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After deflating losses, it's desperation time in the 'D'

DETROIT -- One of the symbols of the Motor City is a huge 80-foot tall Uniroyal Tire that stands on the side of the I-94 freeway. It can be seen on the drive from the airport to the ballpark. The tire is one of the largest roadside attractions in the world. The Giants may as well pay it a visit on the way out of town and flatten it too. Because they've managed to take the air completely out of the Tigers' tires this entire series. The numbers are staggering. San Francisco's starting pitchers have allowed just one run in the first three games. They've held the Tigers scoreless in back-to-back games. They are up three games to none and no team in 23 chances has blown a lead like that in World Series history.
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"I can paint a rosy picture, but the picture isn't rosy right now," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "So, I can stay up here and try to paint the best picture, but we've got to go out and win a game somehow." The deadly fangs in the Tigers' bite, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, have been ground to a harmless nub by the Giants arms. Cabrera and Fielder are hitting a combined .158 with no homers and one RBI. In Game 3, Cabrera popped out with the bases loaded and earlier in the game Fielder grounded into an inning-ending double play with two runners on. After the Game 3 loss, Cabrera ducked out without speaking to the media. That may not sound like a huge crime, but as a veteran and a leader on the team, Cabrera not speaking to the media leaves the younger and less experienced players stuck answering the tough questions after a loss on the game's biggest stage. "I will deal with the situation and check into it," Leyland said. "You can't be on this podium only when you win. When we're 0-3, I've got to be up here and I'm not the happiest camper in the world." The Tigers have plenty of reasons to be frustrated. They aren't getting it done when it matters the most. Tigers hitters are a combined 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position in the World Series. With runners in scoring position in the regular season the Tigers hit .286. In the ALDS they hit .250 with RISP. In the ALCS their average with RISP was .295.
"We'd love to be swinging the bats great but all postseason we really haven't swung the bats," designated hitter Delmon Young said. "We hit at the right time against Oakland, New York looked like us right now."The Tigers embarrassed a Yankees team that looked completely lost in the ALCS in a four-game sweep. Their dominance may have done more damage than good. The result of the sweep was a five-day layoff while the Giants battled the Cardinals in a seven-game NLCS. The Tigers spent the days off scrimmaging and working out in hopes of avoiding the dreaded rust factor, but in the World Series they're having trouble grinding out quality at-bats. To the Tigers' credit, they aren't blaming the time off for their struggles. "I don't think we could have worked any harder," outfielder Quintin Berry said. "We went through pretty much a full day of spring training every day." "There's nothing possibly we could have done more," he added. -- In order to stay alive, Detroit will have to beat Giants' ace Matt Cain. He is starting the fourth game of the series because he pitched Game 7 in the NLCS. Cain is 4-2 with 1.83 ERA in seven career postseason starts. Cain has never faced the Tigers and is making his Comerica Park debut. --Max Scherzer takes the hill for Detroit. He is 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA in six career postseason games. He is 1-3 with a 5.12 ERA in four appearances against the Giants. He was lit up in his previous start against San Francisco. On July 2, 2011, he faced the Giants at Comerica Park and lasted just two innings and allowed nine runs -- six earned. If the Tigers can survive Game 4 they get ace Justin Verlander on the mound with a chance to swing momentum back in their favor. While the situation is certainly grim, the Tigers believe anything can happen. "It's not another day at the office but it's not desperation either," scheduled Game Five starting pitcher Justin Verlander said. "Hey, we won four in a row against the Yankees. "Who's to say we can't do it against these guys." -- Alex Avila was scratched from the lineup on Sunday with a sore right wrist. He incurred the injury when he was stuck by a foul ball. Gerald Laird takes his spot in the lineup.

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

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A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.

Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.  

Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.