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A's (6-6) vs. Tigers (5-7), Thursday, 7 p.m.
A's: Gio Gonzalez (2-0, 0.69) The southpaw has been terrific this season, allowing a total of one run in 13 innings over his first two starts. However, his career numbers against the Tigers are poor: an 0-3 record with a 10.22 ERA in three outings.
Tigers: Phil Coke (0-2, 4.00) The left-hander will be making his second start of the season after beginning the year in the bullpen. He allowed two runs in 6 23 innings Saturday against Kansas City, taking the loss in a 3-1 defeat. Lefties are hitting just .083 against Coke so far this season.
The As are coming off a huge win Wednesday, when they rallied for three runs in the ninth to tie the White Sox at 4-4 before tacking on three runs to win it in 10 innings. Josh Willingham and Cliff Pennington drove in the tying runs, while Coco Crisp and Daric Barton were the heroes in extras.
Detroit won two of three vs. Texas this week, capped by Wednesdays 3-2 win. Brandon Inge hit a walk-off homer in that one, while Brennan Boesch had two hits, including an RBI double, for the Tigers.
The A's went 3-3 against the Tigers last season, including an 0-2 mark in Oakland. This is the teams' first meeting of 2011.
Hideki Matsui has seven hits in his last four games. Righty reliever Brad Ziegler has not allowed a run in four outings this season, while closer Brian Fuentes has saves in five straight appearances.
The A's have shown a propensity to rally from behind, but can they get off to an early lead against a Detroit team that has some quality pitchers at the back end of its bullpen? ... On a pitching staff that could have a different ace every month, can Gonzalez continue his sizzling start to the season? ... Keep an eye on Detroit's Ryan Rayburn, who is 4-for-5 with two homers lifetime against Gonzalez.
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