Tigers aim to bounce back after last meeting with A's

Tigers aim to bounce back after last meeting with A's

OAKLAND -- The Tigers hosted the Athletics in a four-game series from Aug. 26-29, and it wasn't pretty for the home team.

Oakland won the first three by a combined score of 28-13 and had a three-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, only to have the Tigers rally to pull one out. American League Division Series Game 1 starter Max Scherzer, who started the finale and gave up six runs (five earned) in five innings, shrugged off the notion that what happened then will have any carryover in the ALDS.

"They came into Comerica and whipped us. That shows you what a good team they are," Scherzer said. "They have a lot of different ways to beat you. They have good hitting, good pitching and they're a good ballclub. We know it's going to be a challenge for us offensively if we're going to go ahead and beat them this series."

The Tigers won two of three played in Oakland in April.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.