Oakland Athletics Announce 25-Man ALDS Roster

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Brett Anderson #49 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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The AL West champion Oakland Athletics have announced their 25-man roster for their upcoming American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers according to MLB.com's Jane Lee.

The roster includes left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson, who boasts a 4-2 record this season with a 2.57 ERA. The move to include Anderson is somewhat surprising though considering that he has not pitched since he lost 6-2 at Detroit on September 19.

Anderson suffered an oblique strain a few weeks back according to Lee, but could be the A's starter in a potential close-out situation for either side in Game 3. 

The Athletics will travel to Detroit this weekend to open up at the Tigers despite finishing the year with a better record. Oakland will then return home in the best-of-five series on Tuesday to host the final three games of the ALDS. 

Detroit won four of the seven meetings between the two teams this year, but Oakland took the final meeting on September 20, winning 12-4 at Comerica Park, where Saturday night's Game 1 will be played. 

The Tigers won 50 games at home this year, but the Athletics were a winning team on the road, and have won six in a row entering the postseason. Both teams are scorching however, each having won eight of its last 10 games overall.

 

Oakland's ALDS Roster

Pitchers: Brett Anderson, Grant Balfour, Travis Blackley, Jerry Blevins, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, Pedro Figueroa, A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone, Pat Neshek, Jarrod Parker and Evan Scribner

Catchers: George Kottaras and Derek Norris

Infielders: Chris Carter, Josh Donaldson, Stephen Drew, Brandon Moss, Cliff Pennington and Adam Rosales

Outfielders: Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Jonny Gomes, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith

 

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