5 Players Who Must Step Up for the Oakland A's to Shock the Tigers Back Home

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5 Players Who Must Step Up for the Oakland A's to Shock the Tigers Back Home
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Josh Reddick must support the efforts of Yoenis Cespedes if this team is to be successful.

After a terrible offensive showing by the Oakland Athletics, it's easy to say everyone in the lineup needs to step up. While that may be true, certain players must do more in order for the A's to once again come from behind to shock the baseball world.

It's been done before.

In fact, the last time the A's were in a "backs-against-the-wall"-type position with three to play was on October 1. The outcome: a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers to take the AL West crown.

The Tigers lineup is not as daunting as Texas'. Even the pitching is comparable, after Justin Verlander.

Oakland's pitching has been great. But the team (and fans, for that matter) can't rely on only Yoenis Cespedes to get the job done offensively. Others have to support the efforts.

If the A's want to keep the miracle that is 2012 alive, these guys must contribute more.

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