Scherzer said he's had plenty of time to recover from the recent soreness in his right shoulder that caused him to skip a start in late September, and he's over the ankle woes he sustained while celebrating the night the Tigers clinched the AL Central. "My deltoid has been fine," said Scherzer, who went 16-7 with a 3.74 ERA this year and struck out 231 batters in 187 2/3 innings. "I was able to get treatment and after the second kind of setback, and after that we really took care of it. I needed more rest. And that's what we gave it. "And so seeing how I was able to respond to it, have it be able to pitch at 100 percent, it's recovered fine. And I've been good ever since." Third baseman and AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-4 in Game 3 and has reached base safely in each of his 14 postseason games with the Tigers. That's the third-longest streak in Detroit history, behind Hank Greenberg (18) and Charlie Gehringer (16). Shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit .212 (55-for-259) in 72 games on the road this season, but he was the only Tigers plater with more than one hit in Game 3. Peralta went 2-for-2 and drew a walk to improve his ALDS average to .444. A's: Griffin looking to bounce back
Griffin was willing to joke a bit when discussing how far he's come so quickly, having vaulted all the way to a Game 4 postseason start a year after he was pitching in the playoffs for Class A Stockton. "The California League and the Major Leagues are pretty comparable," he said. "I'm just kidding. ... I didn't have a press conference this time last year like this or [anything]. But [the key is] just try to go out there and just have fun and be loose, not put too much pressure on yourself. It's still a game. You go out there and just try to enjoy it." Griffin will be looking to improve upon his last start, in which he gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings in the game the A's would eventually win, 12-5, over Texas to wrap up the division title on the last day of the season. "Against the Rangers last outing, I felt like I was making some good quality pitches, but they did a good job of staying on the pitches and just putting them in play," Griffin said. "And the ball just seemed to just evade our fielders, but in baseball that's how it goes sometimes. You've got to keep your head up and just go out there and keep playing." Griffin took his only defeat of the season in Detroit on Sept. 18, when he gave up five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. The A's shutout of the Tigers in Game 3 was the 11th postseason shutout in franchise history and the first since Oct. 11, 2001, against the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS. Worth noting
The Tigers were shut out only twice in the regular season, the fewest of any team in the Majors. They were the last team in the Majors to be shut out, going 90 games from Opening Day to July 17, when the Angels held them without a run at Comerica Park. The A's have never come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a postseason series, and they had been swept in six of the previous seven in which they'd lost the first two. The only time they had come back to win a game was in the 1988 World Series, when Oakland took Game 3 against the Dodgers before losing the following two.