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Tigers, Red Sox to meet in ALCS

Like the St. Louis Cardinals before them, the Detroit Tigers fought back from 2-1 down. They won their American League Division Series thanks to Justin Verlander and a 3-0 win Thursday night. Next up: a meeting with the equally high-powered Boston Red Sox. Who ya got? And where have all the low-payroll teams gone?

  • Which team will win the ALCS?

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  • Which team are you rooting for in the ALCS?

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  • Which team has the better lineup?

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  • Which team has the better pitching staff?

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  • Who is the better manager?

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  • Did A's manager Bob Melvin make a mistake by starting Sonny Gray over Bartolo Colon in Game 5?

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  • Will the A's win a World Series in the next 10 years?

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  • How disappointed are you that all the low-payroll teams have been eliminated from the MLB playoffs?

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Tigers rally to force Game 5 vs. A's

Uh-oh. The Oakland Athletics seemed pretty safe while up 3-0 in Game 4. But multiple Detroit Tigers rallies -- one aided by a controversial home-run call -- allowed the home team to force a decisive game back in the Bay Area. Can Oakland recover?

  • Which team will win Game 5 of the Tigers-Athletics ALDS?

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  • How much will the tough Game 4 loss affect the Athletics mentally in Game 5?

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  • Victor Martinez was awarded a game-tying home run despite a fan touching the ball near A's OF Josh Reddick. Was this the right call?

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  • What do you make of the A's starting rookie Sonny Gray over Bartolo Colon in Game 5?

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  • Do you consider the Athletics an underdog?

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  • Which team will win the AL pennant?

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Tigers rally to force Game 5 vs. A's

Uh-oh. The Oakland Athletics seemed pretty safe while up 3-0 in Game 4. But multiple Detroit Tigers rallies -- one aided by a controversial home-run call -- allowed the home team to force a decisive game back in the Bay Area. Can Oakland recover?

  • Which team will win Game 5 of the Tigers-Athletics ALDS?

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      51%
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      49%

    Discuss (Total votes: 151,476)

  • How much will the tough Game 4 loss affect the Athletics mentally in Game 5?

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      18%
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      55%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,023)

  • Victor Martinez was awarded a game-tying home run despite a fan touching the ball near A's OF Josh Reddick. Was this the right call?

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      48%
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      52%

    Discuss (Total votes: 23,249)

  • What do you make of the A's starting rookie Sonny Gray over Bartolo Colon in Game 5?

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      60%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,875)

  • Do you consider the Athletics an underdog?

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,284)

  • Which team will win the AL pennant?

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How will MLB playoffs play out?

The division series are set, with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays earning best-of-five shots at the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, respectively. Meanwhile, we'll see two meetings between division winners -- Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers. How will it all play out?

  • Which team will win the Tigers-Athletics series?

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  • Which team will win the Dodgers-Braves series?

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  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals series?

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  • Which will be the best series?

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  • Which team will win the American League pennant?

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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No game's outcome is a given -- that's why they're played, after all -- but a lot would have to go wrong for a big-time program like Ohio State to lose against a team, like, say, Florida A&M. Pretty much nothing went wrong, of course, and Ohio State beat FAMU 76-0. That wasn't even the only 70-point performance this weekend -- Louisville beat Florida International 72-0, Baylor knocked off Louisiana-Monroe 70-7, and Miami dispatched Savannah State 77-7. Ivan Maisel gave faint praise to the teams taking advantage of easy schedules this weekend, but cupcake scheduling does have its benefits. Those teams didn't go up against a bunch of top-25 behemoths for nothing, after all (Ohio St. paid FAMU $900,000, for example, and Miami paid Savannah State $375,000 for their matchup).

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