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A's, Tigers prepare for playoff rematch year later

  • Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson throws during a baseball workout on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics are scheduled to host the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League division series on Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — Josh Donaldson mimics Miguel Cabrera whenever he can, and he has no problem copping to it.

Donaldson spent a couple of days each week over the offseason studying tape of Detroit's star in the batter's box, trying to pick up on anything he could apply to his own hitting for Oakland.

Indeed, Donaldson learned a thing or two that worked on the way to a breakout season: .301 batting average, 24 home runs, 93 RBIs in 158 games for the AL West champion Athletics.

"JD's the MVP of our team and Miguel Cabrera is the MVP of baseball," A's first baseman Brandon Moss said.

These two talented third basemen will face off in the playoffs for the second straight October starting with Game 1 of the AL division series Friday night.


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