When Prince Fielder batted in the third inning, the A's had on a defensive shift as Prince is a pull hitter. Prince took multiple swings attempting to slap the ball to left field and defeat the shift, which resulted in the single. He may have been trying to reduce the shift for the rest of the series, and convince the A's to throw some inside fastballs.
Torii Hunter bunted for a single in third inning, then tried to steal second base before the pitcher was even set. He and Cabrera successfully nabbed third base during the season before a pitch, but not second base. This looked like another attempt to influence the series, not just one game.
Victor Martinez was thrown out at home by Josh Reddick. Never mind, that was consistent with the regular season.
Jose Iglesias nearly made a miracle play on a ground ball by Brandon Moss. During the regular season, he makes that throw for the play of the year.
Avila was batting sixth, higher than during the season. And it paid off with two hits and an RBI. But in the eighth, with Martinez on second and two out, where was Jhonny Peralta? Avila hit .139 with five extra-base hits all season against lefties. Peralta hit .352 with 18 extra-base hits. Was not this moment the reason he was placed on the postseason roster, to pinch hit for Avila when a left-handed reliever was on the mound and the Tigers needed a hit?