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A's, Tigers prepare for playoff rematch year later

10/03/2013 05:16 EDT | Updated 12/03/2013 05:12 EST
OAKLAND, Calif. - 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 off-season studying film of Detroit's star in the batter's box, trying to pick up on something he could apply to his own hitting for Oakland.

Indeed, he learned a thing or two on the way to a breakout season.

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

One is a household name, 2012 Triple Crown winner and widely considered the best hitter in baseball. The other is more anonymous up-and-comer whose spectacular September in his first full major league season earned him AL player of the month honours.

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