DETROIT -- Though offensive struggles have plagued the A's in the first two games of the best-of-five American League Division Series, in large part because of some dominant pitching, Oakland manager Bob Melvin plans to stick with the same lineup that squeezed out a 1-0 walk-off victory in Game 2 for Monday's Game 3.
The only change could perhaps come at second base, where Alberto Callaspo might get the nod over Eric Sogard against righty Anibal Sanchez. But Melvin wouldn't commit to anything Sunday afternoon when speaking to reporters at Comerica Park.
"I'm not sure yet," he said. "Still mulling it over a little bit."
Callaspo is so valuable off the bench as a switch-hitter that he just might stay there, especially when considering that Sogard has been more reliable defensively.
Defense is also what's keeping Gold Glove outfielder Josh Reddick in the lineup despite some offensive struggles. He struck out three times in Game 1 and botched a crucial bunt attempt in Game 2.
"For me," said Melvin about the value of good defense, "saving a run is like an RBI."
Beyond that, Seth Smith is expected to start at designated hitter for a second straight game, a move that got Tigers manager Jim Leyland thinking.
"I thought Bob did a good job when he slipped Smith into the lineup," Leyland said Sunday. "Couple of big hits for them. I thought it was a good move. We're going to slip [Jhonny] Peralta in there [Monday] and hope that maybe we can get the same kind of results."
Other than the expected inclusion of Peralta, Leyland doesn't anticipate any other lineup changes.
Day after walk-off hit, Vogt remains on Cloud 9
DETROIT -- Even though Stephen Vogt hasn't slept since Saturday night, he still feels like he's dreaming.
"I haven't really processed what happened," said Vogt, addressing reporters at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon.
What happened was the best moment of his career and the biggest of the A's season to this point. Vogt's walk-off single against Detroit righty Rick Porcello in the ninth inning at the Coliseum on Saturday unlocked a scoreless game and knotted the best-of-five American League Division Series at 1.
Vogt's unlikely heroics, a wondrous moment for a 28-year-old rookie who wasn't on a big league roster at season's start, ensured the A's a healthy dose of momentum as the series shifts to Detroit, where righties Jarrod Parker and Anibal Sanchez will collide in Game 3, to be aired on MLB Network, on Monday at 10 a.m. PT.
"It's been a whirlwind," said Vogt, who arrived in Motown with his teammates around 6:30 a.m. ET. "It's been a crazy, crazy few hours, I suppose. But it's exciting. I've heard from a lot of people. It's been great. Just to see the support and the people that are in my life, have been in my life and just to get that kind of support and those great words from so many people I care about, it's been special."
Even A's manager Bob Melvin has been hearing from countless new members of the Stephen Vogt Fan Club.
"I got a text from Bob Brenly this morning, who made four errors in one inning then hit a walk-off," said Melvin. "He said, 'Stephen Vogt is my new favorite player. Would you please tell him that?'
"It really is a dream come true for him. People who play the game understand the tenacity that he showed in [Saturday's] game."
Weather may play factor in Game 3
DETROIT -- With October baseball comes October weather, though the A's and Tigers were rather spoiled while splitting the first two games of the best-of-five American League Division Series by way of 80-degree temperatures in Oakland.
But when both teams landed in Detroit early Sunday morning, they were greeted by ominous skies that ultimately led to an afternoon downpour. The rain could spill over into Monday, when the series resumes with Game 3 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on MLB Network.
Weather.com forecasts called for a 100 percent chance of rain through Sunday night, though it looks more promising for Monday. There is a 30 percent chance of scattered showers throughout the day, prominently in the morning, with partly cloudy skies anticipated later in the day.
That's good news for the A's and Tigers, who would have to play Tuesday and Wednesday in the event of a postponed Game 3, meaning they would lose an off-day Wednesday in advance of a potential Game 5 in Oakland on Thursday.
There's a good chance the winner of that game would have to be in Boston the next day for workouts in advance of the AL Championship Series that begins Saturday. The Red Sox, who have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, are leading the Rays, 2-0, in their best-of-five ALDS. Game 3 in that series is Monday.
However, should Tampa Bay come back to win the series, the ALCS would begin in either Oakland or Detroit.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.