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Bullpen in 'good shape' heading into Game 4

OAK View Full Game Coverage LAND -- Engaging in yet another win-or-else game against the Tigers on Wednesday, the A's weren't planning on saving any bullets -- aside from maybe one.

With righty Jarrod Parker slated for a potential Game 5 on Thursday, manager Bob Melvin said he "wouldn't forecast" using the rookie in Wednesday's Game 4 of the American League Division Series, no matter the progression of the game.

In the event starter A.J. Griffin is pulled early, expect the A's to rely on the likes of lefty Travis Blackley and right-hander Evan Scribner, who saved the club last week with three scoreless relief innings against the Rangers in the de facto AL West title game.

"Our bullpen's in pretty good shape," Melvin said. "Scribner has done a nice job for us coming in and shutting some guys down at a time and moving on farther in the game. Travis Blackley is a true length guy for us. I think we're in pretty good shape."

Lefty Jerry Blevins and righty Pat Neshek haven't pitched since Saturday. The A's should also have the late-inning go-to trio of Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour on hand, given their efficient work in Tuesday's contest.

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