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 offseason 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 honors.