OAKLAND — In the first half of each of the last two seasons, the A's weren't hitting as many home runs as they'd hoped, so they ran more, bunted more and even used the hit-and-run more than they were comfortable with.

In the second half of both seasons the power kicked in and Oakland was able to play for big innings.

Now comes the post-season, where most pitchers a team faces are first-class and where scoring first is at a premium. Do the A's go back to the bunting and the running games against the Tigers' Max Scherzer Friday night and Justin Verlander tomorrow night?

Does the need to score first change the game plan?

According to A's manager Bob Melvin, they don't. Or, at the very least, they don't go into the games thinking they'll do so.

``It depends on the pitcher,'' Melvin said. ``Scherzer gets so many swings and misses that it's hard to hit-and-run, not that we do that much anyway. For the most part (they won't). And in the early innings, that's often when the good pitchers might be the most vulnerable.

``It all goes on feel. We'll see.''