Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (PHOTO: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Bartolo Colon will start for the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of their AL division series against Detroit on Friday night, his first postseason appearance in eight years.
Manager Bob Melvin made the announcement before a workout Tuesday at the Coliseum, where the grounds crew worked fto prepare the field two days after the NFL's Oakland Raiders played a home game. The Game 2 starter for the AL West champions is rookie Sonny Gray; Game 3: Jarrod Parker. Dan Straily goes in a potential Game 4.
A.J. Griffin is out with elbow tendinitis.
A year after Colon missed the playoffs for Oakland while serving a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test, he won 18 games and is getting another chance on baseball's big stage - at age 40, and in his first playoff appearance since 2005 with the Angels.
(All times PDT) Game 1, Friday, at Oakland (6:37 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Oakland (6:07 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 7, at Detroit (TBA); x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Detroit (TBA); x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 10, at Oakland (TBA). (All games on TBS or MLB Network).
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