DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Tigers starting pitching rotation is set for their American League Division Series against the A’s with Max Scherzer going to the mound for Detroit in Game One Friday night at Oakland. Tiger manager Jim Leyland also announced Tuesday that Justin Verlander would start Game Two Saturday night followed by Anibal Sanchez for Game 3 in Detroit on Monday and in Game 4, if necessary on Tuesday, Doug Fister would be the starter.
As for his relief pitchers and the bench player spots for the ALDS for the Tigers, Leyland said he had until 11 a.m. Friday to finalize the roster although he confirmed both Phil Coke and Bruce Rondon won’t be available out of the bullpen for the first round of the playoffs because of elbow soreness for both players.
In the National League, the Pirates last night won the Senior Circuit’s wildcard game in Pittsburgh as they defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2. The Pirates move on to the NLDS where they will face the top-seeded St. Louis Cardinals will Game One tomorrow in St. Louis. The American League's wild card game will be played tonight in Cleveland with the Indians taking on the Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians won their final 10 regular season games to earn the top wild card spot, while the second one was determined in game number 163 on Monday when the Rays eliminated the Texas Rangers. Tonight’s winner will battle the Boston Red Sox in the division series.