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The choice not to start Bartolo Colon in Game 5 of the American League Division Series was difficult enough for A's manager Bob Melvin. Deciding whether or not to use him out of the bullpen for Thursday's elimination affair may prove even harder.Share Tweet
A's strive for happier end to Game 5 trendOakland's decisive affair with the Tigers on Thursday evening will mark the seventh time in 13 years the A's have played in Game 5 of the American League Division Series. Five of the previous six ended in a loss. Talk about heartbreaking.Share Tweet
Athletics hope Game 5 is Sonny's dayFor the second time in five days at O.co Coliseum, A's rookie Sonny Gray will be facing veteran Detroit right-hander and former AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, who has owned the A's in his last three ALDS starts during the past two postseason…Share TweetIn a decisive Game 5 in Oakland on Thursday night, the Tigers will send Justin Verlander to the hill and the A's are turning to Sonny Gray as the two clubs try to punch a ticket to the ALCS.Share TweetAstros owner Jim Crane said the team's payroll will grow significantly next season as the club looks to supplement its young core.Share Tweet
Champagne on ice, ready for four straight clinchesAfter the Pirates and Cardinals, and Tigers and A's, conclude their Division Series on Wednesday and Thursday, it will be the fourth time in the post-1994 postseason expansion era that Major League Baseball has had a series clincher on four consecutive …Share TweetMLB.com Oct 2, 2013The road to the 109th World Series resumes at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as Justin Verlander starts a decisive Game 5 for Detroit against the A's in Oakland for the second year in a row, in a game that completes the field for the League Championship Series. …Share TweetFor the first time in five years, there will be American League Championship Series baseball in Boston. And for the second straight year, there will be an AL Division Series Game 5 between the Tigers and A's in Oakland.Share Tweet
How the Oakland A's are Changing the Postseason Ticket-Buying Gamegrantland.com Oct 9, 2013While the majority of the Bay Area stock chatter is about Twitter, there was an initial offering last week that was equally intriguing: Oakland Athlet...Share Tweet
A's Turn To Rookie Sonny GrayOct 9ESPN.com's Molly Knight discusses the Athletics' decision to hand the ball to rookie Sonny Gray for Game 5 against the Tigers.
Athletics Confident For Game 5Oct 9MLB.com Athletics beat reporter Jane Lee discusses the mood in the Oakland clubhouse and the decision to start rookie Sonny Gray in Game 5.
Verlander Peaking For Game 5Oct 9"Baseball Tonight" Minute: Curt Schilling and Karl Ravech discuss the Game 5 pitching matchup between Justin Verlander and Sonny Gray.
Who Should Oakland Start In Game 5?Oct 9Doug Glanville says the Athletics should start Bartolo Colon in the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS against the Tigers.