DETROIT (AP) - A rookie vs. the reigning MVP.
That's a fitting way for the Oakland Athletics to start the postseason.
The A's will send Jarrod Parker (13-8) to the mound against Detroit ace Justin Verlander (17-8) in Game 1 of the division series Saturday night. The AL Central-champion Tigers are making their second straight playoff appearance, but Oakland emerged as one of the game's biggest surprises by winning the AL West.
Now the A's have to contend with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera - the Detroit third baseman who might win the American League MVP after Verlander took the award last year.
The Tigers swept Oakland in the 2006 AL championship series. This is the first postseason appearance for the A's since then.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Cubs vs. Red Sox Pick Who will take the rubber match when the Chicago Cubs take on the Boston Red Sox tonight at 8PM ET in Sunday Night...
Thumbnail Padres vs. Giants Prediction Are the Padres a good bet to upset the Giants again today at 4:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Phillies vs. Dodgers Pick Will the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies hit the over for a third straight day when they meet up at...
Thumbnail Rockies vs. Diamondbacks Pick Can the Colorado Rockies complete a road sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks when the two meet today at 4:10PM ET?
Thumbnail A's vs. Astros Prediction Will Dallas Keuchel lead the Astros to a win versus the A's today at 2:10PM ET?

MLB Team Pages