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Bartolo Colon Gets Ball For Game 1 Of A’s Playoffs

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ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Bartolo Colon #40 of the Oakland Athletics looks on prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 24, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Bartolo Colon #40 of the Oakland Athletics looks on prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 24, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer

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. 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.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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