Oakland A's will start rookie Sonny Gray in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Tigers. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
The Oakland Athletics will start Sonny Gray for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Gray, a 23-year-old rookie, is getting the nod over All-Star Bartolo Colon.
Gray pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine in the A’s Game 2 victory and Colon allowed three runs in Game 1, as the Tigers went on to the victory in that game. Gray has a 1.85 ERA in his last seven starts.
Gray will be matched up against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who went seven innings in striking out 12 in a 1-0 loss in Game 2.