The Tigers (93-69) will face a fairly familiar foe in the A's (96-66) when the American League Division Series begins Friday.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the series will start in Oakland this time.
Last year, due to a scheduling oddity caused by holding additional wild-card games for the first time, the ALDS was a 2-3 affair, with two games in the lower seed's park and three in the higher seed's park.
So the A's had to come to Detroit to start last year, even though they had the better record.
This year, it's a 2-2-1 series, beginning in Oakland.
"It makes for good fun, As manager Bob Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It was a good matchup last year, weve had some spirited games with them this year. So it should be an exciting series, two pretty well-matched teams."
One of the major differences in this year's Athletics is veteran starter Bartolo Colon.
Colon did not pitch for the A's in the ALDS last season as he was serving a 50-game suspension for violating Major ...