OAKLAND, Calif. — Max Scherzer struck out 11 over seven dominant innings, Miguel Cabrera helped stake Detroit to an early lead before leaving in the eighth, and the Tigers held on to beat the Athletics 3-2 on Friday night in the opener of their AL Division Series.
Cabrera and Alex Avila each hit first-inning RBI singles against 40-year-old All-Star Bartolo Colon, whose winless stretch against the Tigers extended to 10½ years.
Scherzer retired 16 of his first 18 batters and was nearly untouchable before Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run drive in the seventh for his first career playoff home run.
Justin Verlander pitches Game 2 for Detroit tonight against rookie Sonny Gray. Verlander beat Oakland in Games 1 and 5 last October on the way to the World Series.
court battle: Lawyers for the city of San Jose and Major League Baseball squared off in federal court over a lawsuit accusing the baseball governing body of unlawfully preventing the Athletics from moving to San Jose.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte asked both sides questions during the nearly two-hour hearing. He made no decision.
San Jose filed an antitrust suit against MLB and commissioner Bud Selig in June asking the court to find MLB in violation of antitrust laws. MLB filed a motion in August to toss the case. The A's are not part of the lawsuit.