Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics (2-2) Game 5 on Thursday night is the last matchup of American League Division Series (ALDS) in 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB). With a tied score of 2-2, the winner of tonight's game will proceed to play the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series (ALCS).
Oakland Athletics is ranked second in Standings among the American League with 96 wins and 66 loses. On the other hand, the Detroit Tigers is the runner up with 93 wins and 69 losses, according to MLB Standings 2013 on Yahoo.com.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin announced late Wednesday that Sonny Gray, not Bartolo Colon -- the team's Game 1 starter -- will start Thursday at their home field O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.
The Athletics are depending on rookie Sonny Gray, a 23-year-old Vanderbilt product with 11 starts on his Major League resume, yielding only four hits across his eight innings, striking out nine. According to MLB.com, Gray pitches 94-96 mph fastball and hook.
Meanwhile, Tigers' Justin Verlander, the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and AL Most Valuable Player Award winner, swept the A's across seven innings with 11 strikeouts in Game 2.
Verlander has in the past two weeks thrown a combined 19 shutout innings and striking out 33 batters over his past three starts. He is considered as the best pitcher in all of American League in this period.
In October last season, the A's lost 0-6 to the Tigers, but A's might make it into the ALCS. It is Gray vs. Verlander matchup that will extend on team's season and conclude the other's.
"The season is on the line," Verlander said after Game 4. "This whole season, the way we battled and played as a team, comes down to one game, may the best team win. You can't treat it just like another game, you know. It's a little bit different. There is more to it."
Tonight's game will begin at 5:07 p.m. PT and played at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. It can be watched on cable and satellite television channel TBS. Those without TV can watch the game online or on tablets on MLB.TV/Postseason.TV by clicking here.
Tigers vs. Athletics game will be broadcasted through local radio stations: Detroit's WXYT and Oakland's KGMZ and KIQI.