The veteran right-hander will get the ball for the Oakland Athletics in the opener of their AL division series against Detroit on Friday night, his first postseason appearance in eight years.
Bartolo Colon outpitched Felix Hernandez to reach 18 wins for the fifth time in his career, Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 6-2 Friday night in the start of Eric Wedge’s final weekend as Mariners manager.
Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson homered, Alberto Callaspo had two hits and drove in two runs, and Bartolo Colon pitched six shutout innings as the Oakland Athletics trimmed their magic number to two with an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
The Oakland Athletics are closing in on another AL West title, and giving the ball to Bartolo Colon should get them even closer. It could also improve his chances at another AL Cy Young Award.
Josh Donaldson provided Oakland’s biggest highlight with a breathtaking catch. He also provided the lowlight when he ran through a stop sign to kill one of the few rallies the Athletics managed against Martin Perez.
Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon was placed the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.
Jordan Lyles pitched seven innings for his first win in nearly two months, Brandon Barnes doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
Giving the ball to Bartolo Colon could at least help the AL West leaders limit the Cincinnati Reds’ opportunities.
The AL West-leading Oakland A’s have now lost consecutive games for the first time since opening the second half by dropping two in a row in Anaheim.
Bartolo Colon will try to match the major league lead with a 15th victory Wednesday when the AL West-leading A’s conclude their series with the Toronto Blue Jays.