From All-Star starter to postseason headliner,
Detroit's 21-game winner will start an
Scherzer (21-3) was the only 20-game winner in the majors this year and started for the AL in the
The Tigers won the
Leyland said relievers
For the A's, rookie
A.J. Griffin, a 14-game winner, is out because of elbow tendinitis. He could be added to the roster for the next round if the A's advance.
Manager Ned Yost and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a two-year contract extension after wrapping up an 86-76 season, the best finish for the franchise in 24 years.
Yost's contract was set to expire after the season, though both sides had expressed a desire for the manager to remain on board.
The Royals rebounded from a disastrous May to post a 43-27 record after the All-Star break, and weren't eliminated from wild-card contention until their penultimate series.
Yost is 741-831 in 10 seasons as a manager, six with the
The Houston Astros said in a statement that they are not renewing the contracts of first base coach Dave Clark and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez and are reassigning pitching coach Doug Brocail.
Team officials said Brocail will become a special assistant to General Manager Jeff Luhnow and serve as his senior pitching adviser.
Clark spent five seasons on the Astros coaching staff, four as third base coach and the last at first base.