Tigers pick Max Scherzer to start playoff opener against A’s

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From All-Star starter to postseason headliner — Max Scherzer is Jim Leyland’s pick again.

Detroit’s 21-game winner will start the American League Division Series opener Friday night at Oakland, with star Justin Verlander following in Game 2. Leyland announced the Tigers’ rotation Tuesday, putting an end to any speculation about who would start Game 1.

‘‘I truly feel that I could start any one of my guys and I would feel comfortable,’’ Leyland said. ‘‘I think that the kind of year Scherzer’s had . . . I’m sure somebody will find something wrong with this choice, but I think that’s kind of hard to argue.’’

Scherzer (21-3) was baseball’s lone 20-game winner this year and started for the AL in the All-Star Game.

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