Former Razorback Drew Smyly andthe Detroit Tigers open postseason play on Friday against the Oakland Athleticsin the American League Division Series.
Smyly and the Tigers start theseries against Oakland on Friday night with first pitch at 8:30 p.m. Game twoof the series is slated for Saturday at 8 p.m. The third game of the series isscheduled for Monday, Oct. 7 with "if necessary" games four and five scheduledfor Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 10. Game times for the final three gamesof the series have not been announced. Games one, two, four and five will airon TBS, while game three will be televised by either TBS or the MLB Network.
Former Razorbacks have beensuccessful in the MLB postseason as a former Razorback has helped his team tothe World Series in six straight years, the longest current streak of anycollege baseball team. Last season, Smyly helped the Tigers to the American Leaguetitle and an appearance in the World Series. Eric Hinske played in the WorldSeries in 2007 (Red Sox), 2008 (Rays) and 2009 (Yankees), Craig Gentry made itto the World Series in 2010 (Rangers) and 2011 (Rangers) and Cliff Lee playedin the World Series in 2009 (Phillies) and 2010 (Rangers).
Smyly has had a successful secondseason in the big leagues, pitching in 63 games, all in relief, and compiling a6-0 record with two saves and a 2.37 ERA. Smyly's 63 appearances rank second onthe team. The left hander is averaging more than a strikeout an inning, fanning81 batters in 76.0 innings, and has held opponents to a .219 batting average.
A two-year letterwinner atArkansas, Smyly finished his collegiate career with a 12-2 record and a 3.47ERA in 34 games pitched, including 28 starts. In 2010, Smyly finished theseason with a 9-1 record and a 2.80 ERA to earn second team All-SEC honors.Smyly struck out 114 batters in 2010, which ranks as the fifth-most strikeoutsin a season in Arkansas history.
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