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WVU Baseball Great Alek Manoah to Start Game 1 of AL Wild Card Round

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It’s not surprising news, but it is official. West Virginia product will start game 1 of a MLB playoff game.

The Toronto Blue Jays have named Alek Manoah their starting pitcher for game 1 of their Wild Card Round series against the Mariners.

Manoah taking the mound to open a playoff series is only fitting after he completed a regular season full of of magical moments and career milestones.

Toronto’s All-Star ace posted a 16-7 record, a 2.24 ERA, 180 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.99. He also surpassed 300 career K’s and broke a record previously held by Roger Clemens for the lowest ERA ever posted in a single month in franchise history.

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Game 1 is scheduled to get underway at 4 pm on Friday afternoon. WVU fans interested in watching Manoah can tune in nationally on ESPN. The Blue Jays and Seattle will play a best of 3 series for the right to advance to the AL Division Series. The first team to win 2 games will move on.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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