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Not Surprisingly, Verlander Named Game 5 Starter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Just like last October in Oakland, the Tigers have been pushed to a winner-take-all Game 5 in their AL division series against the Athletics and Detroit has Justin Verlander on the mound again after he pitched a shutout in the 2012 clincher.

Verlander dominated in a thrilling pitcher's duel with rookie Sonny Gray in Game 2 last Saturday, though he had nothing to show for it in a 1-0 loss.

Verlander is riding a 22-inning postseason scoreless streak against the A's, and has 33 strikeouts over the past three playoff matchups with Oakland 11 in each outing.

He acknowledged it would have been great to pitch Game 1, while also noting 21-game winner Max Scherzer earned it. Now, Verlander gets the ball for his most meaningful start yet.

Source: Associated Press



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