Tigers ride Verlander back to ALCS
OAKLAND, Calif. – Already an ace and MVP, Justin Verlander proved to be the Detroit Tigers' ultimate closer, too.
Verlander struck out 11 in a four-hitter, pitching Detroit into a second straight AL championship series a day after Jose Valverde failed to hold a ninth-inning lead with a 6-0 win against the Oakland Athletics in the decisive Game 5 of their division series Thursday night.
Verlander tossed his first career postseason shutout and complete game with a 122-pitch masterpiece.
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