OAKLAND, Calif. - 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.
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