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Add Another Achievement To Verlander’s List: Dominance In Do-Or-Die Game

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OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 11: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates by drinking champagne after the Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-0 in Game Five of the American League Division Series at O.co Coliseum on October 11, 2012 in Oakland, California. Verlander pitched a complete game shutout as the Tigers advance to the American League Championship Series. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 11: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates by drinking champagne after the Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-0 in Game Five of the American League Division Series at O.co Coliseum on October 11, 2012 in Oakland, California. Verlander pitched a complete game shutout as the Tigers advance to the American League Championship Series. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND, Calif. — You got the feeling that Justin Verlander would have stayed in the game for 222 pitches, if that’s what it took. Or 322. Anybody for 422?

Instead, from here to champagne, it was 122. Mark it down and pop the corks. What a difference a day makes … when it’s Verlander’s day to pitch.

What this man did to the Oakland A’s storybook season isn’t even legal in some states. He didn’t just beat them. He asphyxiated them. Cut off their breathing passages. Flatlined their summer.

What you saw in the Tigers’ 6-0 joyride in Game 5 was the reason why, as this team wheezed and sputtered through parts of its season, it always was a monumental mistake to underestimate them. At least, in ink.

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