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Tigers 6, A’s 0

Justin Verlander leads Tigers past A’s

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.

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