NOAH TRISTER
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October 7, 2012
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Verlander overpowers A's in Detroit's 3-1 win

DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander allowed a home run to the first batter of the game - and quickly shrugged it off.

This hard-throwing ace doesn't usually hit his stride until a bit later.

Verlander shut down Oakland after that early slip, and Alex Avila homered in the fifth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Athletics 3-1 Saturday night in the opener of their best-of-five AL playoff.

Verlander allowed three hits in seven innings and matched his career postseason high with 11 strikeouts. As usual, he seemed stronger in the later innings, striking out the side in the …

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