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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the first inning of Game 1 of the American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Verlander overpowers A's in Detroit's 3-1 win

DETROIT -- 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


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