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Aggressiveness backfires in sixth

Ian Kinsler's double-play ball on first pitch allows Justin Verlander to escape major jam

Updated: October 14, 2011, 9:40 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler was expecting a fastball he could drive when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of a tied Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

And why wouldn't he? Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander had just walked Mitch Moreland on four straight pitches, one of which was a curveball in the dirt, and had started each of Kinsler's three previous at-bats with a fastball.

So when Kinsler saw a 99 mph inside fastball, he tried ...

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