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Verlander: A's had Tigers in mind

Updated: July 6, 2014, 9:16 AM ET
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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander knows how to beat the Athletics in the playoffs -- as Detroit has done the past two seasons -- which is why he is certain Oakland's blockbuster trade with the Chicago Cubs for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel was made with a potential October rematch in mind.

"I found it very interesting," Verlander told reporters Saturday, according to MLB.com. "Really, when I saw that trade, I thought that they made that trade for us. No doubt about ...

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