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Ace can simply save the Tigers' season

In must-win game, Justin Verlander has the opportunity to keep Detroit alive in ALCS

Originally Published: October 13, 2011
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- All right. This is where Justin Verlander can show he's the league's most valuable player in addition to its Cy Young winner.

Verlander was baseball's best pitcher this season, leading the American League in every meaningful category. He was 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts, winning the pitching triple crown. He threw a no-hitter. And even though the votes are all cast and the award is the last thing on his mind, this is his chance to show why a starting pitcher can be ...

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