Finally, an ace effort in October

Justin Verlander puts postseason failures in past with Game 1 gem vs. A's

Updated: October 7, 2012, 9:32 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- This really shouldn't be a story. It shouldn't be news when one of the best pitchers in baseball takes the mound in his team's postseason opener and only surrenders one run in seven innings to carry his team one small step closer to the World Series.

After all, that's what the studs are supposed to do. That's why the Halladays, Lees and Sabathias of the world make enough money to purchase small countries. When the spotlight is its brightest, when the opposition is at its ...

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