Justin Verlander tosses another gem

Tigers' ace puts his team in total control of ALCS, and one win from World Series

Updated: October 18, 2012, 11:16 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Frankly, when a manager visits the mound to talk to Justin Verlander in the ninth inning of a one-run game, the only questions really worth asking are whether candlesticks make a good wedding present or where to find a rooster to sacrifice.

Nonetheless, Jim Leyland had what he felt was a more pressing question after Verlander allowed a home run to Eduardo Nunez to cut the Tigers' lead to 2-1 and raise his pitch count to 124 with three outs left to go. So with a packed stadium ...

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