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Verlander a man in command

Justin Verlander beat the A's in Game 5 of ALDS for the second straight year

Updated: October 11, 2013, 2:53 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland's Coliseum is laid out in such a way that to get from the clubhouse to the dugout, the players must walk through a narrow passage smack against a section of fans. This is not such a big deal if you make that trip only once or twice. But Justin Verlander walks that passage twice between every inning when he pitches here. Once on his way to the clubhouse after an inning to refocus himself and again when he returns to the field to pitch the next inning.

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