Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The bad news for the Oakland A's on Saturday: They had to face Justin Verlander. The good news for the A's: They won't face the Detroit Tigers ace again until Game 5 of the AL Division Series, if the series goes the distance. Oakland faces three more right-handed starters, however, meaning that Jonny Gomes, the team's leader and one of its sparkplugs, might not get a start in the series. Manager Bob Melvin said that he might get Gomes a start, anyway, though Gomes is in a left-right platoon at designated hitter with Seth Smith. Smith went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts Saturday, and Verlander struck out 11 in seven innings, leading the Tigers to a 3-1 victory in Game 1. The strikeout total will faze the A's not at all: They set an American League record for strikeouts this season. Coco Crisp provided Oakland's only run with a leadoff homer. Crisp is likely to be a big key in this series. He was bothered by an eye infection when the A's played in Detroit in late Sep...
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