These decisive Game 5s sure are becoming familiar for Justin Verlander.
Just like last October in Oakland, the Tigers have been pushed to a winner-take-all fifth game in their AL division series against the Athletics. And Detroit will have Verlander on the mound again Thursday night after he pitched a four-hit shutout in the 2012 clincher.
''Well, you don't pretend. It's not just another game,'' Verlander said after the Tigers evened the series with an 8-6 win Tuesday at Comeria Park. ''The season is on the line. It was on the line for us tonight, too. This whole season, the way we battled and played as a team, comes down to one game, may the best team win. You can't treat it just like another game. It's a little bit different. There is more to it.''
Verlander dominated in a thrilling pitcher's duel with rookie Sonny Gray in Game 2 last Saturday, though he had nothing to show for it in a 1-0 loss.
Verlander is riding a 22-inning postseason scoreless streak against the A's, and h...