Verlander on A’s/Samardzija: “They made that trade for us”

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The Oakland Athletics left town on Wednesday having been swept out of Comerica Park. The Tigers were busy with the Rays when the A’s made their move for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

When Justin Verlander heard about the trade later Friday night, he felt the target on their backs. It wasn’t so much about this week, but the last two Octobers.

“I found it very interesting,” Verlander said Saturday. “Really, when I saw that trade, I thought that they made that trade for us. No doubt about it in my mind. If they want to win a World Series, they’re envisioning that they have to go through us, and even though it’s been two fantastic series, it’s been heartbreaking for them the last two years.”

The Tigers and A’s have met in the Division Series the last two years, with both series going to a winner-take-all Game 5. Both…

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