OAKLAND, Calif. — Billy Beane has the perfect solution for his Oakland Athletics to advance in the playoffs, to get past Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
Clone Verlander and put him in green and gold.
The A’s realize they let a great chance to win the AL Division Series get away in Game 4 at Comerica Park Tuesday night. That sent them back to the Oakland Coliseum to face Verlander once more in Game 5 Thursday.
Verlander pitched another gem and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning during a 3-0 win, not much different from his four-hit, 6-0 shutout here 364 days earlier to end the A’s season.
‘‘Short of cloning our own Verlander and having him on Game 5 to go toe to toe . . . we want to put ourselves in position to have those days and hopefully come out on top, or win Game 4,’’ Beane said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.