A's fans had Kate Upton photos

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Verlander's famous ex made an appearance ... sorta.

A's fans thought they had it all figured out. Use Justin Verlander's (alleged?) ex, Kate Upton, to get into his head during the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS.

I guess it halfway worked. Verlander was asked about this after the game, he said he did notice it, and "no comment."

He let his pitching do the talking: 10 strikeouts, a no hitter in the seventh inning, eight shutout innings.

What's that?

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Photo:  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

We hope Justin Verlander keeps overcompensating, too.

By the way, if this entire thing sounds a bit familiar, there's a reason for that. This, about a week ago, when our own HookSlide put together his top 10 ways the A's could win the ALDS:

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