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Justin Verlander unavailable, CC Sabathia a possibility for Game 5

Oct 5, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

Justin Verlander AP

While the Yankees are likely to have CC Sabathia available out of the pen for Thursday’s ALDS Game 5, the Tigers ruled out using Justin Verlander.

Both aces started Monday, so an appearance Thursday would come on just two days’ rest.

Doug Fister and Ivan Nova are the scheduled starters for Game 5.

Verlander threw 120 pitches over eight innings in winning Game 3 against the Yankees. Sabathia threw 106 pitches in 5 1/3 innings and took a no-decision. Both pitchers gave up four runs.

Neither Verlander nor Sabathia has ever made a relief appearance in the majors. Verlander has made 199 regular-season starts and six in the postseason, while Sabathia has made 355 in the regular season and 15 in the postseason.

  1. aceshigh11 - Oct 5, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    So what does everyone think?

    It seems like the Yankees are in the driver’s seat. The Tigers should have put them away when they had A.J. Burnout on the mound last night.

    I think the Yanks have a definite edge now.

  2. gogigantos - Oct 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Sure, edge Yankees at home and all. Pressure is on them, see how the Nova responds. Maybe Fister is magic and the mighty will fall.

  3. umich808 - Oct 6, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    The mighty will fall!

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