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Tigers set ALCS rotation: Verlander, Porcello, Fister, Scherzer

Oct 7, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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By defeating the Rays in four games the Rangers got a chance to set up their ALCS rotation in the same order as the ALDS, but the Tigers will juggle things a bit after needing five games to defeat the Yankees.

Jim Leyland avoided using Justin Verlander as a reliever in Game 5, so he’ll be fully rested to start the series opener against the Rangers. Rick Porcello will follow him in Game 2, moving up in the rotation because Doug Fister and Max Scherzer both pitched in Game 5 last night.

That means Verlander is scheduled to start just two of the seven games, although obviously Leyland may change plans if the Tigers are down 2-1 or 3-0 when Game 4 rolls around.

  1. dracko19 - Oct 7, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Why doesn’t anyone in the media understand how Leyland works by now? JV will not strait on short rest. Period. That’s not how Leyland rolls.

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