One last regular-season Must-See JV, on national TV
With Friday's 4-2 loss narrowing their divisional lead to just one game, the Tigers need another stop from their ace, Justin Verlander, who takes the mound against the Twins Saturday, in what will be — barring a Game 163 — his last regular-season appearance.
If you'll recall, this game was picked up for the FOX national broadcast schedule last week, and will start at 4:05 p.m.
Manager Jim Leyland has continued to insist that Verlander won't start again in the 'regularly-scheduled' regular season.
"I will not bring Verlander back on three days' rest, if that's your question," the manager said before Thursday's home finale. "No I will not. No, that's not (an option).
"He will pitch — if we're still playing — either the tiebreaker with the White Sox, if there is one, or Game 1, if we would get in. We have all the scenarios laid out, obviously, but sometimes you get surprises."
In that case, this is his last chance to impress Cy Young voters, before the ballots are due.
Here are the lineups:
DETROIT TIGERS (84-73, 1st AL Central)
Austin Jackson, CF
Quintin Berry, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, DH
Andy Dirks, RF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Alex Avila, C
Omar Infante, 2B
Starting pitcher: Justin Verlander (16-8, 2.72 ERA, MLB-high 231 strikeouts)