Leyland: Valverde, Benoit unavailable for Game 5
Tigers manager Jim Leyland says relievers Jose Valverde and
Joaquin Benoit won’t pitch in Thursday’s fifth game of the AL
Detroit trails the Texas Rangers 3-1 in the ALCS but sends ace
Justin Verlander to the mound for Game 5. Leyland says he hopes the
Tigers can make it through this game using just Verlander and
reliever Phil Coke.
Valverde, Detroit’s closer, has pitched 4 1-3 innings in the
last three days. He took the loss when Texas beat the Tigers 7-3 in
11 innings Wednesday night.
Benoit has thrown four innings in the last three days.