After three games in four days, including two extra-inning thrillers, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he will not use closer Jose Valverde or top setup-man Joaquin Benoit today. Leyland was forced to use both in Games 2, 3 and 4, as they combined for 8.1 innings of work.
"Truthfully, I want to try to get through this game today with (Justin) Verlander and (Phil) Coke."
There's been speculation that Verlander's career-high 264 innings pitched this year have caused him to be off his game in the playoffs, but after pitching only 13 innings through 3 games due to numerous rain delays, he should be ready to go deep into Game 5.
Coke, a left-handed reliever, has appeared in only 4 playoff games so far, pitching 2.2 innings and giving up 3 earned runs. If the ALCS goes into extra innings again, the Rangers will have an even more pronounced bullpen advantage than usual today.