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Leyland: Justin Verlander won’t go on short rest in ALDS

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander follows through as he throws in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics during their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander follows through as he throws in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics during their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California September 18, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Bartram (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland has already decided his ALDS rotation and won’t consider bringing Justin Verlander back on short rest, even if the Tigers are behind after three games.

“Verlander will pitch Game 1 and Game 5,” Leyland said. “All the second-guessers can come out and say I should pitch him in the fourth game if we’re behind, but that’s not going to happen.”

Leyland didn’t announce the rest of his rotation, but he said that it’s already been settled and that nothing will change based on the Tigers’ opponent and whether they open at home or on the road. That’s a clear indication that Doug Fister will start Game 2, followed by Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello.

Some had previously speculated that the Tigers might go with Scherzer in Game 2 if they started off at home. Scherzer has a 3.66 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP at Comerica Park this year, compared to a 5.23 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP on the road. Last year, he had a 2.99 ERA at home and a 3.99 ERA on the road.