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Leyland: Valverde, Benoit Won’t Pitch In Game 5 Of ALCS

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 21:   Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers and Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 21, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 21: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers and Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 21, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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DETROIT — Tigers manager Jim Leyland says relievers Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit won’t pitch in Thursday’s fifth game of the AL championship series.

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.
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