By Mike Campbell

DETROIT (WWJ) Tigers ace Justin Verlander Tweeted at 8:30 a.m. Friday he still hadn’t been to sleep after his team’s decisive victory over Oakland Thursday night.

Then it was on to new things.

As hundreds of fans used social media to congratulate him, Verlander Tweeted a picture of the Tigers’ plane landing at Detroit Metro Airport.

Reporters were there as the players were bused off a commercial plane that was parked away from the gates. Tired-looking players emerged, saying they were looking forward to the next challenge.

Tigers great Al Kaline was one of the few who still wanted to talk.

“We’re looking good now, we’re gelling at the right time,” Kaline said. “Justin Verlander, who is the very best pitcher in all of baseball right now, he just carried us, put everybody on his back and carried us right through the game.”

Relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit also spoke, saying it was a good flight back and he was happy to be home. “It’s unbelieveable, we couldn’t describe the feeling, as soon as you clinch, the celebration is the best feeling ever.”

Benoit added he didn’t care who the teams takes on next, he’s just glad the Tigers are moving on.


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