“Hopefully we can have him ready for the game back in Boston,” Leyland said. “Whether we’re going to have that or not, I don’t really know.”
Avila said twisting his knee made an old injury flare up, but he seemed to expect to play Saturday in Game 6.
Rather than worry about the lack of offense, though, the Tigers simply credited John Lackey.
After a season of relative chaos, Justin Verlander finally looks settled in.
Some losses sting more than others, and the last two losses by the Detroit Tigers fit in categories that rank among the worst.
Powerful as it is, the Detroit Tigers offense sometimes hits the skids. It might blow the doors off an opposing defense, or it might suffer through a prolonged scoreless streak.
Those who called for Anibal Sanchez to start game one or game two of the American League Division Series might want to go back and delete some tweets, bury some blogs.
Both the A’s and Tigers arrived in Detroit early Sunday morning, and while most of the players and coaches had an off day to get ready for game three of the series, there were a select few that were obligated to show up at Comerica Park to answer questions.
Avila said he has no idea what reaction Peralta’s return to Comerica Park will elicit from fans, but he hopes it will be a favorable one.
In 2011 or 2012, no one would have ever thought to question whether Justin Verlander, in 2011 the most dominant pitcher and in 2012 still one of the best, would be the number one starter for the playoffs.