The Detroit Tigers have to win Tuesday’s game, which starts at 5:07 p.m., if they want to stay alive in the post season.
No matter how banged up Miguel Cabrera has been, he’s always a threat to hit the ball where nobody can catch it.
In addition to officially not dating Kate and having to see her splashed on magazine covers in an opponents’ jersey, Verlander is also not starting in the Tigers’ playoffs rotation.
The rotation rounds out with Anibal Sanchez in Game 3 in Detroit and Doug Fister in Game 4, leaving Scherzer to pitch in a potential Game 5.
Verlander will seek his first career hit in Sunday’s season finale and help the Tigers try to avoid a three-game sweep to the lowly Miami Marlins.
Sanchez retired his first nine batters. He escaped a two-on jam in the fourth when Stanton grounded into an inning-ending double play, then finished with flourish, striking out the side in the fifth.
“I thought I’d probably be here five years, but I’m enjoying it,” Leyland said. “I love the atmosphere, I love the competition and I love the team we’ve got.”
Up next is what figures to be a low-scoring contest between Chris Sale (11-13, 3.08 ERA) and Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.45).
Prince Fielder homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Verlander pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Scherzer (19-1, 2.90 ERA) is looking to join Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only pitchers to begin a season 20-1.