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Tigers bullpen limited for Game 5

Updated: October 13, 2011, 3:04 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland ruled out workhorse relievers Joaquin Benoit and closer Jose Valverde for Thursday's crucial Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, a potential damaging blow to Detroit's hopes of staying alive.

"Truthfully," Leyland said, "I want to try to get through this game today with Verlander and Coke."

Leyland wasn't smiling.

He is putting full faith in ace Justin Verlander, a 24-game winner who has proved mortal so far ...

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