Justin Verlander ready to go on full rest

Tigers' ace to start Game 1 of American League Championship Series against Rangers

Originally Published: October 8, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Every year in the NCAA baseball playoffs, college coaches throughout America push young pitchers beyond their physical limits and individual comfort zones. So it was interesting to watch Thursday night as Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland resisted the temptation to use Justin Verlander, the best pitcher in the majors, for a bullpen cameo in the deciding Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.

The Tigers have an $80 million investment ...

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