DETROIT -- The Tigers will try to bounce back from a tough 6-5 loss to the Red Sox in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series with Justin Verlander on the mound Tuesday at Comerica Park for Game 3.
Verlander has been a bit of a safety net in past seasons when he was pitching after a loss.
Verlander said the same can be said of any of their starters now.
"I think the great thing about this team is no matter what happens we can say that about the starting pitcher the next day," Verlander said during a team workout at Comerica Park today. "Whatever happens tomorrow, we can say, 'It's all right, we've got Doug Fister going the next day, and then we have Anibal (Sanchez) and then we have Max (Scherzer).'
"We've got a starting rotation that's relentless, and I've said that before the series started. Every guy has their own unique ability to shut down a team in their own way. Me, Anibal and Max are all power guys and then Doug, who very sneakily can shut you down."
Verlander traveled back from Boston early Sunday in order to rest up for today's start.
Verlander has looked like his old dominant self over the last month. He said he could name "50 adjustments" he tried during the season.
"I feel like my mechanics are where they need to be and I need to execute," he said.
LINEUP UPDATE: Leyland said he'll probably start Andy Dirks in left field and bat him lower in the order today in Game 3.
"He's been away from it a little bit and maybe relaxed a little bit and probably (will) probably him in left field," Leyland said.
Dirks has played in two games in the postseason, in Games 1 and 4 of the ALDS. He's 0-for-3 with two runs and one walk.
Asked about possible changes at the top of the order, with Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter struggling at the plate, Leyland said: "Well that's a legitimate question. Obviously they've been struggling a little bit. I don't know where you go at this point in time, this time of year. You play somebody else, I don't think that's the answer. How to adjust or tinker with your lineup, I don't really know who I would leadoff in that case or who I would hit second."
Jackson is hitting .100 (3-for-30) with 16 strikeouts this postseason.
"I'm not too much worried about the strikeouts," Jackson said. "I'm not really worried about anything right now, other than winning."
Hunter is batting .138 (4-for-29) with nine strikeouts and no RBIs.
"Those guys have been good all year for us, and I think we just have to continue to go that way and hope they'll come out of it," Leyland said. "I think they're both trying a little too hard."
HUNTER HURTIN': Hunter went hard over the wall in right field at Fenway Park in Game 2 on the ball David Ortiz hit for a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning. Hunter said today he had a bump on his head and is still sore.
Hunter said he hit the top of the wall went he flipped over, got hit in the ribs and lost his breath.
"I was just kind of out of it for a minute, a little groggy," Hunter said today.
Asked what hurts the most, he said: "From the ankle all the way to the neck...yeah, I'm sore."
Hunter joked that there was a cop who had his hands up celebrating the home run instead of helping him in the bullpen.
"Supposed to be protect and serve, this sonofagun got his hands up," Hunter said. "I better not ever see him again. Help me, then cheer, fool. I wish I'd have kicked him in his face."
CABRERA UPDATE: Verlander said he's noticed how much better Miguel Cabrera has been hitting lately, in batting practice and in games. Cabrera has two home runs in the past three games.
"I still think he's the best hitter in the world even at not 100 percent" Verlander said.
"For a while there I'd say he was 50, 60 percent and still in our lineup and still hitting three. That says a lot."
Leyland said Cabrera was better but added "he's not going to be 100 percent the rest of the season and hopefully we've got a lot of season left. But I do think there are days when he's a little bit better. And I think last night he was better."
TAKING IT SLOW: Leyland ruled out using Phil Coke against Ortiz in Game 2 because the lefty hasn't pitched in a big spot in a while. Coke was activated for the ALCS after missing the ALDS with a tender elbow. Coke, who had tremendous success last season in the postseason for the Tigers, struggled this season before the injury.
"I didn't really have a phenomenal season and that's all the more reason for me to get in these games and show I'm not a one-hit wonder," Coke said.
Leyland went with closer Joaquin Benoit in Game 2 and Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam.
"I'd like it to be maybe in the sixth inning with a lead or if you're behind a couple of runs, get his feet wet," Leyland said today on how he'd possibly use Coke.
"He's pitched one inning in Instructional League for I don't know how long. I'd like to get him in a game where
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