ARLINGTON, Texas -- Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won't pitch again in the AL Championship Series, manager Jim Leyland said prior to Saturday's Game 6 at Rangers Ballpark. The Rangers lead the series 3-2. Game 7, if necessary, would also take place in Arlington.
"If you see Verlander pitch again this year, it will be a good thing because we'll be in the World Series," Leyland said. "He will not pitch in this series. He's done."
Verlander started Game 5 on Thursday at Comerica Park and threw 133 pitches in 7 1/3 innings. He ended up allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks and eight strikeouts and got the win. Phil Coke pitched the final 1 2/3 innings in the Tigers' 7-5 victory, sending the series back to Texas.
But Leyland ended any talk of Verlander being available to come in as a reliever for a possible Game 7.
"You will not see Verlander out of the bullpen tomorrow," Leyland said.
Verlander has thrown more pitches than anyone in the big leagues this season and is 2-1 with a 5.31 ERA in 20 1/3 postseason innings in 2011.
Leyland said Rick Porcello, who started Game 4 of the ALCS, is available out of the bullpen for Game 6.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.