Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/14

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (EDITOR'S NOTE: IMAGES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY DESATURATED) Manager, Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 21, 2009 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The Detroit Tigers' season, and maybe Jim Leyland's future as their manager, comes down to Thursday night's fifth game of their best-of-five American League Division Series against Oakland. A stunning 4-3 loss Wednesday night, when closer Jose Valverde didn't close out a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning, forced the fifth game at Oakland. "You get tested all the time in this game," Leyland said. "This is a good test. We're down basically like the wild card situation was. One game." The Tigers will have their best pitcher, Justin Verlander, starting the game against Oakland's Jarrod Parker in a rematch of the series' first game. Leyland remains unsigned for another season as Detroit's manager, and a loss could prompt the Tigers to make a change. It's a curious study. GM Dave Dombrowski said he's satisfied with the job his manager did this year, yet he remains uncertain of his 2013 status. One scenario: Management wants to remake his coaching staff and it involves one or both o...
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