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By JOHN KEATINGFOX Sports Detroit
NEW YORK -- You want to know what Jim Leyland wanted to talk about today? His new suit.
This is a quote: Its a humdinger.
This manager always believes that how he is feeling or projects himself to be feeling reflects upon his players. Loose doesnt begin to describe how he seemed at his media session this afternoon.
Nightclub comic would be a better description.
Be sure to tip your wait staff. And now, ladies and gentlemen, Shecky Leyland!
He opened by saying he had an announcement. He got a telegram from a professor from a reknowned university who made a strong statement to start Jose Valverde and have him pitch five innings and then follow him up with Justin Verlander for the last three.
Two thoughts: 1) What the heck? Who sends telegrams? Isnt Western Union just where you cash payroll checks to pay the bookie these days?
And 2) Ummm, Professor, five and three equals eight. And we wonder why the Japanese are so much better educated than we are now
Theories are like belly-buttons. Everybodys got one.
Thats the beauty of baseball.
Everybody THINKS they know whats going to happen tonight.
Which is why youll be watching.
Will Doug Fister be the guy who went 8-1 down the stretch for the Tigers with a 1.79 ERA, which was the lowest in a rotation that included the all-world Verlander?
Will the Tiger hitters manage to get more offensive push against rookie Ivan Nova, who outpitched Fister in Game 1, Part 2.
Side note from the someone has too much time on hisher hands department: This is the first time in Major League history that the two starters in a winner-take-all game, the finale of a series, were making their first postseason starts."
Of course, that discounts that Fister and Nova were sort of but not really the starters in the suspended Game 1.
This game will come down to grimace.
This is a Tigers offense that couldnt do much of anything against AJ Burnett on Tuesday. The Yankee Nation was watching through their fingers in horror. Only Rocky Balboa was more hittable.
Wherever AJs mom is, shes been mentioned a lot by Yankee fans this season. Someone tweeted that "Franklin Roosevelt had said The only thing there is to fear is fear itself but he had never watched AJ Burnett pitch.
The Tigers will have Magglio Ordonez with some postseason track record in the lineup playing in right field and Don Kelly, 3-for-7 in the series, starting at third base. Its an offense that doesnt stay down for long.
Keep this in mind: The Tigers havent lost two straight games since Aug. 29.
The weather is perfect tonight.
Leyland would love a finish that is the equal to his new suit.
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