Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/13/11
DETROIT -- The Tigers clubhouse was quiet, no music playing, as it always is after a loss. But this was no ordinary loss. Losing 7-3 in 11 innings to the Texas Rangers in Game 4 puts the Tigers in a 1-3 ALCS hole. That's a bad place to be against the defending American League champion. But the Tigers have had dramatic comebacks before -- including in Game 4 on Brandon Inge's game-tying home run off of Tigers-killer Alexi Ogando in the seventh inning -- and they're going to need one now. Martinez, despite having to play with an intercostal muscle injury, didn't look defeated despite his team's situation. He was the first Tiger to address the media after the loss. "You know what, man? There is nothing impossible," Victor Martinez said. "I remember in '07, we got Boston 3-1, they came back and beat us, so why we can't do it? We keep believing. We turn the page, come back (Thursday) ready to play a game and see what happens." The rest of the Tigers were disappointed but shared Martinez's quiet confidence. "You have to believe," Austin Jackson said. "That's the only way I think that you can win ballgames is if you believe you can do it. I think that's the mindset. We still believe we can do it." It's a pretty big mountain to climb but one of the main things the Tigers have going for them is the fact that their ace, Justin Verlander, will pitch Game 5. Despite postseason numbers that don't quite measure up to his dominating regular season -- 1-1 5.54 -- Verlander is exactly the person who helps the Tigers feel that they're not out of it quite yet. "You want your No. 1 out there when your back's against the wall," Inge said. "Our back's against the wall." Rick Porcello, who had a stellar outing until giving up three runs in the sixth inning, sits next to Verlander in the clubhouse. He knows what Verlander has meant to the team. "He's been dealing all year," Porcello said. "He's the guy that we look to to bounce back from something like this. We're going to continue to play hard like we've been doing and just play our hearts out and see how it turns out. That's all we can do." But Inge knows that Verlander can't do it alone. "You know you're going to have a good chance when he's out there," Inge said. "But you still have to put runs up for him, that's the bottom line." And there's the rub. Everyone knows that Martinez has the intercostal muscle injury, Delmon Young has the oblique injury and Alex Avila is playing through severe patellar tendinitis. Those three are batting .143, .000 and .059 in the series. Manager Jim Leyland said before the game that it was a tough situation when deciding to play someone who was battling an injury as you have to weigh whether their effectiveness is so diminished that it might be better to play a lesser player who is not injured. In the eighth inning with Miguel Cabrera at third, Martinez at first and one out, Young flew out to right, but not deep enough to score Cabrera, who was out at the plate with what would have been the go-ahead run. But there's no guarantee another player could have driven in Cabrera either. Regardless, Inge said he appreciates his teammates' efforts. "I'm more proud of the guys that are playing through this with their 50 percent than anything that's happened this year," Inge said. "Anyone can play healthy. This game is hard enough as it is. But to go out there and sacrifice your body for a team, that's the best thing. I'm proud of these guys no matter what right now." While the Tigers have no choice but to take it one game at a time now, Leyland has thought ahead if they extend the series. "Hopefully we got Verlander, (Max) Scherzer and (Doug) Fister," Leyland said. "So obviously we've got to win (Thursday). We're sending the guy out there that is obviously pretty good. You win tomorrow and all of a sudden it's 3-2. We can count, I know what the situation is. "If you win that game, all of a sudden it gets a little hairy again with Scherzer and Fister ready to go."
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