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Justin Verlander To Start Games 1, 5 Of ALDS For Tigers

UPDATE: It turns out Jim Leyland has already made a decision about the rotation for the ALDS. On Thursday night, he announced that Doug Fister will get the start in Game 2 and Max Scherzer will go in Game 3.

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The Detroit Tigers won't establish their full rotation for the ALDS until they find out who their opponent is and if they have homefield advantage or not. However, one part of the rotation that is already set regardless of the opponent is the starter in Game 1 of the series. The Tigers' ace, Justin Verlander, will take the hill first for the Tigers in the ALDS, and according to Jim Leyland, Verlander will get the start again if there is a Game 5.

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With Max Scherzer and Doug Fister splitting Wednesday's game against the Royals, the Tigers are now set up to be able to pick between them for their starter in Game 2. The thinking is Scherzer will get the start if the game is at home and Fister will go if the game is on the road. Whoever doesn't start in Game 2 will go in Game 3, and Rick Porcello will be the starter in Game 4.

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Another thing that is up in the air right now is what the Tigers playoff roster will look like, but Leyland has already decided on having 14 position players and 11 pitchers.

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Leyland said he will carry 14 position players, instead of 13, for the division series. It's been a 13-12 ratio throughout the regular season, but a 12th pitcher won't be necessary.

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Which pitcher will be left off the playoff roster remains to be seen, but if it were up to fans, Brad Penny would be on the outside looking in.