Justin Verlander will not pitch again during the ALCS

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If the Tigers win the next two games in Texas and reach the World Series, they will have done it without Justin Verlander.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Tigers manager Jim Leyland just confirmed that Verlander will not pitch again during the ALCS. Some speculated that he could be available for a relief appearance in a potential Game 7 tomorrow night, but Leyland is committed to resting him after he threw a career-high 133 pitches in a Game 5 victory on Thursday.

“If you see Verlander pitch again this season, it’ll be a good thing, because it’ll be in the World Series.”

While Verlander has been ruled out, Game 4 starter Rick Porcello is available out of the bullpen tonight. Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde, who were rested on Thursday, are also available.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off three-run home run off of John Lackey in the ninth inning to win Game 2 for the Dodgers.

Taylor hit .316/.458/.789 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, and five walks in 24 NLCS plate appearances. He hit a go-ahead solo home run in Game 1. He hit another go-ahead solo homer in Game 3 and later added an RBI triple.