1. Big game pitcher? “That’s something people want to talk about. I just want to go out there when my team needs me the most.” — Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
2. “We’ll announce our rotation in Boston, but I can tell you it looks like Anibal Sanchez in Game 1” — Jim Leyland.
One possible, maybe even probable plan for the rotation is Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Sanchez, Scherzer, Verlander.
3. “I was nervous in the ninth (with two on, two outs and Seth Smith at the plate), because Smith had a good series. He had a couple of big hits at our place.
“It’s amazing how your emotions go from down to up and from up to down, whatever. With Smith hitting, I wasn’t very comfortable.” — Leyland.
4. “This Oakland team is a tough kinda young club. Now we’re going to play a tough, more veteran team.” — Leyland.
5. “Yeah, there were thoughts of a no-hitter. I shoved those to the back of my mind, because for guys who have no-hitters late in a game and give up a hit, the wheels kind of fall off. You get erratic. You see that all the time.” — Verlander
6. “We were just trying to get Verlander in the stretch. Our fans were waiting to get into a frenzy Two balls in a row and you could hear them plenty.
“Our guys are frustrated with the way the game went.” — Oakland manager Bob Melvin
7. “You feel as good as you possibly can when Justin is locked in.” — Dave Dombrowski, Tigers president and general manager
8. “To be honest with you, I thought we had a chance. He had the stuff for it. He had no-hit stuff today” – Tigers catcher Alex Avila about a possible no-hitter for Verlander.
9. “They’re not even swinging the bats the way they’re capable of and beat us 3-2. Once they get hot again, they’re as dangerous as any offensive team there is” — Melvin about the Tigers.
10. “This was better because that one last year was a long, long time ago, and this one is pretty current. So I’ll take this one.” — Leyland, comparing Verlander’s Game 5 start this year to last year’s