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• Manager Jim Leyland was asked on Thursday morning if under any circumstance would ace Justin Verlander pitch the final game of the regular season on three days' rest.

"He will pitch, if we're still playing, he'll either pitch the tiebreaker with the White Sox if there is one or he will pitch Game 1 [of the American League Division Series] if we get in," Leyland said. "But he will not pitch on three days' rest."

• After logging 2 1/3 innings on Wednesday night, reliever Al Alburquerque was unavailable for Thursday's series finale with the Royals.

• Manager Jim Leyland was asked on Thursday morning if under any circumstance would ace Justin Verlander pitch the final game of the regular season on three days' rest.

"He will pitch, if we're still playing, he'll either pitch the tiebreaker with the White Sox if there is one or he will pitch Game 1 [of the American League Division Series] if we get in," Leyland said. "But he will not pitch on three days' rest."

• After logging 2 1/3 innings on Wednesday night, reliever Al Alburquerque was unavailable for Thursday's series finale with the Royals.