Coke, Villarreal get breather in finale

Coke, Villarreal get breather in finale

Coke, Villarreal get breather in finale
CHICAGO -- Manager Jim Leyland was counting on starter Justin Verlander to pitch as deep as possible into Thursday's game, as relievers Phil Coke and Brayan Villarreal get the day off.

"I need the big boy to be just what he is today," Leyland said of Verlander. "That would be very good for us."

Leyland said he might leave Verlander in to hit in situations when he might otherwise pinch-hit for the starter, who doesn't have a hit in 21 Major League at-bats. He said relievers Duane Below, Luis Marte and Luke Putkonen are all available.

"If we can't through the game with Verlander, plus that, then it wasn't a very good game," Leyland said.