NEW YORK -- Max Scherzer says he feels fine after his five-plus innings last Wednesday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the A's. He could have pitched Game 3 if needed. The Tigers' decision to move him back was more about having Justin Verlander pitch twice than having Scherzer pitch just once.
That said, manager Jim Leyland believes the rest could be a benefit. Scherzer will have two extra days of rest before he starts Game 4 of the AL Championship Series on Wednesday at Comerica Park.
"Max Scherzer, more than any of them, is always honest about how he feels," Leyland said. "He came out of [his last start] good, some normal soreness."
Unlike their division-clinching win Oct. 1 in Kansas City, Scherzer came out of the ALDS celebration fine, too. His only news out of the celebration was the pair of goggles he found to protect his eyes from the champagne. The goggles matched his eyes -- one brown, the other blue. Scherzer said his girlfriend bought them for him.