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DETROIT — From afar, Justin Verlander was watching Sunday night’s game, and the clock, thankful that he thought fast enough to hop a flight back to Detroit for Game 3 of the ALCS before Game 2 was over.
The previous four days had been draining.
On Thursday, he was on the mound for eight innings, weaving together a force-of-will 3-0 win over the Athletics in Game 5 of the ALDS.
The flight out of Oakland got the Tigers to Boston at 9 a.m. Friday.
For all 3 hours 56 minutes of Game 1 on Saturday, Verlander’s nerves were a tangled mess, watching Anibal Sanchez pitch six no-hit innings vs. the Red Sox and the Tigers hold on for a 1-0 win.