Tigers’ Justin Verlander gets some rest before facing Red Sox in Game 3 of ALCS

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to

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.

Full story for subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to

Just 99 cents for four weeks.