ALCS: Tigers turn to Justin Verlander in Game 3 after stunning setback

“We’ve got a great lineup. I’m going into the game with a great group of guys behind me,” Lackey said. “Those guys are going to fight him. He’s kind of our lineup’s problem. I’ve got my own problems with their lineup.”

Leyland says he’ll probably play Jhonny Peralta at shortstop for a second straight game, with Andy Dirks in left field instead of Don Kelly. Boston’s Mike Napoli is expected to be back at first base in a lineup similar to what the Red Sox used in Game 1.

Those are minor adjustments, obviously. Don’t expect too many drastic changes as this series progresses. Both teams rely on established stars who have played in their share of big postseason games.

“It’s always nice to have Justin Verlander on the mound no matter what the situation is,” Leyland said. “There won’t be any carry-over for our guys from that game last night. That’s over with.”

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