• Though the Tigers added Phil Coke to their roster for the ALCS in part to take advantage of his track record against David Ortiz (2-for-18 lifetime off him), Leyland turned to fellow lefty reliever Drew Smyly to face Ortiz in the eighth inning Saturday night. Leyland indicated that the time Coke lost to injury, having gone three weeks without pitching in a game, played a factor.
• Leyland complimented catcher Alex Avila for helping Anibal Sanchez through Saturday's six-inning, no-hit performance with his pitch selection. "You really kind of go with what you see, what he's getting over, what he's not getting over," Leyland said. "I thought he nursed him through it pretty good, to be honest with you."
• Somewhat lost in Saturday's 1-0 win was the ability of Victor Martinez to beat a throw to first base and avoid what would've been an inning-ending double play in the sixth ahead of Jhonny Peralta's RBI single. "He busts his butt. He just can't run fast," Leyland said of Martinez, who lost what little speed he had following knee surgery last year.
• After a late-night flight out of Boston and a Tuesday afternoon start time for Game 3 (4 p.m. ET, FOX), the Tigers will hold an optional workout late Monday afternoon at Comerica Park.
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