Tigers Vs. Rangers LIVE UPDATES: Verlander, Wilson Start Game 1 ALCS

10/08/2011 07:42 pm ET | Updated Dec 08, 2011

With the Detroit Tigers having dispatched the New York Yankees in a thrilling winner-take-all game in the Bronx, the scene shifts to Texas. The entire Rangers' squad is rested and ready, having wrapped up their ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays in four games. Although the Tigers' lineup may be filled with batters still weary from the decisive game at Yankee Stadium, the man they send to the hill should be feeling fine. Justin Verlander was held back from the win-or-go-home matchup in New York by skipper Jim Leyland, a move that was questioned by many at the time as his pinstriped counterpart had his own ace, CC Sabathia, available. All of a sudden Leyland's move -- and his confidence that he'd have another game to manage this year -- seems brilliant. Verlander is on schedule and ready to go to open the ALCS. He'll be opposed by C.J. Wilson. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EST.

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10/09/2011 1:07 AM EDT

Everybody Wins?

@ jonmorosi : Bullpens were great. Feliz looked unhittable. #Tigers should be pleased with Porcello and Perry. #Rangers

10/09/2011 1:06 AM EDT

Not quite...

@ dmansworldpd : Feliz makes Verlander look like a soft-tosser. #postseason

10/09/2011 1:05 AM EDT


Feliz strikes out Rayburn to end it. That's three strikes outs in the ninth. After twice being delayed by rain, the Rangers have 1-games-to-none lead. Phenomenal performance from the Rangers' bullpen under strange circumstances. Well worked by Washington, even his questioned moves paid off.

10/09/2011 1:03 AM EDT


Feliz throws two cutters, one fouled and one a ball. Count is 2-2. Miggy still on deck.

10/09/2011 1:03 AM EDT


Crowd loud, Feliz looking to end game.

10/09/2011 1:02 AM EDT

Swing And A Miss

And count is even, 1-1. Rayburn chased a wide on and Napoli had to get out of crouch just to keep it from getting away.

10/09/2011 1:01 AM EDT


Feliz blowing by these hitters. Ryan Rayburn up. Cabrera on deck. Ball one and you know he'd be happy to walk.

10/09/2011 1:00 AM EDT


@ SI_JonHeyman : feliz hits 99 mph on gun to whiff betemit, who didnt have a chance on the first two 97s. lotta hard throwers in this series

10/09/2011 1:00 AM EDT


Perhaps as punishment for Santiago, Feliz rocks him with high-90s heaters. Strikes out swinging. One down and one on for Austin Jackson.

10/09/2011 12:58 AM EDT

TOP 9th

Ramon Santaigo with a bunt single and the tying run is aboard for Neftali Feliz. Here we go.