Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said ace Justin Verlander will not be available out of the bullpen for the decisive fifth game of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.

Verlander threw 120 pitches over eight innings in a 5-4 Tigers victory at Comerica Park in Game 3 Monday night. The Yankees bounced back with a 10-1 victory Tuesday to force the finale, which will be held Thursday night in the Bronx.

Leyland gave an answer of "no" when asked if Verlander would be available to pitch.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said CC Sabathia, who pitched against Verlander on Monday and was lifted after going 5 1/3 innings, could come out of the bullpen.

"I can check with him today, it doesn't matter how he feels today, it matters how he feels tomorrow," Girardi said. "I would expect I would have him."

Ivan Nova will start for the Yankees in the series finale, while Doug Fister gets the ball for the Tigers. It's essentially a rematch from the opener, which resulted in a 9-3 New York win Saturday. Both came on as relievers after Game 1 began Friday, but was suspended after 1 1/2 innings.

The winner of Thursday's game will play the Texas Rangers in the ALCS, starting Saturday night.