Tigers manager Jim Leyland entered Sunday’s game hoping to use only three pitchers. Leyland didn’t want to use anyone other than Justin Verlander, Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit.

Those three were all the Tigers needed, although it didn’t go exactly as planned in a 7-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park.

“I wanted to give all those other guys off, so it worked out pretty good for us,” Leyland said.

The Tigers have today off before starting a three-game home series against the Angels on Tuesday.

Verlander allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks. He threw 112 pitches over five innings and struck out four.

“He continues to have command issues, that’s the only issue,” Leyland said. “It’s not a stuff issue or anything else. It’s command issues. Today, none of the repertoire was really getting it where he wanted it to go.”

It was the sixth time in 16 starts that Verlander has pitched five innings or fewer this season.

“The command is definitely not there,” Verlander said. “Just trying to find it. It’s one of those things where you have to find it, and when it clicks, it clicks. Don’t try to press too much. Just go out there and continue to do the work that I know has made me the pitcher that I am.”

Verlander said it’s all about location.