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Tigers | Phil Coke's fastball command improved

Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke's improved fastball command recently is the biggest reason for his playoff success. He hasn't given up a single run in five playoff appearances after tossing two innings for the save in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Sunday, Oct. 14. However, manager Jim Leyland isn't saying that Coke is his go-to closer in the ninth with RP Jose Valverde struggling. "We'll play it open and see what happens, see what kind of matchup there is," skipper Jim Leyland said. "I am hoping Valverde in the very near future is ready to take it back over." Valverde worked on mechanics and tempo with pitching coach Jeff Jones Sunday.

2012-10-15 13:54:22 | Source: The Detroit News - Tony Paul

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