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Tigers | Jose Valverde still the closer

Updating previous reports, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland still considers RP Jose Valverde as his closer, despite the fact that RP Phil Coke was used for the save situation in Game 2 of the Championship Series against the New York Yankees Sunday, Oct. 14. "I still consider Valverde the closer," Leyland said. "It's just a matter of having a conversation with him (Tuesday), see how's he's feeling, see what the pitching coach thinks. We're obviously going to need him, but we'll just wait and see how the game plays out and go from there." The team wants him to iron out some mechanical and mental issues, and until that happens, the team will use a closer-by-committee approach.

2012-10-15 15:45:27 | Source: MLB.com - Jordan Bastian

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