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Tigers | Bruce Rondon playing winter ball

Detroit Tigers RP Bruce Rondon, who will enter spring training as the favorite for the closer job, is pitching in winter ball, and he's been effective in 12 of his 13 outings entering last weekend. He was dominant in more than half of them, and he faltered in only one, giving up five runs and five hits Nov. 24. Rondon rebounded his next time out with a perfect inning and a save. He has only five walks and 14 strikeouts this winter over 12 2/3 innings, and just three of those walks have come over his last 10 outings. There will be no innings limit on him in winterball, but they don't want to overwork him. "I'll get a pulse for him in spring training, what I feel about him, his makeup," manager Jim Leyland said. "The one thing that (former closer Jose) Valverde was very good at is he could turn the page pretty quickly, and a closer has to be able to do that. When you get a young guy, I don't know for sure how a guy's going to respond. You don't know if you give somebody an opportunity, and those things happen."

2012-12-12 12:58:32 | Source: - Jason Beck

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