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Tigers | More on closer situation

Because of the spring struggles of Detroit Tigers RP Bruce Rondon, manager Jim Leyland is not anointing him or any other reliever as the primary closer right now. Leyland said there will be a point this spring when the team decides if Rondon can be that guy or not. Leyland's preference is to have a closer anointed, but he indicated that he'll mix and match in the ninth if he needs to. Rondon is still a very realistic candidate to become the closer, and his struggles haven't lost him a chance at the job. "First of all, Bruce Rondon has not pitched his way off anything. It's way too early for that. Way too early. I emphasize that. We looked at some film today. Will that help? Is that the answer? I don't know that. It's probably not the answer, to be honest with you. It might have been a little thing. But you know what? You look for something to build on or something. Who knows? It might be the thing. I don't know," Leyland said.

2013-03-05 11:19:33 | Source: - Chris Iott

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