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Tigers | Joaquin Benoit given the nod

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said RP Joaquin Benoit will be his primary closer option. "On a lot of the days, if it's doable, I think Benoit is the most experienced and versatile enough against righties and lefties to pitch the ninth," Leyland said. "But it's not going to be doable every day. You're liable to see anybody at any time... until something else happens, if it does happen." Leyland said it's "very unlikely" Benoit would close three consecutive days. Also, Leyland said he would like to avoid pitching Benoit in more than one inning.

Fantasy Tip: That sounds like a very cautious compliment. It sounds very much like there will still be a committee at closer, but Benoit looks like the best option. We'd add him in most leagues, but temper your expectations. Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque and eventually Jose Valverde could be factors, depending on matchups.

2013-04-11 08:30:38 | Source: MLB.com - Jason Beck

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