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  1. Tigers lose because Jim Leyland’s closer-by-committee really wasn’t

    Apr 3, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Jim Leyland said all of the right things this spring after Bruce Rondon failed to step up and win the Tigers’ closing gig. He didn’t seem the least bit disturbed to go with a closer-by-committee situation while waiting for things to shake out. And then he went and seemingly abandoned the idea in the second…

  2. Brayan Villarreal’s family escaped an attempted kidnapping Friday night in Venezuela

    Mar 3, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Tom Gage of the Detroit News has gathered the few details that have been made publicly available: The Tigers confirmed Sunday that the family of relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal was the target of an unsuccessful armed kidnapping on Friday night in Venezuela. No members of Villarreal’s family were harmed, however, and the incident won’t require…

  3. Brayan Villarreal shut down from winter ball due to a sore elbow

    Jan 3, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Jason Beck of MLB.com passes along word that Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal has been shut down from the Venezuelan Winter League due to a sore elbow. Villareal tossed three scoreless innings over three appearances with Caribes de Anzoategui before first complaining about his elbow in mid-December. Venezuelan newspaper El Universal reported that he was immediately…

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