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  1. Rick Porcello throws second consecutive shutout

    Jul 1, 2014, 10:04 PM EST

    rick porcello getty

    Tigers righty Rick Porcello didn’t record a shutout over the first 163 starts of his major league career. Now he has two shutouts in the past six days.

  2. The Tigers’ bullpen woes continue

    Jun 9, 2014, 8:23 AM EST

    Joba Chamberlain

    Detroit’s bullpen is the worst in the American League. And it doesn’t seem to matter who’s closing.

  3. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 27, 2014, 7:11 AM EST

    George Springer

    After a rough start to his big league career, George Springer has sprung.

  4. Mets release Jose Valverde, fire hitting coach Dave Hudgens

    May 26, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

    Jose Valverde Mets

    It’s a busy afternoon in Queens, as the Mets have released reliever Jose Valverde and fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens.

  5. Jeurys Familia could be the Mets’ new closer

    May 11, 2014, 9:15 PM EST

    Jeurys Familia

    24-year-old right-hander Jeurys Familia has been solid out of the bullpen for the Mets, and manager Terry Collins says he could be the club’s new closer soon.

  6. Kyle Farnsworth, 38, takes over as Mets’ closer

    Apr 20, 2014, 11:30 AM EST

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    Jose Valverde allowed three runs in an inning of work Saturday night against the Braves — the latest in a string of rough outings. So manager Terry Collins decided Sunday morning to make a change …

  7. Report: Joel Hanrahan looked “great” during his throwing session today

    Apr 17, 2014, 8:21 PM EST

    Joel Hanrahan

    Lots of teams watched Joel Hanrahan throw today.

  8. Mets sticking with Jose Valverde as closer despite homers

    Apr 17, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

    Jose Valverde Mets

    Working in a non-save situation with a five-run lead last night Jose Valverde served up a pair of home runs to the Diamondbacks before eventually finishing up a Mets victory.

  9. Raul Ibanez notches 2,000th career hit in style

    Apr 13, 2014, 12:10 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Raul Ibanez joined the 2,000-hit club and also brought the Angels back into the game against the Mets.

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 9, 2014, 6:18 AM EST

    Ryan Braun

    A ton of guys had multi-homer games yesterday. Ryan Braun led the pack with his three. I’m sure that won’t bother anyone.

  11. Mets expected to attend throwing session for Joel Hanrahan

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    Joel Hanrahan Getty

    With Bobby Parnell headed for Tommy John surgery, the Mets could be a match for free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan.

  12. Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday

    Apr 6, 2014, 10:26 PM EST

    Bobby Parnell Getty

    The Mets received some unfortunate news about their young closer on Sunday.

  13. Bobby Parnell is “50-50″ to need Tommy John surgery

    Apr 4, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

    Bobby Parnell Getty

    For now Bobby Parnell is trying the rest-and-rehab route, but the Mets closer told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that doctors have told him it’s “50-50″ that he’ll eventually require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament.

  14. Mets add Kyle Farnsworth to the bullpen

    Apr 1, 2014, 2:45 PM EST

    Kyle Farnsworth Getty

    Kyle Farnsworth had been slated to begin the season at Triple-A after signing a minor-league deal with the Mets, but Bobby Parnell’s elbow injury opened up a spot in the bullpen.

  15. Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn elbow

    Apr 1, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

    Bobby Parnell Getty

    Mets closer Bobby Parnell showed decreased velocity while blowing a save against the Nationals on Opening Day and the team just announced that he has a partially torn MCL in his elbow.

  16. Jose Valverde will be the Mets’ primary setup man

    Mar 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

    Jose Valverde Mets

    Not only has Jose Valverde secured a spot in the Mets’ bullpen six weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal, manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 36-year-old will begin the season as the primary setup man. And with closer Bobby Parnell potentially not being available for a full workload as he returns…

  17. Two familiar faces should make the Mets’ roster

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:34 AM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    I haven’t been following the Mets’ roster moves too terribly closely this spring so maybe this isn’t news to hardcore Mets fans, but Jon Heyman says that he believes both Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to make the Mets’ 25-man roster. Matsuzaka should make the rotation. The two veterans have some things in…

  18. Papa Grande in the Big Apple: Mets sign Jose Valverde

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

    jose valverde getty

    Jose Valverde was rumored to be signing with the Diamondbacks back in December, but that never happened and now the longtime closer has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets. Valverde saved 35 games with a 3.78 ERA for the Tigers in 2012, but his secondary numbers showed a pitcher in significant decline and…

  19. Obama compares the Farm Bill to Mike Trout

    Feb 7, 2014, 4:10 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    President Obama was in Michigan today to sign the Farm Bill. I feel like he was trolling Miguel Cabrera truthers up there when he chose to compare it to baseball’s actual best player: The president likened the nearly $1 trillion bill to a Swiss Army Knife for its many policy implications — on agriculture, on…

  20. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  21. Not so fast: Jose Valverde hasn’t signed with the Diamondbacks

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:05 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    UPDATE: Heyman now says Valverde has not signed and remains a free agent, adding “I miss-interpreted a text” that led him to believe it was a done deal. ========== Man, talk about getting the band back together. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that one day after trading for White Sox closer Addison Reed the Diamondbacks…

  22. The Tigers and Phil Coke agree to a one-year deal

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    The Tigers just announced that they’ve reached a one-year deal with Phil Coke. Coke’s a lefty specialist that, presumably, will be paid like a lefty specialist. Of course, early in the year he was given a shot at the closer’s role as Jim Leyland cast about for replacements for Jose Valverde. Coke did poorly with…

  23. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  24. Phil Coke goes from Tigers’ playoff closer to Triple-A

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    Phil Coke was one of the heroes of the Tigers’ playoff run last season, taking over for Jose Valverde as the primary closer while allowing one run in 10.2 innings. And now, less than a year later, he’s been demoted to Triple-A. Coke’s performance this season certainly hasn’t been pretty with a 5.00 ERA in…

  25. Jose Valverde thinks he’s only gonna be in the minors a short time

    Jul 4, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde wants Tigers fans to know that they’re not safe from him for long. Here’s what he told Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press: “I didn’t have a spring training,” Valverde had said, a few hours earlier in the clubhouse. “I think this is like a spring training.” “Will you be here for six weeks?”…

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