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  1. Tigers skipper Jim Leyland keeping Jose Valverde at closer

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

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    Jose Valverde coughed up four runs in less than inning of work in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium and now has a brutal 8.79 career postseason ERA. But the Detroit coaching staff is apparently not ready to make a change. According to beat writer Chris Iott of MLive.com, manager…

  2. In bizarre fashion, Jose Valverde’s meltdown pays off for Tigers

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:27 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    For all of the drama, Detroit pulled out Saturday’s Game 1 by a 6-4 score in 12 innings. And thanks to Jose Valverde‘s four-run ninth inning, the Tigers… – were able to extend the Yankees pen prior to Hiroki Kuroda making his first ever start on three days’ rest on Sunday. Rafael Soriano and David…

  3. Tigers rebound for ALCS Game 1 victory over Yankees

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:12 AM EST

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    Raul Ibanez provided another dose of postseason heroics for the Yankees on Saturday evening in Game 1 of the ALCS, but it didn’t matter in the end. The Tigers rallied after Jose Valverde‘s ugly ninth-inning blowup, tacking on two runs in the top of the 12th inning in an eventual 6-4 victory in The Bronx.…

  4. Raul Ibanez comes through again, Yanks and Tigers are tied

    Oct 13, 2012, 11:46 PM EST

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    Raul Ibanez is, quite clearly, some kinda sorcerer. The 40-year-old magic man just swatted a game-tying two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning, pushing this ALCS Game 1 against the Tigers into extra innings. The Yankees were down four runs when the frame began but had little trouble tracking Jose…

  5. ALCS Preview: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 13, 2012, 12:27 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Yankees have in store for us in the American League Championship Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in New York: Doug Fister vs. Andy Pettitte…

  6. Let’s gear up for another incredible day of baseball

    Oct 11, 2012, 8:13 AM EST

    A's celebration

    In case you missed any of yesterday’s mind-boggling action I offer you two things. First, my condolences, because you missed one of the best days of baseball in recent memory. Second, I offer you a quick set of links explaining to you how incredible it was: The A’s rallied for three in the ninth, shocking the…

  7. And That Happened: Wednesday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Division Series - Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Three

    I turned on the Cardinals-Nats game just before 1PM. I had baseball on my television and did not leave the house — heck, didn’t leave my little den here — for the next 12 hours and change. Two walkoffs. It was absolutely glorious. I’m half-tempted to petition Major League Baseball to expand the playoffs even…

  8. Tigers’ fortunes hinge on Justin Verlander

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:43 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander‘s Game 1 start against the A’s was easily the best of his postseason career. In allowing one run  over seven innings, he picked up his fourth win in nine starts and lowered his October ERA from 5.57 to 4.96. Now one wonders if he might need to be even better in Thursday’s decisive…

  9. The Tigers can’t turn back to Jose Valverde now

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:27 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    The A’s had four hits in eight innings Wednesday and then doubled their total in the ninth. Pouncing all over Jose Valverde with their season down to its last three outs, the A’s scored three runs to beat the Tigers. In so doing, the A’s left Jim Leyland with a major dilemma: who does he…

  10. A’s rally for three runs in the ninth, ALDS moves to Game 5

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:20 AM EST

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    There’s something special about these Athletics. That became apparent throughout the 2012 regular season, and it continued on Wednesday night at Oakland’s O.Co Coliseum with the unlikely American League West champions facing elimination from the ALDS in front of a raucous sold-out home crowd. Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer surrendered just three hits and one (unearned) run…

  11. Josh Reddick labels Tigers reliever ‘unprofessional’ after kiss

    Oct 7, 2012, 4:24 PM EST

    Al Alburquerque

    Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque‘s win was sealed with a kiss Sunday, as he opted to give the baseball a little sugar after snagging Yoenis Cespedes‘ comebacker to end the top of the ninth. Alburquerque kissed the ball before throwing it over to Prince Fielder for the out in a tie game. It was the only…

  12. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Athletics

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Athletics have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (88-74) vs. Oakland Athletics (94-68) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Detroit: Jarrod Parker vs. Justin Verlander…

  13. No, Jayson Stark, Craig Kimbrel is not the NL Cy Young

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:16 PM EST

    Craig Kimbrel

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark built his Cy Young case for Craig Kimbrel in Friday’s column. It’s chock full of some delicious statistics that demonstrate Kimbrel’s unprecedented accomplishments, and it’s well worth reading. It’s actually a really good column. I just totally disagree with the premise. Now, I’m not one to say relievers don’t deserve consideration for…

  14. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Orioles 9, Athletics 5: Baltimore salvages one. Which is important for two reasons. Reason 1:  It’s their 82nd win of the year, which means they will finish above .500 for the first time in forever.  More importantly: they really just need to avoid the disaster west coast trip here. If they take care of business…

  15. Tigers suffer setback, blow ninth-inning lead versus Indians

    Sep 16, 2012, 6:51 PM EST

    Lonnie Chisenhall

    The White Sox completed their sweep in Minnesota earlier today, but the Tigers couldn’t match the feat in Cleveland. They gave up a 6-5 lead in the ninth to lose to the Indians 7-6. Carlos Santana tripled in Jason Kipnis to tie the game off Jose Valverde, and Lonnie Chisenhall singled to win it afterwards.…

  16. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:10 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Here’s the top 50 of a rather weak free agent class. Again, I didn’t include Robinson Cano, R.A. Dickey and some others whose options are sure to be picked up. Also absent is Mark Reynolds. He is not eligible for free agency, though there’s a good chance he’ll be non-tendered this winter. All ages are…

  17. Jonathan Papelbon’s 30-save streak stands alone

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:28 PM EST

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon protected a one-run lead Thursday against the Mets to earn his 30th save of the season. It’s the seventh year in a row he’s reached the milestone, a streak that is going to be by far the longest in baseball once the season ends. Besides Papelbon, only Mariano Rivera had saved 30 games…

  18. Francisco Rodriguez works overtime for latest save

    Jul 18, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    In theory, Francisco Rodriguez should be in line for a lighter workload now that he’s Milwaukee’s closer. Two days in, though, it certainly hasn’t worked that way. Working for the fourth straight day, Rodriguez walked three and threw 35 pitches on his way to getting a save against the Cardinals in the Brewers’ 4-3 win…

  19. Justin Verlander shakes off All-Star drubbing with near-shutout

    Jul 15, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander pitched three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings Sunday as the Tigers topped the Orioles 4-0. It was Verlander’s first start since he gave up five runs in an inning in losing Tuesday’s All-Star Game for the American League. Verlander struck out eight and walked two. He’s second in the AL with 136 strikeouts,…

  20. Jose Valverde (wrist) could be ready to pitch Sunday

    Jun 23, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

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    Tigers closer Jose Valverde hasn’t appeared in a game since last Friday due to a sprained right wrist. But he’s just about back to 100 percent health. According to Chris Iott of Detroit’s MLive.com, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that Valverde is a “possibility” but “not a sure thing” for Sunday’s series-finale against the…

  21. Jose Valverde out at least 3-4 days with wrist injury

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde warmed up for a save opportunity last night, but had to shut things down in the bullpen with wrist soreness and the Tigers instead turned to Phil Coke to close out the 6-3 win over the Cardinals. Valverde showed up at the ballpark today feeling better, but told Jason Beck of MLB.com that…

  22. Tigers activate Octavio Dotel from the disabled list

    Jun 19, 2012, 3:13 PM EST

    Octavio Dotel Getty

    The Tigers announced this afternoon that Octavio Dotel was activated from the disabled list. Thad Weber was optioned back to Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding roster move. Dotel was placed on the disabled list on June 3 due to right elbow inflammation, so he managed to rejoin the Tigers’ bullpen as soon as he was…

  23. Rockies explode for eight runs in 10th in beating Tigers

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:54 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde has been OK in save situations. Tie games, well, they don’t stay tied for very long. Valverde was charged with six runs — one earned — in two-thirds of an inning Friday as the Rockies broke out with eight runs in the 10th inning and beat the Tigers 12-4, snapping an eight-game losing…

  24. MLB reviewed the Jose Valverde tape, spoke with the Tigers

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:32 PM EST

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    I’m going to assume this is merely some going-through-the-motions review and not something that will lead to any actual discipline, but … Major League Baseball has reviewed video of Jose Valverde apparently throwing a spitball and has discussed the incident with the Detroit Tigers, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Valverde and the Tigers have…

  25. Jose Valverde: I was just wiping sweat off my face

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

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    Jose Valverde was asked about the alleged spitball today. Reports the Detroit Free Press: Re video, Valverde said he didn’t spit on the ball. He said he was wiping sweat from his face. — Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) June 12, 2012 None of four umpires or anyone in Reds dugout objected to anything Valverde did. “Exactly,”…

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