Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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At least Jim Leyland has one easy decision with his American League All-Star pitching staff: Mariano Rivera leading the league with 23 saves in the final year of his historic career is as close to a no-brainer pick as one could imagine. Leyland wont have Rivera start the game as a tribute, as has been suggested by some. He would, however, like Rivera to get the ball with a ninth-inning lead July 16 at Citi Field in the MLB All-Star Game on FOX. Given the success of that strategy over the past 17 years including four All-Star saves its hard to argue with him. Anyhow, Leyland is lucky to have one stress-free selection. Hes certain to face a number of pitching predicaments, with less than one month before the July 7 roster announcement. One obvious dilemma: Leylands Detroit Tigers have four of the leagues top eight starters, according to the pitching WAR rankings on FanGraphs.com. Will Leyland have room for each of Detroits (new) Four Tops, given that every AL team must be repre...
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