Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 3/15/13
It's hard to believe but after Friday, the Detroit Tigers will have just 14 spring games left before they head north to start the regular season. While a lot of things were already settled before spring training started, there are a few more issues to be decided in the last two weeks. 1) Who will be the Tigers' closer? When the Tigers decided that Jose Valverde would not return this season, that left the closer's job open. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said that rookie Bruce Rondon would be given every opportunity to win the job in spring training. So far, the results have been mixed. On Thursday, Rondon threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning, albeit with a 9-1 lead. Overall, in seven appearances, Rondon is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA and a .321 opponents' average against and a rather large 2.10 WHIP. The five walks in 6 23 innings is also an issue. "I thought my slider was the best that it has been all spring," Rondon said through a translator to MLB.com. "I felt very confi...
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