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Jose Valverde predicted this scenario - the upset, the champagne, the triumph over the mighty Yankees. After a victory in Game 2, the Tigers closer jokingly yet boldly declared the series "over for Yankees." So, fittingly, it came down to his right arm Thursday night in Game 5.
It wasn’t too hard to figure out who was going to win MLB’s Delivery Man of the Year award this season since Detroit Tigers’ reliever Jose Valverde was perfect with 49 saves in 49 opportunities. Valverde is just the second Tiger to be honored as the league’s best relief pitcher. Other pitchers who earned votes were John Axford (Milwaukee), Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta) and Joel...
Statistically, Jose Valverde was the best closer of the season, going 49-for-49 in save opportunities. Now, he has the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year award to go with it. He becomes just the second Tiger to win the annual honor for the game's most outstanding relief pitcher.
I LOVE YOU MAN
Defeating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in a clinching game is an overwhelming experience. New York has a lineup that is nearly impossible to conquer, so when your pitching staff holds the Yankees to three runs over the nine most important innings of the year it’s understandable to be overcome by emotions. Believe it or [...]
Jose Valverde, who delivers and laughs at his own jokes, saved all 49 of his chances in the regular season.
Last night, the Detroit Tigers eliminated the New York Yankees from the 2011 MLB Playoffs when Jose Valverde struck out Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the 9th inning.
If the highest paid Yankee making the final out of the season sounds familiar, it is. Rodriguez also struck out last year to end Game 6 at The Ballpark in Arlington. At least this time he went down swinging.
The Detroit Tigers hung on to edge New York 3-2 on Thursday, winning the deciding Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
Detroit closer Jose Valverde shut down New York in the ninth ending, ending the Yankees’ season.
The Detroit Tigers survived a tense trip back to Bronx, with Jose Valverde and the bullpen holding on time and time again to beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Thursday night to win the deciding Game 5 of their AL Division Series.
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers' 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night was the best kind of postseason game: A never-ending chain of 73 plate appearances, each one a little more important than the last, some being won and survived by the batter and the rest being won or survived by the pitcher. With Monday's winner being awarded a chance to advance on Tuesday...
Justin Verlander struck out 11 in eight gritty innings and Jose Valverde stopped a Yankees rally for the second straight night, whiffing Derek Jeter with two on to close out the Detroit Tigers' 5-4 victory over New York on Monday. Delmon Young hit a tiebreaking homer in seventh off Rafael Soriano and the Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five American League playoff, pushing...
Jim Leyland appreciates players who can slow down when the moment speeds up. Victor Martinez is such a player, he believes. So is Jose Valverde.