Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/23/14
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Tigers manager Jim Leyland, at least for now, will handle save situations "by ear," according to a published report. MLB.com's Jason Beck says Leyland plans to "mix and match" the closer's role in the short run and won't use Jose Valverde in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series in New York on Sunday. Valverde blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the ALCS in New York on Saturday. But the Tigers roared back for a 6-4 victory over the Yankees in 12 innings. They weren't as fortunate in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, when Valverde gave up three ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss at Oakland. It looks to me like hes kind of waiting for something bad right now, Leyland told the media before Sunday's game in New York. Leyland still called Valverde "a huge part of this team.
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