Found October 14, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Who needs Jose Valverde? Well, says manager Jim Leyland, the Detroit Tigers do. Leyland confirmed the removal of Valverde from his closer's role early Sunday afternoon after two meltdowns in two games, saying Valverde is still the closer -- just not the closer right now. Then Leyland let lefty Phil Coke get the last six outs of Detroit's 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees that let the Tigers return to Comerica Park with a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series. "I'm not going to sit here and say I have a temporary, full-time closer, because I do not," Leyland said. "If I have to mix and match for a longer period of time, I'll do that. A committee, whatever you want to call it." He had Joaquin Benoit warming up at one point and would have brought Octavio Dotel into the game under different circumstances. However, a New York lineup laden with left-handed batters makes it easy for Leyland to use southpaws Phil Coke, who ha...
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