Posted October 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Tigers manager Jim Leyland says struggling closer Jose Valverde will be ready for the World Series. Valverde hasn't pitched since allowing four runs in Game 1 of the AL championship series. The Tigers recovered from his rough outing and went on to sweep the New York Yankees in four games. They will face either St. Louis or San Francisco in the World Series opener Wednesday. Leyland played the late innings by ear in the ALCS, using Phil Coke to get the save in Games 2 and 3. It's not clear what Valverde's role will be in the World Series, but he threw a bit during Detroit's workout Saturday and sounded confident afterward that he had made the necessary mechanical adjustments.

VIDEO: Valverde struggles in Tigers’ Sunday scrimmage

Here is raw video footage (shown on Fox 2′s Sports Works) of Jose Valverde pitching in a simulated game Sunday from Comerica Park in preparation of the World Series beginning Wednesday in either San Francisco or St. Louis. During the outing (via the Detroit Free Press) Valverde surrendered a walk, two singles (to Fielder and Cabrera) and a run in his one inning of work. Of course...

Tigers Injury News: Jose Valverde Will be Ready for World Series

Jose Valverde may not be injured, but he's admitted to being fatigued.  That fatigue has shown in the postseason this year.  The Detroit Tigers' closer has allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched this postseason.  He has fallen a long way from his dominance of 2011.  Valverde did not blow a save last season, and he still managed 35 saves this season.  However, once...

Cabrera taunts Valverde during intrasquad game

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera gave teammate Jose Valverde a friendly taunt after hitting a single against him in an intrasquad game at Comerica Park. Your browser does not support iframes. Valverde has a tendency to throw his arms around to celebrate getting people out (at least, when he's performing well), so Cabrera gave him a taste of his own medicine. Both...

Detroit Sports Weekly 48: Is it time to forgive Jim Leyland and the Tigers for the up and down season?

In this special World Series edition of Detroit Sports Weekly, Tigers editor Stephan Rhymer of The Majors Detroit joins Adam Hernandez to discuss the Tigers’ run to the World Series, knee jerk reactions from fans and whether or not it’s time to forgive manager Jim Leyland for the up and down season the Tigers game us in 2012. Further more Adam also takes a look at the big rivalry...

Leyland announces pitching rotation for the World Series

Even though the Tigers’ World Series opponent hasn’t yet been determined, Jim Leyland announced that he will go with the same rotation that got his team to the World Series. Tigers beat writer for, Jason Beck tweeted that Leyland would be going with Verlander, Fister, Sanchez and Scherzer in that order once the World Series begins on the road in either San Francisco or...

Leyland switching up outfield for NL play

DETROIT Tigers manager Jim Leyland said hes not 100-percent sure, but is leaning heavily toward starting Andy Dirks in right field in the World Series opener Wednesday at the home park of the National League pennant winner. That decision was made necessary by the designated hitter not being allowed in games in NL cities, and Leyland opting to start regular DH and ALCS MVP Delmon...

Tigers again face long layoff before World Series

The next few days may feel a bit familiar to Detroit manager Jim Leyland, while the Tigers wait to start the World Series. Detroit won the AL pennant, wrapping up a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees on Thursday. Now the Tigers won't play again until next Wednesday, when they open on the road against the winner of the NL championship series between St. Louis and San Francisco...

Will Jose Valverde pitch in the World Series?

The good news is the Detroit Tigers have won the America League pennant and are headed to the World Series for the 11th time in franchise history. The somewhat bad news is much like 2006 the Tigers will have an extended break before the final frame of the 2012 playoff begins. The Fall Classic is set to begin next Wednesday night. Of course that leaves plenty of time to discuss...

Miguel Cabrera taunts Jose Valverde in intrasquad scrimmage (Video)

Detroit Tigers pitcher Jose Valverde is known for his excessive antics, and so during this intrasquad scrimmage when third baseman Miguel Cabrera got a single, he decided to taunt him back.It’s good to see that the Tigers are loose and still preparing for the World Series, hopefully this time the layoff won’t hurt them this time around.H/T: Holdout Sports

Tigers plan to stay sharp during layoff

The Detroit Tigers plan to scrimmage against their Instructional League team Sunday-Monday as they prepare for their first trip to the World Series since 2006. "We're going to try to be a little more prepared (than in 06)," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Friday. The Tigers lost the 2006 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games after six-day layoff. This...

Tigers won't let wait halt momentum

Six years later, the Detroit Tigers are in a familiar position. Waiting. For an opponent. For their next real game. For the World Series to begin. Although only three current players were on the roster when the Tigers last reached the Fall Classic, there's a general awareness around the organization - certainly among the front office, manager Jim Leyland and his coaching staff...

Waiting For The World Series

Just a few thoughts while we wait patiently to see if Detroit will have a World Series rematch with St. Louis, or if the Tigers will take on the Giants. Regardless of who the other half of the World Series matchup is, Detroit will begin the series Wednesday on the road. The blame for that falls on none other than Justin Verlander (although one could make a case for blaming Bud Selig...

Tigers focus on not letting layoff affect them

And now they wait. Detroit will watch the National League Championship Series to see whether it will go to St. Louis (again) or San Francisco next week for the start of the World Series after dispatching the New York Yankees on Thursday in the minimum four ALCS games. It's a similar scenario to what the Tigers faced in their last World Series appearance, 2006, when they sat...

Five observations about the ALCS

The ALCS is over and done, and the Tigers are the American League champions after they squashed the Yankees in four games. Here are five observations about that series. 1. The Tigers starting pitching is horrifying for opponents. In four starts this series, Detroit's four starters threw 27 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on 14 hits, walked nine, and struck out 25 hitters...
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