Found October 26, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The absence of a certified closer hurt Detroit for the first time in the postseason Thursday night, and it's something Jim Leyland is going to have to deal with if the Tigers are to get out of their 0-2 hole to San Francisco and win the World Series. Some people will recall that Leyland dealt with not having a bona fide closer with his quality Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He mixed and matched and won games on a regular basis. But he hasn't been shy about pointing out this month that it makes it a whole lot easier on a manager if he has one guy he can summon from the bullpen to get the last three outs of games on a regular basis. With Jose Valverde, who's been excellent finishing games for the Tigers for the better part of three seasons, having been removed from his closing role because of three straight poundings, Leyland has been scrambling to find bullpen solutions. Detroit lost to San Francisco 2-0 Thursday night. And while getti...
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