Detroit -- From the very brief good-news category in the Detroit Tigers file: they may have found a solid middlelate reliever.
Brayan Villarreal, called up after Wednesday night's game because of Jose Valverde's lower back strain, pitched two scoreless innings in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Villarreal allowed one hit while walking one and striking out four, regularly hitting 98 miles an hour with his fastball.
"He was throwing the ball really good at Toledo and that would be a big plus for us if he can throw like that -- he was terrific today," manager Jim Leyland said. "That would be huge for us. Obviously, it's a move you don't want to make but you have to make, due to the fact that Valverde's day to day. But he was terrific today."
In five appearances with the Tigers this season, Villarreal has not allowed an earned run, although he has been prone to wildness.
With the Toledo Mud Hens, Villarreal, who turned 25 a week ago, was 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in eight out...