DETROIT -- Seven hours after Duane Below finished pitching on Saturday, he helped the Detroit Tigers win a game.
With the Tigers getting blown out in the first game of a doubleheader against Texas, Below pitched six scoreless innings of relief to save Detroit's bullpen.
Detroit still lost the game 10-4, but Below's outing left enough fresh arms in the bullpen that the top three relievers -- Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde -- could finish off a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.
"We only won the second game tonight because of Duane Below, and I told him that as soon as I came out of the game," Justin Verlander said. "He did a hell of a job in the first game, and because of him, when I only went six innings, we could go with Dotel, Benoit and Valverde. That's the way we want to finish games."
Jim Leyland agreed, praising Below's effort after first-game starter Rick Porcello gave up nine runs without getting an out in the second inning. Below only allowed four baserunners...