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Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over. Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier's single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third. Then Escobar drove the first pitch Coke to the deepest part of the park in front of the bullpens in left-center field.
The ball bounced between outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson and both runners scored easily. The rebuilding Twins enjoyed their first on-field celebration of the season and spoiled another strong performance by a Tigers starter.
The AL Central champion Tigers began the season without a set closer after Jose Valverde wasn't brought back.
Anibal Sanchez threw five scoreless innings, just like Justin Verlander did in the opener. But after a two-up, two-down save on Monday, Coke (0-1) blew his chance in this one.
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Even though he blew a save Wednesday, Phil Coke should be the Tigers’ closer right now.
Phil Coke should be given the Detroit Tigers’ closer role, for now, even after Wednesday’s blown save against the Twins.
Coke proved himself on the biggest stage last postseason, when he stepped in for Jose Valverde to help lock down games. He also had an excellent opening day performance...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over. Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier's single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third. Then Escobar drove...
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It hasn’t been a week since baseball’s opening day, and alarm bells might just be ringing in Detroit. This was after Eduardo Escobar saved the day for the Twins in their 3-2 walkoff. Phil Coke blew the save. This after he stepped up to the plate for the Tigers after they lost confidence in Jose Valverde in the postseason. They could have found a closer in the FA market or via...
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Phil Coke is now 1-for-2 as the Detroit Tigers’ makeshift closer. After cruising to an easy save on opening day against the Minnesota Twins, Coke faltered Wednesday afternoon as the Twins rallied for a 3-2 victory.
Just as he did in Monday’s 4-2 Detroit win, Joaquin Benoit opened the ninth inning on the mound, this time protecting a one...
WP: Perkins (1-0) LP: Coke (0-1) MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota– Just two games into the season and the Detroit Tigers biggest flaw has already stuck out like a sore thumb. After Drew Smyly struggled in relief yesterday, Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke let today’s game slip away in the 9th [...]
Since the big question going into the season was the Tiger bullpen, it was almost inevitable that the big topic of discussion early on would be bullpen problems. These sorts of things become self-perpetuating don’t they? At the first sign of trouble it becomes “see, look, it’s happening!”
I am not the only person who suspects that Jim Leyland really isn’t buying the Closer...
The Detroit Tigers signed their former closer Jose Valverde on Thursday to a minor league deal, he will report to Lakeland, Fla.
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Going into the 2013 season, the biggest question with the Detroit Tigers was who would pitch for them in the ninth inning. It only took two games for Detroit to run head-on into the closer issue. On Tuesday, the Tigers went into the ninth inning at Target Field holding a narrow 2-1 lead over the Minnesota Twins. This is the type of situation where closers earn their reputation...
WP: Justin Verlander (1-0) LP: Vance Worley (0-1) SV: Phil Coke (1) MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Justin Verlander threw 5 scoreless innings and the Tigers got some early runs in a 4-2 Opening Day defeat of the Minnesota Twins. The win was Verlander’s 1st career Opening Day win in 6 tries. [...]