Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/14/12
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is loyal to his players, perhaps to a fault. If the Tigers are going to beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS, that will have to change. Leyland has stuck with struggling players like Brandon Inge, Brennan Boesch and Ryan Raburn before admitting recently that he stuck with Raburn too long. Inge didn't stick with the Tigers past April, finding a home with the Oakland A's, Boesch did not make either the ALDS or ALCS rosters and Raburn was placed on the DL and is home in Tampa. Now the time has come to decide what to do with struggling closer Jose Valverde. After a stunning meltdown in Game 4 in Oakland, which the Tigers lost, Valverde once again couldn't get it done in Game 1 against the Yankees. Although the resilient Tigers were able to come back for a 6-4 win and take home-field advantage from the Yankees, it was no thanks to Valverde. The Tigers forged a 4-0 lead thanks to two RBIs from Delmon Young and one each from Prince Fielder and ro...
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