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Tigers throw a strike with Lyon

Updated: January 27, 2009, 1:01 PM ET
By Keith Law

The Tigers' 2008 bullpen was plagued by, among other things, a general lack of control, and their acquisition of Brandon Lyon addresses that flaw.

Lyon is an extreme strike-thrower -- 101 unintentional walks in 416 career innings -- who doesn't have a true out pitch, giving him trouble missing bats. Arizona pitching coach Bryan Price said last week that Lyon complicated matters last year by trying to work as a two-pitch pitcher.

If Lyon returns to mixing up his pitches and thus ...

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