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Tigers must avoid using Valverde

Blowing four-run lead in ninth of ALCS opener should put an end to Detroit's closer

Updated: October 14, 2012, 2:51 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- If anybody is happy with Jose Valverde at this point, raise your hand. Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? No, I didn't think so.

On Wednesday night, the Tigers closer -- or perhaps former closer -- blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning and lost what had looked like a division series-clinching game in Oakland. The Tigers recovered to win the series, but they also were forced to use Justin Verlander in Game 5, which means their ace won't be able to pitch until Game 3 of the ...

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