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Tigers Sending Struggling Coke Back To Bullpen

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DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers starts against the Toronto Blue Jays February 26, 2011 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, FL – FEBRUARY 26: Pitcher Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers starts against the Toronto Blue Jays February 26, 2011 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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DETROIT — Tigers left-hander Phil Coke is moving back to the bullpen after struggling in his first half-season as a regular starter.

Coke is 1-8 with a 4.91 ERA after allowing seven earned runs in four-plus innings against the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Left-handed rookie Charlie Furbush will move from the bullpen to the rotation.

Coke has had tough luck at times this season. He threw 6 1-3 scoreless innings in a no-decision June 13 against Tampa Bay, but in his last three starts, he allowed 16 runs in 13 2-3 innings.

Furbush has made 12 appearances, all in relief. He’s 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA.

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