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Rainout Helps Overworked Bullpen

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DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher Duane Below #64 of the Detroit Tigers throws in relief 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 Duane Below #64 of the Detroit Tigers throws in relief 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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A rainout didn’t do Duane Below any favors, but it sure shored up Detroit’s bullpen.

The washout of Monday night’s Kansas City-Detroit game meant manager Jim Leyland could skip Below’s scheduled emergency start and return him to the bullpen.

Rick Porcello will start Tuesday as scheduled, with Justin Verlander going Wednesday. Detroit has a day off Thursday, and Leyland will send rookie Drew Smyly out Friday night and Max Scherzer on Sunday.

If Doug Fister passes his rehab-start test on Wednesday, he will drop into the rotation next Monday in Seattle, followed by Porcello and Verlander.

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