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Jose Valverde Solid At Extended Spring Training

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CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 9: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tigers won 3-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH – JUNE 9: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tigers won 3-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Tigers reliever Jose Valverde took one step closer to pitching for Triple-A Toledo on Monday as he completed two innings of work in an extended spring training game, MLive.com reports.

The former Detroit closer struck out four batters and did not allow a base hit or walk in his two-inning appearance, his second thus far. He should begin pitching at Triple-A shortly.

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