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Report: Tigers Targeting Phillies Reliever Bastardo, Possibly Papelbon

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PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 29: Relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 3-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 29: Relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 3-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

By Dan Jenkins
@DanTJenkins

DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) — In a search for much-needed bullpen help, reports are surfacing that the Detroit Tigers are looking at acquiring Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Antonio Bastardo.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, the Tigers are interested in possibly making a move for the 28-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

Bastardo is in the midst of his sixth season with the Phillies, posting a 3.38 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 24 walks. Bastardo totaled 57 holds between 2011 and 2013, while having only six this season.

A nine-year veteran, Papelbon has quietly put together a career season — 1.17 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 33 strikeouts, nine walks and 23 saves.

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