Joaquin Benoit

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08: Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Benoit: We Like Going To Oakland, Their Fans Are ‘Into It From The 1st Inning’

Oakland fans just cheer, Detroit fans make you earn it.

97.1 The Ticket–10/09/2013

Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

Foster: The Tigers’ MVP This Season Is…

With others having breakout and career seasons, 97.1 The Ticket’s Terry Foster lists another Tigers player as most valuable.

97.1 The Ticket–09/26/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 23: Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after giving up a solo home run to Brian Dozier (not pictured) of the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on September 23, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 4-3 in eleven innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Joaquin Benoit Strikes Out Three In 23rd Save

Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit earned his 23rd save Tuesday, striking out three while giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning as the Tigers beat the Twins, 4-2.

97.1 The Ticket–09/25/2013

DETROIT, MI - JULY 26: Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers throws a ninth inning pitch while playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Comerica Park on July 26, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 2-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Porcello, Benoit Unexpected Bonuses For Tigers

While Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander and others – have been instrumental in the team’s success, so have Benoit and Porcello.

CBS Detroit–09/17/2013

DETROIT, MI - MAY 28: Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park on May 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Pirates defeated the Tigers 1-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Leyland Comfortable With Bullpen

Once regarded as the insurmountable weakness of an otherwise World Series-bound team, the relief pitching of the Detroit Tigers is edging back toward respectability.

CBS Detroit–07/11/2013

Joaquin Benoit Nails Down Extra-Inning Save

Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit recorded his seventh save Monday night as he pitched the bottom of the 10th inning in Cleveland.


DETROIT, MI - JUNE 4:  Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on June 4, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen Depth Could Jeopardize Postseason Run

Clearly, the Detroit Tigers have some solid relief pitchers. The question is whether they have enough.

CBS Detroit–06/24/2013

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 19: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers flips a baseball after giving up a two-run home run to Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on June 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Valverde gave up four runs and five hits in a 13-3 loss to the Orioles. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Leyland’s Closer Shuffle Continues, Valverde Has ‘A Lot Of Confidence’

“For me it hasn’t been difficult because I’m alive, I have my kids, I have my family, my friends,” Valverde said in Spanish. “What happens on the field stays on the field.”

CBS Detroit–06/21/2013

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 9:  Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on June 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Benoit recorded his third save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Indians. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Options For Tigers Closer(s) In Minneapolis

1. Jose Valverde: Seems like he’s either gone today or right back out tonight pitching for his major league life.

97.1 The Ticket–06/14/2013

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Tigers Relying On Bruce Rondon To Bolster Back Of Bullpen

The 22-year-old right-hander dominated three levels of the minors last year, earning Detroit’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.

97.1 The Ticket–03/07/2013