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Jose Valverde

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 06: Al Alburquerque #62 of the Detroit Tigers pitches the baseball against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on April 6, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Mud Hens Pitching Coach Praises Alburquerque Before Call-Up

Touted by his Toledo pitching coach A.J. Sager for becoming more and more consistent with every start for the Mud Hens, righty Al Alburquerque will now get to test his ability at the major league level.

CBS Detroit–06/21/2013

DETROIT, MI - MAY 23:  Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in front of a sparse crowd during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on May 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The game was delayed for one hour due to rain and ended at 11:38 p.m. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

GM: Designation Of Valverde ‘More A Matter Of Getting Him Fixed’

After much speculation as to his role on the Detroit Tigers, former closer Jose Valverde has been designated for assignment.

97.1 The Ticket–06/21/2013

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

Jose Valverde of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) FILE

Leyland ‘Not Going To Panic’ About Valverde

Valverde proceeded to give up two singles, a two-RBI double and a home run.

CBS Detroit–06/20/2013

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 12: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers looks on from the dugout against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the six inning at O.co Coliseum on April 12, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Leyland Apologizes To Fans For Eating Habits, Sticks With Valverde

“I’m still going to use Valverde,” Leyland said. “I just don’t think you discharge him just yet.”

CBS Detroit–06/19/2013

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

DETROIT, MI - MAY 23:  Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in front of a sparse crowd during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on May 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The game was delayed for one hour due to rain and ended at 11:38 p.m. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Leyland: ‘ Who The F— Do You Want To Be The Closer?’

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland understands fans’ frustration with the bullpen, particularly with closer Jose Valverde.

CBS Detroit–06/14/2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 11: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers throws in the ninth inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

More Auditions Should Come At Closer

Wednesday after Jose Valverde gave up a two run bomb, in the 9th, to erase a Justin Verlander backed 2-0 Tiger lead. I had seen enough.

97.1 The Ticket–06/13/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 01: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 1, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Valverde Gets The Focus But Verlander Can’t Throw 100MPH Anymore

Justin Verlander is not the same Justin Verlander anymore, even after his brilliant 7 inning, 3 hit scoreless performance against the Royals.

97.1 The Ticket–06/13/2013

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 20: Drew Smyly #33 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2013 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Tigers 10-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Blog: Make Drew Smyly The Closer

It’s challenging to keep your sense of humor when discussing Jose Valverde.

97.1 The Ticket–06/13/2013

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