MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 3: Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers reacts to a double by Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on April 3, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 3-2.
One [pitch] gets away from me and he gets the barrel on it ... I tip my cap to him for hitting a mistake pitch.
The Tigers have tried left-hander Phil Coke and set-up man Joaquin Benoit as the closer. Coke failed, and Benoit’s shift weakens their eighth-inning bridge. They’ve signed Jose Valverde to a minor-league contract, but there’s no guarantee he can rekindle his past successMore quotes »
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