Again, I tell you, this is not a panic move. The Tigers have nothing to lose. They should have done this weeks ago.
Valverde will pitch to a few batters in extended spring training in Lakeland. He might pitch in a game for Single-A Lakeland. Then he will pitch for Triple-A Toledo.
Jose Valverde with desperate Tigers a union of mutual need
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
The closer-less Tigers signed their former relief maestro to a minor-league audition Thursday a day after watching their idyllic bullpen plan blow to pieces in the ninth inning of Wednesday's unnecessary and disturbing loss to the Twins.
Around the AL Central:
Pretty much how Dayton drew it up.
Sox threaten late but can't cross the plate.
Fast Reaction: Twins 8, Tigers 2
Twins take the series from the Tigers with a late offensive push and a strong performance from their bullpen.
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It's time for the National League to adopt the designated hitter
ESPN, Christina Kahrl
So here we are: Two days from Ron Blomberg Day, the anniversary of baseball's partial adoption of an overdue innovation, the designated hitter.