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Arizona 6, Cincinnati 5

PHOENIX, June 22 (UPI) -- Arizona extended its winning streak over Cincinnati to 14 games Sunday by rallying for a 6-5 triumph as Steve Finley hit a three-run homer.

Arizona 6, Cincinnati 5

PHOENIX, June 21 (UPI) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks rallied Friday night to beat Cincinnati, 6-5, to reach .500 for the first time since April 1.

Arizona 4, Houston 2

HOUSTON, June 19 (UPI) -- Jose Valverde finished a strong performance by Miguel Batista Thursday night and helped Arizona hold on for a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

Arizona 2, Houston 1

HOUSTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Arizona rallied in the ninth for a 2-1 win over Houston Wednesday night on a homer by Luis Gonzalez and an RBI single from Quinton McCracken.

Arizona 4, Kansas City 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 11 (UPI) -- Junior Spivey and Danny Bautista drove in runs with doubles in the seventh inning to break a tie and lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-3 win Wednesday night

Arizona 5, Cleveland 3

PHOENIX, June 7 (UPI) -- Jose Valverde struck out the side in the ninth Saturday as the Arizona Diamondbacks posted a 5-3 triumph over the Cleveland Indians.

Arizona 8; Chi. White Sox 6

PHOENIX, June 5 (UPI) -- Shea Hillenbrand homered and drove in three runs Wednesday night to help the Arizona Diamondback outlast the Chicago White Sox, 8-6.

Arizona (s) 4, San Francosco (ss) 2

TUCSON, March 5 (UPI) -- Doug DeVore hit a two-run homer off R.D. Spiehs with two out in the ninth inning Wednesday to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 Cactus League victory over
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Houston Astros pitcher Jose Valverde points skyward after getting St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina to ground out to end the game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 2, 2009. Houston won the game 2-0. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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José Rafael Valverde (born March 24, 1978 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican baseball relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. His nickname is Papa Grande (Spanish for Big Potato). He throws both two and four-seam fastballs, a splitter, and a slider. Both of his fastballs are thrown in the mid to high nineties. His splitter is probably known as his best and most effective pitch.

Valverde made his Major League Baseball debut in 2003 to help out the injury plagued Arizona Diamondbacks, joining Brandon Webb and Andrew Good after injuries to Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling left the team out of contention.

Although he had been the Diamondbacks closer since replacing Brian Bruney in 2005, trouble on the mound in the month of June 2006 forced management to give the role to Jorge Julio. Valverde regained the role after spending some time with the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders. He returned to the closer role in early September (as Julio became too inconsistent) and pitched well in his return. Valverde finished the 2006 season with a record of two wins, three losses, an ERA of 5.84 and 18 saves.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jose Valverde."
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