Colorful closer Jose Valverde returning to Detroit Tigers

Colorful closer Jose Valverde returning to Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, April 24 (UPI) -- Former closer Jose Valverde will make a return to Detroit after agreeing to one-year contract with the Tigers Wednesday.

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D-Backs extend closer Putz for one year

PHOENIX, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Relief pitcher J.J. Putz has agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Arizona Diamondbacks through 2014, the team announced Monday.
MLB: Detroit 6, N.Y. Yankees 4 (12 inn.)

MLB: Detroit 6, N.Y. Yankees 4 (12 inn.)

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Delmon Young hit a tie-breaking, 12th-inning double Saturday and Detroit took Game 1 of the American League Championship Series 6-4 over the New York Yankees.
MLB: Oakland 4, Detroit 3

MLB: Oakland 4, Detroit 3

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Coco Crisp climaxed a three-run, ninth-inning rally with an RBI single Wednesday to give Oakland a 4-3 win over Detroit that evened their playoff series.

MLB: Detroit 3, Oakland 1

DETROIT, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Justin Verlander struck out 11 Oakland batters in seven innings Saturday and Detroit bested the Athletics 3-1 in their American League Division Series opener.

MLB: Detroit 6, Kansas City 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Triple-crown leader Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a homer Monday and Detroit clinched the American League Central title with a 6-3 over Kansas City.

MLB: Detroit 2, Minnesota 1

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Prince Fielder socked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday and Detroit moved to the brink of a division title with a 2-1 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Detroit 6, Minnesota 4

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Justin Verlander yielded just one unearned run in seven innings and the Detroit Tigers moved closer to a division crown with a 6-4 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Detroit 5, Kansas City 4

DETROIT, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Pinch-runner Don Kelly scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on a fielder's choice grounder Wednesday, lifting Detroit to a 5-4 victory over Kansas City.

MLB: Minn. 2, Detroit 1 (10 inn., 2nd gm.)

DETROIT, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Jamey Carroll drove in the go-ahead run with a 10th-inning single Sunday and the Minnesota Twins swept a doubleheader from Detroit with a 2-1 victory.

MLB: Cleveland 7, Detroit 6

CLEVELAND, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Lonnie Chisenhall completed a ninth-inning comeback Sunday with a run-scoring single that allowed the Cleveland Indians to slip past Detroit 7-6.

MLB: Detroit 5, Cleveland 3

CLEVELAND, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Anibal Sanchez broke a personal three-start winless streak with 6 2/3 solid innings Saturday, boosting the Detroit Tigers past Cleveland 5-3.

MLB: Detroit 4, Cleveland 0

CLEVELAND, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Justin Verlander protected an early Detroit lead by working seven shutout innings Friday, helping lift the Tigers to a 4-0 victory over Cleveland.

MLB: Detroit 5, Chicago White Sox 3

CHICAGO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Doug Fister tossed seven effective innings and Miguel Cabrera socked a go-ahead homer Tuesday in Detroit's crucial 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
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Jose Valverde
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

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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