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Tigers designated Valverde for assignment

DETROIT, June 21 (UPI) -- The Detroit Tigers Friday announced Jose Valverde had been designated for assignment, possibly ending his nine-year career with the team.

MLB: Detroit 4, Minnesota 0

MINNEAPOLIS, June 15 (UPI) -- Sixth-inning doubles by Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta accounted for all the Detroit runs Friday and led the Tigers over Minnesota 4-0.

MLB: Kansas City 3, Detroit 2 (10 innings)

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 12 (UPI) -- Lorenzo Cain tied the score with a late homer and Eric Hosmer sent home the deciding run with a 10th-inning hit Wednesday in Kansas City's 3-2 win over Detroit.

MLB: Detroit 3, Kansas City 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 12 (UPI) -- Victor Martinez delivered a tiebreaking RBI late in the game and Max Scherzer improved to 9-0 Tuesday in Detroit's 3-2 victory over Kansas City.

MLB: Detroit 6, Cleveland 4

DETROIT, June 8 (UPI) -- Prince Fielder uncorked a bases-clearing double to back Rick Porcello's solid six-inning start Saturday in the Detroit Tigers' 6-4 win over Cleveland.

MLB: Detroit 7, Cleveland 5

DETROIT, June 7 (UPI) -- Victor Martinez homered to open the Detroit offense Friday and wound up with three hits and three runs in pushing the Tigers past Cleveland 7-5.

MLB: Detroit 5, Tampa Bay 2

DETROIT, June 6 (UPI) -- Max Scherzer went seven innings Thursday, allowing one run on four hits and striking out nine, to help the Detroit Tigers beat Tampa Bay 5-2.

MLB: Baltimore 7, Detroit 5

BALTIMORE, May 31 (UPI) -- Chris Dickerson hit a three-run homer off Jose Valverde with two away in the ninth inning Friday to rally Baltimore past Detroit 7-5.

MLB: Detroit 6, Pittsburgh 5

DETROIT, May 27 (UPI) -- Justin Verlander struck out 13 over seven innings and Jhonny Peralta backed him with three RBI Monday in Detroit's 6-5 interleague win over Pittsburgh.

MLB: Detroit 2, Texas 1

ARLINGTON, Texas, May 17 (UPI) -- Jose Valverde recorded the game's final out with the potential tying run on second Friday to preserve Detroit's 2-1 victory over Texas.

MLB: Cleveland 4, Detroit 3 (10 innings)

DETROIT, May 12 (UPI) -- Mark Reynolds delivered a pinch-hit, tie-breaking single in the 10th inning Sunday, completing the Cleveland Indians' 4-3 comeback win over Detroit.

MLB: Detroit 4, Houston 3

HOUSTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Alex Avila hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth Friday to bring Detroit a 4-3 victory over Houston.

MLB: Detroit 7, Atlanta 4

DETROIT, April 27 (UPI) -- Omar Infante went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Saturday, powering the Detroit Tigers to a 7-4 interleague victory over Atlanta.

MLB: Detroit 7, Kansas City 5

DETROIT, April 24 (UPI) -- A grounder off the bat of Torii Hunter turned into a game-changing error Wednesday and boosted the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 victory over Kansas City.
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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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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