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|Jonathan Papelbon could be the cure for what ails the Tigers.|
An irritated Jim Leyland was a strike away from having a normal postgame news conference instead of cutting it short after 1 1/2 minutes because reporters were "late" to his office ... when they weren’t.
It can’t be said, however, Leyland was in no mood to answer a question about Valverde.
"It was a high split," he said about the home run pitch. "It didn’t split too good and the kid hit it out of the ballpark.
"He left it up out over the plate."
And he paid the price for it.
But so did the Tigers, which is what concerns Leyland most.
Here he is with a closer that no matter how much the Tigers want to think is reliable, isn’t.
Valverde has blown three saves in 12 opportunities. But the last four times he’s pitched have been scary.