Tigers closer role a competition? 

February, 15, 2013
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For the better part of the offseason there have been hints, partially based on indications from the team, that the Detroit Tigers would head into the 2013 season with a rookie closer. Bruce Rondon, 22, has just nine games of experience above Class-AA, but brings huge fastball velocity and some success closing in the minors. He may be the future in the ninth inning for the defending American League champs -- heck, he may be the club's closer in 2013 -- but skipper Jim Leyland says no closer has been named and it's unlikely he'll name one coming out of spring training.