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April 12: Joaquin Benoit

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A veteran finally gets some love for his fine play, while Saves and Steals advocates (maybe) ignoring …

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The Tigers entered the season with a closer-by-committee. On Wednesday, manager Jim Leyland named a primary closer, and it’s a guy that’s yet to record a save this season. Leyland believes that Joaquin Benoit possesses the experience and ability to get both right- and left-handed batters out needed to serve as the ninth-inning man. The manager has expressed worry in the past about Benoit’s workload, which will lead to Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel and Al Alburquerque getting the occasional save chance. But Benoit is the guy to own for saves in Detroit right now. 

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