Joaquin Benoit: Remains Primary Closer Staff

Update: Benoit will remain Detroit's primary option to close out games, reports. Manager Jim Leyland said, "On a lot of the days, if it's doable, I think [Joaquin] Benoit is the most experienced and versatile enough against righties and lefties to pitch the ninth. But it's not going to be doable every day. You're liable to see anybody at any time."

Recommendation: First and foremost, Benoit is not eligible to pitch in three consecutive days. Furthermore, he will not toss more than one inning too much going forward. If those guidelines are followed, relievers such as Octavio Dotel, Phil Coke, and Al Alburquerque could in fact earn ninth-inning opportunities, though Benoit figures to take on the majority of them.

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