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The Detroit Tigers almost blew it, but found a way to hold onto Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.
Jose Valverde once again couldn't hold the late-inning lead, but was bailed out on a Nick Swisher mistake off the bat of Delmon Young, which brought in the eventual game-winning run in Miguel Cabrera.
This blown save is 100 percent on Leyland. He saw what we all did, and even when he had Dotel ready, left Valverde twisting in the wind.
You have to believe management (that being GM Dave Dombrowski) would be speaking with Leyland about Valverde. Wouldn't they have to have a discussion, no matter what? Valverde's ineffectiveness has escalated into a "situation." Hell, it was a "situation" after Game 4 of the ALDS. It's escalated into "You won't get a contract for 2013 if you don't get this figured out by game time tomorrow."
It will be an interesting situation to monitor as the series goes on, with Valverde's confidence surely rattled at this point.