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  • Updated: May 18, 2013 - 9:22 PM

Managers normally bring their closers into tied games at home in the ninth inning because there is no longer a need for a closer if the home team scores in the bottom of the inning.

The Tigers no longer will do that with Jose Valverde. Nine of Valverde’s 12 losses have come when he’s entered tied games at home.

“I don’t like to use Valverde in a tied game at home, even though I’ve done it several times, because it doesn’t seem to be his forte,” manager Jim Leyland said Thursday. “It hasn’t seemed to work out too good. I might try to eliminate that.”

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After taking two of three from the Twins, the White Sox were 17-21, the same record they had a year ago when they won 13 of their next 14 to rise to first place in the division and compete for the title before a late fade.

So the White Sox are hoping for the same turnaround. But with a terrible offense — on pace to score 580 runs entering the weekend — there are concerns they just won’t get it done.

Second baseman Gordon Beckham, however, is close to returning now that he’s nearly recovered from a broken hand. And pitcher John Danks is on the rehab trail following surgery.

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Royals designated hitter Billy Butler raised his batting average 40 points, from .228 to .268, in three games against the Angels. His nickname is Country Breakfast. Does that mean he’s scrambling to raise his batting average?

... I’ll show myself out.

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Cleveland is 11-4 this month and feeling like contenders. Carlos Santana is back to being the offensive force he can be, Mark Reynolds is providing power and even Ubaldo Jimenez is trying to live up to the hype after being traded there from Colorado. The Indians recently went 4-3 in seven games against the Tigers, Yankees and Phillies.

LA VELLE E. NEAL III

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Cleveland - LP: T. House 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: A. Simon 4
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
Cincinnati 0
Kansas City 0 Postponed
Chicago WSox 0
Houston - WP: S. Feldman 9 FINAL
Oakland - LP: K. Graveman 3
NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey 8 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia 2
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 0 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 8
Toronto 2 Top 7th Inning
Tampa Bay 1
Atlanta 0 Top 5th Inning
Philadelphia 2
Boston 2 Top 4th Inning
Baltimore 2
St. Louis 2 Top 3rd Inning
Milwaukee 0
Pittsburgh - A. Burnett 7:10 PM
Arizona - R. De La Rosa
San Francisco - T. Hudson 7:10 PM
Colorado - J. De La Rosa
Los Angeles - B. McCarthy 7:40 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
Texas - C. Lewis 8:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Wilson
Minnesota - T. May 8:10 PM
Seattle - J. Paxton
Atlanta 83 FINAL
Brooklyn 91
Chicago 79 4th Qtr 5:51
Milwaukee 85
Golden State 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Memphis 9:30 PM
Portland
Washington 1 FINAL
NY Islanders 3
Detroit 2 3rd Prd
Tampa Bay 0
Nashville 7:00 PM
Chicago
Vancouver 8:00 PM
Calgary
Philadelphia 0 1st Half 35:00
Columbus 0
Real Salt Lake 0 1st Half 35:00
New England 0
Sporting Kansas City 7:30 PM
Houston
D.C. 9:30 PM
Vancouver FC
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