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DETROIT — Two excellent American League teams, clubs that could meet in October, decided on the a day they played one another in the first game of a four-game series that they were making a change from their closers.
Before the game, Jim Leyland decided that Joaquin Benoit would replace the struggling Jose Valverde. Sort of.
“I’m not naming anybody closer,” Leyland said. “I’m just saying that if Benoit’s available right now, I would probably try to close with him, if he’s fresh and available.”
And after Andrew Bailey served up a walkoff two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta to ruin yet another strong starting performance by one of his teammates — this time John Lackey — Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he would be making a change.