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Jose Valverde vs. Phil Coke

Tigers manager Jim Leyland has been circumspect in answering questions about who will close for his team in the World Series, but here are the facts: Valverde surrendered leads in his last two playoff appearances and gave up another run in a Sunday intrasquad game. Coke has (temporarily) ascended to the closer’s role, with 7-1/3 shutout innings this postseason. Coke closed against the Yankees in part because their lineup was stacked with left-handed and switch hitters. But he’s also held righties to a .154 batting average in the postseason, suggesting he deserves a chance to pitch the ninth against the more right-handed Giants. - Jon Paul Morosi (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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