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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers designated reliever Jose Valverde for assignment Friday, less than two months after bringing the veteran right-hander back to the major leagues for another chance to be the teams closer. Cheap Air Max 90 China . Valverde went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA, converting nine saves in 12 chances. The Tigers will likely use Joaquin Benoit in most save situations for the time being. Detroit has 10 days to trade, release or send Valverde outright to the minors. "We have asked him if he would go to Triple-A for us, and try to work with him there, try to get him straightened out," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He did not give us an answer on that. It really doesnt make a difference at this point, since we would still have to get waivers at some time. He was open-minded to it. He didnt say no to it, but he needed some time." The Tigers recalled right-hander Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo to replace Valverde in the bullpen. They also put outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo on the disabled list with a strained left ribcage and recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia from Toledo. The 35-year-old Valverde faltered during the 2012 post-season, and the Tigers were prepared to let him leave via free agency. But he didnt sign anywhere else, and Detroit eventually brought him back on a minor league deal. He was called up to the majors in late April and allowed only one run through his first 12 appearances, but has not looked good at all lately. "We think we have a guy that can still close games for us, if we get him fixed," Dombrowski said. "His velocitys been fine. Of course, he hasnt had his (split-fingered fastball) and hes had command problems. The last couple weeks havent been good. Before that, he threw the ball fine, and thats what were hoping that we can get back. We figure we have nothing to lose to try." Detroit entered the season without much stability at closer when hard-throwing rookie Bruce Rondon failed to win the job during spring training. Benoit is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and four saves, and Drew Smyly has also pitched well out of the bullpen. "Benoit, when available, healthy and ready to go and rested, will get most of the closing opportunities," manager Jim Leyland said. "And anything else, well mix and match." Octavio Dotel has hardly pitched this year because of right elbow inflammation. Alburquerque was sent down because of control problems, but he has 26 strikeouts in 14 1-3 innings for Detroit, and the Tigers hope he can give the bullpen a lift now. Dombrowski didnt want to look ahead to the possibility of a trade for help. "Were comfortable with this group right now," he said. The Tigers arent the only team that could use some help in relief. In fact, Detroit won Thursday nights game on a ninth-inning homer by Jhonny Peralta off Bostons Andrew Bailey. The Red Sox are now giving Bailey a break from closing. Manager John Farrell said Koji Uehara would be the choice Friday night if a closer were needed. "If you look out there right now, there are not a lot of shut-down, lock-down closers out there -- anywhere," Dombrowski said. "A lot of people have struggled with the back end of their bullpens." Leyland said he hopes Valverde decides to stay in the organization, but he wasnt about to pressure him publicly. "Whichever way he wants to go, I would respect," Leyland said. White Air Max 90 Shoes . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. Wholesale Air Max 90 2018 .Y. -- Sabres forward Drew Stafford has witnessed plenty of turmoil during his eight seasons in Buffalo. http://www.cheapairmax90sale.com/ . Q: Team Canada announces their Olympic roster three weeks from today. Who is general manager Steve Yzerman watching? LeBrun: Over the last 48 hours, hes taken in the home-and-home between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche with Jamie Benn and Matt Duchene being the obvious targets. Sydney FC have locked in the first of several off-contract players, re-signing talented young midfielder Brandon ONeill for a further two A-League seasons.ONeill opted to remain with the Sky Blues until the end of the 2018-19 campaign, despite form thats believed to have attracted interest from other clubs including former side Perth.My game has developed so much in my first 18 months with the club and thats thanks to the help and support of the people here as well as my teammates, the 22-year-old said.Im looking forward to spending the next two years of my career here and winning some silverware.Table-topping Sydney will look to tie down another dozen players off contract, as talks continue over a new deal for coach Graham Arnold.Arnold said ONeill had all the attributes to become a top-class midfielder, as evidenced through his successful partnership with this season Josh Brillante.He is a role model for any young and aspiring player out there and Im certain he will see further success and recognition in his career, Arnold said.In less positive news, striker Matt Simon will miss Saturdays away clash with Perth after being hit with a one-matcch ban for serious unsporting conduct against Melbourne Citys Michael Jakobsen. Red Air Max 90 2018. Simon appeared to throw his shoulder into Jakobsens head during one of several fiery confrontations with the Danish defender late in Friday nights 1-1 draw at ANZ Stadium.Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones did not sanction the 30-year-old forward during the game but the match review panel found enough reason to issue him a show-cause notice on Monday.While the Sky Blues lodged a submission on his behalf, the panel ruled Simons behaviour constituted serious unsporting conduct and warranted a one-match suspension.Sydney chief executive Tony Pignata said the outcome was disappointing.We felt he didnt have a case to answer, Pignata said.But we accept the decision and we move on.With Simon being a regular substitute for Sydney FC, it means David Carney or George Blackwood are set to move to the bench for the Glory match.Sydney will also be missing Brillante, sent off during the City game, and likely to be replaced by Milos Dimitrijevic. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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