ere in the second floor baseball bunker, we stop to watch. At Comerica, they stand. Is someone three outs from a no-hitter?
No, Jose Valverde has entered the game. After two recent implosions of Valverdian proportion, every pitch is worthy of intense scrutiny, as if pure mind power can get him through the ninth inning.
In the opener of last weekend’s series at Camden Yards, Valverde entered protecting a 5-3 lead. He allowed a solo homer to Baltimore Orioles leadoff hitter Nick Markakis and, two outs later, a three-run walkoff shot to Chris Dickerson.
At Comerica five days later, with the Cleveland Indians visiting,
Jason Giambi and Drew Stubbs took him deep before he retired the side to preserve a 7-5 win.
Valverde made believers of us with several excellent outings
to start his second tour of duty as the Tiger closer. Four homers
allowed in the span of …