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Benoit has bounce-back performance

Benoit has bounce-back performance

Benoit has bounce-back performance
DETROIT -- Tigers setup man Joaquin Benoit bounced back from his rough Tuesday night by stranding the potential tying run on base Wednesday with a double play from Michael Young and a groundout from Nelson Cruz.

But the former Rangers reliever, who spent the first eight years of his Major League career in Texas, wouldn't exactly call it revenge.

"Whoever gets lucky," Benoit said. "[Tuesday] was their day, [Wednesday] was my day."

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The three runs off Benoit on Tuesday matched his scoring damage from his previous 16 outings combined, a six-week stretch in which he allowed 14 hits and two walks over 14 innings with 13 strikeouts. Benoit has blown five save/hold chances this season, but the Tigers have lost only one of them thanks to late-inning rallies.

More to the point, Benoit said he has sensed a chemistry building in the clubhouse.

"We're playing together," Benoit said. "We play as a team. When somebody falls, another guy picks them up. We play more like a team now. I think we got to know each other better."

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