SEATTLE -- Octavio Dotel looked as wild as a rookie with a chance at a save Monday night against the Mariners. It cost him and the Tigers a loss, but it won't cost him his manager's trust going forward.
"If the situation would come up again," Jim Leyland said, "I would feel comfortable with Octavio Dotel."
If things go to plan, of course, Dotel won't have that situation often, if at all. The Tigers signed him to get big outs in the innings before the ninth, not to close. Still, Dotel has been a closer before, and he has pitched in pressure situations.
Pitching coach Jeff Jones said Dotel didn't have any major mechanical or injury problems. He echoed what Dotel said Monday night, which was that Dotel's pitches seemed to consistently break inside on right-handed hitters.