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Tigers don't think reliever Benoit tipping pitches

Tigers don't think reliever Benoit tipping pitches

Tigers don't think reliever Benoit tipping pitches
ARLINGTON -- Joaquin Benoit was available out of the bullpen Friday night. There was no injury concern and no extensive side session that would've taxed him. That doesn't necessarily mean the Tigers think there's nothing wrong.

The changeup he threw that the Yankees' Eric Chavez took deep on Thursday was an off-speed pitch, and a pitch Chavez said he picked up out of Benoit's hand. However, the Tigers don't believe he's doing anything to tip pitches beforehand. The fact that the vast majority of the other six home runs Benoit has given up since the All-Star break have come off fastballs, some after falling behind in the count on changeups, back it up.

Hitters might be sitting on a pitch in certain counts, but that's about it.

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"Who knows," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "maybe they're picking one and saying, 'I'm not going to worry about the other. I'm just going to stay on the fastball, or I'm just going to stay on the changeup.'"

That might be a situation where the tweak might be in pitch selection.

"I will say this: With right-handed hitters, I think it's good when he uses his slider some," Leyland said.

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