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Bullpen slightly overworked after extra-innings loss

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OAKLAND -- As good as the Tigers say the classic extra-innings game Friday was, the bullpen is a little spent as a result.

Detroit used four relief pitchers in Friday's 4-3 loss in 12 innings against the A's. Drew Smyly and Darin Downs were unavailable Saturday because they each tossed at least two innings.

Octavio Dotel got two outs in the ninth inning before leaving with an elbow injury. Manager Jim Leyland said before Saturday's game that he had not yet received a report from the training staff about the extent of the injury, but he essentially said Dotel was unavailable.

Leyland said Phil Coke should be available after he had a stomach illness Friday night.

"I feel a lot better," Coke said. "I really couldn't stand without losing my equilibrium yesterday. I'm good."

Rick Porcello was available out of the bullpen. Previously scheduled to start Tuesday, Porcello will be skipped because of the day off Monday, and Doug Fister will start instead.

Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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