With Coke out, the Tigers survived Monday with four big outs from Drew Smyly, two of them against Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Smyly was available again Tuesday night, supporting the theory that his versatility has helped save the Tigers' bullpen more than once in the season's opening month.
Lefty Darin Downs also has been available to get outs against left-handed hitters. Still, it's difficult to see the Tigers getting through a long stretch short-handed.
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