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Coke turning the page on first-half troubles

Coke turning the page on first-half troubles

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DETROIT -- While the Tigers are hoping for consistency from the younger pitchers in their bullpen, they are also hoping left-handed reliever Phil Coke can regain his form from the 2012 playoffs.

Despite an 0-5 record and 5.46 ERA, Coke had thrown five consecutive scoreless outings spanning 3 2/3 innings entering play Tuesday. In that span, he struck out three while giving up two hits and no walks.

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"It's hard to find someone that has better stuff than Phil Coke," president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "His stuff is really good. We know he can pitch in a pennant race, we've seen him do that and be very efficient. Hopefully the inconsistencies stop a little bit more, and I think everybody's talked about that."

While Coke has been facing mainly left-handed hitters since the All-Star break, he's thrived in the role, including throwing a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies on Sunday.

"With all the frustrations I've experienced in the first half, it's over, it's done with," Coke said. "That was so yesterday, man. I just want the baseball when [manager Jim Leyland] decides to give me the baseball, and for him to get off the field so I can do my job."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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