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DETROIT -- Through two appearances by Joakim Soria with the Tigers, manager Brad Ausmus can't be happy with his new reliever's performance.

But, he has no concerns about Soria's ability to do exactly what he was brought over from Texas to do -- provide a boost to a bullpen that desperately needs one.

"No," Ausmus said, when asked if he's worried about the newest member of the Tigers. "Not at all."

Soria's self-proclaimed worst outing of his career came Tuesday night, when he allowed four runs on six hits, including back-to-back homers. While Ausmus hopes his performance wasn't telling of how his tenure in Detroit will go, he certainly hopes his off-field demeanor is indicative of his new player.

Soria waited at his locker following the game to answer questions from media members.

"It shows he's very professional," Ausmus said. "He's played for a while. Seems like a stand-up, team-oriented guy."

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

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