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Walkoff Balk Helps Indians Sweep Tigers

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) --  A long afternoon game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers ended with a walkoff balk.

Al Alburquerque's bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave the Indians an 11-10 victory over the Tigers -- a win that took 5 hours, 16 minutes to clinch.

Detroit took a 9-7 lead into the ninth inning, but David Murphy hit a game-tying, two-run home run off of Joe Nathan. 

Alex Avila gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead with a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning, but the Indians scored twice to cap off a three-game sweep of their division rivals.

Mike Aviles led off the bottom of the 13th inning with a single off of Phil Coke (0-1) and moved to second base on a sacrifice by Michael Bourn. Asdrubal Cabrera was then hit by a pitch. Michael Brantley scored Aviles with an RBI single to bring Cleveland within a run.

Alburquerque relieved Coke and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Yan Gomes to load the bases. Ryan Raburn stepped into the batter's box next and took the first pitch for a ball. As Alburquerque went into his set position, he appeared to move his leg and glove and then stopped. Cabrera scored to end the game.

"It was definitely a balk," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "If they hadn't have called it we would have went out there and argued."

Josh Tomlin (3-1) worked the final three innings in relief for the win. He was the ninth pitcher used for the Indians on the afternoon.

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Tigers and LHP Phil Coke Agree to One-Year Contract

iStockphoto(DETROIT) -- Left-handed reliever Phil Coke and the Detroit Tigers avoided salary arbitration on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year contract.

The 31-year-old Coke appeared in 49 games with the Tigers last season, posting a record of 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA. He struck out 30 batters in 38 1-3 innings of work.

The Tigers acquired Coke on Dec. 9, 2009 in a three-way trade with the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks. In four seasons in the Motor City, Coke has compiled a 12-22 record with a 4.34 ERA.

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Detroit Tigers Send Bruce Rondon To The Minors

Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) -- The Detroit Tigers demoted rookie relief pitcher Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.

Before spring training, the Tigers viewed the hard-throwing right-hander as their potential closer, replacing Jose Valverde, who became a free agent after struggling during the playoffs last season.

The Tigers plan to begin the season without a set closer. Their bullpen includes Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, Al Alburquerque, Brayan Villarreal, Drew Smyly and Darin Downs.

In 13 spring training games this year with Detroit, Rondon went 2-1 with a 5.84 ERA. He walked nine batters and struck out 19 batters in 12 1-3 innings of work.

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Tigers' Closer Jose Valverde Says He Fixed Mechanical Problems

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While the Detroit Tigers sit around and wait to see who they will face in this year's World Series, closer Jose Valverde has used the time to work on his mechanics that have plagued him this postseason.

One of the better closers in the American League over the past two seasons, Valverde's 2012 postseason has not gone like he had hoped. In three appearances, Valverde has given up seven earned runs in just two and a third innings pitched. During the Tigers' time off, Valverde has been working on his mechanics and sees a difference.

"A lot," Valverde told "I open too much. I do too much stuff with my hands. That's what I've been working on the last couple days with [pitching coach Jeff Jones], and now it's over."

It is unknown if the Tigers will go back to Valverde to be the closer during the World Series. Reliever Phil Coke has served as the team's closer.

During his five-year career, Coke has six regular season saves. He already has two this postseason alone and has yet to give up a run.

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Verlander Shuts Down Yankees, Tigers One Win from World Series

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Justin Verlander held the New York Yankees to one-run in  8.1 innings, while walking none and striking out three, as the Tigers defeated the Yankees 2-1. The Tigers now lead the best-of-seven AL Championship Series 3-0.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi sat both Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher out for the game.

"I focus on whose in the lineup that given day," Verlander said when asked about Rodriguez and Swisher not being in the lineup. "I've seen a lot of teams shuffle around a lot of lineups when I'm out there, so it doesn't really phase me if those guys are in their or not."

"I just need to come up with a game plan to face the certain guys I'm going to face," he continued.

The Yankees came close to coming back when shortstop Eduardo Nunez led off the ninth-inning with a home run off Verlander to cut the deficit to one. Verlander proceeded to get Brett Gardner to ground out before being taken out of the game for reliever Phil Coke.

Coke got Ichiro to ground out before allowing back-to-back singles to Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano. But Coke rebounded and struck out Raul Ibanez to win the game.

The Tigers will get a chance to close out the series Wednesday night in Detroit. They will send Max Scherzer to the mound to oppose CC Sabathia. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern.

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