Tag:Todd Jones
Posted on: July 27, 2008 4:58 pm

Jones out as Tiger closer

The Tigers, still hanging onto their chances in the American League Central, have changed closers. Manager Jim Leyland has pulled the job from veteran Todd Jones and handed it to Fernando Rodney.

Rodney pitched the final 1 2/3 innings of the Tigers' 6-4 Sunday afternoon win over the White Sox. It wasn't technically a save situation, because Rodney entered with a 6-2 lead, but Leyland sent him out to the mound in the ninth when it was already 6-4.

"I'm going to give Rodney a shot," Leyland said. "Right now, the quality of (Jones') pitches, and the location of the pitches, is not good enough."

In his last 12 appearances, Jones has converted just four of seven save opportunities, and he has an 8.71 ERA in that span with a .400 opponents batting average.

Joel Zumaya will be the setup man, assuming he can stay healthy. Zumaya had some soreness in his right triceps last week in Kansas City, and the same problem forced him out of the game Sunday. But the Tigers don't believe it's serious.

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