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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Joaquín Benoit
On a day of bad news for Seattle starting pitching, James Paxton provided hope, retiring all six batters in the Mariners' 12-1 rout of the San Diego Padres on Friday.
Padres manager Bud Black was quick to point out reliever Joaquin Benoit has the most service time of anyone on the San Diego roster.
Asked how miserable he was in a 2013 season in Toronto filled with arm pain and hard-hit balls, Josh Johnson chuckled and shook his head.
San Diego has the pitching to compete in 2014 but can its lineup produce enough runs inside spacious Petco Park?
Miguel Cabrera returns, but Prince Fielder and Doug Fister are gone. Can the big changes help get Detroit over its October hump at last?
The San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
When the Detroit Tigers introduced new closer Joe Nathan this week, the news conference quickly became about a lot more than Joe Nathan.
Joe Nathan expects to fit in just fine in Detroit _ and now the Tigers don't have to face the closer who has dominated them more than perhaps any other in baseball.
The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016 on Wednesday, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen.
Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after manager Jim Leyland dropped Jackson to eighth in the order and moved everyone else up a place following the Tigers' 1-0 loss in Game 3.
The last time Justin Verlander took the mound, his team's season was on the line.
"Obviously that was a tough one," Verlander said. "At the same time you know this series is going to be a dogfight. Nobody is going to walk over anybody."
The Tigers were cruising to their second straight win at Fenway Park, with starter Max Scherzer taking a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning. But with one swing, Big Papi changed everything.
The majors' highest-scoring team during the regular season, the Red Sox were shut out at Fenway Park in the postseason for the first time in 95 years.
Justin Verlander pitched another Game 5 gem in Oakland while carrying a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Miguel Cabrera homered to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Athletics 3-0 Thursday night and back into the AL championship series.
"I still have to work a little bit on my mechanics," he said. "I was a little too quick to the plate."
"I don't really understand why it's a big issue when you have Joe Nathan signing and getting two years and he's 39, 40. For me to be 36, I don't see it," Benoit said. "I've proven that I'm healthy and I'm getting better every year. I don't know what else they want for us to do. Guys get older."