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You knew it was going to be an adventure in the bullpen this season and the Tigers didn't waste any time putting fans on the edge of their seats.
After Verlander's exit, Drew Smyly came in as the long reliever and had immediate trouble.
Smyly gave up two earned runs on three hits, three walks and one strikeout in 1.1 innings, allowing the Twins to get back into the game.
Al Alburquerque relieved Smyly in the seventh inning after Smyly loaded the bases for the second time.
Alburquerque allowed a single that scored a run that was charged to Smyly, but proceeded to strike out the next two batters to get out of the jam and preserve the lead.
Joaquin Benoit came in for the eighth and despite allowing a walk, the Tigers came out of the inning unscathed, leaving questions for who would get the first opportunity to close.
Benoit began the ninth, but after inducing a harmless popout, Coke sprinted into the game.
Coke earned a strikeout and induced a line out to right field—where he failed to unleash his famous finger point—that ended the game, and gave Coke his first save, matching his regular season total from a year ago.
Except for Smyly, the Tigers' bullpen performed admirably and showed the Twins and the rest of the AL what they'll be seeing for the near future from Detroit, with several qualified relievers who bring different stuff to the table on any given night.