Detroit Tigers reliever Jose Valverde was confident he would return to his closer's role in Game 3 on Tuesday after being benched by manager Jim Leyland on Sunday to work on his mechanics.
"I'll be back," he said. "I have all my confidence, and I have my manager over there, and he has a lot of confidence in me too."
Valverde, who gave up four ninth-inning runs to blow a lead in Game 1, threw 25 pitches in the bullpen Sunday afternoon, working on slowing down his delivery. Meanwhile, Leyland gave Phil Coke a chance to be closer for a day, and watched him throw two scoreless innings for the save in the Tigers' 3-0 win over the Yankees.