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MLB: Tigers release reliever Francisco Rodriguez

MLB: Tigers release reliever Francisco Rodriguez

The Detroit Tigers have released Francisco Rodriguez, one day after the 35-year-old reliever gave up a grand slam to Robinson Cano in his latest rough outing.

Rodriguez saved 44 games for the Tigers in 2016, but he is 2-5 with a 7.82 earned-run average this season. Detroit removed him from the closer role earlier this season.

“It's never fun to tell guys you like, or good people, bad news,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Franky has had an extremely good career. He was as gracious and as professional as I would have expected.”

The Tigers have experienced bullpen woes again this year, and Rodriguez's decline is a big reason why....

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