Justin Wilson takes over Tigers’ role as closer from Francisco Rodriguez

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Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports that Justin Wilson is the Tigers’ new closer, taking over for the struggling Francisco Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, 35, has had an abysmal season, having blown four saves with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings to date. Given the way he was pitching, particularly after blowing consecutive save opportunities on Saturday and Sunday, it was a matter of when, not if, manager Brad Ausmus would make a change.

Wilson, 29, has been much more reliable, owning a 1.32 ERA with a 22/4 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings.