April 25, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 88

Valverde returns to Tigers with 1-2-3 save

DETROIT (AP) — For the Detroit Tigers, it felt like 2011 again.

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Jose Valverde reacts after defeating the Kansas City Royals 7-5 in Detroit Wednesday.

Two of the key components of that year’s AL Central division champs reunited Wednesday night to help the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs and Jose Valverde returned to Detroit with a save.

Martinez missed all of last season with a knee injury, and entered the game hitting .182. On a 39-degree night, he was robbed of extra bases by Eric Hosmer in his first at-bat, but he had an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring single in the fourth.

“I felt good out there... and I got...