Justin Wilson to replace Francisco Rodriguez as Detroit Tigers closer

K-Rod loses closer job after 2 blown saves in Oakland this weekend

DETROIT - Francisco Rodriguez has been replaced by Justin Wilson as the closer for the Detroit Tigers, manager Brad Ausmus announced Tuesday.

Wilson has taken over the role "until K-Rod overcomes his struggles," according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

K-Rod has struggled throughout the first five weeks of the season, but his implosion during a series in Oakland was the final straw. In two appearances, he allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in a total of an inning, turning two Tigers wins into losses.

In 13 games this season, K-Rod has allowed 19 hits and 11 earned runs in 11.2 innings. He's struck out 13 batters and walked five. His 2.06 WHIP and 8.49 ERA are among the worst in baseball for any relief pitcher.

Wilson, however, has been excellent for the Tigers. In 15 games this seas, he's struck out 22 batters and allowed just two runs on four hits and four walks in 13.2 innings. He leads the team with eight holds and has a 0.59 WHIP.

The Tigers begin a two-game series Tuesday night with the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

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