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Clevlen Gets Closer

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Brent Clevlen was 22 when he made his major league debut in the midst of the 2006 pennant race. He doubled in his first big league at-bat off Johan Santana and homered twice in his next game at Tampa Bay. As memorable as his first impression may have been, Clevlen's momentum stalled last year. He batted .220 at Triple-A Toledo and didn't make it to Detroit until September.

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Getting Closer

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In mid-May, the Tigers made their first trip to Arizona since 2005. If Eddie Bonine was to have a storybook big league debut, it would have happened right then. Bonine attended Mountain Ridge High in Glendale, Ariz., and still lives in the area during the offseason. The righthander had pitched well enough to earn a big league summons, with a 3.09 ERA and wins in his first eight starts at Triple-A Toledo. But there was no room in Detroit's rotation. His moment had to wait.

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