Both teams lead their respective divisions. Both have issues at the end of games. Yes, the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers -- two of the American League's foremost contenders in 2013 -- are undergoing a closer shuffle, with Andrew Bailey on Thursday blowing his second straight save (in a 4-3 loss to Detroit) and Detroit's Jose Valverde struggling to keep hold of manager Jim Leyland's confidence.

Both the Boston and Detroit managers have ordered change. Is this a good decision? Will these ninth-inning problems put either team's playoff hopes in jeopardy?

Red alert?

Andrew Bailey has eight saves, with a 4.03 ERA and four HR allowed in his past five appearances.


Movement in Motor City?

He's a longtime closer, but Jose Valverde's numbers don't inspire confidence. So Jim Leyland is moving to Joaquin Benoit.


Stressing out

There's little more stressful than a struggling closer -- except, perhaps, a shaky kicker.


Postseason in peril?

Boston is one game up in a tougher division, but sports a 44-31 record. Detroit, meanwhile, is four games up with its 40-31 mark.


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