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Detroit Tigers closer Gregory Soto not fazed by recent struggles

Gregory Soto hasn’t pitched well in his past two outings.

The Detroit Tigers’ left-handed closer allowed a combined three runs on three hits and three walks with one strikeout against the Houston Astros on May 5 and the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

Soto, a 2021 All-Star, isn’t concerned.

“It’s just a baseball thing,” Soto said Friday. “Those outings are supposed to come, either at the beginning, the middle or the end of the season, but they’re going to come. And now, they’re happening.”

Detroit Tigers reliever Gregory Soto (65) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during ninth-inning action Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Comerica Park in Detroit.

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