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DETROIT -- Joe Nathan expects to fit in just fine in Detroit -- and now the Tigers dont have to face the closer who has dominated them more than perhaps any other in baseball. Pierre Hojbjerg Bayern Munich Jersey . Nathan agreed with Detroit on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, enabling the Tigers to accomplish one of their main objectives this off-season by adding one of the games most accomplished closers to the bullpen. The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-handed starter Doug Fister to Washington. Terms were not disclosed. "Why would I come here?" Nathan asked rhetorically. "I think the question is, why wouldnt I? This team is ready to win. Theyre ready to win now. ... Its not just about getting to the post-season. For me, its about getting to the big one." Nathan, who turned 39 last month, has never pitched in the World Series. He had 43 saves in 46 chances for the Texas Rangers last season. Its been a busy off-season already for Detroit, which traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler in a move that, coupled with the trade of Fister, gave the Tigers more financial flexibility. Detroits bullpen was unsettled for much of last season. Joaquin Benoit eventually performed well as the closer, but he is now a free agent. "A very big part of what we were trying to accomplish was to get a closer," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "This was always a goal of ours." Nathan posted a 1.39 ERA last season, then declined a $9 million option that would have kept him with the Rangers. Nathan wanted at least a two-year agreement, and the Tigers were willing to give it to him. Now that Mariano Rivera has retired, Nathan is baseballs active leader with 341 saves. Hes pitched for San Francisco, Minnesota and Texas -- and hes been particularly dominant when facing the Tigers, converting all 36 of his save chances with a 1.44 ERA. Thats more saves than any other pitcher has against the Tigers. Nathan even helped hand Detroit one of its most crushing losses in franchise history -- he pitched in relief when the Twins beat the Tigers in extra innings of a one-game playoff for the 2009 division title. "Probably the best game that Ive ever been a part of," Nathan said. "Sorry to bring it up." Nathan missed the 2010 season with the Twins following surgery on his right elbow. He struggled in 2011 but pitched well for the Rangers the last two seasons. Detroit went into last season without a set closer, and after the Tigers brought Jose Valverde back and that didnt work, they went with Benoit. He finished the season with 24 saves in 26 chances, but in Game 2 of the AL championship series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Bostons David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series. The Red Sox went on to win in six games, rallying against the Detroit bullpen again in the finale. Besides trading Fielder and Fister, the Tigers hired Brad Ausmus to replace manager Jim Leyland, who stepped down. The changes will be clear on the field next season. Dombrowski said Wednesday that Miguel Cabrera will move from third base to first -- a switch that seemed likely from the moment Fielder was traded. The Tigers are hoping Nick Castellanos can take over at third. After trading Fister, the Tigers are prepared to move promising left-hander Drew Smyly from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The bullpen will look a lot different next year, especially since Dombrowski says Benoit is unlikely to be back. Detroit declined an option on right-hander Jose Veras, and the Tigers got left-hander Ian Krol in the deal this week with Washington. Dombrowski said he wouldnt think the Tigers would be involved in any other major moves in free agency, although Detroit has been known to pull off an occasional surprise, whether its a free agent signing or a trade. The general manager was asked if the team is now better positioned to sign somebody to a long-term deal, such as Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award this year and is a free agent after next season. "Well I wouldnt use any specific names, but Id say -- yes, we are," Dombrowski said. "You try to win in the short term, which were trying to do. Were doing everything we can. But youre also trying to maintain long-term success, so youre always trying to work on both of those things." Alphonso Davies Bayern Munich Jersey . 3 seed Phillip Kohlschreiber from Germany. Defending champion Marin Cilic also reached the semifinals -- his fourth in Zagreb -- defeating fellow Croat Ivan Dodig. German qualifier Bjorn Phau beat Dudi Sela of Israel to reach his first semifinals in nearly five years. Corentin Tolisso Bayern Munich Jersey . There are practical ideas, like this Chewbaca inspired Star Wars jerseys. Star Wars themed jerseys for the Toledo Mud Hens. http://www.soccerfcbayernshop.com/kids-mehdi-benatia-bayern-munich-jersey/ . The redshirt freshman finished the regular season with nearly 3,500 passing yards, and 35 touchdowns with another three on the ground while leading the Seminoles to the top of the BCS Rankings.After Paul Gascoignes appearance at the Premier League, Rod Studd recalls how other stars from showbiz, sport, and even British royalty have enjoyed the darts. The former England international footballer watched last weeks Premier League matches in Bournemouth and the eight remaining players return to action in Birmingham on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports.Gascoigne was the latest famous face to spend an evening at the darts and Sky Sports expert Studd looks back at when a prince, a TV comedian, and a Dutch football ace paid a visit to the arrows... From spit and saw dust to champagne and star dust was how Dave Lanning, the former Sky Sports commentator, described the influence of our late, great colleague Sid Waddell. That is reflected in the variety of celebrities from all over the planet that watch darts.Prince Harry is a great supporter of darts and has twice visited the World Championship at Ally Pally. I think everyone was absolutely staggered when he first turned up in 2011. A real live Prince wanted to watch darts, it just felt remarkable. Hes a pretty down-to-earth character and everyone really enjoyed him being there. Prince Harry has made two trips to the World Darts Championship I think Adrian Lewis got pretty carried away when Prince Harry went backstage to congratulate him on his semi-final win and ended up planting a kiss on his forehead. It was all taken in good humour and I think Harry enjoyed it.Zara Phillips has also been to watch the darts on a number of occasions with husband Mike Tindall. Its now the sport of princes and princesses. I think Adrian Lewis got pretty carried away when Prince Harry went to congratulate him and ended up planting a kiss on his forehead. Rod Studd Stephen Fry is another example of how you can find all walks of life at the darts. Julian Green Bayern Munich Jersey. . Hes one of the most intelligent men in the country, a Cambridge University graduate, and loves the sport.We invited him to the Premier League finals in 2010 when the lights famously went out, forcing the matches to be postponed until the following evening. Fry cancelled an evening with Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, to watch the Premier League and treat us to his commentary. Stephen Fry was a guest commentator at the 2010 Premier League final Pop stars are also pretty keen on the darts. Last year we had some bloke from One Direction and Justin Hawkins, the lead singer from The Darkness, made the trip when he was trying to get the Christmas No 1.Darts had struggled for many years to get respect as a sport, but now a procession of professional sports people come to watch and are in awe of the skill level and competitiveness at the top level. One Directions Niall Horan was spotted at Alexandra Palace International footballers such as Robin van Persie, Tony Kroos, a World Cup winner with Germany, and Rafael van der Vaart, who obviously did not know much about darts as he asked for a photo with Wayne Mardle, have also attended.But its not just football as champion jockey AP McCoy, snooker stars such as Ronnie OSullivan and Carl Froch, the former boxing world champion, all also come to watch. It just shows the respect that the greatest in their profession have for the darts guys. Watch all of the Premier League Darts matches this Thursday night, from 7pm on Sky Sports 1. 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