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Cespedes off to slammin' start, Tigers rout Orioles

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam in his first game for Detroit, Ian Kinsler added a three-run homer and the Tigers routed the Baltimore Orioles 15-2 Tuesday in a spring training opener. Cespedes connected in the fourth inning for an 11-0 lead. The Tigers got the slugger from Boston in an offseason trade. Coming off a disappointing year, Baltimore starter Ubaldo...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera Tested His Right Foot Dancing to Phil Collins

This embed is invalid" /> Until Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera steps into the batter’s box on Opening Day, everyone will have doubts about his surgically-repaired right foot. How will it respond? Will there be any lingering effects? Will his power be sapped at all? You know, typical spring training overreaction questions. But if you ask me, there’s...
Via Busted Coverage
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

TMSNX Detroit’s Top 15 Tigers Prospects – Pre-Season 2015

Steven Moya   TMSNX Detroit’s Adam “Dorf” Waltersdorf, Shawn “Belly” Bell, and Jason Bray contributed to this ranking of the top-15 Detroit Tigers prospects entering the 2015 season. 1. OF Steven Moya Age: 23 Size: 6’7″, 260 lbs Signed: October 1st, 2008. Bats/Throws: Left/Right Grade: B- ETA: 2015 Analysis: Moya will knock the absolute snot out of the ball if he...
Via The Majors Detroit
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez believes he will be ready on Opening Day

Getty Images Victor Martinez believes that he will be ready for Opening Day. Martinez, 36, believes he will be ready for Opening Day as he recovers from meniscus surgery in his left knee. Coming off a season in which he led the league in OPS at .974 and OBP at .407 the Tigers will again count on the veteran to be a key part of their offensive output. There had been question as...
Via Tireball.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez tore his meniscus while playing catch

Earlier this offseason, the Tigers announced that freshly re-signed DH Victor Martinez would be undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He’ll likely be ready for Opening Day, but at 36 and coming off the best season of his career, this wasn’t the news that Detroit wanted to hear. But how did Martinez tear his meniscus? Well, he was playing catch…outside of his house...
Via The Outside Corner
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: baseball is officially back

Though it may have been a Monday, it was about as good of a Monday as one can get if they are a Detroit sports fan. The Red Wings made several trades to prepare for a playoff run, temperatures hit 30 degrees in Detroit for the first time in months, and the Detroit Tigers earned their first victory of many to come during the 2015 campaign. Ian Kinsler led off the exhibition season...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tiger News: Lineup for Monday’s game against Florida Southern and the expected pitching rotation for this week.

The first lineup of the year has been made early Sunday for Mondays exhibitions game against Florida Southern. Jose Iglesias will get a inning in of work for the first time in over a year. J.D. will be batting third due to Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera are getting healthy and hopefully be ready for the season opener. Lineup for 3/2/2015 against Florida Southern Ian Kinsler...
Via The Majors Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Newcomer Anthony Gose ready to get going in Tigers' outfield

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Anthony Gose isn't known for his bat. He plans to change that this year, his first with the Detroit Tigers. Gose was acquired in an offseason trade with Toronto. The Tigers want him to take over the center field spot in cavernous Comerica Park from Austin Jackson, who was dealt away last summer. The 24-year-old Gose batted only .226 in 94 games for the Blue Jays...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes: Table tennis tournament underway at Tigers' spring training

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Let the games begin. Last year the Tigers competed in a team basketball shooting competition. This year it's every man for himself in the table tennis tournament. The brackets have been hung in the clubhouse for all to see. Unfortunately for manager Brad Ausmus, he didn't last long. "I lost to Manny Pina," Ausmus said. "He beat me fair and square, 21-14." Someone...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Faster Tigers hope to take advantage of speed this season

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Speed can kill and the Tigers want to use it to their advantage this year. With players like Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, the Tigers will never be considered a super-fast team. But they're not slow either. Last season they were seventh in the league in stolen bases with 106. Top-ranked Kansas City had 153. That's a far cry from 2013 when they were dead last...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Competition in Tigers' bullpen down to one spot

LAKELAND, Fla. -- When the Tigers signed Joba Chamberlain earlier this week, it served to eliminate some of the questions surrounding the bullpen. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made it clear that the competition is down to one spot, barring injury or something else odd happening. "There's not a lot of spots. Some of this depends on (Bruce) Rondon's health. We've got Joe (Nathan), Rondon...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander may not be faster, but he's stronger -- and feels good as ever

  Velocity, everyone talks about Justin Verlander’s declining velocity. It’s true that the speed of Verlander’s average fastball has steadily declined, from 95.5 mph in 2010 to 93.1 in ’14, according to Fangraphs.com. But when the Tigers signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract before the 2013 season, they were buying the pitcher, not the pitcher’s velocity...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Cabrera progressing in rehab, running

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera is progressing in his rehabilitation from ankle surgery. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera ran at 65 percent of his body weight at a slight incline on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill for 20 minutes Wednesday. "Ran for 20 minutes, he felt good," Ausmus said. "He hit, he threw. From what (head athletic trainer) Kevin Rand has told me, once he...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers vs. The American League Central: Part 4 – The Big Picture

How do the Detroit Tigers stack up against the American League Central Division? We’ve ranked all the starters from each of the five members of the division and will show you how they ranked. Using a modified version of the WAR statistic (Wins Above Replacement), the players and ultimately the teams will be ranked. Here is the big picture about how this all fits together. Method...
Via The Majors Detroit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Phil Coke to the New York Mets Make Sense?

Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images) As all 30 major league teams enter the hot weather and grind of spring training, teams are still looking to add improvements wherever possible. Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus joins Twitter to stir up things, feud with Taylor Swift

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports A good buddy texted me Tuesday night, “@BradAusmus07, legit?”  At the time, I thought no way. My response was, “I highly doubt it.”  There’s no reason for a Major League manager to have a Twitter account.  Brad Ausmus is too smart for Twitter, with the Dartmouth education that’s blasted all over Tiger broadcasts. No way. Well, way....
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera rehabbing ankle on funky anti-gravity treadmill (PHOTO)

Miguel Cabrera is in Lakeland, Florida continuing to rehab his ankle during spring training, hoping to be ready for Opening Day.  Part of the rehab from his ankle surgery where he had bone chips removed has him jogging (or yogging) on an anti-gravity treadmill.  The lack of gravity is said to be able to control and manipulate the weight-bearing force. To me, it just looks like...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Tigers bring back Joba Chamberlain

The Detroit Tigers brought in a familiar face, which can be hard to recognize if you look back to his days with the New York Yankees, hence the big beard he has. According to reports, the Detroit Tigers signed Joba Chamberlain to a one-year contract worth $1 million, a year after signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. At first, a little hesitation crossed my mind when...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Detroit Tigers that need to rise above

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that ‘water always finds its level’. Well, for the Detroit Tigers in 2015, they’re going to need a few players to rise above what is expected of them and play excellent baseball. I will be posting a series of articles identifying certain categories of players within each position group (offense, starting pitching, and bullpen) and breaking...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Prospect Profile: Steven Moya

The Detroit Tigers have been one of baseball’s most successful franchises over the past several years.  Winner of four straight American League Central titles, the Tigers have won more games over that span than any other MLB team. The secret of the Tigers’ success has been to treat their top prospects as currency to obtain top level experienced talent.  Last year alone, they...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Charting the Rest of Justin Verlander’s Career

Let’s be honest. Justin Verlander was awful last year. His ace title has been removed across baseball, and I don’t think there is anyone in Detroit who thinks he’s the best pitcher on the staff right now. He definitely wasn’t worth $20M last year, and we certainly don’t want Verlander’s contract to anchor a ship full of bad contracts sailing for Philly status (spoiler...
Via Tigers Weblog
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking for Justin Verlander’s Curveball

Maybe it was all a setup for the headline, but in Anthony Fenech’s piece about Justin Verlander and his effort to return to glory — titled “Tigers’ Verlander ‘way ahead of the curve’ early this spring” — the pitcher points to the current state of his curveball as a sign of early success. “I’ve seen […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander says he has put on 20 pounds of muscle

Justin Verlander had a down year in 2014, and that may have had a lot to do with a core injury that prevented him from working out intensely during the offseason. This winter, the Detroit Tigers pitcher has been making up for lost time. According to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Verlander has already...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers are in a payroll hell they can't escape

It seemed like that the longer Max Scherzer’s free agency dragged on, the more likely it would be that he returned to the Detroit Tigers. Of course, it didn’t happen that way – Scherzer agreed to a staggering seven year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals earlier this week. While it might seem a little bit shocking that the Tigers didn’t get involved in the...
Via The Outside Corner
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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