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Spring Glimpse: Anibal Sanchez pitches pair of scoreless innings in debut

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports   SARASOTA, Fla. — Anibal Sanchez took the mound for the Detroit Tigers today at Ed Smith Stadium, where he started against the Baltimore Orioles in their spring training home opener. Sanchez was removed after two scoreless innings, and looked sharp throughout them both. He finished the afternoon after only allowing a single hit, and striking out...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan Released By Tigers, Needs Second Tommy John Surgery

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers have released Joel Hanrahan from a minor league contract and said the right-hander will have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18. Hanrahan had his right elbow ligament replaced in May 2013 while with the Boston Red Sox, when he also had his right flexor tendon repaired. Detroit signed him to a $1 million, one...
Via NESN.com
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan Needs Tommy John Surgery Again, Released By Tigers

The news was twice as bad for Joel Hanrahan, the ex-All Star closer who was trying to prove himself to the Detroit Tigers: He needs another Tommy John surgery and the Tigers released him. Hanrahan had elbow surgery early in the 2013 season when he was with the Boston Red Sox. While he was in the middle of rehabbing, he signed a one-year deal with the Tigers for 2014. They thought...
Via Baseball Essential
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers release Hanrahan who'll have another Tommy John

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) The Detroit Tigers have released right-handed pitcher Joel Hanrahan. Detroit said that Hanrahan would have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18. The Tigers signed Hanrahan last May, a year after his first surgery, but he never appeared in a game. Detroit re-signed him in November. Manager Brad Ausmus said before Wednesday's game with the Baltimore Orioles...
Via AP on Fox
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers 2015 Preview and Prediction

Despite winning a fourth straight AL Central crown, the Tigers took a small step backward in 2014, getting swept by the Orioles in the Division...
Via Athlon Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #20: Victor Martinez | 1B | DET

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! Victor Martinez had a career year in 2014, and that’s certainly not something you’d expect to read following a hitter’s age-36 season. It’s not as though Martinez was slowly drifting towards obscurity, as he’s continued to be a productive hitter...
Via Baseball Professor
20 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
2 days 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
3 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
6 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
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
7 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
7 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
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
11 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
17 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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