TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Manning's future looks bright in Detroit

The Tigers felt like they were adding a top talent when they drafted Matt Manning on June 9. As it turns out, they added their new top prospect as well.
Via Tigers.com
4 hours ago

Tigers’ J.D. Martinez tallies 3 hits for Mud Hens in rehab assignment

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Durham Bulls 5, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box) Warwick Saupold went five innings for the Mud Hens, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with five strikeouts. He cruised through the first five frames, but ran into trouble in the sixth, when he allowed three Bulls to reach base before being...
Via Bless You Boys
10 hours ago

Ian Kinsler doesn't have time for gloves

Barehanded catches are way cooler. Michael Fulmer was his incredible self again on Wednesday, but when he needed a little help, Ian Kinsler was there to supply it. Up a run in the eighth, Fulmer fielded a bunt and sent it over to a covering Kinsler at first. The throw, however, was more than a little off the line. Never fear, Kinsler's bare hand is here. It speaks to his athleticism...
Via Bless You Boys
20 hours ago

VIDEO: James McCann hits HR over Fenway's Green Monster

The solo home run was McCann's sixth of the year and the difference in the Tigers' 4-3 win.
Via WholeHogSports
1 day ago

Cabrera's HR bounces right for Tigers in 4-3 win over Boston

BOSTON (AP) Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning that bounced off the top of the wall and into Boston's bullpen, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday for a three-game series sweep. Boston's the last major league team to be swept in a series of any length this season. James McCann also hit a solo homer, and Victor Martinez...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Miggy's HR propels Tigers to Fenway sweep

Before the Tigers took Wednesday's series finale, 4-3, at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were the only team in the Major Leagues that had gone all of 2016 without being swept. Miguel Cabrera's go-ahead homer in the ninth flipped that script.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

WATCH: Tigers play high stakes game of Rock, Paper, Scissors

Want to play a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse? Be prepared for consequences if you lose. Tigers starter Justin Verlander posted videos on Instagram which show Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler playing a simple game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. However, when Iglesias lost, he was hit in the head with an empty water cooler by Kinsler. Taking...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers return home for weekend set vs. Astros

The Tigers will welcome the Astros to Comerica Park for a three-game series on Friday after an off-day for both teams following their respective series on the East Coast.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

You don't want to lose the Detroit Tigers' version of Rock, Paper, Scissors

Video emerged from the Detroit Tigers clubhouse (presumably in Fenway Park, where the Tigers play Wednesday) of Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler playing a ruthless version of Rock, Paper, Scissors, which ends when the loser gets bopped over the head with an empty water cooler jug. The whole team exploded in laughter when Kinsler prevailed. You probably shouldn't try this at the office...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Tigers’ Drew VerHagen will undergo season-ending surgery

The Tigers have lost a potentially valuable bullpen arm for the year. Drew VerHagen is officially out of commission for the remainder of the 2016 season. The right-handed reliever was shut down after experiencing a setback in his recovery. He is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on August 8, according to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. VerHagen’s thoracic outlet...
Via Bless You Boys
1 day ago

Michael Fulmer on Turning a Corner with the Change

I was at Progressive Field when Michael Fulmer made the second start of his big-league career on May 5. He wasn’t very good. The Detroit Tigers right-hander gave up a four spot in the first inning and ultimately left having allowed 10 hits and five runs in five innings. The game in Cleveland exemplified his early outings. In his first four starts, the 23-year-old rookie surrendered...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame Index: Miguel Cabrera

As we move through the diamond (in reverse) we come to find some commonalities between players that should not have been put in the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Index is similar to other systems in that it attempts to distill the effects of time and place. One of the pitfalls of looking at traditional numbers is that many of them are what could be referred to as opportunity statistics...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cabrera homers, Tigers outlast Red Sox in slugfest 9-8

BOSTON (AP) Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tyler Collins each had a pair of RBIs and the Detroit Tigers roughed up knuckleballer Steven Wright to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Tuesday night. With the game tied in the sixth, Collins drew a bases-loaded two-out walk, which allowed Justin Upton to score the deciding run. On a night when both starting...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Deadline help could come from within

At the completion of Monday night’s games across baseball, the Detroit Tigers sat 5 1/2 games behind the division leading Cleveland Indians and 4 games back in the American League Wild Card chase. This status in the standings leaves the Tigers in a tricky predicament. They aren’t bad enough to be sellers like the Yankees or Padres, but they also don’t have the ability to make...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander outpitches Pomeranz, Tigers beat Red Sox 4-2

BOSTON (AP) Justin Verlander gave the Detroit Tigers a quality start Monday night, and they capitalized. They could use more of that in a tightening AL Central race. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, Verlander pitched six solid innings and the Tigers beat the Red Sox 4-2 to spoil Drew Pomeranz's second start with Boston. Victor Martinez and James McCann also...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers need Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris back

The Detroit Tigers are only a few games out of a wildcard spot and their playoff chances are there for the taking. The division might be harder to win especially with the starting pitching problem the Tigers currently have. There isn’t a lot of starting pitchers on the trade market, so the Tigers need to get Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris back fast. Zimmermann has begun throwing...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Upton: Tigers still feel we can win division

The Detroit Tigers are one of a handful of teams who need to decide before the Aug. 1 trade deadline if they want to be buyers or sellers. If Justin Upton was in charge, the decision would be a no-brainer. The Tigers lost five of seven games heading into the All-Star break, but they have won three of four on the other side. They remain 5.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Checking in on the Pitching Rotations

Relief pitching is still a major issue within the Detroit Tigers organization.  The starting pitching rotation has shown improvement since I last wrote about their woes, but the disabled list has taken Jordan Zimmermann (neck strain) and Daniel Norris (right oblique strain). The starting unit has consisted of Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Pelfrey, Anibal...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

James McCann: A Tigers Catcher on his Craft

James McCann remains a work in progress, but he’s established himself as more than Detroit’s catcher of the future. The 26-year-old University of Arkansas product is entrenched as the Tigers’ primary backstop, having earned the lion’s share of playing time thanks to solid defense and strong leadership skills. The one thing McCann hasn’t been providing is offense. The second...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera gave up at-bat to help Eric Hosmer win All-Star MVP

Even though his Detroit Tigers are division rivals of the Kansas City Royals, that didn’t stop Miguel Cabrera from doing a really cool thing for Eric Hosmer in Tuesday night’s All-Star game. After Hosmer homered in the second inning and drove in a run in the third, Cabrera, realizing that the Royals first baseman was in position to win the game MVP, told AL manager Ned Yost he...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rob Manfred rejects idea that rise in home runs is due to PEDs, ball changes

No one in baseball, including Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, isn’t aware of the spike in home runs throughout the first half of the 2016 season. However, given baseball’s recent history with performance enhancing drugs, one’s mind would be forgiven for wondering if PEDs had anything to do with the sudden rise in homers this season. Manfred, addressing the...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers Can’t Afford to Sell

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Don’t throw good money after bad.” Simply put, don’t waste more money on what is already a losing proposition. There might be an argument that this wisdom has some relevance to the Detroit Tigers, that the Tigers have reached the moment where it’s time to focus on the future instead of the present. Consider: the club possesses a...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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