Matthew Boyd has a 21-to-nothing strikeout-to-walk ratio for the spring. Anibal Sanchez has a 14-inning scoreless streak, during which he has allowed two hits and a walk with 16 strikeouts. The Tigers have a tough decision to make between the two for a rotation spot.
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A few days ago, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked his level of certainty that his starting center fielder was currently in camp. He said he was "90-something percent" certain that they would fill the void internally. On Saturday, with a new void in right field to fill now that J.D. Martinez is out for at least 3-4 weeks with a mid-right foot sprain, Ausmus lowered that level of...
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Michael Fulmer will begin his sophomore season when the Tigers begin the Detroit portion of their schedule. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year will start the team's home opener April 7 against the Red Sox at Comerica Park, manager Brad Ausmus announced on Saturday.
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The utility man has spent most of his time in the infield, but he has the ability to take on a new responsibility. Every team needs one of “those guys,” at least according to managers and television commentators. Quantifying their role can be difficult, but utility players have found a permanent home on many major league rosters, and in Detroit that has been no different. Folklore...
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Martinez will likely begin the season on the disabled list as he recovers. When J.D. Martinez was sent to see Dr. Robert Anderson for a second opinion on a right foot sprain he suffered during spring training action last weekend, the Detroit Tigers’ fanbase held its collective breath. Turns out, it was for good reason. Martinez will miss three to four weeks with a sprain in the...
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Last season is one that the Detroit Tigers would prefer to block out from memory, as the Cleveland Indians won the AL Central for the first time since 2007. And to add insult to injury, they clinched the division against the Tigers, toward the end of September. But 2017 is a new year, the Tigers are healthy and they’re going to retake the division crown. Detroit won four consecutive...
It took 11 years and four tournaments, but Team USA is the World Baseball Classic champion at last.The United States won its first ever World Baseball Classic championship Wednesday night in Los Angeles, with a dominating 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico.Marcus Stroman pitched six innings of no-hit baseball, and Ian Kinsler whacked a two-run home run in the top of the third inning to...
The United States has reached the final of the World Baseball Classic, which is reason enough for American baseball fans to celebrate. But comments like what Ian Kinsler had to say is rubbing some the wrong way.The New York Times published an article on Wednesday ahead of the WBC championship game between the US and Puerto Rico and talked about the differences between how each country...
The West Michigan Whitecaps have an amazing promotion for the community to purchase Opening Day tickets. And it involves puppies.The Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers will be offering fans an opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets that will be hand delivered by puppies, according to MiLB.com.There are some specifics, however.• Fans MUST CALL to order tickets between...
With teams rounding third base of the preseason, it is a good time to analyze the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff. In past seasons, the pitching has been the shakiest part of the team, failing to close the game in tight situations. Starting pitching seems to be off to a good start behind ace, Justin Verlander, but there are two key issues to keep an eye on for the regular season...
Spring Training is nearing its end and the Tigers have some big decisions to make regarding their starting rotation. Who is going to get the fifth starting rotation spot? Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris appear to be locks for the first four spots, but Matt Boyd has done all he can to earn the fifth spot in the rotation. He is battling Anibal...
Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot making a shoestring catch Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for several days. X-rays were negative. Martinez left the Tigers' complex in Lakeland, Florida, in a protective boot for precautionary purposes. ''We'll see about it tomorrow,'' he told reporters. ''I know as much about it as you guys do. It's good...
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The WBC has been a lot of fun this year, but Miguel Cabrera’s tournament is over after his back tightened up on Thursday night. That’s bad news for team Venezuela, already in a perilous position and facing elimination. (Which could come as soon as tonight, if Puerto Rico knocks off the United States.There is a bit of good news, though, as Brad Ausmus told the media that from...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- AL Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer said his injured right ankle that cost him a start for the Detroit Tigers earlier this month is 100 percent and that he's on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. Fulmer, making his second start since spraining the ankle during an agility drill on March 4, gave up three runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings...
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Spring training games can be looked at in a different ways. One, they’re a chance to get locked in and ready for the upcoming regular season. Two, they’re a chance to get all of the bad stuff out of the way. The New York Yankees are hoping for the former while the Detroit Tigers are hoping for the latter.Yankees’ pitchers Masahiro Tanaka, Chasen Shreve and Jordan Montgomery...
TIGERS 7, MARLINS 1 Detroit starter Matt Boyd went five shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out five. Justin Upton hit a three-run homer, Anthony Gose had two hits and drove in two runs and J.D. Martinez added two hits. Miami starter Adam Conley gave up a run on five hits in three innings.
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Every four years Major League Baseball has the World Baseball Classic. This tournament is meant to resemble the World Cup for soccer and hockey, but doesn’t seem to draw as many fans because it takes place halfway through spring training. It is composed of the best baseball nations in the world. The tournament is set up of different pools or groups and consists of teams from a...
In many ways, minor league baseball remains the last bastion of the old-school carnival mentality, where the objective is to get people in the door any way you can.That gives us our Zooperstars, our Jakes the Diamond Dog, our Bad Apple Dancers (Fort Wayne only.) And it also results in theme nights, often ripped from the headlines with a speed Law & Order would envy.There have...
We still talk about the Tigers as a team headed off a cliff, and it’s no mystery why. The reasons are the same as they’ve ever been, and the longer-term outlook remains unpleasant. Yet the team might not get enough credit for what it was able to do in the middle of a down 2015. Yoenis Cespedes was turned into Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer. And David Price was turned into...
The Detroit Tigers are having one of the worst spring trainings of all MLB teams, yet Justin Verlander is not concerned.The Tigers lost to the Phillies 11-6 on Tuesday to drop to 3-10 this spring. That record is the fourth-worst mark in MLB, which has led some fans to worry.Verlander responded on Twitter Tuesday to the concerns. Verlander heard from a fan who said they had driven...
The designated hitter has been around for more than 40 years. Still, it remains one of the more hotly debated topics in baseball. Responding to a question from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer about what rules people would like to see changed, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander offered his two cents. Verlander made two points here. One is hard to argue with. The other can be...
Kate Upton is making the media rounds after recently becoming a covergirl yet again for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. To no surprise, her long-term relationship with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been brought up on a few occasions.But what may be surprising is just how revealing Upton was during a recent interview about her longtime beau.During an appearance...
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