4-14-14: The Detroit Tigers fell away from a strong start to 2013 this past week, splitting a two game series with the L.A. Dodgers and then losing their three game series with the San Diego Padres, 2-1. A 7-6 win over the Dodgers offered up their only real offense during the week, while Detroit’s bats were otherwise non-existent with just nine more runs over their other three contests. Despite having several heavy hitters, the Tigers continue to struggle with the long ball in 2013, as no one has hit more than one homer for the Tigers.
4-7-14: The Detroit Tigers continued their big hitting ways to start the 2014 season, as Torri Hunter has brought his bat early and often en route to three of Detroit’s seven week one homers. The Tigers have done a great job translating their hot hitting to wins, as they’ve gone 4-1 in the first five games of the season. Detroit started things off with a two game sweep over the Kansas City Royals (game three was postponed) and dropped the final game of a three game series with the Baltimore Orioles.
4-1-14: Alex Gonzalez wasted no time making an impact in his debut game with the Detroit Tigers, as he drove in the winning run in the ninth inning to give Detroit a 4-3 win and a 1-0 start to the 2-14 MLB season. Justin Verlander started Detroit’s opening game and gave up two earned runs, but couldn’t earn the win with his Tigers down 3-1 upon his exit. Joe Nathan stepped in and took care of business late, throwing a scoreless ninth to help the Tigers finish off the Kansas City Royals.
3-27-14: The Detroit Tigers have made a depth singing in wake of outfielder Andy Dirks injury and have signed recently released JD Martinez to a minor league deal. Martinez was most recently with the Houston Astros and was once their sixth best prospect in a strong system but has fallen from grace since reaching the Major Leagues. Detroit is also trying to sign two time reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera to an extension which would likely top Alex Rodriguez's deal from the New York Yankees in AAV, or average annual value. For the Tiger's sake they hope to be more successful with this extension than they were with Max Scherzer's after failing to come to a deal and breaking off talks, for now. The Tigers are still looking for infield and outfield help but look otherwise locked and ready to go for Opening Day and the 2014 season.
3-20-14: The Detroit Tigers have been thrust into the Stephen Drew sweepstakes after likely losing shortstop of the future Jose Iglesias to a shin injury. The Tigers still have one of the best records in the Grapefruit League and have the best run differential in all of spring training camps, beating teams 18-4 like they did on Tuesday March 18 helps. The Tigers are scouting the Chicago Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz and second basemen Darwin Barney as possible replacements for Andy Dirks and Iglesias who both went down to injury. The Tigers have also been linked to the Yankees Ichiro Suzuki although nothing seems imminent or likely on any front, even though scouts and the Tigers are not entirely sold on possible shortstop replacements currently in the Tigers organization. Detroit has named Justin Verlander as their Opening Day starter for the seventh time but in bigger news the Tigers will sell Poutine Hot Dogs with french fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy for $7 at Comerica Park this season. In all seriousness though Detroit has been slugging the ball the past two weeks and beating teams with great consistency that they hope will carry over into the regular season.
3-13-14: The Detroit Tigers biggest weakness from 2013 was their bullpen and Detroit did their best to sure up that hole in the boat with the additions of Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan at the back end of the pen. The Tigers also traded away a big money contract in Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler who is bitter with his former team hoping that they would go 0-162 in 2014. Detroit has the best hitter on the planet in Miguel Cabrera and maybe the best pitchers on the planet in Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, Scherzer the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner and in a contract year. The Tigers are excited about having a full season of shortstop Jose Iglesias, who replaced Jhonny Peralta after his 50 game Biogenesis PED suspension. The Tigers have been in the thick of things in the American League Central and for the American League pennant for the past three seasons and are expecting to be there once again in 2014.
3-5-14: Newly acquired starting second baseman Ian Kinsler is excited to be a tiger and have some choice words in ESPN the Magazine about his former team the Texas Rangers. In injury news Justin Verlander through 49 pictures of live batting practice which is the most action he seen so far this spring. Also it was determined that Andy Dirks will require back surgery and will likely be out for at least four months.
1-24-14: Aside from having one of the top starting rotations in all of baseball with the likes of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez the Detroit Tigers have one of the best hitters in the past few decades in Miguel Cabrera. However Cabrera will now be doing it without the likes of Prince Fielder protecting him as he was traded this offseason to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler as a way for the Tigers to improve their defense in the hopes of winning another World Series title.
1-7-14: The Detroit Tigers will welcome new second baseman Ian Kinsler to the team with open arms. Kinsler has a lot of playoff experience and unlike the man they traded for him has had some success in the postseason. The tigers also acquired relief pitcher job at Chamberlain and outfielder Rajai Davis.
12-9-13: The Detroit Tigers lost to the Boston Red Sox in the American League championship series last year. They have also been busy in the off-season making a blockbuster trade sending there one time priced first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Tigers will also lose shortstop Johnny Peralta who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in free agency. They will likely head into the season using José Iglesias at shortstop and newly acquired Ian Kinsler at second base to complete their infield. The starting rotation for the Detroit Tigers will also be Center in 2014 as they traded Doug Fister to the Washington nationals.
10-18-13: The Detroit Tigers fell to the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series and now are behind 3-2 in the series. Anibal Sanchez had the worst game of a Detroit starting pitcher this series, giving up four runs in six innings. The Tigers will now have to win both Games 6 and 7 at Fenway Park in order to advance to the World Series. Max Scherzer will pitch for Detroit in Game 6 on Saturday and Justin Verlander will be on the mound if the team is able to force a Game 7.
10-17-13: Manager Jim Leyland’s shakeup of the Tigers lineup paid dividends as his team was able to bring the wood going for 7 runs against the Red Sox in Game 4. Detroit was able to score the most runs so far in the series by rough up Jake Peavy as he only lasted 3 innings before being pulled from the game. On Thursday the Tigers will send out Anibal Sanchez for a rematch of Game 1 as he battles Jon Lester in a crucial Game 5. The team that has won Game 5 in when tied 2-2 has gone on to win the series the majority of the time.
10-16-13: Justin Verlander threw a gem, allowing just one run on four hits over eight innings, but that wasn't enough for the Tigers as they fell 1-0 to the Red Sox on Tuesday. The win gives Boston a 2-1 lead in the series. Mike Napoli accounted for the only run in the game, a solo home run in the 7th. John Lackey started for Boston and did not allow a run in 6.2 innings. Doug Fister will look to even the series when he gets the ball on Wednesday night in Detroit. Jake Peavy goes for Boston.
10-14-13: In game 1 The Detroit Tigers were almost able to accomplish the first combined no hitter in postseason baseball history by shutting out the Red Sox 1-0 and allowing just one hits. They were on the verge of another dominating pitching performance again with Max Scherzer on the mound in game 2 when things started to unravel. Up 5-0 in the 5th Scherzer gave up his first hit of the night. A few innings last, David Ortiz went yard for a grand slam in the 8th to tie the game. An inning later, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a walk off single to send the series back to Detroit tied 1-1. Justin Verlander is set to take the mound for the Tigers in game 3 as he will look to impose his will over Boston and gain a decisive edge. John Lackey will get the ball for the Red Sox.
10-8-13: The defending American League Champions are down 2-1 in the ALDS to the Oakland Athletics. After starting off the season strong the Tigers have not been playing to their potential and will send out Doug Fister to right the ship.
9-30-13: The Detroit Tigers came out of the All-Star break on fire but cooled off in late August and early September. With 93 wins they have clinched the Central division title and the playoff spot. Part of the reason for their struggles in August was the injury to the slugger Miguel Cabrera who has since returned. The tigers are six and four in the last 10 games. At .285 the Detroit Tigers at the best team batting average in all of baseball. It also helps when you're best player Miguel Cabrera bats .347. The Detroit Tigers will finish their season over the weekend interleague play as they travel to Miami to face the Marlins.
8/20/13 - Once again the Detroit Tigers lead the AL Central division with a record of 73 – 51. Miguel Cabrera is having another sensational season and was once again a threat for the Triple Crown award. This week the Tigerswill host the Minnesota Twins. Two weeks ago the Detroit Tigers had their 12 game winning streak snapped by the New York Yankees. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer is also having a great year at 18 – 1 with a 2.82 ERA. Currently the Detroit Tigers have a comfortable 6.5 game lead on the division ahead of the Cleveland Indians.
8/6/13 - The Detroit Tigers are on fire, winners of seven straight with a 9-1 record in the last 10 games. Miguel Cabrera leads the team with the batting average of .359. In the upcoming week the Tigers will face the Indians and the New York Yankees.
Jhonny Peralta was also suspended for 50 games due to PED use.
7/31/13: The Tigers, White Sox and Red Sox have pulled off a three-team, seven-player deal. In the deal, pitchers Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal will go to Boston, Infielder Jose Iglesias comes to the Tigers, and Minor league pitchers J.B. Wendelken, Francelis Montas, and infielder Cleuluis Rondon are headed to Chicago.
7/25/13: The Tigers have signed Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract.
7/18/13: The Detroit Tigers have 52 wins and are in first place. They will Look to make another strong push as the postseason approaches. All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera Is following up his Triple Crown winning year with another spectacular year offensively. Miguel made several nice plays in the All-Star game while playing third base. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer is having a spectacular year With a record of 13 – 1 and an ERA of 3.19. Jim Leyland was the manager for the American League during the All-Star game. Mack Scherzer was awarded the American League starting pitcher. Last season the Detroit Tigers won the American League and lost in the World Series San Francisco Giants. After the All-Star break the Detroit Tigers will head to Kansas City for a series against the Royals.
7/7/13 - Six Detroit Tigers were named 2013 American League all-stars. Miguel Cabrera (.368 with 28 home runs and 90 RBI) will start and make his 8th ASG appearance. Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander will be making their 1st and 6th appearances, respectively. First baseman Prince Fielder will make his 4th appearance, outfielder Torii Hunter makes his 5th appearance, and short stop Jhonny Peralta will make his 2nd ASG appearance.
6/12/13 - Despite coming up short once again in the World Series the Detroit Tigers have a stranglehold on first place once again. Perennial Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander Has eight wins and four losses and has struck out 93 batters In 80 innings. Last years Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is off to a hot start Batting 364 with 18 home runs and 69 RBIs. This week the tigers face the Kansas City Royals.