Detroit Tigers News
6-30-15: The Tigers bounced back from a two-game losing streak to take their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. On both Friday and Sunday, Detroit won, 5-4, at Comerica Park. Saturday was an off day due to the game being rained out, and the Tigers had a slow start to Sunday’s game, but scored a combined five runs in the eighth and ninth innings to get the win.
6-16-15: Anibal Sanchez threw a complete-game shutout and allowed just two hits, as the Tigers defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 6-0. Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez each had two hits, and they combined to drive in five runs. With the win, Detroit moved to 18-17 at home on the season.
6-5-15: The Detroit Tigers are enjoying watching the strides that third baseman Nick Castellanos is making this season. While Castellanos has not hit as well in the major leagues as he has in the minor leagues he has made major strides with his glove work this season at third base. The progressions from Castellanos are especially beneficial for the team after the Tigers lost fellow infielder Hernan Perez to the Milwaukee Brewers this week. Perez was designated for assignment last week and the Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski had hoped to receive something beneficial in return for Perez’s services but ultimately could not find a trade partner before Milwaukee claimed him on release waivers. Perez is 24 years old and has reached the major leagues in each of the last four seasons at shortstop and second base after coming over from Venezuela. Perez slashed .280/.321/.387 with 21 stolen bases in Triple-A this season but was let go when the team claimed utility infielder Elian Herrera. Detroit finished their week off by preparing to activate relief pitcher Bruce Rondon who may cause some complications on the Tigers roster due to the logjam that includes Al Alburquerque, Angel Nesbitt and Alex Wilson.
6-1-15: Over the weekend, Detroit continued to struggle on the road against the Los Angeles
Angels, as the Tigers were swept in a four-game series at Angel Stadium. The Tigers will
look to bounce back by facing the underperforming Oakland Athletics for a quick three-
game homestand. On the bright side, Justin Verlander, who is working his way back from a triceps injury, was happy with his minor league start on Sunday.
5-30-15: The Detroit Tigers were among 20 teams in attendance to watch the latest prospect to leave Cuba, outfielder Julio Eddy Martinez. Detroit joined joined the Yankees, the Cubs, the Angels, the Blue Jays, the Nationals, the Rockies, the White Sox, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Reds and possibly the New York Mets. Martinez, like fellow Cuban prospect Yadier Alvarez, will not be able to sign in the 2014-2015 signing period and will have to wait at least until July 2nd and the 2015-2016 international signing period. Whether they sign Martinez or not remains to be seen but one player they lost and have a chance to get back is LHP Darin Downs. Downs was claimed out of the Tigers organization back in the 2013 season by the Houston Astros and has spent parts of the last three seasons there before being released by Houston this week. Downs has struggled in the Astros bullpen posting a 5.45 ERA with a 27-19 K/BB ratio this season in 34.2 IP.
5-26-15: Miguel Cabrera received his first day of rest of the 2015 season on Monday, and Detroit’s offense really missed him. Oakland Athletics starter Jesse Hahn threw a four-hit shutout against the Tigers, as the Athletics won, 4-0. Although Detroit stands at 26-20 on the season, the team is in third place in the American League Central.
5-18-15: Miguel Cabrera did not homer on Sunday, as he did in his previous three games. He did
account for the team’s only run with a double that drove in Ian Kinsler in the first inning
of Sunday evening’s 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. On the bright side, the second-
place Tigers are a perfect 7-0 in games in which Cabrera has homered this season.
5-11-15: Shane Green threw eight innings of one-run ball and allowed only four baserunners, but
his team’s offense continued to struggle. Unfortunately, the Tigers mustered just one run
and fell to the visiting Kansas City Royals, 2-1. Detroit had one hit in eight at-bats with
runners in scoring position, and it was a third-inning Ian Kinsler single to drive in
5-5-15: The Tigers received some strong pitching performances on Saturday and Sunday, as they salvaged a split in their four-game series with the Kansas City Royals. After Kansas City outscored Detroit, 12-2, in the first two contests of the series, David Price threw a one-run complete game and Anibal Sanchez posted his third consecutive quality start.
4-28-15: The Tigers had an odd week, in which they lost the final three contests of their four-game series against the visiting New York Yankees and learned that Joe Nathan requires Tommy John surgery. Then, Detroit fell in its series opener with the Cleveland Indians, but bounced back to take the series by winning the final two games of the series. On Monday, Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes each homered en route to the Tigers’ 5-4 win in Minnesota.
4-21-15: The Tigers continued their success with a 2-1 victory over the visiting New York Yankees on Monday, as they became the first Major League Baseball team to 11 wins this season. Yoenis Cespedes drove in the go-ahead run after hitting two home runs, including a grand slam, the day before. His strong performance on Sunday helped Detroit take its series from the Chicago White Sox.
4-14-15: Miguel Cabrera, who looks like Major League Baseball’s best hitter through the first week of the season, was named the American League Player of the Week. The first baseman collected two more hits on Monday in Pittsburgh, but Anibal Sanchez gave up five runs and three home runs, as the Tigers lost, 5-4, and moved to 6-1 on the season.
4-7-15: In Monday’s Opening Day game at Comerica Park, the Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, behind home runs by J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila. David Price threw 8.2 scoreless innings and gave up just five hits in the victory. In other pitching news, Justin Verlander opened the season on the 15-day disabled list, and he is tentatively scheduled to return on April 12.
3-31-15: ast week, Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of 2015 spring training. They came in consecutive games for the 31-year-old first baseman. His first came in Thursday’s 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, and his second was a two-run home run in the Tigers’ 4-3 win on Saturday. Unfortunately, Justin Verlander, who has struggled in spring training, left his start on Friday due to triceps discomfort.
3-25-15: On Friday, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus named David Price the team’s Opening Day starter. Justin Verlander, who gave up three home runs and five runs against the Washington Nationals on Sunday, started the previous seven Opening Days for the Tigers. Also on Sunday, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez made their spring debuts.
3-18-15: After a bad outing against the Washington Nationals, David Price, who threw the most innings in the 2014 regular season, threw four scoreless innings with five strikeouts on
Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is looking to make his fifth All-Star game in 2015, as he heads into his first full season with the Tigers.
3-4-15: In the Tigers’ 15-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, Yoenis Cespedes had a grand slam. Ian Kinsler also hit a three-run home run as a part of the team’s seven-run second inning. In addition, the club signed some minor league contracts last week: utilityman Bobby Borchering as well as pitchers Ross Seaton and Ryan Perry.
3-1-15: On Tuesday, the Tigers re-signed right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $1 million contract that has added incentives. Also that day, manager Brad Ausmus said that Victor Martinez is progressing well in his return from knee surgery and should be back in mid-March. Last week, Miguel Cabrera was cleared to hit and throw, and the team expects him to be ready near Opening Day.
2-17-15: Justin Verlander, who really struggled last season, looks to be ready for 2015. He has put on 20 pounds of muscle since last season, as he hopes to start another streak of all-star appearances. In addition, Rajai Davis said on Monday that he feels like his groin injury is behind him. A healthy Davis will be important to the Tigers’ offense this year.
2-9-15: Victor Martinez, who finished 2014 with an American League-best .409 on-base percentage and with the second-most votes in his league’s MVP race, will miss the Tigers’ entire spring training after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. With his surgery on February 10, he plans on being back around or soon after Opening Day.
10-7-14: The Detroit Tigers won the American League Central division title in 2014 and drew the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles in the first round of the American League Division Series. This was a series that had all the makings of a lot of offense and very little pitching all series long. There was not a single Tigers ticket not sold for these games as the fans filed into Camden Yards and Comerica Park for the best of five series. Baltimore went into Game One of the ALDS by sending Chris Tillaman and that powerful offense to Camden Yards to take on the Tigers. The Tigers countered with AL Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer who had his share of troubles with the Orioles. Baltimore ultimately put up 12 runs in the game and won the game by the score of 12-3 to take a 1-0 lead in the best of five series. Tillman went 5.0 IP and struck out six while giving up two runs, two solo home runs. Scherzer went 7.1 IP and struck out six of his own while allowing five runs, two of them coming on home runs.
In Game Two the Orioles used some late inning magic to stage a comeback with a bases clearing double for former Detroit Tiger Delmon Young as Baltimore once again edged Detroit by the score of 7-6 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Wei-Yin Chen started the game for Baltimore and was quickly beat up by the Tigers offense only lasting 3.5 IP and allowing five earned runs. While Justin Verlander was not exactly sharp in this game he did enough to hand the ball to his bullpen and specifically Joba Chamberlain with a sizeable lead. Joba responded by allowing three earned runs in 0.1 IP while Joakim Soria allowed the run that would blow the save and the game for the Tigers.
In Game Three Baltimore sent Bud Norris to the mound looking for the sweep while Detroit sent David Price to the mound looking to force a Game 4 in this series. Price looked awfully sharp for the Tigers in this contest but was matched out for out by Norris in a game that went scoreless into the sixth inning. In that inning Price made his only mistake of the game leaving a ball over the plate that the majors leading home run hitter Nelson Cruz took out for a two run shot giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Norris would get a shutdown inning in the bottom of the sixth and recorded an out in the seventh before leaving with 6.1 IP allowing just two hits while striking out six. Baltimore handed the ball to Andrew Miller to finish the 7th inning and the 8th inning and Miller shut down the powerful Tigers offense not allowing a hit or a base runner as he handed the ball to the Orioles closer Zach Britton for the bottom of the 9th inning. Detroit made things interesting in the bottom of the 9th stringing together two hits while JD Martinez collected his 5th RBI of the series to bring Detroit within one run at 2-1 but that was as close as the Tigers would get. Britton recorded the final out to give the Orioles the 2-1 lead and a 3-0 series victory and sweep in the ALDS. Baltimore is heading to the ALCS to face the Kansas City Royals while Detroit is heading home for the winter after another letdown in October.
10-1-14: The Tigers won the AL Central Division title over the Royals this season. General manager Dave Dombrowski pulled off some big moves dating back to last offseason. The swap of Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder has worked out the best. Fielder had trouble staying on the field with the Texas Rangers, while Kinsler was a valuable contributor for Detroit. Moving Doug Fister in the offseason resulted in the club's need to pick up David Price at the trade deadline. Price has been okay for the Tigers since they acquired him from Tampa. The Tigers will play the Orioles in the ALDS.
9-30-14: The Detroit Tigers had a flurry of scouts in attendance for the latest showcase for Cuban defecting outfielder Yasmany Tomas. The team has not announced whether they would hold a private showcase for Tomas or not while teams will bid on the outfielder this offseason. Detroit also announced this week that they had an opportunity to acquire Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon but declined even though the Phillies were willing to eat much of the remaining salary on Papelbon’s contract. Detroit declined taking the $13 million discount on Papelbon and ultimately acquired Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers to displace Joe Nathan at the back end of the bullpen. The deal worked out for the Tigers as they held off the Kansas City Royals in the division race and will head to Baltimore to take on the Orioles in the ALDS. Detroit had to go down to the final day of the season with the Royals as the two teams fought it out for the division title all the way down to the wire. Detroit finished the 2014 season with a 90-72 record and won the American League Central division title.
9-25-14: With the Tigers all but having the AL Central wrapped up, the market has become hot for Tigers ALDS tickets. The first home game is the cheapest of 3 possible at Comerica, with tickets from $37. The third home game has the highest demand, with least quantity available and most expensive average price -- at $395.94.
9-24-14: 9-25-14: The Tigers were unable to complete a sweep of the Royals this past Sunday, but they did improve to 13-6 against them head-to-head this year. They currently hold a one game lead in the AL Central standings in their pursuit of a fourth straight division crown. They have split with the White Sox so far this week, and end the season at home against Minnesota. Barring total self-destruction, the Tigers will be in the postseason once again this October.
9-23-14: The Detroit Tigers are very unlikely to let DH and first baseman Victor Martinez walk away this season in free agency. At worst the team is expected to offer Martinez a one year $15 million qualifying offer with the chance to receive a first round draft pick as compensation if Martinez rejected the deal and decided to sign elsewhere this winter. One player Detroit is likely to let walk this winter is Torii Hunter as his two year expires leaving a hole in right field. The Tigers have announced they would be in attendance to watch Cuban defecting outfielder Yasmani Tomas as he showcases himself for teams and may look to Tomas to fill the shoes of Hunter on the field and in the lineup. Detroit leads the AL Central by two games and currently sports an 86-69 record overall. Detroit has yet to clinch a playoff spot but it seems more like a formality at this point than a question mark.
9-18-14: The Tigers took care of business with a series win against the Royals last week. They followed that up by sweeping the Indians. Detroit currently holds a 1.5 game lead in the AL Central standings. One final series with the Royals in Kansas City this weekend is the Tigers' only remaining series against a contender. It could determine whether or not they win their fourth straight division title.
9-16-14: The Detroit Tigers received some good news this week on shortstop Jose Iglesias as he was cleared to do lower body workouts this week. Iglesias had stress fractures in both of his shins but an MRI and CT scan showed that both stress fractures had fully healed. Iglesias is still likely to miss the rest of the 2014 season but now a 2015 season is a reality when it was questionable before this week. Iglesias still has a long way to go but this is an encouraging sign for his future and the Tigers future. Detroit’s future also is likely to include a playoff berth as they used a sweep of the Kansas City Royals to jump them in the standings and retake first place in the AL Central division. Detroit now has an impressive 83-66 record and has opened up a 1.5 game lead for first place over the Royals in the division.
9-12-14: The Tigers took three of four from a surging Indians team in Cleveland to open up last week but dropped their weekend series with the Giants. However, they have taken two straight games from the AL Central leading Royals and are now tied with Kansas City atop the division standings. Their rotation has been dreadful and that includes Justin Verlander. Their offense will be their but it’s time for their pitching to step up if they want to make a push a beat out the Royals.
9-9-14: The Detroit Tigers find themselves in unfamiliar territory once again this week as they are in second place in the American League Central division and on the outside looking in for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. Currently Detroit has a 78-65 record and trails Kansas City by two games for the division lead and trails the Seattle Mariners by a half game for the final playoff spot. The Tigers hope the revived career of JD Martinez, former top prospect in the Houston Astros organization that was released without reaching the 40 man roster or the major leagues, and his revamped swing can help bridge the gap in both playoff races. Martinez has hit .304/.347/.541 in 401 plate appearances for the Tigers this season. Detroit and Martinez start this week playing head to head with the team they are chasing in Kansas City in a series that may make or break and decide the division race.
9-4-14: Like the Cardinals, the Tigers are another team that is just hanging around. They went just 16-
15 in the month of August, losing 4.5 games in the standings and the division lead to the Royals.
They enter September just a half game back of the Royals in the AL Central and are clinging to
a half-game lead for the second AL wildcard spot. They have beaten Cleveland twice this week and wrap up the week in San Francisco.
9-2-14: The Detroit Tigers claimed Houston Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls off revocable waivers this week in an attempt to solidify the bullpen for the first time this season. Detroit has had bullpen issues all season long so the need for the Tigers to make a move was obviously present but the teams could not pull the trigger on a trade and Qualls was pulled back off waivers. The Tigers may also look to solidify the starting rotation as starter Anibal Sanchez may be done for the rest of the season with an arm injury. The Tigers have a small window to win now with the likes of Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez headed to free agency after the 2014 season. One team that Detroit will have competition from for Martinez’s bat specifically is the Chicago White Sox who will hope to sign V-Mart to replace the traded and retiring Adam Dunn at the DH spot in Chicago.
8-27-14: The Tigers took a series from the Rays and split a four-game set with the Twins this past week. They also took the first game of a three game series against the Yankees this week leaving them 1.5 games back in the AL Central and just 0.5 game back in the AL wild-card standings. Rick Porcello threw his AL-leading third shutout of the year last Wednesday and beat Brandon McCarthy and the Yankees this Tuesday. He continues to enjoy the best season of his career. He is now 15-8 with a 3.06 ERA.
8-26-14: The Detroit Tigers were said to be the frontrunners along with the Boston Red Sox for the services of Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo. It was rumored last week that Castillo would likely command a five year deal in the $50 million - $60 million range. The Tigers are in need of another outfielder after outfielder Andy Dirks suffered yet another setback in his rehab from a hamstring injury. Dirks is likely done for the season after the second setback on this rehab assignment. There is likely not enough minor league games left in the schedule to give Dirks enough time to rehab properly and return to Detroit. The Tigers are still in second place in the AL Central division and if the season ended today would be on the outside looking in on the playoff race. The Tigers trail the Seattle Mariners by one game for the last wild card spot in the American League.
8-20-14: The Tigers are now 4-6 in their last ten games played. That's enough for them to trail the white-hot Kansas City Royals by two games in the AL Central after the Tigers led by 7.5 games last month. Detroit beat Tampa Bay on Tuesday and finish up the week versus the Minnesota Twins. They are just 6-7 combined against both teams so far this season.
8-19-14: The Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander left a start this week after lasting just one inning and complaining of right shoulder soreness. Verlander has struggled all season long and had a 4.57 ERA heading into the game and that is explained now that Detroit learned one of their aces has been pitching hurt. Verlander had never been on the disabled list in his career while playing in his age 31 season and will not require a DL stint for this injury either. The MRI on Verlander’s right shoulder revealed no structural damage which was a huge sigh of relief for Tigers fans. Detroit had a ton of pitching depth just a week ago and now find themselves uncomfortably thin after Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, and closer Joakim Soria all went on with injuries. With two double headers on the schedule this month and two rookie starting pitchers already in the rotation the Tigers may be forced to jump right back into the trading market for additional pitching.
8-13-14: Rather than running away with the AL Central like many people thought they would, Detroit has seen their lead vanish to the red-hot Kansas City Royals as they sit a 0.5 game back of Kansas City in the AL Central. They have lost four straight, including games to Pittsburgh on Monday and Tuesday, and are 3-7 in their last 10 games played. They wrap up the week taking on another hot team in the Seattle Mariners.
8-12-14: The Detroit Tigers continue to look for bullpen help even after acquiring Joakim Soria at the trading deadline and they signed former Orioles and Athletics closer Jim Johnson to a minor league deal. Johnson is only 31 years old and it is unlikely that he forgot how to pitch over the winter after leading the American League in saves in 2012 so this is a great low risk and high reward signing for Detroit. The Tigers Cy Young Award littered rotation was shocked this week as the team lost three of four games in Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees. The single Tigers victory was a come from behind win after the Yankees held a 3-1 lead over the newest Tiger in David Price before the offense got to the Yankees bullpen.
8-6-14: David Price struck out 10 in his Tigers debut and was long gone from the game when Alex Avila homered in the 12th inning to lift the Tigers over the Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night. Price pitched 8 2/3 innings and left with the score tied at three. The AL Central leading Tigers got Price from Tampa Bay last Thursday in a three-team deal just before the trading deadline time expired. Price now leads the majors in strikeouts with 199 and innings pitched with 179 1/3.
8-5-14: The Detroit Tigers had two of the last three Cy Young Award winning pitchers already in their staff heading into the July 31st trading deadline and they added the third in a trade deadline blockbuster this week. The Tigers acquired one of the biggest fish on the market when they acquired the Tampa Bay Rays David Price in a three team deal with the Seattle Mariners. In the deal the Tigers acquired Price for this season and next while the Mariners acquired Detroit’s center fielder Austin Jackson. The Rays acquired Drew Smyly,. Nick Franklin, and Willy Adames in the deal. Max Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young, David Price won the 2012 AL Cy Young, and Justin Verlander won the 2011 AL Cy Young Award. No team wants to see Detroit’s pitching staff right now even with a down season from Verlander.
7-30-14: The Detroit Tigers got some bad news with their bullpen lately as the team announced it was highly unlikely for recently signed Joel Hanrahan to pitch this season. The Tigers signed Hanrahan to a guaranteed $1 million salary for this season back in May in hopes of the righty solidifying the back end of the bullpen. That now looks unlikely and Detroit has been linked to a plethora of available bullpen names on the trading market this season. The Tigers snatched up one of those bullpen names early this week when they acquired the Texas Rangers close Joakim Soria for two minor league pitchers. The Tigers shored up their biggest weakness and now seem primed for another deep October run.
7-28-14: The Tigers did not play too well right after the All-Star break, but they bounced back to win four of their next six games. On Wednesday, they acquired Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a couple of prospects. On Thursday, Max Scherzer threw seven innings of three-run ball with 11 strikeouts to beat the Los Angeles Angels.
7-24-14: The Tigers had a chance to beat Arizona after Addison Reed pitched around Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning, but Aaron Hill ended the game by diving into the outfield grass for a ball, and threw out Don Kelly at first by a step to seal the 5-4 victory for the Diamondbacks. The Tigers stranded a total of eight runners Tuesday and failed to score in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Detroit continues to hold a comfortable 5 ½ game lead on Cleveland in the AL Central.
7-21-14: The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers are said to be talking about a deal that would send Joakim Soria to the Tigers. Detroit’s bullpen has not been great with down seasons from many, including closer Joe Nathan, and may be the team’s biggest weakness. Soria would help the back end of the bullpen not only for this season but also for the 2015 season as he is under team control for one more season. The Rangers are said to be asking a ton for Soria’s services and the Tigers may not have enough to get a deal done as they sent three prospects to acquire Jose Veras at last year’s trading deadline. Even with a weak bullpen the Tigers still lead the AL Central division by 5.5 games over the Cleveland Indians.
7-19-14: Miguel Cabrera, who recently said that he is not yet fully recovered from his offseason surgery, is still looking good at the plate. He hit a two-run home run in Tuesday’s All-Star Game and went 2-for-4 on Friday. All-Star Victor Martinez, who was out since July 4 due to an oblique injury, returned to the lineup and also went 2-for-4 in that game, but the Tigers fell to the Cleveland Indians, 9-3.
7-17-14: The Tigers have failed to run away with the AL Central as many predicted they would. They enter the break with a 6 ½ game lead and are looking like the best the division has to offer. The Tigers rank 26th in MLB with a 4.26 bullpen ERA. Guys like Huston Street, Joaquin Benoit and Jonathan Papelbon could be available. Expect Detroit to be in the market to add a legitimate closer.
7-15-14: The Detroit Tigers are going to be very active at this year’s trading deadline while looking to improve their only weakness, the bullpen. The Tigers have been linked to the Padres and former Tiger Joaquin Benoit but seem to be balking at his hefty price tag and salary for the 2015 season. The Tigers are instead turning their attention to the Texas Rangers plethora of relievers, namely Joakim Soria who is a free agent at the end of this season if his club option is denied. Texas has also stated they want a substantial package for Soria and have also made Jason Frasor and Neal Cotts available for two more pitchers Detroit may look at. Detroit goes into the break leading the American League Central by 6.5 games and has a 53-38 record.
7-14-14: Although the Tigers struggled against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this week, they bounced back against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals. Victor Martinez might be out until after the All-Star break, but Detroit’s offense has had some terrific games, including scoring a season-high 16 runs on Thursday. The Tigers head into Saturday with a four-game winning streak.
7-10-14: After giving up five runs in the first inning, Tigers ace Justin Verlander settled down and the Tigers rallied for a 14-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night. Verlander allowed five runs and five hits in six innings of work while striking out four. The Tigers' 14 runs set a season high, along with their 20 hits. Detroit managed its outburst without a single home run, but broke through for eight hits in the second inning against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Tigers have a 4 ½ game lead on Kansas City in AL Central play.
7-7-14: The Tigers have been playing very good baseball since the beginning of their last road trip. Although they dropped two of three games to the Houston Astros last weekend, they returned home and bounced back to sweep the visiting Oakland Athletics. Justin Verlander led them to the 9-3 victory on Wednesday, and Max Scherzer began their series against the Tampa Bay Rays on a good note as the Tigers won, 8-1. However, Drew Smyly was not so effective on Friday in Detroit’s 6-3 loss.
7-3-14: After Rajai Davis hit Detroit's first game-ending grand slam in 10 years on Monday, Rick Porcello made history himself Tuesday. In a 3-0 win over Oakland, Porcello became just the fourth pitcher in franchise history to throw a shutout without walking or striking out a batter. Sort of a weird stat if you think about. He was the first since Dizzy Trout in 1944. Porcello recorded 17 groundball outs and 10 in the air and became the first major-leaguer to accomplish the feat since Baltimore's Jeff Ballard on Aug. 21st of 1989. The Tigers have a 4 ½ game lead on Kansas City in the AL Central.
7-2-14: The Detroit Tigers are set to run into a predicament this offseason because Victor Martinez wants to stay with the team and avoid free agency this season but the team is not sure how many more years Miguel Cabrera can play in the field adequately. The Tigers will have to DH Cabrera sooner or later and Martinez may have to find a home with another American League team with an open DH slot. Detroit still leads the American League Central at the halfway point with a 44-34 record and a +19 run differential. The Tigers are 8-2 in their last 10 games and are looking to add a bullpen piece to help the struggling Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain this July.
6-30-14: The Tigers extended their win streak to seven games with their sweep of the Texas Rangers. Home runs from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez powered Detroit to Wednesday’s 8-6 victory. Then, Rick Porcello had his first career shutout on Thursday. However, Justin Verlander is still winless since May 30. He had a quality start on Friday, but the Houston Astros beat the Tigers in extra innings.
6-26-14: It was a homecoming of sorts
for Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler Tuesday night as Detroit visited Texas. Kinsler homered in his first at-bat then waved at the Rangers dugout while beginning his trot around the bases. The AL Central-leading Tigers went on to win 8-2 on for their fifth consecutive victory. If you recall, Kinsler spent his first eight seasons in Texas before being traded for Prince Fielder last winter. The Tigers have a slim three game on Kansas City for the division lead.
6-24-14: The Detroit Tigers may be saying all the right things but they have to be concerned with the struggles of Justin Verlander this season. Verlander himself is not sure how to fix the recent issues as he battles a loss in velocity, command, and control. Verlander is not old enough to have to totally reinvent himself on the mound but the Tigers may be regretting the big contract extension they handed the right hander right about now. With this newfound problem in the rotation the Tigers may have finally found their replacement at shortstop with the emergence of Eugenio Suarez out of Triple-A.
6-18-14: Max Scherzer yielded a career high-tying 10 runs in four-plus innings for the Tigers thus past Tuesday night. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner allowed the first eight batters of the second inning to reach base, with the Royals scoring six runs before making an out. Detroit were the odds on favorite to win their fourth consecutive division crown after a 27-12 start, but now the Tigers are facing a number of questions about their starting rotation. Justin Verlander has slumped badly over the last month as he took the loss in Kansas City's 11-8 victory in the series opener this past Monday.
6-17-14: The Detroit Tigers announced that Max Scherzer has taken out an insurance policy on his million dollar(s) right arm which may explain his willingness to turn down $144 million in guaranteed money from Detroit. The exact amount has not been released but logic would tell you that it would be somewhere in the aforementioned neighborhood if willing to turn down such a mega contract. Speaking of ace starting pitchers the Tigers may regret signing Justin Verlander to his two year extension as Verlander is showing signs of no longer being the best pitcher on the planet.
6-10-14: The Detroit Tigers may have found the next Miguel Cabrera with the drafting of Derek Hill to play the outfield with their first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday. The Tigers have been clearing roster spots left and right with the revolving door in the Detroit infield and recently designated Danny Worth for assignment and released Troy Hanzawa from Triple-A. The Tigers are still leading the American League Central division but are now trying to fight off the suddenly surging Cleveland Indians for the division crown.
6-3-14: The Detroit Tigers seem to growing tired of Phil Coke and his inconsistency in the bullpen this season, although they would never say it out loud. At the time of this writing Coke owns a 5.91 ERA after spending some time last season as the team’s closer. Coke’s ERA hit a high of 8.10 in May though so although it doesn’t seem like it Coke has pitched better of late for Detroit. The Tigers have been thin at middle infield ever since Jose Iglesias went down for the season and they got even thinner this week after releasing Triple-A shortstop Troy Hanzawa. Hanzawa has just three hits and no walks this season and will look to latch on elsewhere.
5-28-14: The Detroit Tigers got a scare over the Memorial Day weekend when All Star and former Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera left a game with a tight hamstring. Cabrera was back in the lineup on Memorial Day and was diagnosed with a hamstring cramp so all Tigers fans can take a collective sigh of relief. Joba Chamberlain left the same game as Cabrera with a bruised right ankle after he was covering first base on a close play and is day to day as well. The Tigers are in win now mode as they look to have some of the top tier free agents after this season including Chamberlain, Victor Martinez, and Max Scherzer to name a few. The Tigers have announced that they would like to bring back both Martinez and Joba but find it highly unlikely they will have the money to match a contract to keep Scherzer around.
5-21-14: The Detroit Tigers came out recently and announced that they were interested in Yangervis Solarte before the Yankees snatched him up on a minor league deal. This obviously came before acquiring second basemen Ian Kinsler from the Texas Rangers for Prince Fielder. Solarte ultimately signed with New York over Detroit because he saw the easiest way to the major leagues was through New York. Even without Solarte the Tigers are leading the way in the American League Central division once again with a 27-12 record behind great offensive seasons from Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. Martinez has shown a great eye and an even better ability to make contact with the ball as he has ten home runs and only nine strikeouts through a quarter of the 2014 season.
5-15-14: The Detroit Tigers are once again leading the way in the American League Central and this time by a comfortable margin after almost 40 games this season. The Tigers are hot winning seven of their last 10 games and have won eight games in a row on the road. The Tigers recently honored former manager Jim Leyland at Comerica Park and Leyland told reporters that he had no regrets stepping aside. I am sure Brad Ausmus has no regrets either as he walked into an absolutely stacked team with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer anchoring the rotation and Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, and Victor Martinez leading the way offensively.
5-7-14: The Detroit Tigers are right where they are used to be at the top of the American League Central division, and by a good cushion after 30 games. Detroit started the season slow but really turned it on in the last two weeks. Detroit started the month of May by signing the highly sought after free agent closer Joel Hanrahan to a guaranteed Major League deal for this season after watching his showcase for teams after a Tommy John surgery. Hanrahan will need about a month to get ready before being game ready according to sources. The Tigers love having two left handed relief pitchers in their bullpen but are said to be interested in trading Phil Coke this trading deadline if the right deal comes around. Sources wonder if prospect Robbie Ray could take his spot if Coke were to be traded.
4-28-14: The Detroit Tigers are in a situation they are not used to being in lately, Miguel Cabrera is struggling to hit .250 and has not shown much power in the first month of the season. Another thing Detroit is not used to is having question marks in the middle infield after the departure of Jhonny Peralta to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Tigers signed Alex Gonzalez to play shortstop after Jose Iglesias was lost for the season and are now flirting with the idea of signing Scott Boras client Stephen Drew to fill the need, even though he is still linked to draft pick compensation and would likely be unavailable for the first three weeks or so after signing after missing all of Spring Training and the 2014 season to date. The Tigers still have the pitching to compete with just about anyone in the American League Central division with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander starting games and Joe Nathan finishing them and expect to be at the top of the division once again when 2014 comes to a close. Be sure to vote for Scherzer, Verlander, Cabrera, and the rest of the crew for the MLB All Star Game as voting has just opened up this week for the game.
4-21-14: The powerful Detroit Tigers sit atop the American League Central division with a record of 9–6. Over the weekend they hosted the Los Angeles Angels and took the series 2 games to one. Next up is the division rival White Sox 44 game set in Detroit. Newly acquired Ian Kinsler is leading the team in batting average through the first three weeks of the season, at a clip of .317. After signing a monster contract extension this off-season Miguel Cabrera has had a slow start batting just .220 and only hitting one homerun. It is probably only a matter of time before the future Hall of Famer breaks out of this slump.
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.