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.