Detroit Tigers News
9-26-16: Ian Kinsler, who recently returned from a concussion, has been on a hot streak in his last three games, as he has tallied a combined eight hits. Unfortunately, the Royals’ offense torched Matt Boyd on Sunday. The starting pitcher did not record an out, as the Tigers lost the rubber match, 12-9.
9-12-16: Justin Verlander was on the mound for the Tigers in Sunday’s rubber match against the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Although he had seven strikeouts in five innings, he allowed three runs on seven hits. While the Orioles plated two runs off Verlander, the Tigers only scratched across one run in the 3-1 loss.
8-29-16: The Tigers, who activated Jose Iglesias from the disabled list recently, unfortunately did not get a hit from him in his two games against the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. Detroit won its lone game of the series without him. Justin Verlander threw 7.2 innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts in Friday’s victory, which extended the team’s winning streak to five games.
8-22-16: The Tigers salvaged a four-game split with the visiting Boston Red Sox, as they rode their offense, including Justin Upton, and Justin Verlander to their 65th win of the season. Upton homered twice in the 10-5 victory. The veteran starter threw six innings of one-run ball and had five strikeouts.
8-15-16: In Sunday’s rubber match at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Michael Fulmer threw his first career shutout, as he lowered his American League-leading ERA to 2.25. The Tigers, who recently placed Jose Iglesias on the disabled list, did not allow the Texas Rangers to score on Saturday or Sunday, as Detroit snapped its five-game losing streak and won consecutive games.
8-10-16: The struggling Tigers, who placed both Jordan Zimmermann and Nick Castellanos on the disabled list recently, are happy to have J.D. Martinez back in their lineup. He has been hitting very well since being activated from the disabled list. On Tuesday, he homered for the 14th time this season, but the Tigers fell for the third straight time.
8-1-16: The Tigers scored six runs, including James McCann’s first career grand slam, in the first inning of Sunday’s contest against the visiting Houston Astros, as Detroit went on to sweep the series and win its sixth straight game. Miguel Cabrera homered twice, and Justin Upton added his 13th home run of the season in the 11-0 win.
7-25-16: The Tigers head into Boston on Monday night, as they hope to find a way up the standings. Detroit is just 5-5 since the All-Star break, and the team has two off days within the next week. However, the team’s schedule is not easy after the Tigers were not able to take advantage of games against the Twins and White Sox. On the bright side, four different Tigers homered in Sunday’s loss at Chicago.
7-18-16: Nick Castellanos had three extra-base hits in Sunday’s rubber match, but it was Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s second career walk-off home run that won the game for the Tigers. Michael Fulmer threw eight innings of two-run ball, but Francisco Rodriguez received the victory. It was the closer’s first decision of the season.
7-14-16: The Tigers’ struggles continued, as they lost three of four games against the Toronto Blue Jays. The bright spot of the weekend for the Tigers was Saturday’s 3-2 victory. In the eighth inning of that contest, Victor Martinez launched the 17th home run of his season. The go-ahead homer gave the Tigers the lead for good.
7-5-16: The Tigers played very well against non-divisional opponents in June, and that success continued over the last week, as they went a combined 6-0 against the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays. Unfortunately, the Jordan Zimmermann-less Tigers ran into the Cleveland Indians again. Detroit starter Daniel Norris left Monday’s loss due to a strained right oblique.
6-27-16: The Tigers had a roller coaster week, as they completed a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners, but then continued to struggle against the Cleveland Indians. With the three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians, the Tigers fell to 0-9 this season against Cleveland. On Sunday, Justin Verlander allowed four home runs and eight runs, as he took his sixth loss of the season.
6-20-16: Miguel Cabrera crushed the ball out of Comerica Park in the first inning of Monday’s series opener against the visiting Seattle Mariners. The Tigers, who missed J.D. Martinez’s offense over the weekend, received two home runs, including a walk-off one, from Justin Upton in Monday’s 8-7 victory.
4-20-16: In the middle of A.L. Central pack sit the Detroit Tigers, who own a 7-5 record on the season. The team made headlines during the offseason after acquiring free agent Justin Upton, though the established slugger has failed to produce over the first two weeks of play. Upton has gone just 13-for-53 with one home run and two RBI in 12 games. The Tigers, who are comforted by future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera's bat in the middle of the order, will need Upton to make up ground if they have any hope of catching the red-hot Royals and White Sox in the division. The average price for Detroit Tigers tickets on the secondary market is $130.03 over 76 remaining games at Comerica Park.
9-28-15: The Tigers’ final home game of 2015 was a frustrating loss, as the Comerica Park crowd witnessed the Minnesota Twins put six runs on the board in the second inning, as they knocked Tigers starter Randy Wolf out of the game. Detroit takes its 72-83 record to Texas and Chicago to end the season.
9-25-15: The Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus may be on the way out after a lackluster season in 2015 but that hasn’t stopped him from voicing his opinion to the media. Ausmus told reporters that he felt like the Tigers had given up on right-handed relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain too early after the team designated him for assignment and allowed him to hit free agency and sign with the Kansas City Royals. Chamberlain posted a 4.09 ERA in 22 innings with the Tigers before being released in July and allowed to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays before coming to Kansas City. Chamberlain has reached the big leagues with the Royals and despite his struggles could have still been one of the better relievers in the Detroit Tigers bullpen this season. If the team does allow Ausmus to walk and replace him as the manager the rookie Tigers skipper could find his way to the San Diego Padres organization who may covet him or a manager like him to replace Bud Black who was fired earlier this season. Many wonder why the team would want to let Ausmus go after suffering an injury riddled season but when you manage Miguel Cabrera’s first losing season in Detroit there are usually consequences.
9-21-15: The Tigers mustered just three runs on Sunday against the visiting Kansas City Royals, as Detroit lost by seven runs. All of the Tigers’ runs came in the third inning on singles by Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos. Alfredo Simon allowed eight runs in 4.1 innings in the loss.
9-18-15: The Detroit Tigers have not decided whether they will remove manager Brad Ausmus from his coaching job after a lackluster 2015 season but if the team does let Ausmus hit the open market he may not be unemployed for long. Ausmus was once a special assistant for the San Diego Padres and could re-join their organization as a potential replacement for interim manager Pat Murphy in 2016. The Boston Red Sox could also be another opportunity for Ausmus when you consider that the Tigers former GM Dave Dombrowski is now a member of the Red Sox organization and front office. Whoever the new GM is in Detroit will have to follow in Dombrowski’s footsteps after the former GM traded away Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets and David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers did receive a pair of great young starting pitchers in return in Michael Fulmer from the Mets and Daniel Norris from the Blue Jays so the future may be bright in Detroit. Adding Norris to a starting rotation that already has Shane Greene and Justin Verlander could get Detroit not only back into the thick of things for the American League Central Division but for the entire American League as well.
9-14-15: In Sunday afternoon’s loss, Justin Verlander allowed four runs in six innings, and he fell to 3-8 in 2015. However, the last-place Tigers bounced back to win the second game of the doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. Drew VerHagen relieved Randy Wolf, who threw 93 pitches in three innings, and threw two scoreless frames, as he got his first Major League Baseball win.
9-11-15: The Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus may be on the hot seat after a lackluster 2015 campaign as the team’s manager. The front office seems to enjoy having Ausmus as a manager but the reported line of thinking is that some of the players, specifically the veteran players, have simply stopped playing for the young manager and former MLB veteran. It probably doesn’t help that Ausmus was a Dave Dombrowski hire or that he is a rookie manager that was picked to take over after a Hall of Fame manager in Jim Leyland left the club but for what it’s worth new GM Al Avila did support the signing of Ausmus as an assistant to Dombrowski. Avila may have a new manager for the 2016 season and may have a new pitching staff as well as a ton of turnover is set to come this winter for the ball club. Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez seem like locks for the rotation while prospect Daniel Norris and recent acquisition Shane Greene may take two other rotation spots but the Tigers may still add two starters via free agency or trade this winter as the team tries to get back to the playoffs in 2016.
9-7-15: The Tigers’ lost season has continued to frustrate fans in Detroit, as their team fell for the 13th time in their last 16 contests with Sunday’s 4-0 loss against the visiting Cleveland Indians. Although Justin Verlander threw seven innings of three-run ball, Detroit’s offense scratched across just three hits in the defeat.
9-4-15: The Detroit Tigers started their week off by announcing their roster moves and September call ups this week. That list of players included catcher Bryan Holaday and starting pitcher Kyle Ryan. Detroit finds itself in some unknown territory for the franchise, at least lately, as the team sold away their high priced veterans at the trading deadline while also relieving their GM Dave Dombrowski of his duties with the club. Detroit will now look to rebuild on the fly with an aging core led by Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler. The team is expected to be extremely active this winter as a ton of talent hits the free agent market including both the players they traded in July, David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. Detroit is also expected to take long looks at pitchers Jordan Zimmerman, Johnny Cueto and Tim Lincecum if he is deemed healthy enough for spring training 2016. The team may also look to add to their outfield and offense with some big boppers in the middle of the lineup. One name that immediately comes to mind is Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners if he becomes available as he would be the perfect fit for the Tigers designated hitter position.
8-31-15: On Sunday, the last-place Tigers dropped their fourth game in a row and their ninth in their last 10 games. Alfredo Simon allowed six runs in five innings in the 9-2 loss to the surging Toronto Blue Jays. Although the Tigers were swept, Nick Castellanos went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the afternoon contest.
8-28-15: The Detroit Tigers acquired left-handed veteran starting pitcher Randy Wolf last week from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations and this week the team activated him. In order to clear a roster spot for Wolf the team made the tough decision to release infielder/outfielder Marc Krauss. Krauss began the season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before coming to Detroit and combined for a .141/.173/.256 triple slash in 81 plate appearances. The Wolf acquisition was necessary after trading David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays for a package headed up by Daniel Norris. Norris was called up to the Major Leagues only to suffer an oblique injury almost immediately, an injury that could end his 2015 campaign. To add insult to injury the Tigers lost another starting pitcher that they acquired just this season when it was announced that Shane Greene would undergo season ending surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching hand. Greene will have his shoulder operated on as doctor’s look to repair his circumflex artery. The good news for Greene and for the Tigers is that the righty is expected to start throwing in just two months and should be ready for Spring Training 2016.
8-24-15: Alfredo Simon threw a one-hit complete game in Detroit’s 4-0 victory over the visiting Texas Rangers on Thursday to give the Tigers their third consecutive victory, but they dropped the final three games of their four-game series against the Rangers. Detroit collected nine hits on Sunday, but scratched across only one extra-base hit in the 4-2 loss.
8-21-15: The Detroit Tigers welcomed back arguably the best hitter in Major League Baseball this week when the team activated Miguel Cabrera off the disabled list. While the Tigers are not likely to push for a playoff spot in the American League this season it will still be good for both Cabrera and the Tigers to get their first baseman back on the field as soon as possible. Possibly joining Cabrera on the same field will be left-handed veteran Randy Wolf who was acquired in a relatively minor deal with the Toronto Blue Jays this week. In exchange for the veteran southpaw the Tigers sent cash considerations back to Toronto. Wolf will start his Tigers career in Triple-A where he had been pitching as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays and could earn his way back to the Major Leagues when rosters expand from 25 to 40 players on September 1st. With the recent injuries to Daniel Norris, who they just acquired from Toronto in the deal that sent David Price north of the border, and Anibal Sanchez the need for Wolf quickly arose. Wolf has pitched well in the minor leagues this season posting a 2.58 ERA with 6.8 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 139.2 innings this season.
8-18-15: On Sunday, the Tigers fell to 56-61 on the season, as they lost, 6-5, to the Houston Astros. Although the Tigers fell in the rubber game in Houston, Miguel Cabrera had a successful series after returning to the lineup on Friday. Detroit’s slugger went 4-for-10 in the series and hit his 16th home run of the season on Sunday.
8-14-15: The Detroit Tigers ended their week off by activating easily their best hitter and possibly the best hitter in Major League Baseball, Mr. Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was on the disabled list for a long time which may or may not have led to the team falling out of grace and out of contention for a playoff spot in 2015. Much of the team’s focus has turned to the 2016 season and a potential roster and payroll crunch that looks to cripple and hamper the team going forward. The team has already sent down starting pitcher Shane Greene to work on his mechanics and pitching while the team also contemplates what to do with some of their pending free agents. Starting catcher Alex Avila is one of those pending free agents that may lose his job in Detroit after a concussion and the emergence of rookie James McCann hurt his standings overall with the team. Throwing to McCann in the later innings of a contest is the duo of Bruce Rondon and Alex Wilson that are both competing for the team’s closer spot not only for the remainder of 2015 but also for the 2016 season and beyond.
8-7-15: The Detroit Tigers shook up the Major League Baseball world this week when the team let their General Manager Dave Dombrowski go from his position with the team. Dombrowski was set to be a free agent after the 2015 season after serving as the team’s GM and executive of baseball operations. In his place will be Al Avila after he signed a five-year contract that runs through the 2020 season to be the new GM in Detroit. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch released Dombrowski two months early so he could pursue opportunities with a new club now rather than not being retained this winter. Detroit struggled for much of this season leading Dombrowski and team management to rebuild by trading away ace left-handed starting pitcher David Price, closer Joakim Soria and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in three separate deals at the trading deadline. Avila stated that manager Brad Ausmus would manage the team at least for the remainder of the 2015 season although he has no guarantee to be back for the 2016 season. Widespread change is expected in Detroit after a disappointing 2016 season that will likely be led by a new manager.
8-7-15: Before Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers parted ways with general manager Dave Dombrowski and replaced him with Al Avila. Then on Wednesday, in Matt Boyd’s debut with the Tigers, he threw seven innings of one-run ball in their 2-1 victory. Detroit made it a successful series with Victor Martinez’s two home runs and Ian Kinsler’s walk-off home run in Thursday’s win.
8-3-15: The Tigers, who traded Yoenis Cespedes, David Price and Joakim Soria away last week, were able to get a split of their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. After leaving Saturday’s game due to a left knee contusion, J.D. Martinez was back in the lineup the following day. He homered in his first at-bat on Sunday en route to Detroit’s 6-1 victory.
7-31-15: The Detroit Tigers came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time sellers in the market. The Tigers were unsure of whether they would sell for much of the week which could have kept the team from making potential deals but on Wednesday the Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski announced the team was ready to reboot. Immediately the phone calls started pouring in for closer Joakim Soria, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and left-handed ace David Price. Price was the first casualty to go as the team sent him to the Toronto Blue Jays for three prospects including their top prospect LHP Daniel Norris. Soria was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates before the deadline as well as the closer fetched minor league shortstop JaCoby Jones. In the final notable move of the week for Detroit the team sent outfielder Cespedes to the National League to become a member of the New York Mets. The Mets turned to Cespedes after their deal with the Milwaukee Brewers fell through due to the medicals of Carlos Gomez. Cespedes was sent to New York for a pair of right-handed pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.
7-28-15: The Miguel Cabrera-less Tigers have struggled recently, as they fell three games below .500 with their 5-2 loss at Tropicana Field on Monday. Detroit’s bullpen continued to struggle, as it allowed another two runs in the loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. On the bright side, Yoenis Cespedes homered for the 16th time this season in that contest.
7-24-15: The Detroit Tigers find themselves in unchartered territory this season as the team is seriously contemplating being sellers at this year’s July 31st trading deadline. The Tigers at this point in 2014 were looking to add starting pitching and made the trade for David Price and others and now the team may have come full circle. The Tigers are now considering and fielding offers for both outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and ace left-handed starting pitcher Price. Detroit seems unlikely to retain either Cespedes or Price after the 2015 season whether they trade them or not so if the team is going to miss out on the playoffs in a stacked American League Central Division. Teams are lining up already to acquire Price with teams like the Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees and others being the most aggressive for his services. Rajai Davis could also find his way out of Detroit if the Tigers decide to be sellers this season although many GM’s around the league have stated that they haven’t heard whether Dave Dombrowski is ready to sell or not, stay tuned.
7-22-15: J.D. Martinez continued to add to his single-season career-best home run total on Tuesday. He slugged his 27th of 2015, and the Tigers received home runs from Yoenis Cespedes and Nick Castellanos as well. However, Neftali Feliz allowed five runs in the eighth inning, and the Tigers lost, 11-9, to drop to 46-47 on the season.
7-17-15: The Detroit Tigers began the week by signing former Rookie of the Year and former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz. Feliz was designated for assignment by the Rangers after posting a 4.58 ERA and a 7.3 K/9 ratio in 19.2 innings and will enter the Tigers bullpen immediately. The Rangers will be on the hook for the remainder of the salary for Feliz and Detroit has the option to keep the RHP beyond 2015 as he has one more year of team control through arbitration before hitting free agency after the 2016 season. Feliz will join current Tigers closer Joakim Soria in the bullpen and essentially replace Joba Chamberlain after he was designated for assignment and ultimately released as well this week. If the bullpen shakeup doesn’t help the team’s on the field performance the Tigers ownership may green light GM Dave Dombrowski to begin selling off his tradable pieces. Detroit has impending free agents in David Price and Yoenis Cespedes that could fetch a ton if the team is not able to weather the latest injury to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
7-13-15: The Tigers fell to 44-44 on the season, as they lost on Sunday to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, 7-1. The loss was the Tigers’ third consecutive one, as they went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Shane Green, who allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings in the contest, lost his fifth straight start.
7-8-15: The Tigers bounced back from last week’s sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates to take two of three games from the Toronto Blue Jays. Then, Detroit won, 12-5, against the Seattle Mariners on Monday. However, the Tigers were in need of an offensive surge with all-star Miguel Cabrera having a left calf strain that forced him to the disabled list for the first time in his career. Although American League Player of the Week and all-star J.D. Martinez did not homer in Tuesday’s 7-6 loss, he has 11 home runs in his last 14 games.
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.