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Torii Hunter was an All-Star rookie in 2002 when he robbed Barry Bonds of a home run and got a big bear hug from the slugger on the field. Now he's a veteran voice in a clubhouse with a record number of newcomers.
The always loquacious, ever-smiling 37-year-old Detroit Tigers outfielder is enjoying his role as a five-time All-Star selection.
With possible suspensions from the Biogenesis investigation looming over the game, Hunter defended Alex Rodriguez and other players who have been implicated in drug scandals over the years.
''I know how hard this game really is. I don't care what they did or who did or whatever, Barry Bonds all those guys,'' Hunter said Tuesday before the game at Citi Field. ''Still impressive to hit. Still got to hit the ball.''
No matter that Yankees closer Mariano Rivera might've caused him much disappointment at the plate over the years, Hunter knows who he is playing this night.
''We're down by on...
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DETROIT -- When Miguel Cabrera was 16 years old, you could already see glimpses of the player he is today.
Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila was working for the Florida Marlins back then and he distinctly remembers the first time he saw Cabrera in his native Venezuela.
"It was around late August, early September, he was 16 years old," Avila said. "I saw him...
Prince Fielder was all business during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game from Citi Field in New York.
During the 9th inning the Tigers first baseman “motored” his way around the bases after his base hit to right field got passed a diving Carlos Gomez. Fielder eventually found his way to third with a head first slide only end up being stranded as his American League counterparts...
During last night's MLB All-Star Game, Prince Fielder managed to reach third base. No, we're serious. He chugged his way around the bases...
Tigers third baseman stands 6’4″, 250 pounds. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia stands 5’8″ and 165 pounds. During the All Star pre-game introductions, Cabrera had a little fun at Pedroia’s expense. The look on Pedroia’s face – “HEY! WTF?!” via SB Nation [GIF via SB Nation]
Max Scherzer started the All Star Game for the American League and promptly retired Brandon Phillips, Carlos Beltran and Joey Votto in order. However, that was far from the best thing Max did on Tuesday. Prior to the game, Scherzer signed autographs for dozens of military personnel who were allowed on to the field.
As Hardball Talk said, Scherzer stopping to sign autographs was...
Cringeworthy: Prince Fielder hitting A triple while McCarver recited "Enter Sandman" [Deadspin]
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DETROIT -- Prince Fielder will have a lot of fans cheering him on in the 2013 Home Run Derby (tonight at 8 on ESPN).
Five of his teammates will be joining him at the New York Mets' Citi Field -- Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Jhonny Peralta.
But Fielder's two biggest fans are his sons, Jadyn, 8, and Haven, 7, and they're the main reasons...
Miguel Cabrera certainly likes to have his fun during games and tonight it came at the expense of Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
During the pre All-Star Game introductions at Citi Field, Miguel Cabrera came out of the dugout after being introduced giving high-five’s to his American League teammates. However when the 6’4″ Cabrera came to the 5’8″ Pedroia the reining...
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was running through the line giving his teammates high fives after being introduced when he pulled off one of the greatest trolls ever. Everyone knows Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is small, so Cabrera offered him a low-five. Needless to say, Pedroia looked pretty upset, while everyone else found it funny; especially...
Relive three of the most memorable Tigers games of the first half of the 2013 season Thursday on FOX Sports Detroit.
2 p.m.: Yankees at Tigers (April 5) -- Prince Fielder's three-run homer highlights an 8-3 victory on Opening Day at Comerica Park.
5 p.m.: Twins at Tigers (May 24) -- Anibal Sanchez sets a Tigers record by striking out 12 in a 6-0 victory.
8 p.m.: Red Sox...
The American League's starting pitcher for tonight's All-Star Game, Max Scherzer, is in line for a nice contract extension. However, he will wait until after the season to discuss the potential new contract. As is the case with most Scott Boras clients, Scherzer and Boras want to let the season play out before a deal is struck. It's a risky proposition in some...
The All Star Game is tonight and I supposed I should pick who is going to win. After all, the road to October starts here. That was only slightly sarcastic. Home field advantage in the World Series is sort of a big deal. We could debate whether something so important should be decided by an exhibition game. I would be against the idea. But there it is. Despite having to get most...
Players will often tell you that individual accolades don’t matter, which obviously means that half-season awards are child’s play. But hey, who cares?
We’ve arrived at the MLB All-Star break, which is as good a time as any to review how teams have gotten to where they are and which teams will remain in the thick of things come October. It’s also a good time to look back...