Found March 25, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
PLAYERS: Prince Fielder
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
Entering last season we were worried about Prince Fielder‘s home run total moving from Miller Park (142 park factor for homers) to Comerica (97). As expected, Fielder’s 30 homers were his lowest since hitting 28 in his rookie 2006 season. What wasn’t expected was exactly why he hit fewer homers. Yes, his HR/FB rate (17.9%) was [...]

Kelly playing himself back on Tigers roster

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. Decisions are coming soon and it would not be a shock if Don Kelly was a Detroit Tiger once again. Kelly came into Sunday's game against the New York Mets in the bottom of the fifth inning, replacing Prince Fielder at first base. In the Tigers' five-run seventh inning, Kelly did his best Fielder impression at the plate, hitting a two-run home run to...

Rick Porcello Wins Spot in Detroit Tigers’ Rotation; Matt Tuiasosopo Makes 25-Man Roster

The Detroit Tigers will bring both Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly north for the start of the 2013 regular season, with Porcello claiming the fifth spot in the team’s loaded rotation. That, plus another roster tidbit, came out of the Tigers’ camp on Tuesday: #Tigers announce Porcello will be the 5th starter, Smyly will be in the bullpen; Matt Tuiasosopo has made team, barring...

Justin Verlander makes regional SI cover

Justin Verlander is a Sports Illustrated cover-athlete yet again. The Tigers ace is one of six MLB players to appear on the latest regional series of covers for Sports Illustrated which previews the upcoming season. For Verlander this is his third SI cover with his first one coming back in 2006 his rookie season. As far as the predictions go, SI picked the Tigers to win the AL Central...

Porcello beats out Smyly for Tigers' rotation spot

Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter's job in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen. Porcello was 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA in 31 starts for the AL champions last season, when Smyly went 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 18 starts as a rookie. Porcello is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six spring training appearances; Smyly is 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA...

Late Spring Roundup

Lots of news over the past 4-5 days. You’re already aware of these items, most likely, but here’s a little roundup to “put them in the paper,” so to speak: ROSTER MOVES: IF Jeff Kobernus was sent back to the Nationals. The Tigers retained the rights to Rule 5 LHP Kyle Lobstein by trading C Curt Casali to the Rays for them. IF/OF Matt Tuiasosopo has made the team and claimed...

Fister, Tigers handle Mets split squad

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Doug Fister pitched into the fifth inning and Austin Jackson had two extra-base hits for the Detroit Tigers in a 9-4 victory over a New York Mets split squad Sunday. Don Kelly hit a two-run homer off Mets reliever Brandon Lyon in a five-run seventh that gave Detroit a 9-2 lead. Jackson had an RBI triple in the inning to go with his run-scoring double...

MLB 2013 Preview: Breaking down the American League Central division

The Detroit Tigers, powered by the bats of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and the arm of ace Justin Verlander, comfortably made it to the World Series as the representative out of the American League before being swept by the San Francisco Giants in four games. A year later, the Tigers are once again the favorites in a division that has seen a lot of change. The division...

Prince Fielder Nails Stephen Strasburg’s Wrist With a Line Drive: Video

Prince Fielder had the hearts of Washington Nationals fans everywhere racing last week when he ripped a line drive back up the middle and off the left (non-throwing) wrist of ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg. On a 1-1 pitch in the top of the fourth, Fielder centered up a Strasburg pitch and laced it just to Strasburg’s left. Washington’s pitcher, however, happens to fall off the...

Justin Verlander Graces the Cover of Sports Illustrated’s Baseball Preview

Despite the presences of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and other stars, Justin Verlander remains the face of the Detroit Tigers franchise — and one of the most recognizable and popular players in baseball, period. To wit: The Tigers’ ace and opening-day starter landed on one of Sports Illustrated’s regional covers this week. Here’s what that cover looks like: Detroit Lions...

Justin Verlander lands on Sports Illustrated’s regional cover

Justin Verlander has now surpassed his (ex?)-girlfriend Kate Upton.  Verlander will grace the cover of the regional Sports Illustrated in their annual baseball preview edition.  Upton has been on the last two SI Swimsuit Edition covers. JV is one of six starting pitchers to find themselves on the covers across the country.  The other five are C.C Sabathia, David Price, James...
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