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Three games into their season, the Tigers have already sent their fan base into a panic.
No, it wasnt Phil Cokes blown save against the Twins in Minnesota on Wednesday that has caused this tizzy.
It was the announcement that Detroit has signed their former closer, Jose "Papa Grande" Valverde, to a minor-league deal.
Valverde will begin his season in Lakeland, Fla., and if he successfully progresses his way up the Tigers' food chain through Triple-A Toledo, he'll eventually be back in Detroit.
It's a curious but harmless move - a risk worth taking since the closer role is far from being settled.
According to reports, the Tigers sent members of their staff down to the Dominican Republic and watched a healthy Valverde throw with velocity and control.
Obviously, the best-case scenario is that Valverde regains his form and becomes Detroits lights-out closer -- he's converted 110 out of 118 save opportunities with the Tigers. The worst is, he fades awa...
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The Detroit Tigers and former closer Jose Valverde have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski made the announcement before Thursday's game at Minnesota.
Valverde is a three-time All Star who led the AL with 49 saves in 2011 but wasn't as effective in 2012. He struggled badly in the postseason, allowing 11 hits, nine runs and...
A 3-game series has come and gone for the Detroit Tigers. And in classic Motor City fashion, fans are abuzz over what they just saw. Losing 2 of 3 to the measly Twins simply shouldn’t happen.
Questions that have already arisen from a fairly insignificant series in early April include:
Will the Tigers stink on the road again, thus preventing them from pulling away...
The Detroit Tigers signed Jose Valverde to a minor-league contract on Thursday, one day after Phil Coke blew a save in a 3-2 loss to the Twins. Valverde’s contract includes an out-clause, which triggers on May 5 — if Valverde is not with the Tigers by then, he can void his deal and become a free agent again.
But according to GM Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers will “figure out pretty...
The man they call “Papa Grande” is on his way back to Detroit. Well, maybe.
Jose Valverde, the 2011 MLB Delivery Man of the Year, was signed to a minor league deal by the Tigers on Thursday. Valverde was released following a disastrous 2012 postseason which saw him concede the closer’s role to lefty reliever Phil Coke. Valverde only pitched 2.2 innings in the Tigers’ run...
Summer has officially started in Detroit.
Prince Fielder hit a home run during the 5th inning and knocked out some white…
Opening Day in Detroit. It’s a holiday truly on par with Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and any other designated celebratory moment the calender might offer. For the second straight year, the Detroit Tigers didn’t disappoint their festive fans while taking on a tough foe from the American League East. A big day from Prince Fielder and clutch...
MINNEAPOLIS Torii Hunter is not a stranger to Target Field, having visited the Twins' new park while with the Los Angeles Angels. But Hunter will be spending quite a bit more time this season at the downtown Minneapolis ballpark.
Hunter signed with the Detroit Tigers this year as a free agent, meaning he'll face his former Twins club plenty this season. As it turns out...
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Phil Coke is now 1-for-2 as the Detroit Tigers’ makeshift closer. After cruising to an easy save on opening day against the Minnesota Twins, Coke faltered Wednesday afternoon as the Twins rallied for a 3-2 victory.
Just as he did in Monday’s 4-2 Detroit win, Joaquin Benoit opened the ninth inning on the mound, this time protecting a one...
Well…..in baseball it’s amazing how things seldom go as expected. Or history repeats itself.
The Detroit Tigers dropped two of three in Minnesota against a supposedly downtrodden and hopeless Minnesota Twins team to open the 2013 baseball season. Some of their struggles surprised very few, but some were probably not expected.
For those in the “history repeats itself” camp...
WP: Fister (1-0) LP: Nova (0-1) SV: Smyly (1) DETROIT, Michigan – The Detroit Tiger faithful were out in full force, and the guys wearing the Old English D didn’t disappoint. A record-setting Opening Day crowd of 45,051 saw the Tigers belt 3 home runs, 2 by Prince Fielder, to defeat the New York [...]
It's Opening Day at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit!! The Detroit Tigers take on a familiar foe from last years ALCS, the New York Yankees. Here are today's starting lineups:
For the visiting New York Yankees:
1. CF Gardner
2. 2B Cano
3. 3B Youkilis
4. DH Hafner
5. RF Boesch
6. SS Nunez
7. LF Suzuki
8. 1B Overbay
9. C Stewart
SP Ivan Nove...