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The Outside Corner:
From my season preview of the Tigers on Wednesday...
Burning QuestionIs Detroit's offense going to be the best in the American League this year?
Let's look at this question statistically. The Tigers return most of their offense, but have a couple of change. Victor Martinez will miss the season, and will (essentially) be replaced by Prince Fielder. Brandon Inge isn't a starter anymore, and is essentially going to be replaced by Andy Dirks. Brennan Boesch is going full-time in right field to replace Magglio Ordonez. Miguel Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila, Austin Jackson, Ryan Raburn, and a full season of Delmon Young will be returning.
Well...what's that tell us? Dirks had a .702 OPS last year, but that's a huge upgrade over the .558 mark posted by Inge in 2011. The broken down Magglio Ordonez had a horrendous .634 season, while the perennial platooner Bosch had a .798 season. The big switch, going from Martinez to Fielder, results in a jump from an .850 O...
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Jim Leyland's style and personality seems to fit the city of Detroit quite well. Some people love Leyland for bringing the Detroit Tigers from the abyss into one of the top teams in the American League.
The Dirty Trick bar in Detroit also thinks so highly of Leyland that they've started selling a t-shirt of Leyland's mug with a cigarette dangling out the side of his...
The Detroit Tigers have optioned right-hander Jacob Turner to Triple-A Toledo, one of six roster cuts Monday.
Detroit also reassigned right-hander Chris Bootcheck to minor league camp, along with infielders Audy Ciriaco, Argenis Diaz and Ryan Strieby and outfielder Quintin Berry.
Turner is considered by many to be Detroit's top prospect and was in the running to become the...
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera says his vision is fine and that he'll be ready to play on Opening Day.
Cabrera rejoined his teammates Monday for the first time since a bad-hop grounder broke a bone below his right eye a week ago.
The star slugger will be examined Tuesday to see if he's OK. Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said he'll put Cabrera back in the...
Over my, now nearly, 27 years on this planet it seems as though I have heard every cliché in the sports book. I know that the season is a marathon and not a sprint and I’ve heard all about how we lost this game as a team. My absolute favorite is how that one player on the opposing team is the proverbial “Tiger Killer”. Jim Thome has held this distinction for a number of years...
The Tigers’ 14-4 spring training record is one of the best in the majors, and one of the best in recent Tigers history. They haven’t lost back to back games all spring. Largely inconsequential, yes; but it’s better than 4-14.
Spring Training stats are generally poor performance predictors, but let’s see if a deeper look can reveal anything.
Ryan Raburn is pacing the Majors...
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera could be in the lineup for Opening Day if he gets medical clearance from team doctor's next Tuesday.Cabrera has a small fracture in
the bone under his right eye and needed eight stitches after getting hit
by a hard grounder in a spring training game earlier this month. He was bloodied when a ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies outfielder...
What began as five pontential candidates for the Detroit Tigers’ fifth spot, has dwelded down to three. With less than two weeks left of Spring Training, manager, Jim Leyland isn’t saying who is favored to take the role of fifth starter.
One thing we do know is who is still in the running: Drew Smyly, Andy Oliver, and Duane Below.
Andy Oliver: Oliver came out of the gate strong...
Jim Leyland is never one without his cigarettes, well that was until Wayne County banned smoking indoors, which included his office and the Detroit Tiger’s clubhouse. A local bar in Detroit honored the grizzly-voiced manager and his passion for cancer sticks with this awesome T-shirt
The Dirty Trick began selling this fascinating T just yesterday for 22 bucks a pop, but...
A three-run home run do in the Phils as they lose to the Tigers, 6-3.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then stole third. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Pence. The Tigers got a run back in their...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - While Miguel Cabrera says he is ready to rejoin the Tigers' lineup, Detroit wants to go slowly and wait for doctors to give their OK.The third baseman broke a bone below his right eye Monday when struck by a bad-hop grounder off the bat of Philadelphia's Hunter Pence, an injury that left a bloody gash requiring eight stitches.Says Tigers manager Jim...
2011 RecapThe Tigers were led by starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who had the pitching Triple Crown in the American League, notching 24 wins, 250 strikeouts and a 2.40 ERA. Verlander was a unanimous choice for the A.L. Cy Young, and was also the first starting pitcher named Most Valuable Player since Roger Clemens did it with the Boston Red Sox in 1986. The offense was also potent...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander overcame a rocky first and pitched six solid innings in his next-to-last start of spring training Sunday as the Tigers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 in a split-squad game.
The 2011 AL Cy Young winner and MVP, allowed four hits -- and two runs -- to the first five Phillies, then retired 15 of the next 18 batters, allowing just three infield...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Rick Porcello pitched seven strong innings and Mark Buehrle was solid for six Monday as the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins played to a 3-all tie.
The game was stopped after 10 innings. It was Detroit's fifth tie this spring.
Porcello allowed one earned run and five hits. He walked one and struck out four in his longest exhibition outing.
With the addition of Prince Fielder, the Tigers are looking like a force to be reckoned with in 2012. National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere discusses the boost Fielder should provide and gives us his predictions for the Tigers this season. It's a positive outlook and it's all right here. Check the video below for more!