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If you didn't think that Miguel Cabrera was one of the smartest and most intuitive hitters in Major League Baseball, think again.
He is really, really smart.
His first at bat during Friday's game in Chicago is evidence about as ironclad as anything available -- stats, records or otherwise.
As Cabrera stepped into the box against Chicago's Jake Peavy, the Tigers' right-handed slugger did what he's done 5,062 times in his career; he walked up to the plate, toed the back line of the batter's box and adjusted his helmet.
But there was a problem. Cabrera's back foot was about six inches behind the back line as he he dug in. His right toe was searching for the back of the box but there was no chalk -- something wasn't right.
He called timeout and proceeded to plead his case with home plate umpire Adrian Johnson. He drew lines from the bottom of the plate to display proper angles as he absorbed the boos of the Opening Day crowd at U.S. Cellular field.
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The Detroit-Chicago White Sox game was delayed for several minutes in the first inning Friday after Tigers' star Miguel Cabrera complained that the batter's box wasn't the right shape or size.
Before he faced a pitch with two outs in the first inning, Cabrera's back leg was out of the box, and he said something to home plate umpire Adrian Johnson. After a conference...
DETROIT -- If the Tigers win the World Series, it will go down as one of the most significant text messages in baseball history.
Prince Fielder was sitting on the dais at Comerica Park, talking about his new 214 million contract at a press conference, when his cell phone went bloop.
The sender: Miguel Cabrera.
The message: Welcome.
It might sound corny, but it means a lot, Fielder...
Detroit Tigers starter Adam Wilk left Saturday's game against the White Sox after being hit in his pitching shoulder by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Prince Fielder while sitting in the dugout during the sixth inning.
The Tigers said Wilk had a bruised left shoulder but is expected to make his next start.
Wilk was making his first major league start. He left with the...
5-2, 1st place, .5 games on on CWS. Here’s a random Fox News article about how great the Tigers are.
Also – this just broke, Clete Thomas has been claimed by the Twinkies.
Adam Wilk makes his big league debut this afternoon a little ahead of schedule as he fills in for Doug Fister. Wilk was an 11th rounder (out of the 100 or so that make up the MLB draft, so that’s pretty...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins added outfield depth Saturday, claiming outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from Detroit.
Thomas, 28, has spent parts of three seasons with the Tigers. He appeared in three games this season but did not have an at-bat before he was designated for assignment on Thursday. Thomas played a career-high 102 games in 2009 and batted .240 with 39 RBIs and...
Tune into Sun Sports at 12:30 p.m. to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Detroit Tigers.
The Tampa Bay Rays are off to the best start in franchise history, thanks in part to a late rally that ended the Detroit Tigers' bid to remain the AL's last unbeaten team.
The Rays will try to add another victory Thursday at Comerica Park while spoiling Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly...
When Drew Smyly imagined what his major league debut would be like, he never pictured anything as strange as the real thing.
Just a few days after struggling in his only Triple-A start, the 22-year-old looked far from ready for the big leagues when Tampa Bay immediately loaded the bases on two walks and a single.
''It's been an exciting week, but I was struggling,&...
Brennan Boesch drove in four runs on his 27th birthday, leading the Detroit Tigers to their fifth win in six games to start the season, 7-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
Drew Smyly gave up a run in four-plus innings in his major league debut. Despite having the American League's best record, Tigers starters have not earned a win.
Collin Balester (1-0) won this one with...
Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. Brandon Inge was activated from the DL and Adam Wilk was called up to make his first Major League start.
Over the weekend the Detroit Tigers welcomed in the Tampa Bay Rays, who were coming off a sweep of the New York Yankees, to Comerica Park. With plenty of strong pitching, this series was bound to be good.
In game one of the series, Rick Porcello took the mound against highly touted prospect Matt Moore. Porcello and Matt Moore would go pitch for pitch with each other. Going into...
The Tigers ended their homestand with a 5-1 record behind Brennan Boesch's 2 hits and 4 RBI in a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays today. In ESPN's alternate universe, some guy named "Brandon" Boesch also had a pretty good game.
Regardless of his first name, today was also Boesch's 27th birthday. The Tigers head to Chicago tomorrow for a...
The Minnesota Twins claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins placed starting pitcher Scott Baker on the 60-day disabled list. Baker needs surgery on his right elbow and is out for the season.
Thomas had no plate appearances with the Tigers this season, but appeared in three games before being designated...
From the NWL
(DETROIT, MI) Former Duluth Huskies left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly broke into the big leagues Wednesday by tossing four good innings as the starting pitcher in the Detroit Tigers 7-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Early trouble elevated Smyly’s pitch count, which forced him from the game after just four innings. However, how the 22-year old handled that...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Gavin Floyd overcame control problem to pitch six scoreless innings and Alexei Ramirez homered as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Saturday.
Tigers left-hander Adam Wilk, making first big league start, was hit in his pitching shoulder by teammate Prince Fielder's foul ball while sitting in the dugout in the sixth inning.
Wilk (0-1) left with...