Found September 18, 2013 on
88-64, 1st place. The Indians lost. Or maybe they won. Whatever. (I’m pretty sure they lost. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the magic number is down to 5.)
Last night: Seattle 8, Detroit 0. The Tigers got in some early World Series practice. #5 starter Justin Verlander carried a no-hitter into the second inning. Was Iwakuma that good, or were the Tigers that bad? Two bases-loaded situations early came to naught. The bullpen came on to save us from a dull, ordinary shutout loss. And how about that Phil Cuzzi strike zone, eh?
Cabrera: The best hitter on the planet wasn’t.
Fielder: Got the Tigers on the just foul board with a just foul HR.
Martinez: IF single! Honest. Stole a base! OK, it was a wild pitch.
Tuiasosopo: Struck out with the bases loaded. Extenuating circumstances, but still. Busy in LF. Has a Scrappy Guy thing going, apparently.
Perez: Good energy. Seriously.
Other Guys: There, somewhere, if the box score is to be believed.
Verlander: Don’t be surprised if the crafty veteran edges out Smyly for a spot in the rotation next year.
Alburquerque: Clown Showque. Not often you can give the pitcher alone both a wild pitch and a passed ball on one play that scores 2 runs with 0 for 97 Henry “Tattoos Age Poorly” Blanco at the plate. Too early for the WS, but a classic nonetheless.
Putkonen: Go ahead, add insult to injury. Why not.
AlburCokey lives again!
Now the time is here
AlburCokey will spread fear
Vengeance from the grave
Kill the Tigers they once saved
But I’m not bitter.
Still time for Detroit to take this series the way they should. Day game, Doug Fister on the slab. Eventually, given enough games and at bats, the Tigers could – in theory – hit a Mariners starter. I propose a series extension. I’m sure the White Sox would prefer a trip to sunny L.A.. As well they should.
BEST OF MAXIM
DETROIT -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is fortunate to be day to day.
Iglesias, 23, was hit on the left hand by Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Iglesias immediately crumpled to the ground, holding his left hand.
Athletic trainer Kevin Rand rushed out to look at him and was finally able to get Iglesias' batting glove off.
It was quite the game in more ways than one for the Detroit Tigers yesterday. The late comeback, Benoit closing things out in the ninth, reducing that magic number to 4 and Prince Fielder helping himself to a fans nachos when attempting to track down a foul ball.
Good thing the fan didn’t have one of those big blue drinks.
But on a side note, Prince did end up scoring the winning...
Miguel Cabrera left the batter's box with a bit of a hop in his step while his drive to right field sailed over the wall.
"A long time, I had not hit a home run," the slugger said.
Cabrera's solo shot in the sixth inning was his 44th of the year, but his first since Aug. 26. It was perhaps the most encouraging highlight for Detroit in a 6-2 victory over the Seattle...
The Detroit Tigers shut right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon
Down at the beginning of September after the rookie experienced tenderness in
his throwing elbow. Rondon is expected to test his arm today, as manager Jim Leyland told reporters – including Jason Beck of MLB.com – that he believes the
right-hander will resume throwing.
"He's OK, no red flags, but we backed...
DETROIT -- If the Tigers are counting on their pitchers to get them to the postseason, they should be in good shape no matter what the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals do.
Anibal Sanchez continued the string of good performances from the starters in Tuesday night's 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
The Tigers' magic number is now six.
Sanchez allowed just...
If I, Adam Waltersdorf, are in charge of making the 25 man playoff roster for the Detroit Tigers, this is who I’m keeping on and sending home.
If I have my way, Max Scherzer is getting the ball in Game 1.
37 Max Scherzer – RHP
Jim Leyland doesn’t start guys on short rest. He’ll pitch game 1 and 5 in the first series, and would start game 1 i...
Even after 15 years of helping teams lock down wins or keeping teams in games with dominant relief pitching, left-handed pitcher Octavio Dotel is still not finished with his long career in the majors.
According to Bobby Nightengale of MLB.com, Dotel is planning to rest his arm for two more months before beginning rehab in hope to return to pitch in the 2014 season. After being...
Jose Iglesias has arguably the quickest hands in baseball. So when he was drilled in his left hand with a pitch Thursday, there was obviously a great deal of concern.
The Tigers received some good news after Thursday’s game, though. Iglesias, who exited in the sixth inning after getting struck by a 95 mph fastball from Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, is listed as day-to-day with...
Prince Fielder ate a fan's nachos. [Bleacher Report]
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Prince Fielder had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a close play at the plate, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday.
Detroit trailed 4-3 after Seattle's Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer in the fifth, but Fielder's RBI single in the seventh tied it. Then he scored from first when Victor Martinez doubled...
DETROIT (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera homered, Austin Jackson hit a two-run single and the Detroit Tigers held on despite a short-handed bullpen, beating the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on Tuesday night.
The AL Central-leading Tigers were ahead 3-2 when they escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth while playing without closer Joaquin Benoit and left-handed reliever Drew Smyly. They were both...
88-63. Tigers match their 2012 win total with 11 left to play. Oh, and 1st place. To stay. Cleveland is 6 out even after winning. 11/6 = ? Count ‘em down. It’s Magic Number time.
Last night: Tigers 6, Mariners 2. It was a nail-biter until the bottom of the 8th; I thought the Tigers were going to give this one away. Kind of a long game, wasn’t it?
Jackson: Stole a base! Late...
There are a lot of different ways in which a dinger can be exceptional. It can be the fastest pitch hit for a dinger all season. It can be the slowest pitch hit for a dinger all season. It can be the longest or the fastest dinger all season. There exist plenty of exceptional dingers, and not too long ago, Miguel Cabrera hit one, against Phil Hughes. Hughes threw a pitch to Cabrera...