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LAKELAND, Fla. Pitchers threw live batting practice to hitters on Saturday for the first time in training camp. It was a chance for batters to begin tracking balls and getting their timing down for Fridays Grapefruit League opener with the Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista. It was also an opportunity for pitchers to throw to something other than a catchers mitt.
One pitcher, Jose Ortega, 24, caught Tigers manager Jim Leylands attention.
Its always different when they pull the cage back and the other team shows up, Leyland said. But I wouldnt have wanted to hit against Ortega today. Hes got nasty stuff.
The compliment was relayed to Ortega, a Venezuelan who had a 3.38 ERA in two games pitched last year for Detroit. He was 5-8 with a 5.74 ERA for Toledo, where control issues (51 walks) off-set his 68 strikeouts in 62 23 innings.
Im glad, Ortega said. It felt good today.
Leyland isnt moving Ortega into the bullpen just yet, but the performance did become one of those mental note...
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The Detroit Tigers are excited and curious to see what rookie right-hander Bruce Rondon from Venezuela can do on the mound.
The defending American League champions are giving Rondon a chance to be the teams opening day closer, but
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers late-inning reliever Octavio Dotel is one of those players who becomes glue for a ballclub.
He often takes the mound and patches together a game on the verge of breaking the other way, and is a clubhouse leader who brings professionalism and harmony.
Dotel threw five innings of no-hit relief in the 2012 playoffs and was central in Game 1 of the American...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- If Miguel Cabrera is feeling any pressure about having to repeat as the American Leagues MVP and Triple Crown winner, he isnt showing it.
Cabrera exchanged handshakes and even some hugs with reporters before inviting them to his locker for conversation Friday morning.
Cabrera seems to get more comfortable with the media with each passing year, and hes having...
LAKELAND, Fla. Jeff Kobernus could very well be the most interesting position player to keep tabs on when Grapefruit League games begin Friday for the Tigers.
The Tigers obtained Kobernus a speedy infielder who is reacquainting himself with the outfield in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, who made him a Rule 5 draft selection out of the Washington Nationals organization in December...
LAKELAND, Fla. When you follow a trip to the World Series in 2012 by adding Torii Hunter and getting Victor Martinez back for 2013, you remain the team to beat.
Those expectations were something Tigers manager Jim Leyland felt worthy of addressing Friday, when he met with his players to discuss training camp, rules and a little philosophy.
I love being a target, Leyland told reporters...
It used to be the hamstring that sidelined player after player.
In the 2010's there are two injuries "du decade" that no team
can seem to avoid...the Tommy John surgery spurring elbow ligament tear, and
the ultra chic oblique strain. The Tigers Brennan Boesch is the pool
winner for first oblique problem of spring 2013.
Boesch, heading into his fourth...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bruce Rondons first batting-practice pitching of spring training was Sundays main event.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, manager Jim Leyland and Hall of Famer Al Kaline all made sure to watch.
On the adjoining field, American League MVP Miguel Cabrera sat on a bench and watched through two separate fences. Someone on the field where Cabrera was asked...
The Detroit Tigers won the American League Central last season by 3 games over the White Sox and despite finishing with the fewest wins of any AL playoff team, the Tigers were able to win the pennant and advance all the way to the World Series before being swept by the Giants.
Coming into the 2013 season the Tigers are once again the team to beat in the AL Central.
One big key to upgrading the Tigers' offense after the up-and-down 2012 season is expected to come at designated hitter, where the Tigers let Delmon Young walk and will replace him with 2011 DH Victor Martinez. The big question becomes; how will Martinez's surgically-repaired knee hold up?
The biggest question mark on the club heading into the offseason was what the Tigers would do in right field, after it was such a drag on the team, both at the plate and in the field. The Tigers addressed that in a big way, by signing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.
In the first edition of The Hot Corner with John Czech, Felix Hernandez is now the games highest paid pitcher. With free agency just around the corner for Justin Verlander, how will Hernandez’s new contract affect the Tigers’ ace when he becomes a free agent?