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Justin Verlander has now surpassed his (ex?)-girlfriend Kate Upton.  Verlander will grace the cover of the regional Sports Illustrated in their annual baseball preview edition.  Upton has been on the last two SI Swimsuit Edition covers. JV is one of six starting pitchers to find themselves on the covers across the country.  The other five are C.C Sabathia, David Price, James Shields and Clayton Kershaw.  Of the seven Sports Illustrated writers polled, two picked the Tigers to win the World Series this season.  All seven picked the Tigers to win the American League Central. Sports Illustrated

Justin Verlander makes regional SI cover

Justin Verlander is a Sports Illustrated cover-athlete yet again. The Tigers ace is one of six MLB players to appear on the latest regional series of covers for Sports Illustrated which previews the upcoming season. For Verlander this is his third SI cover with his first one coming back in 2006 his rookie season. As far as the predictions go, SI picked the Tigers to win the AL Central...

Leyland delivers opposite news to Kelly and Berry

LAKELAND, Fla. -- It was a funny scene in Tigers manager Jim Leyland's office Wednesday after batting practice. Leyland had announced that barring some last-minute trade, Don Kelly had made the team. But because he'd been so busy in the morning, he hadn't had a chance to tell him. Not wanting to usurp the manager's role, a reporter asked if he needed to talk to...

Rick Porcello Wins Spot in Detroit Tigers’ Rotation; Matt Tuiasosopo Makes 25-Man Roster

The Detroit Tigers will bring both Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly north for the start of the 2013 regular season, with Porcello claiming the fifth spot in the team’s loaded rotation. That, plus another roster tidbit, came out of the Tigers’ camp on Tuesday: #Tigers announce Porcello will be the 5th starter, Smyly will be in the bullpen; Matt Tuiasosopo has made team, barring...

Tigers ready to embrace pressure

For a second straight year, Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers enter the season with sky-high expectations. That's no guarantee of success - but it sure beats the alternative. ''I love being a target. That means you've got a good team,'' Leyland said early on in spring training. ''We're going to be the hunted. We were the winner. We were the...

Tuiasosopo rewarded for his faith

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Matt Tuiasosopo has always had faith -- in himself and in God. That faith paid off Tuesday afteroon when Tigers manager Jim Leyland called the versatile non-roster invitee into his office to tell him he had made the big-league club as a bench player. "Nobody knows how this is going to play out, but if ever there was a guy that came in and opened your eyes...

Justin Verlander Graces the Cover of Sports Illustrated’s Baseball Preview

Despite the presences of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and other stars, Justin Verlander remains the face of the Detroit Tigers franchise — and one of the most recognizable and popular players in baseball, period. To wit: The Tigers’ ace and opening-day starter landed on one of Sports Illustrated’s regional covers this week. Here’s what that cover looks like: Detroit Lions...

Porcello beats out Smyly for Tigers' rotation spot

Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter's job in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen. Porcello was 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA in 31 starts for the AL champions last season, when Smyly went 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 18 starts as a rookie. Porcello is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six spring training appearances; Smyly is 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA...

Player Profile #15: Prince Fielder | 1B | DET

Entering last season we were worried about Prince Fielder‘s home run total moving from Miller Park (142 park factor for homers) to Comerica (97). As expected, Fielder’s 30 homers were his lowest since hitting 28 in his rookie 2006 season. What wasn’t expected was exactly why he hit fewer homers. Yes, his HR/FB rate (17.9%) was [...]

Tigers' closer prospect struggles

By DANA LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland is tired of talking about Bruce Rondon, even though Leyland knows he has to make a decision soon. Rondon probably can't do anything without feeling he's under a microscope these days. Pitching on the second of back-to-back days, Rondon allowed two runs on two hits, walked two and struck out...

MLB 2013 Preview: Breaking down the American League Central division

The Detroit Tigers, powered by the bats of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and the arm of ace Justin Verlander, comfortably made it to the World Series as the representative out of the American League before being swept by the San Francisco Giants in four games. A year later, the Tigers are once again the favorites in a division that has seen a lot of change. The division...
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