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DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Drew Smyly probably wouldve made a great fireman or tightrope walker.
His focus under duress also would come in handy as a Secret Service agent or high-rise window washer.
Hes as cool a customer as Ive ever seen, Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said.
Smyly faces the best hitters opponents have to offer, but the fans waiting in line for hot dogs seem more rattled. He quickly looks in for the catchers sign and throws as if theres nothing to it -- like hes lobbing stones into a lake.
Ive always been that way -- laid-back and nonchalant, Smyly said. I have plenty of emotion on the inside, but I just dont show it.
He just keeps taking the baseball from Tigers manager Jim Leyland and puts out the fire or keeps one from starting.
Smyly, 24, and closer Joaquin Benoit have been the lone constants in Detroits bullpen.
Its Smylys job to get the lead to Benoit, and Smylys seldom failed. He's 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA.
With 56 23 innings logged, ...
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DETROIT -- When Miguel Cabrera was 16 years old, you could already see glimpses of the player he is today.
Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila was working for the Florida Marlins back then and he distinctly remembers the first time he saw Cabrera in his native Venezuela.
"It was around late August, early September, he was 16 years old," Avila said. "I saw him...
Detroit Tigers: 52-42, 1st Place (1.5 ahead of Cleveland).
Baseball is back!
The Tigers head into Kansas City to kick off the 2nd half of the season (which, with only 68 games remaining, is actually almost 60% over). Which also means we have less than 2 weeks remaining before the July 31 trade deadline. The Tigers, who seem to have lost Octavio Dotel, have jettisoned Jose Valverde...
Three intriguing questions and story lines connected to the Detroit Tigers as they resume play after the All-Star break:
What needs to be done with the bullpen?
If your answer has something to do with dynamite, you're only partially correct.
Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly provide consistent late-inning prowess, and Luke Putkonen is looking reliable in early relief.
Justin Verlander spent all sorts of time over the last couple months trying to figure out what was wrong and why he was no longer dominating hitters with his terrific fastball.
Then he reached the All-Star break - with 10 wins and a 3.50 ERA.
''I wasn't where I'd like to be pretty much the whole half, but I was able to battle and end up with some pretty decent numbers...
Prince Fielder was all business during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game from Citi Field in New York.
During the 9th inning the Tigers first baseman “motored” his way around the bases after his base hit to right field got passed a diving Carlos Gomez. Fielder eventually found his way to third with a head first slide only end up being stranded as his American League counterparts...
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At 52-42, the Detroit Tigers and their fans have far less to complain about at baseball season’s midway point in 2013 than in many years past.
Their team is in first place, had six All-Stars shine on Tuesday night and looks to be in fantastic shape for a solid final three months of the season, so what’s not to like? A few things, perhaps. What has led to...
During last night's MLB All-Star Game, Prince Fielder managed to reach third base. No, we're serious. He chugged his way around the bases...
Tigers third baseman stands 6’4″, 250 pounds. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia stands 5’8″ and 165 pounds. During the All Star pre-game introductions, Cabrera had a little fun at Pedroia’s expense. The look on Pedroia’s face – “HEY! WTF?!” via SB Nation [GIF via SB Nation]
Miguel Cabrera certainly likes to have his fun during games and tonight it came at the expense of Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
During the pre All-Star Game introductions at Citi Field, Miguel Cabrera came out of the dugout after being introduced giving high-five’s to his American League teammates. However when the 6’4″ Cabrera came to the 5’8″ Pedroia the reining...
Cringeworthy: Prince Fielder hitting A triple while McCarver recited "Enter Sandman" [Deadspin]
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Relive three of the most memorable Tigers games of the first half of the 2013 season Thursday on FOX Sports Detroit.
2 p.m.: Yankees at Tigers (April 5) -- Prince Fielder's three-run homer highlights an 8-3 victory on Opening Day at Comerica Park.
5 p.m.: Twins at Tigers (May 24) -- Anibal Sanchez sets a Tigers record by striking out 12 in a 6-0 victory.
8 p.m.: Red Sox...
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Because sometimes life lobs you the wonderfully absurd, here’s Prince Fielder hitting a triple in last night’s MLB All-Star Game, and Tim McCarver reciting however much he knows of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ while it happens. He should’ve done this the entire game. I wanted to hear a “whisky in the jar-o” reference for Miguel Cabrera. (video via Deadspin)- Follow...