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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Austin Jackson had a season to savor in 2012. He bounced back from a subpar sophomore performance to light up the American League once again.
Jackson hit .300, scored 103 runs and had 29 doubles, 10 triples, 16 homers and a career-high 66 RBIs. The fleet center fielder came close to garnering both All-Star and Gold Glove recognition.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland was asked what he wanted to see from Jackson, 26, in his fourth season.
Just to maintain, Leyland said. If Austin Jackson does what he did last year and added a few extra stolen bases, Id be a happy man.
Steals is the lone area where Jackson's game has declined. His stolen bases continued to drop, from 27 as a rookie to 22 in 2011 and only 12 last season.
Also of concern was his getting thrown out nine times on attempts for a poor .571 success rate. Jackson was thrown out just 11 times in his first two seasons combined, when he totaled 49 steals and was safe on .817 percent of his attempts.
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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. There were many who did not expect to see Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta back in Detroit after he batted .239 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 2012. The club could live with his limited defensive range as long as he was productive with the bat, but his second-half offensive swoon greatly diminished his value.
Even when Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski opted...
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...
Rick Porcello will not have to wait long to begin making his case for the Detroit Tigers’ No. 5 starter role. Porcello will start the Tigers’ Grapefruit League opener on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.
The rotation for the first three games, courtesy of MLive’s Chris Iott:
Rick Porcello scheduled to start Friday for the Tigers at the Braves. Anibal Sanchez on Saturday....
LAKELAND, Florida ---- The Detroit Tigers are just days away from opening up the 2013 Spring Training season. On Friday, the Tigers will face the Atlanta Braves to officially start Grapefruit League play. The Tigers have spent the past few days getting back into the swing of things (pun intended). Here are a few notes from sunny Florida:
According to Jim Leyland, Brennan Boesch...
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Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy responded to former Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton's comments on Monday, but isn't quite sure what it means to be a "good baseball town."
Hamilton, who signed
LAKELAND, Fla. Just like their father, Jadyn and Haven Fielder love baseball.
They wear his No. 28 on their junior-sized Detroit Tigers uniforms and are constantly playing pickup games or catch on any patch of vacant grass they can find at Marchant Stadium or the TigerTown complex.
Sometimes they accompany their father, Prince, to batting practice to watch him swat balls into...
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LAKELAND, Fla. Justin Verlander turns 30 on Wednesday, but it's just another birthday to the Tigers ace.
I dont care about stuff like that, Verlander said. It doesnt really matter to me.
However, there's something related to turning 30 that did interest Verlander. He's won 124 games at that relatively early age and aspires to be enshrined in Cooperstown someday.
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?