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Victor Martinez was finished as a catcher. The microfracture surgery on his left knee said so. The Detroit Tigers all but officially said so. It became an accepted truth: Martinez, 34, would be strictly a designated hitter and occasional first baseman during the last two seasons of his contract with the Tigers.
That changed Friday at Citi Field, when Martinez put on shin guards in a game at any level for the first time since Aug. 4, 2011. Martinez has made four All-Star teams as a catcher. He's a 10-year veteran, but this felt like his major league debut.
"It was that special," he would say later.
Respected umpire Jim Joyce was working the plate that night, and Martinez kept turning to him for reassurance.
"Every three innings, I was asking how I was doing," Martinez recalled Monday. "He kept telling me I was doing great. He was seeing every pitch. That's something I want to make sure, that I give a good look to the umpire. Jim's a guy who ha...
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Remember last year when Miguel Cabrera won a Triple Crown and the MVP even though Mike Trout was probably the more valuable player? Well, don’t look now, but Miguel Cabrera looks poised to win this year’s MVP going away and possibly win a second straight Triple Crown even though, in some regards, Fat Mike Trout has sophomore slumped his way to an even better season than last...
1st Round Picks over the last 10 years: Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers have had some rather solid success under the regime of GM David Dombrowski and his Director of Scouting David Chadd. The Tigers were known for spending “over slot” to get the guy they wanted for several seasons before bonus spending caps went into place. The Tigers also have been able to draft some lesser...
77-56, 1st place, 5.5 games ahead of the Indians.
So this is what it’s like to be an Astros fan. Oh, right. The above. Strike that remark. But losing 14-4 will correct your Pythagorean record in a hurry.
The pitching has gotten a bit soggy lately, eh? The A’s are also swinging the bats very, very well. The Tigers have run into them at the wrong time. Seems to happen with some...
The Detroit Tigers' bullpen has been in flux for most of the season, and one reason for this inconsistency has been the absence of right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel. The veteran has been recovering from injury for much of the year, as there were even questions whether or not he'd pitch again. Since then, Dotel has resumed pitching, and he recently joined the Tigers'...
Alex Avila was hitless in his rain-shortened return from the disabled list last night. The Detroit Tigers fell to the Oakland A's in five innings. The A's managed to score one run in the top of the sixth before the rain really shut things down. Avila didn't get much of an opportunity to prove he was back to 100 percent. Of course, with MLB's concussion policy...
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers have a rotation with five pitchers registering double-digit wins before the endof August. And so they have a staff built to avoid long losing streaks.
However, the Tigers got drilled, 14-4, on Wednesday night to lose their third straight game to the Oakland As. Detroit has not lost more than four in a row this season, and the main reason for that is Thursday...
Some might say that Justin Verlander has been charitable toward opposing hitters this season. Through Tuesday’s start, he was allowing hitters to hit .257 against him. In comparison, opposing hitters have hit .190 against Max Scherzer and .226 against Anibal Sanchez.
On Wednesday, JV’s philanthropic attitude contributed to something...
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland praised the potent offense of the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.
''It looks like Oakland was sitting in on our pitchers' meeting. I guess I'd start out with that,'' he said after the Tigers' 14-4 loss.
Tigers starter Doug Fister (11-7) took the loss for Detroit, which has lost the first three games of the four...
77-55, first place, 5.5 up on the Cleveland Indians.
Rain put a merciful end to the debacle of the 6-3 loss to the A’s. It was a forgettable game, but I remember a few things:
A. Prince Fielder’s 2-run, bases-loaded single to tie the game wasn’t just a 2-run, bases-loaded single to tie the game. It was also a fine display of “old style” Prince at the dish, the whole at...
DETROIT (AP) -- Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Justin Verlander, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 in a game cut short by rain on Tuesday night.
Seth Smith hit a leadoff homer in the sixth, and Oakland had the bases loaded with no one out when the tarp was pulled on the field due to the weather. It was called after an 80-minute delay.
Wednesday night’s 14-4 win by the Oakland A’s over the Detroit Tigers was notable for two key factors: the unrelenting attack of the A’s offense and Brett Anderson’s return from the 60-day disabled list.
Anderson ended up with a three-inning save, the first of his career (even though in this case the ‘save’ designation is really meant more in terms of preventing the bullpen...
Justin Verlander -- author of two no-hitters, winner of a Most
Valuable Player award -- is used to making history. Not this
As much as I dislike Octavio Dotel because he runs his mouth too often and seems like a ****** teammate, he could probably be of service to the Tigers bullpen, which has started to get sloppy of late like Miley Cyrus' ass at the VMAs. Dotel was set to make a rehab appearance in Toledo on Tuesday night, but it didn't last very long ... at all:
In 2012, Miguel Cabrera added to his mantle a Triple-Crown and a hotly-contested MVP, edging out Mike Trout in one of the most debated award-races in recent memory.
In 2013, there will be no such debate. In 2013, the question isn’t whether Miguel Cabrera’s season deserves to stand atop the current crop of players that look so human in comparison.
The question is where this season...
The thought was that if one team outscored the other 28-13 in the first three games of this four-game series it would be the Detroit Tigers putting the hurt on the slumping A's.
It hasn't worked out that way. A's hitters beat up 11-game winner Doug Fister for 13 hits and seven runs in five innings Wednesday night en route to a 14-4 blowout win that has the A's on...