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Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder fended off Toronto’s Jose Bautista to win the 2012 MLB Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Monday Night.
Fielder started the night slow with just five home runs in the opening round but began to find a rhythm in Round 2 with 11 homers. Four of the 16 went over 458 feet, with the longest one going 476.
Fielder now joins Ken Griffey Jr., as the only players to win the Home Run Derby multiple times. Griffey Jr. won the event in 1994, 1998 and 1999. Fielder won the event in 2009 with Milwaukee, and becomes the only player to win as a member of both the American and National League.
Robinson Cano set a final-round record of 12 to claim last year’s title in Phoenix. This year he hit zero home runs and was booed for not picking Royals’ Billy Butler for his derby team.
This was the 17th time a player went homeless in the Home Run Derby.
Prince Fielder: 28 (5,11,12)
Jose Bautista: 21 (11,2*,7)
Mark Trumbo: 13 (7,6)
Carlos Beltran: 12 (7,5)
Carlos Gonzalez: 4
Andrew McCuctchen: 4
Matt Kemp: 1
Robinson Cano: 0
Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP
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Even though he blew a save Wednesday, Phil Coke should be the Tigers’ closer right now.
Phil Coke should be given the Detroit Tigers’ closer role, for now, even after Wednesday’s blown save against the Twins.
Coke proved himself on the biggest stage last postseason, when he stepped in for Jose Valverde to help lock down games. He also had an excellent opening day performance...
Three games into their season, the Tigers have already sent their fan base into a panic.
No, it wasnt Phil Cokes blown save against the Twins in Minnesota on Wednesday that has caused this tizzy.
It was the announcement that Detroit has signed their former closer, Jose "Papa Grande" Valverde, to a minor-league deal.
Valverde will begin his season in Lakeland, Fla...
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Valverde, who is expected back with the team Wednesday.
And manager Jim Leyland says Valverde will be Detroit's closer immediately.
Valverde was the Tigers' closer the last three years, but the team was prepared to let him leave as a free agent after he faltered during the 2012 postseason. But he never...
The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers have yet to allow a run, though manager Jim Leyland would probably like to see his next one go a little deeper.
A day after Detroit's maligned bullpen blew a lead, Rick Porcello hopes to avoid a similar fate and help the Tigers win Thursday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Detroit starters Justin Verlander...
Justin Verlander went only five innings for the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day but pitched well enough to notch his first win of the season.
Verlander struck out seven over five scoreless innings against Minnesota on Monday. The 30-year-old former Cy Young winner had a rough spring but bounced back for a solid start to the 2013 season.
In the outing Verlander threw 91 pitches of which...
Justin Verlander's five shutout innings at frosty Target Field held up for Detroit, and the defending American League champion Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Monday.
With the gametime temperature at 35 degrees and the wind blowing at 17 mph, fans had to bundle up. But Opening Day is always a draw, as evidenced by the announced crowd of 38,282, a sellout by Twins guidelines...
MINNEAPOLIS Torii Hunter is not a stranger to Target Field, having visited the Twins' new park while with the Los Angeles Angels. But Hunter will be spending quite a bit more time this season at the downtown Minneapolis ballpark.
Hunter signed with the Detroit Tigers this year as a free agent, meaning he'll face his former Twins club plenty this season. As it turns out...
An Omar Infante walk and Austin Jackson double gave the Detroit Tigers a glorious chance to erase a 3-2 deficit in Minnesota on Thursday afternoon — two in scoring position, nobody out, and Torii Hunter-Miguel Cabrera-Prince Fielder coming up.
But Hunter struck out and, after an intentional walk to Cabrera, so did Fielder. Victor Martinez then meekly ended the threat with a pop...
The Detroit Tigers maintained all offseason that they did not have any interest in bringing back former closer Jose Valverde. On Thursday the team announced a minor league deal for the 35-year-old.
Valverde had a down year in 2012. Despite 35 saves, Valverde had a 3.78 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Both numbers were his worst since 2006.
If Valverde cannot make it to the majors by May 5th...
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Phil Coke is now 1-for-2 as the Detroit Tigers’ makeshift closer. After cruising to an easy save on opening day against the Minnesota Twins, Coke faltered Wednesday afternoon as the Twins rallied for a 3-2 victory.
Just as he did in Monday’s 4-2 Detroit win, Joaquin Benoit opened the ninth inning on the mound, this time protecting a one...
Welcome to a weekly column by Kyle Bauer on various happenings in national and local sports. Agree or disagree with the author? Please comment below or let him know your thoughts by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter, @kyle_bauer Yesterday, Justin Verlander made his first start since signing his record five-year $180 million contract extension. When [...]
The Detroit Tigers signed their former closer Jose Valverde on Thursday to a minor league deal, he will report to Lakeland, Fla.
“We love Papa Grande. He’s been fantastic for this organization,” general manager Dave Dombrowski said today via The Detroit Free Press. “He’s been fantastic as a person. We saw a little fall-off last year, and it wasn’t just during the postseason...
All offseason long, the Detroit Tigers denied interest in re-signing free-agent closer Jose Valverde. Every other team in baseball also effectively denied interest in signing Valverde. The Tigers did next to nothing to address their closer situation, and on Wednesday, Phil Coke blew a save against the Twins. Thursday, the Tigers signed Valverde, albeit to a minor-league contract...
Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over. Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier's single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third. Then Escobar drove the first pitch Coke...
Now that Jose Valverde has signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers, the obvious question is: When will Papa Grande be back as the closer?
The obvious answer is: When he can once again command his out-pitch, the split-fingered fastball at Triple-A Toledo.
Valverde lost the ability to throw the splitter effectively late last season and became a one-pitch guy.