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As it turns out, the sure way to get Ryan Raburn at his best is when he doesn't think it can get any worse.
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Manager Jim Leyland already had a good reason to like new reliever Collin Balester.
"He married a girl from Perrysburg, Ohio, my hometown," Leyland said. "So he can't be all bad."
Balester agreed it was unusual that his wife Ashley already had that connection with his new manager.
"She went to Ohio State and I met her when I was playing in Columbus...
When the Detroit Tigers made their run to the AL championship series last year, Brennan Boesch wasn't able to play.
Boesch, the 26-year-old outfielder who hit 16 home runs in 115 games, was unavailable because of a right thumb injury that required surgery, but he's back now and says he's 100 percent heading into the season.
Boesch is expected to play an important role...
(Eds: Updates.) Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has a pretty good idea who his four top starters are going to be this season.
Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, of course. Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister sure seem likely to make the cut, too.
That leaves one spot, but don't ask Leyland about it. He bristled when he was asked about it Wednesday.
Andy Dirks isn’t going to get a starting spot. With Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young penciled in as likely starters, there isn’t much room in the outfield. But with one Major League season under his belt, Dirks could be a big asset coming off the bench if he shines this spring in Lakeland.
Delmon Young had 112 RBI's in 2010 (Twins)
** Writer’s Note ** – This article is the first of what I will call My “Player Predictions Preview”. Each article will take a different Tiger who will be on the roster out of Spring Training and attempt to predict their season. Obviously not all 25 spots are shoe ins at this point in time, so expect those last bullpen spots,...
Manager Jim Leyland and the Tigers stressed the importance of the double play today during drills at spring training.
Clete Thomas can't point to a specific play, or a specific day, when he turned the corner on his knee injury. He's not completely sure it was a physical turning point anyway. All he knows is that, at some point, he felt like his old self again when he took the field and stepped to the plate.
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Add Max Scherzer to the list of Tigers starters who began throwing earlier than usual this offseason. His reasoning for it, however, was a little different.
Austin Jackson is making a change in his swing, forcing himself to keep his front leg down. Jackson said the change would not be drastic, but he struck out 181 times last season as a leadoff hitter and both he and the Tigers are eager for a change.
By John Pesetski
Special to FOXSportsWisconsin.com PHOENIX You don't replace a player like Prince Fielder. You adjust to his departure. You add a few pieces, you move around others and you ask for a little bit more out of everybody else.Aramis Ramirez, the Milwaukee Brewers' new third baseman, agrees. He will fill Fielder's cleanup spot in the lineup if not Fielder...
The man pays the bills at Miller Park, making him admittedly biased. But Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio thinks everybody is missing the real story about Prince Fielder defecting to Detroit.