Posted June 15, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Rick Porcello
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello is having the longest sustained success of his career at age 24. With the exception of one horrific inning in Anaheim, Porcello has consistently not just given the Tigers inning, but given the club quality starts. What has been the secret to Rick's success?

Tigers starting pitchers ... they're good

Remember when it seemed like the overwhelming majority of Tigers fans and the media were clamoring for 24-year-old Rick Porcello to get traded, so second-year lefty Drew Smyly could squeeze into the rotation? Can you imagine the added outrage over the Tigers' bullpen if future starter Smyly (2.09 ERA, 39K in 38.2 IP) wasn't in it? Yeahhhhh, it never made any sense, and...

Rick Porcello is on the right track

If this was a season at the crossroads for Rick Porcello, it appears that hes taken the right turn. Porcello pitched seven shutout innings in Friday nights 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins, and the Detroit Tigers received their 14th consecutive quality start. By becoming a four-pitch pitcher, Porcello has begun sparkling just as much as the four aces atop the rotation: Max Scherzer...

Leyland says people are focused on the wrong things and the team will use Valverde until it’s determined he can’t get the job done

Coming on the heels of a Jose Valverde blown save the other night in Kansas City, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was apparently very animated in the pregame talk with the media Friday afternoon in Minnesota. According to Chris Iott of, Leyland gave his comments regarding the Valverde question when it comes to the 9th inning and whether or not people are focused on the right...

Tigers Prospect Nick Castellanos is Best Pure Hitter in Minors

Nick Castellanos, the 44th-overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers out of Archbishop McCarthy High School (Florida), has been on a roll as of late for Triple-A Toledo in the International League.In his last ten games, Castellanos has batted .450 (18-for-40) with three home runs and 10 RBI, along with an impressive OBP/SLG/OPS line of .521/.750/1.271...

Game 2013.65: Tigers at Twins

Detroit Tigers: 36-28, 1st Place (4.5 ahead of Cleveland). Well the Tigers had a much-needed day off to shake off their latest one-run loss (their 11th), a 2nd consecutive Valverde home run derby which even had manager Jim Leyland playing hot potato. When Leyland says “who the (expletive) should I close with?” he does have a point. It wasn’t Leyland’s idea to have Valverde...

Tigers-Twins Preview

Rick Porcello has played a part in the Detroit Tigers' streak of solid starts but his next opponent has given him some trouble recently. Porcello will try to earn his first win over the Minnesota Twins in nearly two years in Friday night's opener of a three-game series. Detroit's starters have allowed three runs or fewer in 18 of the last 19 games with Porcello (3-3...

Is Fielder future Hall of Famer?

It could be argued that Prince Fielder has been the best player in the majors the past two seasons. Last year, the burly first baseman batted cleanup and protected Miguel Cabrera in the Detroit Tigers lineup. In 2011, Fielder's final campaign with the Milwaukee Brewers and also batting fourth, he protected Ryan Braun. With Fielder's big bat in the on-deck circle, Cabrera...

Game 2013.66: Tigers at Twins

Detroit Tigers: 37-28, 1st Place (4.5 ahead of Cleveland).  Who the (expletive) should Leyland close with? (to quote the skipper). Well it looks like the answer, for now, is going to be Jose Valverde, who is still the closer. (Although it should be noted that Valverde’s appearance was not a save situation, and that Phil Coke was warming up in the bullpen). Valverde himself was...

Five Things to Know about Bruce Rondon

With Jose Valverde imploding before everyone’s eyes, concern about the Tigers’ closer situation is rapidly increasing. Many fans are looking to highly touted prospect right-hander Bruce Rondon to fill the gap, and potentially sooner rather than later. But with that in mind, here are five things you need to know about Rondon, today.

Detroit Tigers Activate Austin Jackson, Option Avisail Garcia to Triple-A Toledo

The Detroit Tigers announced they will activate center fielder Austin Jackson from the disabled list in time for the series opener against the Minnesota Twins tonight. Jackson has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo and went 3-f0r- 13  over three games with the Mud Hens.Jackson has been out on the disabled list since May 12 nursing a poor left hamstring and was hitting...

Tigers' Austin Jackson activated

The Detroit Tigers played for just over a month without their leadoff hitter, Austin Jackson. Now, that wait is over.'s Tigers beat writer Chris Lott reports that the Tigers have activated Jackson from the 15-day disabled list and will have him in the lineup tonight as the Tigers open a weekend series with the Minnesota Twins. Jackson was on the DL from May 12...

Fister, Hunter lead Tigers over Twins, 5-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Doug Fister held Minnesota hitless until the sixth inning and Torii Hunter connected for his 300th career home run, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Twins 5-2 Sunday. Fister (6-4) didn't allow a baserunner until walking Ryan Doumit with two outs in the fourth inning, then lost his no-hit bid when Brian Dozier led off the sixth with a homer. Fister allowed...

Jim Leyland: Expletive expletive I have no one to close games expletive times infinity

Jose Valverde is not the answer at the back end of the Tigers’ bullpen. Anyone who knows anything about baseball knows this to be fact. Jim Leyland knows something about baseball (how much depends on who you ask), but he was recently asked about the Tigers’ closer situation. “Some fans believe Valverde is a Leyland creation.  They think the manager loves him or he wouldn...

Tigers 5, Twins 2

Doug Fister held Minnesota hitless until the sixth inning and Torii Hunter connected for his 300th career home run, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Twins 5-2 Sunday. Fister (6-4) didn't allow a baserunner until walking Ryan Doumit with two outs in the fourth inning, then lost his no-hit bid when Brian Dozier led off the sixth with a homer. Fister allowed two runs and two...

Watch: Milestones For Torii Hunter & Chris Davis

courtesy to Congratulations to Detroit Tiger’s Torii Hunter and Baltimore Oriole’s Chris Davis as they both hit a personal milestones with the bat today.  Torii who is in his 16th season connected on a two run shot over the left field wall for his 300th career home run in the first inning against Minnesota Twins pitcher, P.J Walters.  The home run gave the...
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