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When Detroit's Don Kelly watched Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder take consecutive intentional walks to load the bases in the 14th inning, he wasn't surprised.
He also knew it set up a great chance for him to end this marathon game.
Kelly took advantage of it, singling in the go-ahead run to start a four-run 14th inning and the Tigers beat the Houston Astros 7-3 Thursday night.
The Tigers tied it in the eighth with help from right-fielder Rick Ankiel's error.
Austin Jackson led off the 14th with a ground-rule double. Jackson advanced to third on a groundout by Torii Hunter before the intentional walks to Cabrera and Fielder to load the bases.
''Those are the opportunities that you want,'' Kelly said. ''If I'm managing in the other dugout, I'm walking Miggy and Prince, too.''
''That's a smart move,'' he added.
But it didn't work out for the Astros.
Kelly's dribbling grounder to right field scored...
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The Detroit Tigers have recalled right handed pitcher Jose Ortega who fills the spot on the active roster with Phil Coke going on the disabled list due to a left groin strain. In other moves, the Tigers also optioned pitcher Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo and activated outfielder Avisail Garcia from the disabled list then optioned him to Toledo as well.
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DETROIT -- The Bruce Rondon experiment is on hold once again.
The Tigers optioned Rondon to Triple-A Toledo after Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Minnesota.
Rondon hit 101 mph several times during the seventh, but two of those fastballs were hit for a triple and an RBI single. He retired only one of the five batters he faced, walking two and giving up the two hits.
The Detroit Tigers have recalled right handed pitcher Luke Putkonen from their Triple-A Toledo farm club. Filling in at the middle-relief role on the parent club, he has pitched pretty well in just over 16 innings of work for the Mud Hens this season.
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DETROIT What did we learn about the Tigers on this homestand?
They won five straight before closing it out Wednesday with a whimper of a 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins. However, several interesting developments occurred while winning six of eight games.
The five things that popped out:
1) Sweeping the hot Atlanta Braves
The Braves still had the best record in the National League...
Again it didn’t come easy, but the Tigers are right where they wanted to be, taking the first two games of the four-game series with the struggling Astros, thanks partly to contributions by the slumping Alex Avila and by everyone’s favorite bench donkey, Don Kelly (his working a 1-2 count into a walk ahead of Avila’s home run was one of the subtle plays of the game).
On Thursday afternoon I talked Detroit Tigers on The Drive With Jack Ebling Show. Our main topic of discussion was the polarizing play of Alex Avila. He has hit two homers this week, including the go-ahead 2-run blast in Friday night’s win, but should we expect good things from him? Have a listen:
While some Tigers have had hot starts, and some slow starts, arguably no start to the season has been more scrutinized than the production of Alex Avila at the plate, and his continued struggles after his All-Star 2011 season. Just what should we make of Avila’s start, and is this an ominous sign of future production?
The smiles told the story.
When Tigers catcher Alex Avila stroked the two-run, ninth-inning homer that would make his team a 4-3 winner Friday night over the Astros in Houston, he raised his fist rounding first base and smiled. It was a look of both pure joy and relief.
April was a difficult month for Avila. He batted .183 and had to hold his head up while walking back to the dugout...
Alex Avila hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
After Houston closer Jose Veras walked Don Kelly to open the inning, Avila hit a 3-1 pitch to deep center field and help the Tigers get their second straight win.
Jose Altuve's RBI single in the seventh inning capped a three-run rally and gave...
Scott Diamond pitched six solid innings, and the Minnesota Twins got to Anibal Sanchez early in a 6-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday that snapped the Tigers' five-game winning streak.
Sanchez (3-2) was coming off a 17-strikeout performance against Atlanta, and he fanned five in the first two innings against the Twins - but Minnesota scored two runs in the first and another in...
DETROIT (AP) -- Scott Diamond pitched six solid innings, and the Minnesota Twins got to Anibal Sanchez early in a 6-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday that snapped the Tigers' five-game winning streak. Sanchez (3-2) was coming off a 17-strikeout performance against Atlanta, and he fanned five in the first two innings against the Twins -- but Minnesota scored two runs in the first...
Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and tied a career with six RBI to lead the Detroit Tigers' 17-2 mauling of the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Max Scherzer (4-0) won his fourth in a row to begin the season, allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight in eight innings. Detroit has won its first three games against Houston and has won eight of its last nine.