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The Detroit Tigers are excited and curious to see what rookie right-hander Bruce Rondon from Venezuela can do on the mound.
The defending American League champions are giving Rondon a chance to be the teams opening day closer, but
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There is no doubt about Justin Verlander being one of the most dominant pitchers in the game of baseball today. The guy averaged 17.8 wins in his last five years with he Tigers. With only 2 years left on his contract what can we expect Verlander to do for his Tigers this season. If history repeats its self, we can expect Verlander to go out and win around 18 games this season....
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers late-inning reliever Octavio Dotel is one of those players who becomes glue for a ballclub.
He often takes the mound and patches together a game on the verge of breaking the other way, and is a clubhouse leader who brings professionalism and harmony.
Dotel threw five innings of no-hit relief in the 2012 playoffs and was central in Game 1 of the American...
LAKELAND, Fla. There were many who did not expect to see Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta back in Detroit after he batted .239 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 2012. The club could live with his limited defensive range as long as he was productive with the bat, but his second-half offensive swoon greatly diminished his value.
Even when Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski opted...
It used to be the hamstring that sidelined player after player.
In the 2010's there are two injuries "du decade" that no team
can seem to avoid...the Tommy John surgery spurring elbow ligament tear, and
the ultra chic oblique strain. The Tigers Brennan Boesch is the pool
winner for first oblique problem of spring 2013.
Boesch, heading into his fourth...
LAKELAND, Fla. Jeff Kobernus could very well be the most interesting position player to keep tabs on when Grapefruit League games begin Friday for the Tigers.
The Tigers obtained Kobernus a speedy infielder who is reacquainting himself with the outfield in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, who made him a Rule 5 draft selection out of the Washington Nationals organization in December...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bruce Rondons first batting-practice pitching of spring training was Sundays main event.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, manager Jim Leyland and Hall of Famer Al Kaline all made sure to watch.
On the adjoining field, American League MVP Miguel Cabrera sat on a bench and watched through two separate fences. Someone on the field where Cabrera was asked...
Rick Porcello will not have to wait long to begin making his case for the Detroit Tigers’ No. 5 starter role. Porcello will start the Tigers’ Grapefruit League opener on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.
The rotation for the first three games, courtesy of MLive’s Chris Iott:
Rick Porcello scheduled to start Friday for the Tigers at the Braves. Anibal Sanchez on Saturday....
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Austin Jackson had a season to savor in 2012. He bounced back from a subpar sophomore performance to light up the American League once again.
Jackson hit .300, scored 103 runs and had 29 doubles, 10 triples, 16 homers and a career-high 66 RBIs. The fleet center fielder came close to garnering both All-Star and Gold Glove recognition.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim...
LAKELAND, Fla. Pitchers threw live batting practice to hitters on Saturday for the first time in training camp. It was a chance for batters to begin tracking balls and getting their timing down for Fridays Grapefruit League opener with the Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista. It was also an opportunity for pitchers to throw to something other than a catchers mitt.
One pitcher, Jose...
One big key to upgrading the Tigers' offense after the up-and-down 2012 season is expected to come at designated hitter, where the Tigers let Delmon Young walk and will replace him with 2011 DH Victor Martinez. The big question becomes; how will Martinez's surgically-repaired knee hold up?
In the first edition of The Hot Corner with John Czech, Felix Hernandez is now the games highest paid pitcher. With free agency just around the corner for Justin Verlander, how will Hernandez’s new contract affect the Tigers’ ace when he becomes a free agent?
LAKELAND, Fla. When you follow a trip to the World Series in 2012 by adding Torii Hunter and getting Victor Martinez back for 2013, you remain the team to beat.
Those expectations were something Tigers manager Jim Leyland felt worthy of addressing Friday, when he met with his players to discuss training camp, rules and a little philosophy.
I love being a target, Leyland told reporters...