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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Matt Tuiasosopo has always had faith -- in himself and in God.
That faith paid off Tuesday afteroon when Tigers manager Jim Leyland called the versatile non-roster invitee into his office to tell him he had made the big-league club as a bench player.
"Nobody knows how this is going to play out, but if ever there was a guy that came in and opened your eyes up and deserved a shot -- the way he's performed and the way he's gone about his business -- it's him," Leyland said. "He's stung the ball. He's hit the ball out of the ballpark. He's hit the ball hard. He's played first. He's played third. He's played in the outfield pretty well.
"I think it's a great story, and I think you're supposed to reward people like that."
Tuiasosopo, 26, said he didn't feel nervous at all when he went into Leyland's office.
"I was more excited," Tuiasosopo said. "He was either going to tell m...
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LAKELAND, Fla. -- It was a funny scene in Tigers manager Jim Leyland's office Wednesday after batting practice.
Leyland had announced that barring some last-minute trade, Don Kelly had made the team. But because he'd been so busy in the morning, he hadn't had a chance to tell him.
Not wanting to usurp the manager's role, a reporter asked if he needed to talk to...
The Detroit Tigers sent rookie reliever Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, beginning their AL title defense without a set closer.
"I'll tell everybody ahead of time,
The Detroit Tigers will bring both Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly north for the start of the 2013 regular season, with Porcello claiming the fifth spot in the team’s loaded rotation.
That, plus another roster tidbit, came out of the Tigers’ camp on Tuesday:
#Tigers announce Porcello will be the 5th starter, Smyly will be in the bullpen; Matt Tuiasosopo has made team, barring...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Darin Downs made it impossible for the Tigers to leave him off the roster.
Very quietly, Downs has been one of the nicest Grapefruit League stories.
After another scoreless 1 13 innings Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies, Downs' spring ERA was a minuscule 0.64 with an equally tiny 0.86 WHIP. He's struck out 16 and walked three in 14 innings....
In an unsurprising move after he soiled the bed on Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers announced early Thursday that they optioned young flamethrower Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, despite raving about Rondon during the winter while suggesting the closer's spot was his for the taking, said skipper Jim Leyland will now "mix and match":
Breaking News - The Detroit Tigers have sent down what was expected to be their closer for 2013, Bruce Rondon, to the Toledo Mud Hens. Unrelated to this, the organization also chose to send down Luis Marte.
MLB Impact - The Tigers find themselves in a unique situation where as they are a team that has one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball, arguably the best hitter in the...
For a second straight year, Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers enter the season with sky-high expectations.
That's no guarantee of success - but it sure beats the alternative.
''I love being a target. That means you've got a good team,'' Leyland said early on in spring training. ''We're going to be the hunted. We were the winner. We were the...
Justin Verlander is a Sports Illustrated cover-athlete yet again.
The Tigers ace is one of six MLB players to appear on the latest regional series of covers for Sports Illustrated which previews the upcoming season.
For Verlander this is his third SI cover with his first one coming back in 2006 his rookie season.
As far as the predictions go, SI picked the Tigers to win the AL Central...
Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter's job in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen.
Porcello was 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA in 31 starts for the AL champions last season, when Smyly went 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 18 starts as a rookie. Porcello is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six spring training appearances; Smyly is 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA...
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- It wasn't the best way for Anibal Sanchez to close out his spring but he wasn't too concerned.
Against the Houston Astros at Kissimmee, Sanchez allowed nine runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out three. He gave up two home runs to Jonathan Singleton and one to Jason Castro.
"(Thursday), that's the problem...
Despite the presences of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and other stars, Justin Verlander remains the face of the Detroit Tigers franchise — and one of the most recognizable and popular players in baseball, period.
To wit: The Tigers’ ace and opening-day starter landed on one of Sports Illustrated’s regional covers this week. Here’s what that cover looks like:
Justin Verlander has now surpassed his (ex?)-girlfriend Kate Upton. Verlander will grace the cover of the regional Sports Illustrated in their annual baseball preview edition. Upton has been on the last two SI Swimsuit Edition covers.
JV is one of six starting pitchers to find themselves on the covers across the country. The other five are C.C Sabathia, David Price, James...