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Adds background The Detroit Tigers say reliever Brayan Villarreal is not expected to leave spring training after his family escaped unharmed from a kidnapping attempt in Venezuela on Friday night.
Villarreal has remained with the team. Manager Jim Leyland did not want to comment further about the matter, saying Sunday: ''The less said, the better.''
Villarreal went 3-5 with a 2.63 ERA last year in 50 appearances. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out 66 hitters in 54 2-3 innings.
Security back home has been a concern in recent years for Venezuelan players and their families because of a rising wave of kidnappings.
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted outside his family's home shortly after the end of the 2011 season and rescued by police commandos two days later.
In June 2009, Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba's 11-year-old son and brother-in-law were kidnapped and released a day later.
The mother of former pitcher Ugueth Urbina, a two-time All-Star, spent more than five months in captivity until she was rescued in early 2005.
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Brayan Villarreal was sitting at a Red Lobster restaurant when he was texted by his mother that there was danger at his home in Venezuela.
Villarreal was stunned to find out that his father, mother, and 14-year-old brother had been robbed at gunpoint in their own home and held captive last Friday. None of them were harmed, but his father and brother were tied up.
The Detroit Tigers and Rick Porcello trade rumors are likely to crank into overdrive in the coming weeks. It’s kind of becoming the Tigers equivalent of what the Diamondbacks experienced with Justin Upton. The elongated nature of Upton’s trade talks probably won’t replicate in Detroit but Porcello’s name has been a hot topic ever since the Tigers overpaid for the return of...
The family of Detroit Tigers right-hander Brayan Villarreal was the target of an armed kidnapping attempt in Villarreals native Venezuela, according to the pitchers agent, Hector Gomez.
Gomez told FOXSports.com that Villarreals father, mother and youngest brother were unharmed in the incident, although it ended only after there was gunfire between the assailants and local police...
According to ESPN (my Scorecenter App alert, to be precise) – the Rangers have inquired about Rick Porcello.
This makes sense to me for a number of reasons.
1) The Rangers just lost Martin Perez for several months with a fractured forearm. Perez was slated to be their #5. This is a team who has already shelved Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis to begin the season.
2) As we’ve discussed...
The family of Detroit Tigers right-hander Brayan Villarreal was
the target of an armed kidnapping attempt in Villarreal's native
Venezuela, according to the pitcher's agent, Hector Gomez.
Max Scherzer’s first spring start went off without a hitch. The same cannot be said for Bruce Rondon’s latest relief appearance. Rondon, who may be coughing away his shot at the Detroit Tigers’ closer role, served up a pair of runs in his one inning of work during a 6-1 loss to Atlanta.
Rondon coughed up a solo home run to Tyler Pastornicky, then allowed an RBI double — just...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera hit his third home run of the spring and Drew Smyly pitched three perfect innings for a Detroit Tigers split squad in a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
Austin Jackson had one of Detroit's three hits and scored twice.
Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner, was scheduled to leave Tigers camp later in the...
The fantasy baseball tiers at third base are semi-deep but they could could lose some depth if several of the players drafted are put at first base. By using the below tiers with average draft position numbers, you should get a good feel of where certain players at third base will go in drafts.
Here is a look at the 2013 fantasy baseball tiers for third basemen.