TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Tigers prospect Shane Zeile's homer keys West Michigan Whitecaps victory

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Toledo Mud Hens 5, Durham Bulls 0 (box) The Mud Hens got to former Tigers farmhand Adam Wilk early, scoring three runs in the first two innings. Chad Huffman hit an RBI triple to get Toledo on the board in the first, while catcher John Hicks hit his second home run of the year in the second...
Via Bless You Boys
57 minutes ago

Miguel Cabrera gives thumbs up to Jeremy Hellickson on strikeout pitch

In the first two games of their series in Detroit, the Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to control Miguel Cabrera, but Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson got the future Hall of Famer to go down swinging on Tuesday night. Cabrera was impressed, and extended a seal of approval on the good pitch from the Phillies’ starter with a thumbs up. Hellickson got Cabrera to swing...
Via The Comeback
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Francisco Rodriguez celebrates 400th save with light-up shoes

Because how else would you celebrate your 400th career save? I can't speak for how awesome saving 400 games in a major league career would be, but I can tell you how good I feel when I have a fresh pair of J's on my feet. Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez got his hands on a fresh pair of kicks after save number 400 on Tuesday evening. A video posted by Omar Vizquel...
Via Bless You Boys
10 hours ago

Miguel Cabrera gives opposing pitcher thumbs up after striking him out

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been one of the more difficult batters to strike out this season. The two-time MVP entered Tuesday's game against the Phillies having not struck out in the past nine games.But Cabrera's streak of not striking out came to an end in the third inning, swinging and missing on a breaking ball from Jeremy Hellickson. Instead of immediately showing...
Via Fox Sports
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers’ closer Francisco Rodriguez joins elite 400-save club

Detroit Tigers’ closer Francisco Rodriguez became the sixth pitcher in big league history to eclipse the 400-save plateau Tuesday evening.  With the Tigers defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1, “K-Rod’s” 400th career save was also his 14th of the season as he continues to impress in his first year in the “Motor City.” The 34-year-old right-hander broke into the league...
Via Today's Knuckleball
10 hours ago

Sanchez, Nola set to square off in series finale

Winless in the month of May, the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 6.23 ERA) has struggled in the sixth inning this season. He tries to shake his sixth-inning woes Wednesday when the Tigers host the Phillies in the finale of a three-game series.
Via Tigers.com
10 hours ago

Verlander shines, Rodriguez earns 400th save in Detroit win

DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander struck out 10 in eight scoreless innings, and Francisco Rodriguez held on for his 400th save in the Detroit Tigers' 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs for Detroit. Since losing 11 of 12 earlier this month, the Tigers have now won eight of nine. Verlander (4-4) has allowed only four runs over...
Via Associated Press
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

J. Upton likely to rest right quad until Friday

The right quad tightness that scratched Justin Upton from the Tigers' lineup Monday is enough of a concern that he'll likely sit the rest of their three-game series against the Phillies, giving him essentially four days to recuperate before Detroit opens a six-game West Coast trip Friday night at Oakland.
Via Tigers.com
14 hours ago

Kinsler scratched from Detroit lineup with flu-like symptoms

DETROIT (AP) Ian Kinsler has been scratched from the Detroit lineup for Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia because of flu-like symptoms. Mike Aviles is set to play second base in Kinsler's place. The Detroit lineup is also without outfielder Justin Upton again. He sat out Monday night's game because of right quadriceps tightness. Outfielder Cameron Maybin replaces Kinsler...
Via Associated Press
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Mike Pelfrey experiment is reaching critical mass

It's not us Mike. It's you. When the Tigers inked Mike Pelfrey to a two-year deal this offseason, a lot of people weren't thrilled. The Tigers saw reason to believe in Pelfrey's decent 2015 campaign. Unfortunately, it's really not working out well. The Tigers have plenty of reasons to try and make this work, but the starting rotation is the team's clear weakness in 2016. And the...
Via Bless You Boys
20 hours ago

Tigers' Zimmermann expected to miss at least one start

DETROIT (AP) -- Jordan Zimmermann is expected to miss at least one start for Detroit, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says he's more optimistic now than he was Sunday, when the right-hander left his start in the sixth inning with a right groin strain. Ausmus said Monday that Zimmermann has a Grade 1 strain, which is the lowest level. He said it would be a stretch for Zimmermann to...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Maybin This Time Will Be Different

Cameron Maybin was 3-for-4 Friday night with his fourth stolen base in four games. Did someone say SAGNOF? Since his return from the disabled list last Monday, Killa Cam has hit safely in all four games he's played, going 8-for-13 (.615 AVG), with 3 runs, an RBI, and oh, did I mention he's stolen four bases?! Because that's why I'm writing this lede about Cameron Maybin and not...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Moya and Maybin rejuvenate the outfield

The Detroit Tigers are currently 19-22 and fourth in the AL Central Division. The Tigers’ bats haven’t been what they should be this year and the outfield hasn’t helped. Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose, and Tyler Collins just haven’t gotten it done, but two newcomers to the roster have helped the Tigers win four of their past five games. Steven Moya and Cameron...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler is Turning Back the Clock

Usually, we expect players to follow a more or less expected curve of decline when they hit their 30s. Obviously everyone is different, but baseball is a young man’s game, and father time comes for us all. Research by Jeff Zimmerman in 2013 showed that hitters don’t even tend to peak nowadays: on average, they perform at a plateau upon reaching the majors, then they decline...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander predicted his own recent dominance

Leon Halip/Getty Images Justin Verlander has never not sounded confident in his abilities.  The confidence has beamed in 2011 and ’12 when he was the best pitcher on the planet and in 2014, ’15 and most of the young 2016 when he looked like Joe Schmo. Two and a half weeks ago, Verlander tweeted such confidence:   At the time, he had just gotten shellacked by the Cleveland...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton visited penguins at Detroit Zoo Thursday

Justin Verlander and fiancee Kate Upton spent the Tigers’ off day Thursday at the Detroit Zoo at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. The 33,000-square-foot facility is a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area where visitors can watch as more than 80 penguins of four species explore their habitat. It’s the largest penguin facility on Earth. Instagram/@justinverlander  ...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus auctions off the hoodie from his dramatic ejection

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus put on a show while getting tossed from a game earlier this week against the lowly Minnesota Twins. Now he and the Tigers are looking to create a positive spin on an otherwise lamentable moment for the Tigers manager. While arguing in demonstrative fashion with home plate umpire Doug Eddings on Monday night, Ausmus ripped off his hoodie and placed...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Ian Kinsler told the baseball to get out of here

Instagram Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez both hit home runs during the Tigers’ seven-run seventh inning Tuesday.  Kinsler watched J.D. Mart’s jack from the bench and told the ball precisely where to go. You don’t need an advanced degree in lip reading to know that he told the ball to leave the yard. A video posted by Always Sunny (@itsalwayssunnyindetroit) on May...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera loses bat in the stands, Tigers fan gives it back

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera took a mighty cut at a Jose Berrios pitch in the first inning of Monday's Twins-Tigers game and sent his bat soaring behind the Tigers' dugout.A fan made a solid catch and fortunately no one was injured (though he did have to fight off other fans trying to secure a souvenir.)Whatever flies in the stands at a baseball game immediately becomes the property...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus goes nuts, takes off jersey

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus watched his team give up seven unanswered runs after jumping out to a 8-0 lead in Monday night’s game against the Twins, and his frustration boiled over when Nick Castellanos was punched out in the fourth inning on a borderline strike call. Ausmus went off on Doug Eddings—an umpire who is known for having a pitcher-friendly strike zone...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Castellanos’ Launch-Angle Improvements

If you look at Nick Castellanos‘ traditional statistics, you obviously will notice that something is different. His OPS is over 1.000 after messing around in the 700 level before. This was the kind of improvement we were hoping for! The wait is over! If you look at the next level, things begin to muddy. Over 40% of the third baseman’s balls in play have fallen for hits, compared...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Warwick Saupold could aid the ‘pen

On Friday the Detroit Tigers announced that they had called up a pitching prospect that most fans were not familiar with. This was not Buck Farmer or Bruce Rondon or Matt Boyd, pitchers who Tigers fans have seen before, but rather it was a right hander from Australia named Warwick Saupold who got the call. Left hander Daniel Norris was sent back down to Toledo to make room on the...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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