TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

GIF: Batter Interference Call on Jose Abreu Seals Detroit Tigers’ Win Over Chicago White Sox

Only closer Joe Nathan and catcher Bryan Holaday immediately seemed to know what had happened to end the Detroit Tigers’ 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Nathan K’d Jose Abreu after a lengthy battle for the second out of the inning, then Holaday fired wide down to second attempting to gun a stealing Marcus Semien. But Abreu was called for batter inference —...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Can we trust anyone in the Detroit Tigers bullpen?

And when I say anyone, I mean anyone. The Detroit Tigers have certainly had their fair share of bullpen woes over the last decade, starting with Todd Jones, who I still have never seen throw anything besides a 90 mph fastball. We then entered the Jose Valverde era, a time where strikes were rare and 1-2-3 innings even rarer. A time where a routine save consisted of three walks, a...
Via isportsweb.com
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera deserving of our patience

Following two consecutive American League MVP awards, three straight batting titles, and baseball’s first triple crown in 45 years, it’s easy to see how the level of expectation for Miguel Cabrera to continue producing at a record-setting pace have reached unprecedented heights. And along with those unforgiving expectations comes little room for error, and as a career .320 hitter...
Via Sports-Glory
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.19: White Sox at Tigers

A White Sox offense that just won’t leave us alone deserves a dose of Max Scherzer. Detroit gets to face a lefty in Jose Quintana, and I think that’s good news. The main thing is that they get to bat again and might score some runs, and it might not take so many this time, especially if Max can go (9? Please? Please?), oh, let’s say 8 innings. How demoralizing would not salvaging...
Via Tigers Weblog
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

How will the Tigers use Phil Coke?

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are sticking with Phil Coke for now. The veteran left-hander gave up three runs in the ninth inning Tuesday night to the Chicago White Sox, who made it close after left-handed slugger Adam Dunn drilled a two-run homer off Coke with two outs. Coke has a 13.50 ERA and batters are hitting .400 off him, but he remains in the bullpen rather than being replaced...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Addressing the Alex Avila problem

Almost a month into the 2014 Major League Baseball season, the Detroit Tigers have yet to find a way to score runs on a consistent basis. In 17 games, Detroit has failed to score more than two runs on eight occasions and are 2-6 in those games. The struggles of Miguel Cabrera and the lack of offensive contribution at the shortstop position could be seen as the main reason for these...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer Featured on Cover of Latest Sports Illustrated

Max Scherzer — and, more specifically, Max Scherzer’s contract situation with the Detroit Tigers — drew a cover for this week’s Sports Illustrated. The headline reads “Mad Max’s $144 Million Bet”, followed by this tease of Albert Chen’s article: “Max Scherzer has a Cy Young arm and a beautiful mind to match, but did he make a dumb wager on his future?” Here...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: what is the CUPCM stat?

Phil Coke entered Tuesday night’s win for the Detroit Tigers in the 9th inning with the simple job of holding the fort down as the team was sitting comfortably on an 8-3 lead. What better time to give the embattled lefty a chance to get some safe outs. Or not. Coke looked masterful in striking the first two hitters (Leury Garcia and Jordan Danks) out on nice sinking fastballs....
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Want It Called “The Kinsler Trade”

“The Ian Kinsler Trade” sounds a lot better than “The Prince Fielder Trade” if things work out best for the Detroit Tigers over the long haul. Ian Kinsler has moved to Detroit in 2014 and is off to an excellent start in the Motor City. With a well-timed hot start, Kinsler is quickly becoming a fan favorite. He has taken up residence in either of the top two spots of the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers notes: All-Star infield practice

DETROIT -- As a catcher and manager, Brad Ausmus has worked with a lot of great pitchers in more than 20 years in the professional game. That didn't prepare him for what happened Tuesday afternoon. Hours before the game against Chicago, Ausmus found himself on the field with two of the best players in baseball -- defending AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and two-time defending...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Notes: Luke Putkonen, Andy Dirks

Per MLB transactions, the Detroit Tigers have placed right handed relief pitcher Luke Putkonen (elbow inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19, and transferred outfielder Andy Dirks (recovering from back surgery) from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. Reliever Justin Miller, who was called up Friday when the Tigers released shortstop Alex Gonzalez, will remain...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers call up slugger J.D. Martinez from Toledo

J.D. Martinez wasn't in the Tigers' plans at the beginning of the regular season. He has forced them to change their mind. The 26-year-old slugger, who wasn't even on Detroit's 40-man roster, was hitting .308 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs in 17 games for Toledo until the Tigers purchased his contract Monday morning. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Tigers...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Angels commit three errors in one play after walk

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler thought he was just going to steal second base in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, but thanks to three errors by the Angels, he made it all the way home. Detroit trailed Los Angeles 1-0 in the bottom of the first with one out when Kinsler decided to run from first base on Hector Santiago’s full-count pitch to Miguel Cabrera...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers release Alex Gonzalez

Alex Gonzalez, who was replacing shortstop Jose Iglesias for the 2014 season, didn’t turn out as planned for the Detriot Tigers as the club announced Sunday morning that they have let loose of the veteran shortstop.Prior to today’s game the #Tigers unconditionally released Alex Gonzalez and purchased the contract of Danny Worth from Triple A Toledo.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers...
Via The MLB Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Miguel Cabrera this generation’s Hank Aaron?

On June 20, 2003, Miguel Cabrera struck out in his first big league at bat.  He’d get the last laugh however. In the bottom of the eleventh inning the 20-year-old rookie hit a two-run home run to help his then-Florida Marlins to a 3-1 victory over the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Now, I bring that up only to awkwardly segue into this. Friday, the reigning American League MVP turned...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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