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Pregame 1: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

(Read Kevin’s “Realism” first. It’s better, especially when you consider that he wrote it without looking, not even once. I am continually amazed by touch-typists. How do they do it? I’m all hunt and peck.) Here we go! The next “Play Ball!” and the 114th season of Detroit Tigers baseball will commence. The last 29 have gone by without a World Series championship, and...
Via Tigers Weblog
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Throwing Less of Al Alburquerque’s Very Best Pitch

For me, one of the most memorable pitches of the past few seasons is the fastball that Sergio Romo threw by Miguel Cabrera to clinch the 2012 World Series. On its own merits, Romo’s fastball isn’t particularly good, and for that reason, everybody watching figured Romo would throw a slider. For that reason, Romo threw […]
Via Fangraphs
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Arbitrary Arbiters

The reaching of contract agreements with 5 of 6 arbitration-eligible players is pretty big news, worthy of a post, I’d say. So here it is. All 6 are important pieces of the 2014 puzzle, and even if the agreements are no real surprise, given Dave Dombrowski’s track record with Detroit as far as arbitration goes, it’s still good news. The real surprise is that it’s not 6 of...
Via Tigers Weblog
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Way Too Early Season Preview

MLB’s Detroit Tigers completed its first day of arbitration deals by inking Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Austin Jackson, Al Alburquerque, and Andy Dirks to deals.  So let’s take a look at how I think they’ll stack up against the American League in a race for the Pennant. I for one, am not happy with the […]
Via Detroit Sports 360
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers agree to terms with Scherzer

On the day that teams and players who filed for arbitration had to exchange salary figures, the Tigers came to terms with five of them. Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, fellow right-hander Rick Porcello, centerfielder Austin Jackson, left fielder Andy Dirks and reliever Al Alburquerque all agreed to one-year contracts Friday. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that Scherzer's...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

If Mike Francesa & radio existed in 1862...(HE'D still be simulcast on TV/Video)

Everybody's a fan of Mike Zaun 1776. And now -- here's Mike Zaun 1862 ... the Civil War Times. You may also enjoy: Artie Lange Al Alburquerque Exact play-by-play Francesa spills his Diet Coke Sunburned Washington Redskins **Follow us on Twitter, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return HomeFollow us on Twitter. Subscribe or Return to Bob's Blitz.
Via Bob's Blitz
October 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Four Real? Red Sox skin Tigers in ALCS Game 3 10-13-13

David Ortiz ripped a grand slam off reliever Al Alburquerque in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on Sunday night, setting the stage for a 6-5 Red Sox walk-off win over Detroit in Game Two of the ALCS (MLB images) Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a series. David Ortiz deemed it so Sunday night with one swing of the bat in the...
Via RedSoxLife
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Four Real? Red Sox skin Tigers in ALCS Game 3 10-13-13

David Ortiz ripped a grand slam off reliever Al Alburquerque in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on Sunday night, setting the stage for a 6-5 Red Sox walk-off win over Detroit in Game Two of the ALCS (MLB images) Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a series. David Ortiz deemed it so Sunday night with one swing of the bat in the...
Via RedSoxLife
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Four Real? Red Sox skin Tigers in ALCS Game 3 10-13-13

David Ortiz ripped a grand slam off reliever Al Alburquerque in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on Sunday night, setting the stage for a 6-5 Red Sox walk-off win over Detroit in Game Two of the ALCS (MLB images) Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a series. David Ortiz deemed it so Sunday night with one swing of the bat in the...
Via RedSoxLife
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers bullpen fails starter in 6-5 Boston win

One night after nearly preserving a no-hitter, the Detroit bullpen was far from flawless. Max Scherzer took another Tigers no-hit bid past the fifth inning and left with a four-run lead before the Red Sox rallied behind David Ortiz's grand slam for a 6-5 win Sunday night that evened the AL championship series at 1-all. Jose Veras, Drew Smyly, Al Alburquerque and Joaquin Benoit...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Bosox held to 1 hit, Tigers win 1-0 in ALCS opener

The Boston Red Sox finally got a hit with one out in the ninth inning. Too little, too late. Daniel Nava's clean single to center field for the highest-scoring team in the majors this season broke up Detroit's bid for the third no-hitter in postseason history but couldn't spark a rally as the Red Sox lost 1-0 in Game 1 of the AL championship series Saturday night. ...
Via AP on Fox
October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers one-hit Red Sox to draw first blood in series

What do they say about good pitching? That it stops good hitting? On Saturday night — in the postseason spotlight no less — good pitching by the Tigers nearly no-hit good hitting. In fact it came within two outs of doing so — with Daniel Nava's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth off Joaquin Benoit the only blemish in the bid. Benoit regrouped however to strand...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers nearly no-hit Red Sox in ALCS opener

When the top two offenses in the American League square off in the ALCS, you expect them to put up some runs. But as the old adage goes, good pitching beats good hitting. Never was that more true than on Saturday as the Tigers took a 1-0 series lead over the Boston Red Sox with an improbable 1-0 victory. It followed up the earlier 1-0 St. Louis Cardinals victory over the Los Angeles...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers nearly no-hit Red Sox in Game 1 of ALCS

getty images The Detroit Tigers used five different pitchers to no-hit the Boston Red Sox for 8 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Anibal Sanchez started the game for the Tigers and threw six scoreless while recording 12 strikeouts and six walks. Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras and Drew Smyly came in relief to pitch the seventh and eight innings. Tigers...
Via Tireball.com
October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers set AL strikeout mark and clinch playoff berth in 4-2 win over Twins

For the first time since 1907 the Detroit Tigers have clinched three consecutive postseason berths after tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. With the win the Tigers guaranteed themselves at least a trip to the AL Wild Card game as their magic number for the division has been reduced to one game. And it’s because of that one game (as well as Jason Giambi hitting a...
Via The Majors Detroit
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers rookies dressed as princesses for hazing (PICTURES)

With their magic number sitting at two and a weekend series ahead of them against the second-worst team in baseball, the Detroit Tigers have decided to let loose a little bit. On Monday, the following two pictures were posted on Instagram of the Tigers’ rookies dressed as princesses. From the left: Reliever Bruce Rondon, catcher Bryan Holladay, infielder Hernan Perez, reliever...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers score 6 in 9th, beat White Sox 7-6 in 12

The Detroit Tigers tied the game with an astonishing six-run rally in the ninth inning, then beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Saturday night when Omar Infante hit an infield single with the bases loaded in the 12th. Infante's grounder deflected off the glove of reliever Jacob Petricka (1-1) with one out, and the Tigers spilled onto the field with Comerica Park in a frenzy....
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Ninth-inning rally sparks impressive Tigers' comeback

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers tied the game with an astonishing six-run rally in the ninth inning, then beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Saturday night when Omar Infante hit an infield single with the bases loaded in the 12th. Infante's grounder deflected off the glove of reliever Jacob Petricka (1-1) with one out, and the Tigers spilled onto the field with Comerica Park...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The Red Sox are staking their claim as the AL's best team

At this point of the baseball season, we're now looking for favorites to emerge. Those who may have been in tight division races are beginning to assert themselves over the competition. Just making the playoffs isn't necessarily enough for these clubs anymore. We're thinking about what they could do in the postseason.  Of course, the September surprise can still...
Via The Outside Corner
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers get routed in Boston

BOSTON (AP) -- Detroit manager Jim Leyland went to a guy that he thought was the best choice to get a strikeout. Two pitches later, the Red Sox were on their way to a rout. Will Middlebrooks hit Al Alburquerque's second pitch for a grand slam to spark an eight-run sixth inning that carried AL East-leading Boston to a 20-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday night. "Alburquerque...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers' pen turns it into lopsided loss

Detroit manager Jim Leyland went to a guy that he thought was the best choice to get a strikeout. Two pitches later, the Red Sox were on their way to a rout. Will Middlebrooks hit Al Alburquerque's second pitch for a grand slam to spark an eight-run sixth inning that carried AL East-leading Boston to a 20-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday night. ''Alburquerque'...
Via Fox Sports
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Four Real? Red Sox vs Tigers 9-4-13

David Ortiz notched his 2,000th career hit and launched two homers in Boston's 20-4 rout of Detroit at Fenway on Wednesday. Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer The Red Sox raked Detroit pitching for eight home runs in a 20-4 rout during the rubber match of the three-game series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, but none of the hits were bigger than David Ortiz’s double...
Via RedSoxLife
September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 MLB All Long Name Team

Former closer and noted short-namer, John Smoltz, has taken it upon himself to compile a lineup featuring baseball’s longest names at each position. Saltalamacchia currently has the distinction of owning the longest name in baseball history (14 letters) and anchors a lineup featuring all-star Paul Goldschmidt as pretty much the only good player out of the bunch (apologies to Adeiny...
Via Next Impulse Sports
August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Keith Hernandez mocks Mike Francesa over Al Alburquerque stupidity

Keith Hernandez, of whom Mike Francesa once said "doesn't like to work too hard", got in a quick quip at the noted gay rights activist last night. As Al Alburquerque was warming up, Keith said, "Oh there's no one named Al Alburquerque." Partner in crime Gary Cohen pushed harder, replying: "Yes, there really is. Alberto!" **Follow us on Twitter...
Via Bob's Blitz
August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 2013.115: Tigers at Yankees

Detroit Tigers: 68-46, 1st Place (7 ahead of Cleveland).  Sneaking under the radar a bit: Detroit Tigers, American League’s Best Record. Well all good things must come to an end, and the Tigers’ winning streak finally topped out at 12–but not without some excitement.  After failing to take advantage of several early inning opportunities, the Tigers went into the 9th inning...
Via Tigers Weblog
August 10, 2013  |  Discuss

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