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Dodgers Win On Walk-Off Balk After Rangers Pitcher’s Slight Flinch (Video)

There are lots of ways to lose a baseball game, but the Texas Rangers picked a pretty brutal one Thursday night. The Rangers were locked in a scoreless tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers entering the ninth inning but allowed the game-winning run to reach third base with two outs. That gave Dodgers batter Jimmy Rollins the chance to earn a clutch game-winning...
Via NESN.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.29: Tigers at White Sox

And so the Blowpen, that creature that was almost starting to seem like a myth,  rears its ugly head. In retrospect, you could see this coming by the third inning. Simon was holding off the White Sox, but very inefficiently, up to 60 pitches before he got the 2nd out of the inning. Clearly this was going to be a game where the bullpen would be a factor. Unfortunately, in Tuesday’s...
Via Tigers Weblog
May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Player Power Rankings: Jose Iglesias Cracks the Top Five

The Detroit Tigers hold the smallest of leads in the AL Central — at 17-9, they’re a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Royals. Which players are getting the job done so far? We break it down in our first Detroit Tigers Player Power Rankings of the season: 25. Hernan Perez: “We’re afraid to lose him on waivers” is becoming an increasingly less convincing argument to keeping...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers continue to pound the ball, defeat Indians in series opener.

The Detroit Tigers went into Progressive Field and ruined the home opener for the Cleveland Indians, defeating the Tribe by a score of 8-4. The Tiger offense pounded out 18 hits on the afternoon and scored early and often against Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, chasing him after four plus innings. Alfredo Simon also made his regular season debut for the Tigers. He got off to...
Via The Majors Detroit
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

FrancesaCon 2's irony revealed by NY Post: Most there to mock Mike Francesa

Phil Mushnick pulls back the curtain on FrancesaCon 2:As for that Francesacon event, from which he bathed in its afterglow, he doesn’t seem to realize that he was, to some large degree, conned.Though he claims that it was a “remarkable” gathering that left him flattered, many who attended were there to mock him. Audio/video from the event made that obvious. The Emperor’s...
Via Bob's Blitz
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: two shaky keys to an improved bullpen

Is it possible that the ultimate success of the 2015 Detroit Tigers bullpen rests largely on the impact provided by two guys who threw exactly zero pitches in 2014? It’s not only possible but it’s more than probable. GM Dave Dombrowski has brought in a slew of candidates to compete for playing time this year out of what will be a new-look bullpen. Back from 2014 with guaranteed...
Via isportsweb.com
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers agree with right-hander Alburquerque on 1-year deal

  Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-hander was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration. The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million this year...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Reliever Al Alburquerque, Tigers reach 1-year deal

DETROIT (AP) Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-hander was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration. The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers, Alburquerque apparently avoid arbitration

DETROIT -- It appears that Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has avoided arbitration. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Alburquerque and the Tigers agreed to a one-year contract for $1.725 million plus $12,500 if he makes 75 appearances. Alburquerque, 28, went 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 72 appearances last season.  He allowed just 46 hits in 57 1/3 innings while striking...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

2014: The 6th Inning (8-10)

It’s like forgetting the words to your favorite song. You can’t believe it. You were always singing along. (So imagine what this could have been like without 6 games against inferior NL West opponents.) So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Sanchez SP Porcello SP Smyly RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP Coke RP Hardy RP Smith RP Krol C Avila C Holaday...
Via Tigers Weblog
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Francesa's top-10 on air lies #FrancesaLies # 10

Mike Francesa suffers from pseudologia fantastica. His on air lying is not shtick. He is most likely mentally ill. With so many to choose from, it was hard to cut down to ten his top on air lies but...here goes.#10 Alberto Alburquerque -- Dave From Red Bank asks about Alberto Alburquerque. Mike has no idea who he is. Francesa returned to the dismissed Alburquerque caller after producers...
Via Bob's Blitz
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014: The 2nd Inning (14-4)

Were it not for that sweep-for-the-taking, regrettable Twins series at Comerica, this is a 16-2 run… So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Sanchez SP Porcello SP Smyly RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP CokeRP Miller RP Reed RP Krol C Avila C Holaday 1B Cabrera 2B Kinsler SS RomineIF Worth 3B Castellanos IF-OF Kelly RF Hunter CF Jackson OF DavisOF...
Via Tigers Weblog
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers’ Al Alburquerque Posts Photo In Daisy Dukes On Instagram

Detroit Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque posted a racy photo wearing daisy dukes and a bikini top on his Instagram page on Thursday during their game against the Oakland A’s. [@thescore] The post Tigers’ Al Alburquerque Posts Photo In Daisy Dukes On Instagram appeared first on Diehardsport.
Via Diehardsport
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Al Alburquerque is an odd dresser (PHOTO)

Tigers setup man Al Alburquerque dressed up in a female dominatrix outfit and posted a picture to Instagram while the Tigers were in Oakland as part of a rookie hazing joke.  Wait, Alburquerque is in his fourth year? There is no excuse for this.  None.  Ever. via Instagram [via Instagram]
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Al Alburquerque sports studded leather bra, panties in clubhouse

Um … yeah. No reason has been offered for this, but no reason or explanation is really necessary, right? It is what it is. And that “is” is Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque donning a studded leather bra, leather panties and a complimentary leather studded hat in the clubhouse on Wednesday at some point […] The post Tigers’ Al Alburquerque sports studded leather...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview #16: Cleveland Indians (22-25) at Baltimore Orioles (23-21)

It is amazing how three games can change the entire outlook on a season. The Cleveland Indians look to ride the momentum of a huge three-game sweep as they head east to Baltimore for four games with the Orioles beginning Thursday night. After being battered by the Oakland Athletics over the weekend, the Indians (22-25) hosted the American League’s best in the Detroit Tigers. The...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Hamilton calls walk off balk and it’s glorious

One of our favorite announcers in sports is Cleveland Indians radio play by play man Tom Hamilton.  Nobody in sports does a walk-off like the Indians announcer and his dueling calls with Hawk Harrelson on last swing Indians victories over the White Sox are a national treasure. So who else would you rather have at the mic for the unique scene of a walk off balk? The Indians won a...
Via Awful Announcing
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians hope Wednesday'€™s win and sweep of Tigers helps put things back on track

CLEVELAND -- It has been an interesting week for Cleveland sports teams when it has come to hitting the jackpot when the odds were stacked heavily against them. On Tuesday, the Cavaliers had a 1.7 percent chance to win the draft lottery yet have the first pick for the third time in four years. When the Indians began their three-game series against the Tigers on Monday, giving the...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Complete Sweep Over Tigers After Walk-Off Balk By Al Alburquerque

If there was an odder way to lose a baseball game, I’d like to know it.  In the bottom of the 13th inning, after intentionally walking Yan Gomes to load the bases, Al Alburquerque, who had replaced Phil Coke in the inning, was called for a balk after he ever so slightly moved his head […] The post Indians Complete Sweep Over Tigers After Walk-Off Balk By Al Alburquerque appeared...
Via Diehardsport
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians beat Tigers 11-10 in 13th on walk-off balk

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Asdrubal Cabrera scored on Al Alburquerque bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning to give the Cleveland Indians an 11-10 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Alex Avila's two-out homer in the top of the inning put Detroit ahead, but the Indians scored twice for their second walk-off win in the three-game sweep. Mike Aviles led off with a single against Phil...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brantley's homer in 10th beats Tigers 5-4

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Michael Brantley homered with two outs in the 10th inning off Al Alburquerque, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over the drowsy Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Brantley connected on a 3-2 pitch, driving it into the Tigers' bullpen to end Cleveland's four-game losing streak. He held onto the bat until he nearly reached first, and then let go once he realized...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Brantley's homer in 10th beats Tigers 5-4

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Michael Brantley homered with two outs in the 10th inning off Al Alburquerque, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over the drowsy Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Brantley connected on a 3-2 pitch, driving it into the Tigers' bullpen to end Cleveland's four-game losing streak. He held onto the bat until he nearly reached first, and then let go once he realized...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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
March 31, 2014  |  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
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