Tigers activate Alex Avila and option Bryan Holaday to Triple-A

In a series of moves for the Tigers on Friday, they also activated veteran catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day DL and optioned Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo. Batting sixth and starting tonight against the Blue Jays Avila may likely see a somewhat reduced role behind the plate especially against left-handed pitchers.  
Via The Majors Detroit
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.78: Pirates at Tigers

This team seems so uninspired. We may be beating a dead horse, but how long can this go on? Baseball-Reference game preview here. BTW – I have a friend who works for the Indians. I texted him last night after the 2nd out of the 9th to say “looks like you’ll be busy tonight.” Next pitch was a line drive single to right. TIGERS (career numbers off Liriano) Rajai Davis, CF...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.72: Tigers at Indians

Well I guess the odd 12 noon start time snuck up on us here. So far we have missed Buck Farmer giving up a few runs and Romine being stranded on 3rd with nobody out. Can we start over? Today Cabrera gets the rare rest; Ty Romine will be filling in at first. This afternoon’s lineup: Rajai Davis, CF Ian Kinsler, 2B Victor Martinez, DH Yoenes Cespedes, LF JD Martinez, RF Nick Castellanos...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.69: Tigers at Yankees

Well, here we are, all that early season winning has been squandered and we’re back where the season started, neither winners nor losers. Although that could change today, facing a tough pitcher and a Yankee team that’s as hot as Detroit is cold. After the game Victor Martinez stated the obvious: “If we keep playing like this, we’re going nowhere.” One thing the team definitely...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.67: Tigers at Reds

Well, that was a kick in the n*ts. I mean, do all the runs have to count? The Tigers run the risk of a very bad 4 game series unless they can pick up a win tonight. Report from our DTWer on the scene, Coleman, is that there is a lot of hail and rain in Cincy right now, so this thing may not get going for a while. Bryan Holaday spells McCann after yesterday’s marathon. TIGERS ...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.55: Athletics at Tigers

There isn’t much to say about last night’s game: the Tigers, were completely baffled by a legitimate Cy Young caliber pitcher. Games like that will happen. The problem is that when you are on a losing streak it’s harder to take them in stride. Miguel Cabrera does seem to be coming out of his night-game malaise, so there’s that.  Then there’s Ian Kinsler. A lot of good...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis Continues his Home Run Streak During the Month of May

Houston Astros’ Evan Gattis (11) scores from third base on a balk by Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez during the first inning of a baseball game as Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday, left, and Astros’ Chris Carter (23) look on Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Detroit. The Astros defeated the Tigers 10-8. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) Wednesday night, with the Houston Astros trailing the...
Via The Sports Journal
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Cabrera propels Tigers to rout of Twins

DETROIT (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs, and Anibal Sanchez pitched eight sharp innings to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 13-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Nick Castellanos and Bryan Holaday also went deep for the Tigers, and Anthony Gose added a career-high four hits. It was Cabrera's third multihomer game of the season and 33rd of his...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Cabrera homers twice to lift Tigers over Twins 13-1

DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs, and Anibal Sanchez pitched eight sharp innings to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 13-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Nick Castellanos and Bryan Holaday also went deep for the Tigers, and Anthony Gose added a career-high four hits. It was Cabrera's third multihomer game of the season and 33rd of his career...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Harvey’s Second Inning … Also Perfect

Matt Harvey retired the first hitter, Nick Castellanos, on a fly to center, and struck out Jordan Lennerton and Bryan Holaday on strikes. He did not reach 35 pitches, and will likely complete his day by throwing on the side. Noah Syndergaard is up next.    
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March 06, 2015  |  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...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Not-so-mighty Detroit Tigers have struck out … again

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Detroit nine that day: The score stood two to zero with but one inning more to play. Time and again the script had played, the ending all the same. And so with great remorse the crowd did watch this final game. In silence sat the Tigers fans, stuck in deep despair; The rest Clung to that foolish hope which springs eternal in the breast; They...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

How unusual is it for Tigers to use 30 pitchers in one season?

Brad Ausmus, Alex Avila and Bryan Holaday all agree that it hasn't been tough handling this year's pitching staff. That's impressive, just on sheer numbers alone. The Tigers have matched a franchise record by using 30 pitchers this year, a high number for any team, much less one that is in a pennant race. "There were some injuries and some performance issues, especially early in...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Verlander and the Tigers avoid the sweep in the double-header

After giving up a total of 32 runs the first two games of the series, the Tigers and an overused bullpen buckled down and managed to squeak out an 8-6 win over the Twins Saturday night avoiding the sweep in the day/night double-header. Verlander, making his first start since an inflamed shoulder held him out of his last start wasn’t spectacular by any means but did enough to give...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Bats are the Reason for the Tigers Putrid Second Half

  Want to know who is ultimately responsible for the Tigers awful second half? It’s the players and has nothing to do with the manager. You can debate the responsibility of the front office, but that is for another piece. First Half 53-38 Win/Loss record (15 games over .500) 58.2% winning percentage 437 Runs Score vs. 387 Runs Allowed (+50 runs) 4.80 Runs scored per game...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Trade Rumors: Team Has ‘Kicked Around’ Possibility of Adding a Hitter

The Detroit Tigers’ AL Central lead continues to dwindle and the offense continues to struggle — after putting up five runs early Sunday in Toronto, the Tigers went scoreless for the final 15 innings of that 6-5 loss. So now, with the waiver-trade deadline approaching, GM Dave Dombrowski may be looking for another bat. (“No kidding,” said every Tigers fan at the same time...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers catchers stop runners in their tracks

DETROIT -- Throwing out base-stealers is the pin to a rally balloon. Nothing deflates an offense faster than gunning down would-be thieves, and no team has thrown out more in 2014 than the Detroit Tigers. Starting catcher Alex Avila leads the majors individually, and no duo in the game has exceeded the 36 times Avila and his backup, rookie Bryan Holaday, have successfully thrown...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Hitter's interference call infuriates Royals in agonizing loss to Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The frustration level is mounting these days within the Royals' clubhouse. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was visibly upset -- and his locker neighbor Jarrod Dyson was even more furious -- over one of the most controversial calls of the season, a hitter's interference call in the eighth inning that short-circuited a rally that seemed likely to push the Royals into...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.78: Tigers at Astros

The Tigers, thanks to 9th inning heroics by Ian Kinsler, now have a chance to take the Astros series today, despite the Cabrera-Martinez heart of the order still being 0-for-Houston (0-for-18). The game did not start promisingly, with Max being dinged for 2 runs in the first, but Max, along with Jeff Jones and Bryan Holaday, figured out they were sitting on his off-speed stuff and...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.69 Postgame: Tigers 2, Royals 1

I have to admit it felt pretty good to win that one, especially since the game started for me with a creeping feeling that Danny Duffy was going to no-hit the Tigers. As predicted, JD was the man of the hour again, hitting his 3rd home run of the series and providing the winning run. As Suarez’ flame has quietly dimmed, JD’s continues to burn, and he is the Another Guy of the...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.63: Twins at Tigers

34-28, 1st place, 2.5 games up, 3-7 last 10, 1-0 last 1. Tigers return home from a quick rain shortened three game set in Chicago to face the Twinkies for three. I’ll be honest. Last night’s Scherzer shutout wasn’t as enjoyable as it should have been, mostly because we still need 10 more of those in a row to get back to where we were mid-May. Couple that with my new Pavlovian...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.61: Tigers at White Sox

Detroit at Chicago, Verlander vs. Danks, and they ought to get it in this time, ‘neath the color of October skies (in June). Tonight’s “Tigers are better than the Sox” lineup: LF Davis 2B Kinsler DH Cabrera 1B Martinez RF Hunter CF Jackson 3B Castellanos C Avila SS Suarez P Verlander Not liking Miggy at DH, for defensive reasons. Verlander and Danks both come in with well...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Verlander offers imaginary oxygen mask to Holaday after first MLB triple (VIDEO)

When Tigers backup catcher Bryan Holaday hit his first MLB triple, Justin Verlander had a little fun mocking his teammate while he caught his breath standing at third Friday night.After Holaday chugged his way around to third base, Verlander offered the winded catcher a little support via a pantomimed oxygen mask as the rest of the dugout cracked up laughing.It's amusing because...
Via The Other Paper
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.42: Tigers at Indians

Really bad outing by Verlander yesterday, its going to happen. I thought that Vince in MN had a great point regarding Verlander’s transition into a finesse pitcher. If you need any more evidence than what you’re watching, check out his K and BB rates. His K rate this year is a 6.7/9, the lowest it has been in 8 years. Only his rookie year had a lower K rate (6.0). Meanwhile,...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Rock Matching Zubaz After Win Over Red Sox (Photos)

The Detroit Tigers are winning a lot of baseball games this season, and they seem to be having a lot of fun in the process. After wrapping up a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, the owners of the best record in Major League Baseball immediately swapped their game uniforms for matching, head-to-toe Zubaz jumpsuits. #turndownforwhat #dressforsuccess—...
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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