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How is J.D. Martinez not in the Home Run Derby?

As a matter of full disclosure, I think all the hype and hoopla surrounding the All-Star Game is silly. When I was a kid, things were different. Before interleague play, before every Detroit Tigers game being on TV, before I had cable, before no less than six national TV outlets carrying games (including a 24-hour network owned and operated by Major League Baseball), the All-Star...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy or sell? Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski faces a dilemma

This season has been an absolute train wreck for the Detroit Tigers. After an 11-2 start, the Tigers have gone 31-38 and have spent the last six weeks in third place in the American League Central, complicating their quest for a fifth straight division championship. The Tigers suffered an eight-game losing streak in late-May/early-June that took their record down to 28-28. Since...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Options at 1B for the Detroit Tigers with Miguel Cabrera injured

As a fan of the Detroit Tigers, just about the worst thing happened Friday night in an 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Miguel Cabrera exited the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with a left calf strain and while the team is waiting for a second opinion an the MRI Cabrera underwent Friday night, the club is worried. Cabrera was placed on the disabled list Saturday morning...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers’ 1B Miguel Cabrera expected to go on DL

If you believe the reaction after the Detroit Tigers‘ 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, the news coming on Miguel Cabrera‘s left calf injury will not be good. Cabrera exited the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, he pulled up in pain as he was on the move on a 3-2 pitch to Victor Martinez. After a visit from Manager Brad Ausmus and Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Rand, Cabrera...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers’ 1B Miguel Cabrera leaves game with calf injury

In a season where not a lot has gone right as of late, things just got a whole lot worse for the Detroit Tigers. First baseman Miguel Cabrera left Friday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the bottom of the fourth inning with a left calf injury. Cabrera pulled up lame with the injury while running to second base with Victor Martinez at the plate. Cabrera was running because...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers to call up minor league closer Jeff Ferrell

Fresh off getting swept at home by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a series where the bullpen pitched 16 1/3 innings in three games, the Detroit Tigers appear to be shaking things up. First reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade that RHP Jeff Ferrell, who had just joined Triple-A Toledo, will join the Tigers tomorrow for the beginning of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Is James McCann’s walkoff home run a turning point?

For seven innings, the Detroit Tigers‘ game Sunday against the Chicago White Sox was looking like it was going to be another loss that has defined the listless season of the Tigers. Since an 11-2 start, the Tigers had gone 27-34 and have sat in third place in the American League Central since May 25. Trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers had managed just four...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez’s return gives Detroit Tigers a boost

Time and time again, Victor Martinez has proved to be the heart of the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera is the best player on the team and the likes of Ian Kinsler and Justin Verlander are the vocal on-field leaders, but Martinez is the heart. Since signing with the Tigers in 2011, the numbers have proved that Martinez is a difference maker. With him in the starting lineup, the Tigers...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Reconsidering the Detroit Tigers offseason

With the halfway point of the 2015 season quickly approaching, the Detroit Tigers have underachieved. The team is just one game above .500 and sit six games out of first place. It’s impossible to gauge where this team is headed and there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played. Hindsight is 20/20, but just for fun, let’s take a look at the Tigers offseason decisions and...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers’ OF J.D. Martinez proves he’s no fluke

One of the biggest subplots for the Detroit Tigers entering the 2015 season was this simple question: Was J.D. Martinez a fluke? Martinez was the biggest surprise for the Tigers in 2014 and one of the biggest surprises to come out of nowhere in team history. But could he make it last or was he just another Chris Shelton? If you type “J.D. Martinez fluke” into Google, you get...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

J.D. Martinez hits three home runs in Tigers win

J.D. Martinez had a big day in the Detroit Tigers‘ 12-4 win over the New York Yankees. Martinez hit three home runs, his first career multi-home run game and his first home runs ever against the Yankees. It was the first three home run game from a Tiger since Miguel Cabrera hit three home runs against the Texas Rangers in Arlington May 19, 2013, and the 21st three-home run game...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Avila close to beginning rehab stint

The Detroit Tigers are starting to get healthy. Justin Verlander returned to the starting rotation last Saturday and pitched five solid innings against the Cleveland Indians. Victor Martinez will be activated from the disabled list Friday in time for a three-game series in the Bronx against the New York Yankees. Now, Alex Avila is one step closer to beginning a minor league rehab...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers to activate Victor Martinez

Multiple media reports (first by James Chipman) have confirmed that the Detroit Tigers will activate DH Victor Martinez in time for the opening game of a three-game series in the Bronx against the New York Yankees. To make room on the 25-man roster, reports have said the team will option outfielder Tyler Collins to a Triple-A Toledo. Confirmed: #Tigers Tyler Collins will be sent...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez to begin rehab stint

Victor Martinez (Leon Halip/Getty Images North America) Justin Verlander made his 2015 debut against the Cleveland Indians and now the Detroit Tigers are one step closer to getting Victor Martinez back. Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus announced before Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Indians that Martinez will join Triple-A Toledo Sunday night as the Mud Hens take on the Pawtucket Red...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Former MLB 1B Rico Brogna back with Angels after cancer scare

Former MLB first baseman and current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim coach Rico Brogna rejoined the team Saturday after a cancer scare in May. #Angels coach Rico Brogna back with the team this weekend after a huge scare. Was diagnosed with testicular cancer, had surgery May 13. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 6, 2015 The cancer did not spread, and doctors told him it...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Doug Fister trade just got even worse for Detroit Tigers fans

Dave Dombrowski (Leon Halip/Getty Images North America) Two separate trades involving Doug Fister are maybe the best and the worst trades made by Detroit Tigers‘ President, CEO and General Manager Dave Dombrowski. The first one involved acquiring Fister from the Seattle Mariners in July 2011 for pitchers Chance Ruffin and Charlie Furbush, third baseman  Francisco Martinez and...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

It is time for the Detroit Tigers to sake things up?

This is what the Detroit Tigers are going through at the moment. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (Leon Halip/Getty Images North America) The Tigers have plummeted to third place in the American League Central (five games back and just one game up on the Cleveland Indians for fourth place) and their current seven-game losing streak is their longest since they lost seven straight in...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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