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2014: The 9th Inning (11-7)

All’s well that ends well. So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Lobstein SP Porcello SP Price RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP Coke RP Hardy RP Johnson RP Reed RP Ray RP McCoy RP FarmerRP Ryan C Avila C HoladayC McCann 1B-DH Cabrera 2B Kinsler SS-2B Romine SS Suarez 3B Castellanos IF-OF KellyIF Perez RF Hunter CF Carrera LF-CF Davis LF-RF J. MartinezRF...
Via Tigers Weblog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2014: The 7th Inning (7-11)

Win now! First stop: Second place. So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Sanchez SP PorcelloSP Price RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP Coke RP Hardy RP McCoyRP Soria C Avila C Holaday 1B-DH Cabrera 2B Kinsler SS-2B Romine SS Suarez 3B Castellanos IF-OF Kelly RF HunterCF Carrera LF-CF Davis LF-RF J. Martinez DH-1B V. Martinez Game 109: Scherzer v....
Via Tigers Weblog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers rumors: Francisco Rodriguez edition

If you are getting tired of reading articles about the Detroit Tigers adding pieces to their bullpen, you may want to look over the games they played last year and see why improving their bullpen has to be priority number one. The Tigers arguably had the worst bullpen in the league last year and it cost them a chance to go deep into the playoffs and bring home a World Series title...
Via isportsweb.com
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers free agent rumors – relief roundup

The Detroit Tigers made qualifying offers to Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez as expected. Both offers, of 1-year for $15.3M, were summarily rejected by each of these top flight free agents. With the World Series over and the free agent market taking its shape the rumors mill has been flung into a high speed chatterbox. GM Dave Dombrowski has made his wish list clear: a deeper bench...
Via isportsweb.com
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Rumors: Joe Nathan must improve to remain Detroit's closer

The Detroit Tigers won 90 games this season and advanced to the ALDS before being swept by the Baltimore Orioles. At second in the Major Leagues in runs scored, it appears little must be done in the off season to improve the offense. The pitching staff struggled to 24th in the Major Leagues in ERA. One particular area of inconsistency was at the back end of the bullpen, where Joe...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Rumors: Joe Nathan will start 2015 as closer

Over the past few season's the Detroit Tigers have had a solid rotation and a powerhouse lineup.  The only thing that has often held them back has been their bullpen. In 2013, the bullpen struggles were on display during the American League Championship Series and this year they imploded again in the postseason.  One of their biggest struggles was their closer Joe Nathan.  Although...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Detroit Tigers Clinch Fourth Straight AL Central Title

It took until Game 162 of the regular season, but the Detroit Tigers finally — finally — locked up an AL Central title they were expected to have in hand long ago. David Price twirled a gem on Sunday afternoon vs. the Twins, with the offense providing him just enough support in a 3-0 victory. The final out came when Joe Nathan induced a foul popup, which Alex Avila tracked down...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan, Tigers escape with 3-2 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central lead. The Tigers increased their edge to 2 1/2 games over the Royals. Kansas City fell into a tie for the second wild-card spot with Seattle, which played later at Houston...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan, Tigers escape with 3-2 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central lead. The Tigers increased their edge to 2 1/2 games over the Royals. Kansas City fell into a tie for the second wild-card spot with Seattle, which played later at Houston...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers win appeal, top Royals to boost AL Central lead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central lead. The Tigers increased their edge to 2 1/2 games over the Royals. Kansas City fell into a tie for the second wild-card spot with Seattle, which played later at Houston. Detroit...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Joe Nathan Picks Off Jarrod Dyson

Jarrod Dyson committed one of the all-time boneheaded baserunning you’ll ever see on Tuesday night, and the Detroit Tigers’ Joe Nathan took advantage to lock up a save. With the Tigers clinging to a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning, Dyson, a pinch-runner at second base for Nori Aoki, was picked off despite the tying run standing at first. Nathan set, then wheeled toward second base...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Notes: Soria getting close; Nathan fine

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers bullpen appears to be getting stronger as they head into an important series. Joakim Soria on Monday took an important step in returning to the Tigers, and closer Joe Nathan is apparently fine after experiencing some elbow tenderness. Soria threw a simulated game Monday and felt good afterwards. "I threw a full live BP," Soria said. "I'm ready to go...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Closer Joe Nathan Reads Mean Tweets About Himself (Video)

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan is having an off year. Fans had high hopes for Nathan when he signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the team this past offseason, but things quickly turned around. Nathan — who currently has the seventh-most saves in MLB history at 369 — has seen his ERA skyrocket to 5.25 from 1.39 last season with the Texas Rangers. And fans have been...
Via NESN.com
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan moves into 7th place on all-time saves list

There is a certain moxie that comes with being a closer in Major League Baseball. The closer is tasked with preserving the team's lead -- a precious and sometimes fleeting position -- during the last crucial moments of a game. And those final three outs, commonly thought of as the toughest outs in a whole game, are charged with anxious energy. The game's outcome is on the line, the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan pitches perfect ninth, finishes crucial victory for Tigers

DETROIT -- Everyone knew that Derek Jeter was going to get a huge ovation when he batted for the first time in Tuesday night's game. The unexpected ovation was the one for Joe Nathan. A sold-out Comerica Park crowd, which had waited out a 68-minute rain delay before the first pitch, chanted "Let's Go Joe" as the embattled Tigers closer retired the first batter of the 9th inning....
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Joe Nathan edition

The Detroit Tigers have one of the worst bullpens in all of baseball and for pitcher Joe Nathan who was supposed to be the man who manager Brad Ausmus could count on, the 39-year-old pitcher has been far from reliable. After last night’s performance again the Tampa Bay Rays giving up a run and leaving two men on base, I have officially given up on Nathan. In the last eight appearances...
Via isportsweb.com
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan picks up emotional save Saturday

DETROIT -- Joe Nathan has saved 366 games in his career, but none of them might have been more emotional than Saturday night against Seattle. Pitching for the first time since Wednesday's profane gesture directed at the Comerica Park fans that had booed him, Nathan had a shaky ninth inning, but picked up his 25th save despite allowing a run. "I still feel absolutely terrible about...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.119: Mariners at Tigers

The scorching hot Mariners roll into the D tonight, winners of 4 in a row and 8 out of their last 10. In fact, the Mariners are 9-3 in the Austin Jackson era, and he recently accounted for all 4 RBIs in a 4-2 Mariners win. The Tigers counter with an impressive streak of their own, having won 2 in a row, 2 out of their last 6, and 3 out of their last 9. What looked like an innocuous...
Via Tigers Weblog
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan apologizes to Tigers fans for rude gesture, says, ‘I will be better’ (video)

An already-beleagured Joe Nathan found himself in the center of a swirling controversy in light of the “Chin Flick” gesture he appeared to direct at Detroit Tigers fans following a so-so appearance in the team’s 8-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at Comerica Park. Nathan took his medicine on Thursday, apologizing for the […] The post Joe Nathan apologizes to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan apologizes for gesture directed at Tigers fans

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan and his relationship with the home crowd has been rocky — to say the least —  this season. But the frustration finally boiled over the for the 39-year-old Wednesday night. Nathan, who is in the midst of a career-worst season in his first year with the Tigers, was booed upon taking the mound in the ninth inning with Detroit leading the Pittsburgh...
Via NESN.com
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Joe Nathan apologizes for gesture towards fans

Tigers closer Joe Nathan sure hasn’t won over Tigers fans this season with his subpar play and apparent gesture last night telling the Comerica Crowd to eff off. Well today, the veteran closer is trying to make nice with an apology and reiterating that he has ‘no hard feelings’ towards the fans. h/t: Matthew B. Mowery
Via The Majors Detroit
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Notes: Nathan apologizes for gesture, 'frustrations came out'

DETROIT -- Joe Nathan was ready to face the music when he arrived in the clubhouse Thursday morning. A video of Nathan offering a chin flick to the fans started circulating after Wednesday night's win. The trouble began for an already edgy fan base when Nathan came on for the ninth inning and walked the first two batters. "It was a lot of frustration on the fans' part, right from...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.119: Pirates at Tigers

It was a heartwarming scene as young Buck Farmer, almost fresh from A ball, took the mound last night with friends and family cheering him on. Buck did a reasonable job, keeping the Tigers in the game through 5 innings. After the game Farmer was optioned to Toledo, and RHP Melvin Mercedes was recalled. You’ll remember that Buck was brought up from AA Erie, so the demotion to Toledo...
Via Tigers Weblog
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Did Joe Nathan really just tell the Comerica Park crowd to eff off?

After walking one, the boo’s started. After walking the second, they flowed. Joe Nathan then induced a game-ending double play. Then Tigers’ fans , Joe has a message for you. h/t: Malinda M.
Via The Majors Detroit
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan appears to make rude ‘Chin Flick’ gesture towards Tigers fans (video)

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan is suffering through one of the worst seasons of his career. Given his surly conduct following the conclusion of Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park, he’s had just about enough of hearing about it from the hometown fans. It appeared as players were shaking hands and […] The post Joe Nathan appears to make rude...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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