Tigers make the first round of Spring Training Cuts:

The Tigers made a series of transactions today, as the first round of cuts began in major league camp. They unconditionally released one player who saw action with the big club in 2011 and 2012, and send eight other players to minor league camp. The Tigers assigned the following players to minor league camp: RHP Drew VerHagen LHP Duane Below LHP Robbie Ray C James McCann The Tigers...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

A sentence that, until today, has never been written before, and now will never be written again

The Yankees beat the Tigers on a game-ending balk by Luis Marte, scoring Zelous Wheeler in the bottom of the ninth.
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Fall Ball: Phil Coke, Plus Marte & Downs

A trio of pitchers that Tigers fans are familiar with made appearances in the Tigers Fall Instructional League game on Thursday morning; Phil Coke, Darin Downs, and Luis Marte. How did the three look?
October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Rough Day For Sand Gnats, Drop Both Games Of Double-Header

Hickory 4, Savannah 3 Sometimes. you have those days where nothing really goes your way… this was probably one of them. The Savannah Sand Gnats had to play two games today, both of the seven-inning MiLB double-header variety, and dropped both of them – but they were close games. Matthew Koch started the earlier game and pitched pretty well, lasting six inning and allowing only...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers Bullpen Woes Continue, and Help Isn’t on the Way

The Tigers bullpen has been awful so far this year. So awful, that it has cost the Tigers two wins so far. The bad news is that there isn’t help on the way. Trades for bullpen pitchers don’t happen before the middle of May, and the free agent market is bare of guys that can help you quickly. The farm system isn’t full of exciting prospects either. This may be a long year in...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Roster Is Set

STARTERS: C Avila, 1B Fielder, 2B Infante, SS Peralta, 3B Cabrera, LF Dirks, CF Jackson, RH Hunter, DH Martinez. BENCH: C Pena, IF Santiago, IF/OF Kelly, IF/OF Tuiasosopo. ROTATION: Verlander, Sanchez, Fister, Scherzer, Porcello, RHPs all (the precise order remains undisclosed as far as I know). BULLPEN: RHPs Dotel, Benoit, Alburquerque, Villareal; LHPs Coke, Downs, Smyly. To the...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Breaking News: Detroit Tigers Send Down Bruce Rondon, Will Use Closer By Committee

Breaking News - The Detroit Tigers have sent down what was expected to be their closer for 2013, Bruce Rondon, to the Toledo Mud Hens. Unrelated to this, the organization also chose to send down Luis Marte. MLB Impact - The Tigers find themselves in a unique situation where as they are a team that has one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball, arguably the best hitter in the...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers send down closer candidate Bruce Rondon

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Bruce Rondon closer era will take a little longer to begin. The Detroit Tigers sent Rondon and Luis Marte to Triple-A Toledo Thursday morning before they headed to Kissimmee for their game with the Houston Astros. That mean that Darin Downs and Brayan Villarreal took the last two spots in the bullpen for the Tigers. Rondon pitched for the Tigers the last...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers place Smyly on DL, recall Marte

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have placed rookie left-hander Drew Smyly on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his right side. The move, made Saturday, is retroactive to July 7. In his last appearance, Smyly struck out a career-high 10 batters in a 4-2 win over Kansas City. Smyly said he experienced pain in his side during that start and thought it would go...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Tigers place rookie pitcher Drew Smyly on the 15-day DL, Jacob Turner to start Tuesday against the Angles

The Tigers announced Saturday that they’ve placed rookie starter Drew Smyly on the 15-day DL with a right intercostal strain and have recalled reliever Luis Marte from Triple-A Toledo. However despite the call up the Tigers are expected to start top pitching prospect Jacob Turner Tuesday during a four game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Smyly’s trip to the disabled list...
Via The Majors Detroit
July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Tigers shuffle bullpen, adding 2 relievers

The Detroit Tigers shuffled their bullpen with several roster moves Tuesday. After Max Scherzer was scratched from Tuesday's start and replaced by long reliever Duane Below, the Tigers sent right-hander Luis Marte and infielder Danny Worth to Triple-A Toledo. Detroit recalled right-hander Jose Ortega from Toledo and purchased the contract of left-hander Darin Downs from the...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Bullpen imploads in embarrassing fashion, Tigers lose 12-4 in 10 innings

A hard-fought game turned to sheer embarrassment for Jose Valverde and the Tigers as they fell to the Colorado Rockies 12-4 in 10 innings from Comerica Park. Coming into the game on an 8 game losing streak, the Rockies took advantage of a Valverde throwing error in the 10th to score 8 runs in the en route to victory. It wasn’t all on Valverde though in the 10th. After leaving...
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June 16, 2012  |  Discuss

TigsTown Transaction Blog: Jackson to DL

Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. Austin Jackson was put on the DL, while Luis Marte was activated from it. The Tigers organization made a bunch of moves.
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Tigers' Marte getting close to return from DL

Ever so slowly, the Detroit Tigers' fractured bullpen may be getting put back together. With Luis Marte turning in three scoreless innings Monday in a rehab appearance for Class AAA Toledo, the right-handed reliever could be added to Detroit's active roster before the weekend. Manager Jim Leyland said the plan was for Marte to throw maybe 40 to 55 pitches, which would...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Game 2012.38: Twins at Tigers

18-19, 2nd place, 3 games behind Cle. Since April 17, the Tigers have won 10 and lost 16. They have played on every single day after they have won a game, and they have lost every game after a win in that stretch. It’s been pretty bad. The bullpen has been horrendous. Here are some team bullpen stats: ERA – 5.17, worst in the majors; WHIP – 1.54, 2nd to worst in the majors...
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May 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Daily Notes for April 3rd

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Select Televised Games 2. Lightly Annotated Video: Chris Sale vs. the Dodgers 3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Spring Training Pitchers Select Televised Games The best games on MLB.TV today, or your money back. Seriously, all of it. Atlanta Futures at Atlanta | 19:05 ET This game features the Braves major...
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April 03, 2012  |  Discuss

LHP Drew Smyly earns spot in Detroit's rotation

The Detroit Tigers have picked 22-year-old Drew Smyly as the fifth starter for their rotation. Manager Jim Leyland announced the choice Sunday. He also said right-hander Luis Marte won the final spot in the bullpen. Smyly has yet to pitch above Double-A. The left-hander will get his first major league start on April 12 against Tampa Bay after a tuneup outing for Triple-A Toledo...
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April 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers season preview – the pitching

95 wins and an American League Central championship have left Detroit Tigers fans hungry for more. The 25-man roster is set and the boys will be headed back to Motown to take on Boston for Opening Day on Thursday, April 5th in no time. Now it’s time to put my brain where my keyboard is and tell you how this marathon is going to shake out in 2012 from a statistical perspective....
April 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Morton spectacular in loss vs Detroit

Final: Tigers 7, Pirates 2 WP: Luis Marte (2-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Daniel McCutchen (0-1, 9.45 ERA) Charlie Morton made his 3rd start of the Grapefruit League season and looked very impressive. In four innings, he gave up just two hits, struck out two batters, and didn’t give up a run. As of now, he isn’t slated to start any of the first four games of the season, but it looks like...
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March 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Podcast: NCAA, Spring Stats, Marte/Villarreal

In the latest podcast, the staff discusses some of the Tigers unsigned draft picks and how they've turned out, NCAA baseball and discussed changes by northern teams, the value of spring statistics, the bullpen competition between Brayan Villarreal and Luis Marte, and Daniel Fields.
March 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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