Game 2014.17: White Sox at Tigers

With the loss out of the way and no Sale to face, the stage is set for Detroit (9-7) to be Detroit (12-7). Avila. Cabrera. J.D.Martinez. Panas on Porcello. To take our mind off the offense, let’s have a word on defense. And it will be words. I wish I had numbers, but I don’t yet have a handle on a good statistical presentation on defense. It will have to be anecdotal and observational...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Postgame 10: Padres 5, Tigers 1

SOUP DU JOUR Coleman April 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm [edit] We need to get Kelly back in the lineup. This Cabrera guy is killing us. Chase Headley was wearing his stone glove again, and that lent a wee bit of excitement to the top of the 9th, but otherwise, if you saw the 4th, you saw the game. Tigers had momentum, Max Scherzer gave it right back. Scherzer had a better day at the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cashner, Padres shut down Tigers 6-0

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Andrew Cashner threw his second career one-hitter and struck out a career-high 11, and Chase Headley hit a two-run homer to lead the San Diego Padres to a 6-0 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Cashner took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Rajai Davis hit a one-out flare single into center field, just past the glove of outstretched second...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Finally another running man in Detroit

Speed and the Detroit Tigers have pretty much mixed like oil and water since Ty Cobb departed 88 years ago. Detroit hasn't had anybody lead the league in steals since Brian Hunter swiped 74 in 1997. And Ron LeFlore, with 68 steals in 1978, is the franchise's only other leader in that category since 1930. But new starting left fielder Rajai Davis could change that. He should...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The History and Value of the Platoon

The value of having right-handed batters face left-handed pitchers, and left-handed batters face right-handed pitchers has long been known in baseball circles. A right-handed pitcher’s curveball breaks away from a righty hitter, but in towards a typical lefty batter’s sweet-spot, down and in. Additionally, left-handed batters tend to have less experience with pitchers who throw...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers walk-off Tigers in 10th

Carl Crawford hit a line-drive double that skipped past left fielder Rajai Davis for a walk-off 3-2 win for the Dodgers over the Tigers in 10 innings before a sellout crowd in the opener of a two-game interleague series at Dodger Stadium. It was the third hit of the night for Crawford, who as a left fielder empathized with Davis. "They seem to catch the ball when I hit it...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Roster Moves I Actually Made

Fantasy leagues are a lot like dreams. Let me explain… Your own fantasy team is probably one the most interesting things (to you), very much the same way your dreams are. However, just like dreams, as soon as you try and tell someone else all about it they never seem to care! and it usually isn’t long before your dream stops making any sense at all. Meanwhile, the person you...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Is Davis As Good As Hamilton?

Happy Opening Day! In episode 22, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) are back to recap all fantasy relevant news from over the weekend. The topics include: An argument for why Rajai Davis can be just as valuable as Billy Hamilton this year Why Corey Kluber needs to be owned in owned in many more leagues Drew Hutchison’s potential for a break...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals look like they could finally catch the Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- There's no secret that the Royals' offseason moves the past two years were designed with one purpose: To catch the class of the Central Division, the Detroit Tigers. And finally, it looks like general manager Dayton Moore's moves -- along with the maturation of his youngest players -- are enough to close the gap on Detroit and give the Royals a realistic...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day Lineup: Ian Kinsler Leads Off, Alex Gonzalez Starts at SS

Alex Gonzalez will be in the Detroit Tigers’ lineup against the Royals on Opening Day. So, too, will speedy Rajai Davis, as he earns the first crack at taking control of the team’s left field spot. Manager Brad Ausmus announced the full lineup Sunday, about 24 hours before the Tigers set out to defend their AL Central crown. Here’s how it will look vs. James Shields: 1. Ian...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Tyler Collins, Fighting for Opening Day Roster Spot, Hits 2-Run Homer

With Andy Dirks out of the lineup for the next couple of months, the Detroit Tigers find themselves searching for someone to pair with Rajai Davis in a left-field platoon. Could Tyler Collins be the answer? He continued to state his case for a shot with a two-run homer on Tuesday against the New York Mets. Your browser does not support iframes. That is the second home run of the...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Right Out Of Left Field

Andy Dirks, our presumptive mostly-everyday LF, is having back surgery. He’ll be out 12 weeks at the least. The alarmist in me reads this as: Dirks will be out 4 months minimum, will struggle mightily when he does get back, and in essence, he’s done as a Tiger. Even the non-alarmist has to admit that chances of Dirks staying in the long-range plans for LF, 2015 and beyond, have...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Tigers and Their Left Field Sort-Of Problem

So here’s the deal for the Tigers: they were planning to run with a platoon of Andy Dirks and Rajai Davis in left field. Davis is still his ordinary, healthy, surprisingly-33-year-old self. Dirks, however, is hurt, and he’s going to have back surgery, and the timetable has him maybe returning in three months. Neither the […]
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

A Look at the Tigers Left Field Alternatives

With the news that Andy Dirks will have back surgery and miss approximately three months, the Tigers plan for left field suddenly has to change. Who will now share time with Rajai Davis in left, and who will claim that open roster spot? TigsTown reviews the options inside, focusing on what to do in left field.
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

With Dirks injury Rajai Davis in line for extra playing time, steals

With news that slated platoon partner Andy Dirks is going to miss the next three months, or more, Rajai Davis is due for an increase in playing time. He may not play every day, but certainly more than he would have as the platoon partner who hits well against left handed pitchers. With a handful of names that can fill in in Detroit’s outfield he may not see 25 at bats a week but...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Andy Dirks to Miss Three Months Following Back Surgery, Per Reports

Ready for a healthy dose of Rajai Davis in left field? The Detroit Tigers’ anticipated platoon in left field will be down a man for the next three months or so, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press: Andy Dirks will have back surgery on Monday, expected to miss 12 weeks. — Freep Sports (@freepsports) March 4, 2014 The Tigers signed the speedy Davis in hopes that...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Davis' speed already on display for Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus knew Rajai Davis was fast. Then Ausmus got to experience it firsthand. A few days ago, Davis was finishing up his workout with some sprints. Ausmus was walking by, so Davis invited his 44-year-old manager to join him. "I ran with Rajai Davis for two sprints," Ausmus said. "When you play 40-and-over basketball, I'm relatively...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers confident outfielder Rajai Davis can help add much-needed speed on base paths

The Detroit Tigers acquired speedy outfielder Rajai Davis this past winter with the intention of letting him run wild on the base paths. And that's exactly what he did Wednesday, helping highlight the Tigers' new-look offense that is expected to be much more aggressive under first-year manager Brad Ausmus. Batting second in the lineup, Davis stole two bases -- including...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers show speed, aggression in first Grapefruit League game

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- If the first Grapefruit League game is any indication, the Tigers will be a very different team from the one fans saw in 2013. Playing the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium, the Tigers showed off their speed Wednesday. In the fourth inning, Rajai Davis walked. The Braves, aware that Davis stole 45 bases last season, thought they had him at first but Davis beat...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Ready to run: Rajai Davis brings speed to Tigers

After two years of trying to outslug the rest of the American League, the Detroit Tigers are taking a new approach. Gone are Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta, replaced by left fielder Rajai Davis and second baseman Ian Kinsler, who are expected to help give the Tigers speed on the bases like they haven't had in decades. Davis has been a journeyman's career. The Tigers...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Player Previews: OF Rajai Davis

A struggling season from Andy Dirks and a team without much speed on the base paths resulted in the Tigers signing free agent outfielder Rajai Davis to a two-year deal to share time in left and provide depth elsewhere. What can the Tigers expect from the speedster from Toronto and formerly with Oakland?
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers 2014 outfield preview

Despite the wholesale changes in the Detroit Tigers infield from 2013 to this year, the outfield returns relatively intact. The only change of note is that Matt Tuiasasopo is out and speedy Rajai Davis is in. As I did with the infield (click here) I will break down the five man outfield and outline what we should expect from this group in ’14. Austin Jackson Austin Jackson As much...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers sign Rajai Davis for more depth and versatility

DETROIT (AP) -- Outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth 9 million to 10 million. The Tigers announced the deal Wednesday. The 33-year-old Davis spent the last three seasons with Toronto and hit .260 this year with six homers, 24 RBIs and 45 steals in 331 at-bats. He made 2.5 million. "Rajai's style of play adds another...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Offseason Outlook: Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays 2013 Record: (74-88, 5th Place) Key Free Agents:  Josh Johnson, Rajai Davis, J.P. Arencibia The Toronto Blue Jays are one of those teams that seem to be stuck in the middle, all the time. They play in a division with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees who can lure free agents in with money and tradition. They also play in a division with the Tampa Rays who...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

AP source: Davis, Tigers close in on agreement

A person familiar with the negotiations says outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers are closing in on an agreement for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because an agreement has not been completed and the player is to have a physical. The 33-year-old Davis spent the last three...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

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