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Detroit Pistons 2013 NBA Draft Tracker: Latest Mock Drafts, News and Notes

The Detroit Pistons hold picks 8, 37 and 56 in the 2013 NBA Draft. We’ll have full coverage of all those selections, plus grades on the picks later Thursday night. Until then, we’re tracking the Pistons’ draft plans … The Picks Round 1, pick No. 8 overall: Round 2, pick No. 37 overall: Round 3, pick No. 56 overall: The Detroit Sports Site’s 2013 Pistons Mock Draft: Read...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Pistons Mock Draft: At 8, Anthony Bennett or Michael Carter-Williams Make the Most Sense

If available at pick eight, Anthony Bennett of UNLV fills a need both in talent and athleticism for the Pistons. (Prospect-Central, Flickr) In need of much better guard play overall in order to improve, the Detroit Pistons may have ended up winning big by falling down in last month’s NBA Draft lottery. Many will contend that the Pistons’ biggest need is a young player to develop...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings 2013 Preseason Schedule Includes Matchups With Bruins, Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings will get an up-close look at three of their new conference rivals during the 2013-14 preseason — plus a couple of matchups with a very familiar foe. Detroit’s eight-game preseason schedule features home-and-home splits with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins (all of the Eastern Conference) and two matchups with the Chicago Blackhawks...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Rumors: Are Phillies and Tigers Already Discussing Jonathan Papelbon Deal?

From now until baseball’s July 31st trade deadline, we’ll provide a roundup and analysis of the hottest rumors involving the hometown Detroit Tigers. In the last several weeks, it’s become clear just what the Detroit Tigers plan to do prior to late July, and it has everything to do with finding reliable arms for the bullpen. The question many experts are attempting to answer...
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June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Israel Idonije Adds Another Versatile Piece to Detroit Lions’ Well-Stocked Defensive Front

Israel Idonije’s lingering presence on the free-agent market was one of the more confounding developments of the offseason. With nine years of NFL experience, 50 career starts and 20.5 sacks over the past three seasons, Idonije appeared to be one of the top remaining defenders left unsigned. And now, he might be another huge part of a loaded Detroit defensive front. Idonije signed...
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June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Reportedly ‘May Look to Deal’ Jordin Tootoo, Carlo Colaiacovo

Carlo Colaiacovo and Jordin Tootoo may be on the trade block. The Detroit Red Wings “may look to deal” those two players in the coming days, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reported. Tootoo has two years left on his current contract, which he signed last offseason, at $1.9 million per year; Colaiacovo, who struggled with injuries all season only to play a key role in the playoffs...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

The Day in the D: How Mikael Samuelsson Could Dodge a Buyout From the Red Wings

“The Day in the D”, takes a look back at the five most important local sports stories of the past 24 hours. 1. Mikael Samuelsson’s injury complicating amnesty options The Detroit Red Wings will have two amnesty clauses available to them as of later this week — the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement permits each team to buy out two players, erasing those players’...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Talkin’ Tigers Week in Review: Statistically and Otherwise, Max Scherzer Deserves All-Star Start

lakelandlocal, Flickr It’s become an interesting recent phenomenon within Detroit Tigers’ baseball. Players achieve feats not seen in years, yet many downplays their achievements because of petty reasoning. In 2011, Justin Verlander’s game walked like an MVP and talked an MVP, yet some people still doubted he was worthy of the award. A pitcher haden’t been elected the most...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss
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Routine fly ball ends up costing Red Sox game

Daniel Nava was burned by a controversial call late in the Detroit Tigers’ 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The two teams were tied at four in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Detroit’s Avisail Garcia lifted a flyball to the warning track in right. Nava drifted back, then appeared to make a basket catch, before dropping the ball as he readied to throw it back into...
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June 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Grades, Games 72-74: Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly Get It Done Again

A nice extended weekend for the Detroit Tigers, as they took three of four games from the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. And we’ve got the Tigers’ grades for the final three games in that set — a loss Friday and wins Saturday and Sunday. The Lineup 1. Austin Jackson: A. The Tigers’ center fielder took Friday night off, then came back to spark wins on Saturday and Sunday...
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June 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez Makes Web Gem-Worthy Defensive Play at First: Video

Victor Martinez does not often play the field for the Detroit Tigers, only occasionally giving Prince Fielder a day off at first base. He might see a bit more action if he can keep coming up with plays like his dazzling sixth-inning stop on Sunday. With the Tigers trailing the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, Martinez dove down the line to stop a Jacoby Ellsbury shot, then flipped a no-look...
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June 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Valverde Designated for Assignment

Jose Valverde’s second go-round with the Detroit Tigers is over, shortly after he was demoted from the closer role following a string of awful outings. The Tigers designated Valverde for assignment on Friday, multiple outlets reported, meaning the Tigers have 10 days to waive, trade or release him. Al Alburquerque, who struggled with his control to start the regular season, was...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Pistons Mock Draft Roundup: Trey Burke a Distinct Possibility at No. 8

Trey Burke’s shot against Kansas in this year’s NCAA Tournament will not soon be forgotten by anyone who saw it. Even though the NBA Finals just wrapped on Thursday night, the 2013 NBA Draft is less than a week away. And yet, NBA experts still cannot come to a consensus regarding how the first round of said draft might unfold. It’s hard to say whether that is good or bad news...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Jhonny Peralta Hits Walk-Off Home Run Against Andrew Bailey

Jhonny Peralta is headed toward a possible All-Star berth, and he added another highlight to an impressive first half Thursday night. With the Detroit Tigers trailing the Boston Red Sox by one in the ninth, Peralta turned on a breaking ball from Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey for a walk-off, two-run home run. Here’s the video of Peralta’s game-winner: Your browser does not support iframes.
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Game 71 Grades: Drew Smyly, Jhonny Peralta Save the Day

Jhonny Peralta saved the day for the Tigers on Thursday night, blasting a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to hand Detroit a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. The grades for Game 1 of this four-game set: The Lineup 1. Austin Jackson: C-plus. Jackson scratched out an infield single to set up a Torii Hunter RBI hit in the fifth, but it was a tough night aside from...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Now That Detroit Red Wings’ Arena Redesign Can Move Foward, Let’s Mix the Old With the New

When a new hockey rink becomes a reality in Detroit, the history of Olympia Stadium and Joe Louis Arena should be readily visible. (Robert Wilson, Flickr) All of a sudden on Wednesday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings’ once seemingly stagnant plans for a new arena received a huge, unexpected boost forward. A $650 million dollar project to build a new arena, shopping district and...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Game 70 Grades: Not Much Positive Comes From Ugly Series Loss to Orioles

For the second game in a row, the Detroit Tigers failed to score with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 on base. From a pitching standpoint, everything went wrong as well with 13 earned runs. Neither piece of news was good for the scoreboard, which saw the Tigers fall in ugly fashion to the Baltimore Orioles 13-3. The grades aren’t high for many this afternoon, and after...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Grand Rapids Griffins Clinch 2013 Calder Cup Championship

It’s not quite a Stanley Cup championship, but the Detroit Red Wings franchise ought to be thrilled with the Grand Rapids Griffins’ run to their first-ever Calder Cup championship this season. The Griffins picked up the series-clinching win over Syracuse on Tuesday night in Game 6, after losing Games 4 and 5 at home. In case you missed the Griffins’ historic victory, here...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Grand Rapids Griffins Celebrate Calder Cup Victory on Twitter

The Grand Rapids Griffins enjoyed a quick party in Syracuse following their 5-2 Game 6, championship-clinching victory. Then, it was back on the Detroit Red Wings’ team plane for a flight back home. And as they made their way from Syracuse back to Grand Rapids, several members of the Calder Cup-winning Griffins took to Twitter to express their excitement (Warning: Some R-rated...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Game 69 Grades: Miguel Cabrera Leads Parade of Missed Opportunities

Justin Verlander faltered and the Detroit Tigers’ offense failed on numerous occasions to up its ace, as the Baltimore Orioles grabbed a 5-2 win at Comerica Park. Here are the grades for Tuesday night’s game: The Lineup 1. Austin Jackson: B-plus. Jackson finished a respectable 1-for-3, but he did his very best to rally the troops in the closing innings. A-Jax walked in the fifth...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Tomas Tatar Named Playoff MVP After Scoring Twice in Grand Rapids Griffins’ Title-Clinching Win

Tomas Tatar might be destined for a key role on the Detroit Red Wings’ roster next season. This year, though, he was irreplaceable for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Tatar was named AHL playoff MVP on Tuesday night, following Grand Rapids’ 5-2, Calder Cup-clinching victory in Syracuse. He finished the postseason with 16 goals in 24 games, including a pair of markers in the decisive...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Trey Burke Sits Down for ‘NBA Job Interview’ With Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose

Trey Burke recently took his turn in the hot seat on Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose’s “NBA Job Interview” feature for Grantland. The former Michigan point guard discussed with the ESPN personalities his NBA Draft prospects, as well as what parts of his game he’s been working on lately (oh, and whether he’d rather date Rihanna or Kim Kardashian). Simmons repeatedly praised...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Pistons’ Joe Dumars Must Break Through With Another Big Trade Move This Summer

Joe Dumars needs another big trade— and a much better one than when he dealt for Allen Iverson in 2008—to turn the Pistons around this offseason. (mrzh, Flicker) In the last several months, Detroit Pistons’ fans have been treated to a smorgasbord of heartbreaking basketball trade what if’s courtesy of the national media. Just some of the names that were rumored to be heading...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

The Day in the D: Andre Iguodala to the Pistons? Plus, an Update on Ryan Broyles

“The Day in the D”, takes a look back at the five most important local sports stories of the past 24 hours. 1. Should the Pistons Chase Andre Iguodala? The Detroit Pistons would love to find a reliable scorer to play on the wing, and one just became available with Andre Iguodala opting out of the final year of his contract in Denver. But Mike Payne of DetroitBadBoys.com cautions...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

‘Big Day’ Coming in Detroit Red Wings’ Contract Talks With Pavel Datsyuk?

The Red Wings are hoping Datsyuk will finish his career in Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings are on the verge of agreeing to a multi-year contract extension, FoxSportsDetroit.com reported late Monday night. Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, told Fox Sports Detroit: “We’re close.” Greenstin added that he will be flying into Detroit Tuesday, possibly to finalize...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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