TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Pelfrey takes the mound against the Marlins

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will be facing a much better and more confident Miami Marlins team Tuesday than the one they beat twice to open the 2016 season. And while Miami is on an uptick, Detroit is just ticked after getting swept for the third time this season by the Cleveland Indians this past weekend. The Tigers have stiffened their bullpen in the last week but their rotation...
Via Associated Press
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

TBK’s Biggest Disappointments of 2016: No. 4 Justin Upton

Throughout the week, Today’s Knuckleball will look at — and rank — the top-five disappointments in the major leagues this season. Coming in at No. 4 is Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton. If you missed #5, Astros reliever Ken Giles, catch up here. The longer Justin Upton sat on the free agent market last winter, the more the rumors spread. Teams reportedly were unwilling...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 hours ago

Tigers prospect Kyle Funkhouser throws 3 shutout innings in professional debut

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Monday, June 27, 2016. Norfolk Tides 7, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box) Warwick Saupold worked 2 2/3 innings in a rehab assignment, but reports indicate he may have aggravated the groin injury that shelved him for the past month. Regardless, he and Dustin Molleken held the Tides to a single run through 4 2/3 frames, and...
Via Bless You Boys
9 hours ago

Tigers prospect Derek Hill makes incredible diving catch

You are indeed crazy, Derek Hill. Crazy good. When the Tigers selected Derek Hill in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, scouts praised his defense in a big way. Even as a high schooler, Hill drew comparisons to Torii Hunter for his prowess with the leather. Hill's incredible range and glove work were on full display on Monday when he made this amazing catch in right center field...
Via Bless You Boys
9 hours ago

Kinsler's All-Star-caliber season not reflected by votes

Ian Kinsler would not be out of line to plan an All-Star Game trip, but going by the latest results with a few days left to vote, it will not be a starting role. Yet while Kinsler has fallen out of the top five in AL All-Star balloting at second base, he's in the top five in most statistical categories.
Via Tigers.com
20 hours ago

Losses to Cleveland leave Tigers in a hole

DETROIT (AP) When the Detroit Tigers won the AL Central every year from 2011-14, the title often seemed to come down to a handful of head-to-head matchups between the champions and their closest challengers. The Tigers consistently won those games during that impressive stretch, but so far this year, the roles are reversed. Detroit's 9-3 loss to Cleveland on Sunday dropped the...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers LIVE postgame 6.26.16: Brad Ausmus

Ausmus meets with the press after the Tigers get swept by the Cleveland Indians.
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers LIVE postgame 6.25.16: Nick Castellanos

We catch up with Nick Castellanos after Saturday's game.
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers LIVE postgame 6.25.16: Anibal Sanchez

Sanchez talks about a tough day against the Indians.
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Verlander: Outing vs. Tribe 'obviously horrible'

Back on May 3, after allowing seven runs to the Indians, Justin Verlander tweeted that he was going to dominate soon. In the following nine starts, he posted a 5-2 record and 2.34 ERA, looking like the Verlander of old.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

Pelfrey, Tigers set to host Conley, Marlins

Fresh off taking three of four from the mighty Cubs, the Marlins open a nine-game road swing against the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Detroit nabbed a pair of wins as the two clubs squared off to open the season in Miami.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

Anibal Sanchez’s return to the Tigers rotation is a quick failure

Anibal Sanchez had an audition for a spot in the Detroit Tigers rotation on Saturday evening. It didn’t go well. Sanchez’s second pitch, a splitter to Carlos Santana, was hammered deep into the right-field stands. His tenth pitch, a curveball to Francisco Lindor, ended up in almost exactly the same spot. The 15th pitch was a sinker to Jose Ramirez, and Mike Aviles made a leaping...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

After review, Tigers given extra run from Friday's loss

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have been credited with an extra run from the last play of Friday night's loss to Cleveland, making the final score 7-5 in favor of the Indians. The final score initially was 7-4, but the Tigers announced the change Saturday, saying the play was reviewed by the Elias Sports Bureau and Major League Baseball. Detroit trailed 7-4 with one out and...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera’s Curious Splits

Baseball never lacks for intriguing story lines. There is always a player breaking out and there is always a player declining. There are Cinderella teams and disappointing collapses. In this sport, you can always find something new and exciting to watch. But this post isn’t about those expectation defying feats. On the contrary, this post is about the predictable and reliable...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Xavier Cedeno edition

The Detroit Tigers currently sit over .500 and well within reach of earning a playoff spot by the end of the season. Given their position in the standings, the team should plan on being buyers at the July 31 Trade Deadline this year, rather than sellers like they were last year. While there are not major upgrades needed, there is always room for improvement and pitching and defense...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Kyle Ryan and Bruce Rondon help the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen?

The Detroit Tigers recalled Bruce Rondon and Kyle Ryan from Tripe-A Toledo earlier today. These call ups come as a result of Matt Boyd and Blaine Hardy being optioned back to Toledo. It’s no question the bullpen has struggled this season, but can these guys really help the bullpen get better? Another question left unanswered is what kind of role will these guys play? Rondon could...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Call up of Casey McGehee more confusing than justified

Casey McGehee arrives in Detroit with seven years of professional experience, a journey that has taken him to both sides of the contiguous United States, as well as a stint in the in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball Pacific League in 2013. McGehee’s best years as a baseball player may likely be behind him, or still lingering overseas with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

J.D. Martinez Broke His Elbow

J.D. Martinez broke his elbow Friday night, leaving an already depleted Tigers outfield even further depleted. Martinez is expected to miss 4-6 weeks according to MLB.com, and the team has called up Steven Moya to replace Martinez in the lineup. If Moya can be the best version of himself, the Tigers might not actually miss Martinez all that much. Now, that seems like a ridiculous...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez fractures elbow running into the wall

Detroit Tigers star outfielder J.D. Martinez suffered an injury on Thursday night that puts the rest of his season in jeopardy. Martinez was trying to make a play on a deep flyball off the bat of the Kansas City Royals’ Paulo Orlando, and ran hard into the right field wall at Kauffman Stadium. He was clearly in pain and weakly threw back to the cutoff man on what would end up...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh gets his own baseball card

Jim Harbaugh’s first pitch at a Detroit Tigers’ game has been immortalized on a baseball card.  The Michigan football coach is being featured in Topps’ first-pitch series.  Here’s the card.  Jim Harbaugh now has a baseball card. #GoBlue #UMalumni (photo credit - @toppssports & @yahoosports) A photo posted by Michigan Alumni (@michiganalumni) on Jun...
Via College Spun
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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