Bill Slayback, a pitcher for the Tigers in the early 1970s who went on to a songwriting career, has passed away at age 67. The Tigers confirmed the news Thursday evening.
J.K. Simmons never did take the ball from Kevin Costner during his bid for pitching perfection in For Love of the Game. Years later, the Oscar-winning actor and Michigan native will get to throw the first pitch of the Tigers season.
The Tigers' closer job is not up for grabs, manager Brad Ausmus said. Nevertheless, the Tigers closer has an issue with his grip. The issue involved Joe Nathan's right hand. "The thumbnail looked like it was cutting into his thumb," Ausmus said.
Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez seemingly cleared the health hurdle a few days ago in their comebacks from their respective surgeries. In their battle to get their timing down at the plate in time for Opening Day, they both cleared the fence Thursday.
J.D. Martinez picked up some attention last season for the notebook he carried with him in the dugout to track how pitchers approached him. Now that he has the league's attention, he's going to have to prepare for the notes other teams have been taking as well.
The Tigers optioned Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo and assigned Rafael Dolis, a non-roster invite, to minor-league camp. Both will likely end up on the Mud Hens pitching staff. Farmer will go back to starting pitching duty in Toledo, where he made two starts late last season.
Ten months after Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead home run off Tommy Hunter at Camden Yards, the slugger led a Tigers comeback with a game-tying drive off the Orioles reliever. However, it took a Victor Martinez home run in the eighth inning to break the tie and send Detroit to its second straight victory by a score of 6-4 Thursday at Joker Marchant Stadium.
The quiet voice of Angel Nesbitt requires some close listening when he talks about his Spring Training, about his rise from Class A Lakeland closer to Tigers breakout relief candidate in less than a year. He's a softer-spoken person than his linebacker-like frame would suggest. Nesbitt has saved his biggest statement for when he takes the mound. In so doing, he has the Tigers' attention.
Miguel Cabrera originally wasn't scheduled to make his first start at first base this spring until Thursday, especially after serving as the designated hitter against the Yankees on Tuesday night. He convinced head athletic trainer Kevin Rand that he felt good enough to move up the timetable a day, rather than DH in a Minor League game as previously planned.
Don Kelly spent 12 years in the Tigers' organization, so it certainly felt normal for him to take the field at Joker Marchant Stadium. And he already saw his former Detroit teammates earlier this spring, so doing so Wednesday wasn't all that unusual, either. But walking into Tigertown and taking a turn into the visitors' clubhouse? That was a little different for Kelly.
Bryan Holaday's grand slam capped a six-run Tigers rally in the sixth inning off Marlins reliever Sam Dyson, turning what had been a shutout performance for five innings from David Phelps into an 8-4 Tigers comeback win Wednesday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
The Tigers have opened discussions with left-hander David Price and his agent, Bo McKinnis, about the potential of a contract extension. At this point, however, they're basically talking about concepts. No numbers have been mentioned, Price said Wednesday morning.
One year ago Tuesday, J.D. Martinez signed with the Tigers, two days after being released by the Astros. He celebrated by doubling in two runs against the Yankees on national television to tie Ian Kinsler for the team lead with 11 RBIs.
Kyle Lobstein has secured his standing as the Detroit Tigers' sixth starter. Unfortunately for him, they only need five. Though Lobstein is likely to get another shot in the big leagues when the Tigers need an extra starter, he's headed to Triple-A Toledo for now, optioned out Tuesday along with right-handers Josh Zeid and Alex Wilson. Another pitcher, non-roster invitee Alberto Cabrera, was assig
Ramon Flores capped a comeback from six runs down with a three-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 9-8 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez each drove in a pair of runs, and Anibal Sanchez turned in another sharp spring performance for the Tigers.
Miguel Cabrera could begin playing first base in games as soon as Thursday, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Before that, however, he's going to head to the Minor Leagues for a day to get at-bats as a designated hitter.
The offensive emergence of Anthony Gose this spring could well earn him a spot at or near the top of the Tigers' batting order come Opening Day.
With about a week and a half left before the team heads north for Opening Day, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, manager Brad Ausmus and their staffs have some decisions to make.
Joe Nathan made two mistakes with location Sunday. He only paid for one of them.
Justin Verlander's first pitch of the fourth inning Sunday hit 89 mph on the Joker Marchant Stadium radar gun on its way to the plate. It hit the right-field light tower on its way out, one of three home runs off Verlander to lead off three consecutive innings.
Steven Moya's Spring Training never developed like he'd hoped. It still hasn't dampened his hopes to getting back to Detroit. "You'll see me again," he told reporters on their way out Sunday after the Tigers optioned their slugging top prospect to Triple-A Toledo.
Tigers slugger Victor Martinez made his highly anticipated spring debut -- albeit a rather uneventful one -- in Sunday's split-squad game against the Braves at Champion Stadium.
Michael Taylor, the Nationals' No. 2 prospect, hit two home runs as part of a three-homer barrage from Washington batters off Justin Verlander, building an early lead until Joey Pankake's ninth-inning homer forged a 7-7 tie with the Tigers on Sunday at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Braves right-hander Shelby Miller turned in a third consecutive impressive outing on Sunday, and after a Tigers split squad -- featuring the debut of slugger Victor Martinez -- rallied late to tie, Pedro Ciriaco's two-run single off Josh Zeid in the eighth lifted Atlanta to a 5-3 victory.
David Price has made a mantra of getting outs in three pitches or less. On Saturday, he had fewer quick outs, but more swings and misses against the Mets.
The Tigers, who entered the day having scored just two combined runs over their last two games, rallied to a 6-4 victory over the Mets Saturday at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts during the Tigers' 7-7 tie with the Nationals, his first Major League game of the spring, and he put himself on track to be ready for Opening Day.
The final score might make it hard to believe that Friday's 11-2 loss to the Yankees was a good day for any Detroit pitchers, but the game actually featured a rather impressive showing from the Tigers' core relievers.
Alfredo Simon allowed six runs in the first inning before settling down to hang zeros over the next two frames, while Yoenis Cespedes hit his second spring homer as the Tigers fell to the Yankees, 11-2, on Friday Joker Marchant Stadium.
David Price's status as the Tigers' ace was cemented on Friday morning when manager Brad Ausmus named him the club's Opening Day starter. It marks the first time since 2007 that anyone other than Justin Verlander has gotten the call for Detroit's season opener.