Two of baseball's top offenses will collide when the Orioles take on the Tigers in the American League Division Series. It all starts at Camden Yards with Game 1 scheduled for Thursday on TBS.
Ian Kinsler wasn't around for previous Tigers' playoff runs, but the second baseman has become a key element of the current incarnation of the club thanks to his timely hitting and spectacular defense.
A year ago, when manager Jim Leyland made it clear he really was going to retire, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski was uncertain enough about a potential replacement that he admitted to having an initial list of 50 candidates. Now, after a successful first-year campaign in Detroit, it appears the Tigers have the right man for the job for a long time to come in Brad Ausmus.
On one hand, the Tigers are tied for the longest active streak of postseason appearances in the Major Leagues, now at four consecutive years. On the other hand, they haven't won a World Series in 30 years. That's the dichotomy of history they're fighting as they head into another run of October baseball.
We probably ought to refrain from offering much in the way of predictions as the Tigers and Orioles meet in the American League Division Series, which begins on Thursday at Camden Yards.
The last time the Tigers saw the Orioles, Detroit was a Zubaz-clad juggernaut in the midst of its 27-12 start to begin the season with the Majors' best record. Baltimore was atop the American League East, but just a couple games over .500.
The Tigers celebrated a division title on Sunday, but the focus remains on the goal of bringing a World Series championship to Detroit for the first time since 1984.
The Tigers need to be very careful with Major League home run leader Nelson Cruz, attack the Orioles starters before Baltimore's vaunted bullpen enters the game, and also take advantage of two important relievers of their own.
Victor Martinez doesn't know fellow Venezuelan and new American League batting champion Jose Altuve very well. "We call him the 'Little Giant,'" Martinez said.
Rajai Davis was out of the Tigers' lineup before he walked into the clubhouse Sunday morning. The fact that he walked into the clubhouse Sunday, hours after straining a ligament in his pelvic area, gave some encouragement that he might not miss many games after going forward.
The Tigers are American League Central champs after defeating the Twins, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. Detroit's win, its 90th victory of the season, made Kansas City's result in Chicago against the White Sox irrelevant, as it locked up the club's fourth consecutive AL Central title and ensured a date with the Orioles in the AL Division Series, beginning Thursday in Baltimore.
Voting is underway through Sunday exclusively at MLB.com to help decide the 16th annual winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given by "The Hammer" himself during the upcoming 110th World Series to the outstanding offensive performer in each league.
DETROIT -- The AL Central-leading Tigers still control their own fate and can clinch a fourth straight division title with a win on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday night, however, the Tigers' opportunity to wrap up the division race eluded their grasp in a 12-3 loss to the Twins. With the White Sox edging the Royals, 5-4, the Tigers kept their one-game lead over second-place Kansas City heading into
The Tigers have overcome a series of injuries as they approach a fourth consecutive American League Central title. They'll likely have to take the final step without Rajai Davis, the speedy catalyst who filled the void in center field after Austin Jackson was traded. Davis left Saturday's 12-3 loss to the Twins with a sprain of the pubic symphysis, near his midsection, after breaking awkwardly out
Tigers star Miguel Cabrera's 25th home run of the season on Friday was a relatively meaningless run in an 11-4 loss to the Twins, but it established Cabrera as the fourth player in Major League history to post 11 consecutive seasons with at least 25 home runs and 100 RBIs.
While both Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello and manager Brad Ausmus downplay workload as a contributor to Porcello's September slump, neither of them is pretending the struggles are not an issue.
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is 39 and still going strong. He has an impressive resume for his 16 full big league seasons. But there's something missing: a championship ring.
By the time Rick Porcello's night was over Friday, the only suspense left on the Tigers' side of an 11-4 loss to the Twins was Anibal Sanchez's Tigers relief debut. Eventually, he got it. Whether it took too long was a matter in question.
The Tigers got an inning-ending double play on a flyout when replay showed that right fielder Torii Hunter's throw beat the Twins' Oswaldo Arcia to first base in Friday night's game.
Tigers righty Max Scherzer said in the spring that he could pitch better than last year and not have the same results. He wasn't far off statistically. From a pure pitching standpoint, he feels like he's better.
The seventh inning had been tagged as an entry point for Joakim Soria when the Tigers traded for the former Royals and Rangers closer two months ago. On Thursday, he pitched the seventh with a lead to protect for the first time since his deal to Detroit, bridging a lead from starter Max Scherzer to setup man Joba Chamberlain.
The Tigers came to the ballpark Friday with hopes of wrapping up the American League Central. They left with a race that could go down to the final day of the regular season. After Friday's 11-4 loss to the Twins and the Royals' 3-1 win over the White Sox, Detroit's AL Central lead is down to one with two games to play.
After being cut loose by the Astros in Spring Training, J.D. Martinez has resurrected his career with the Tigers, thanks to his faith in his ability and his new approach at the plate.
With the races in the NL and AL Central divisions and the AL Wild Card going down to the wire on the final day of the season, it is possible that one or more races could be decided by a 163rd game on Monday.
Victor Martinez's two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera's solo shot provided much of the support for Max Scherzer, who overcame four walks in six innings of two-run ball for his 18th win, a 4-2 victory over the Twins on Thursday night at Comerica Park. The Tigers reduced their magic number to two for clinching the AL Central.
Brad Ausmus, Robin Ventura, Chris Sale and the prospect of an unknown man stealing signs for Victor Martinez via binoculars at Comerica Park on Wednesday afternoon have added fuel to an already intense American League Central rivalry between the White Sox and Tigers as the 2014 season comes to a close.
Justin Verlander isn't where he wants to be with his performance. He's doing what he can with what he's got, because the time for tinkering is over. The last couple of games have suggested he has enough to get big wins.
Rajai Davis started in center field Thursday night for his 953rd career Major League game. When the Tigers speedster takes the field next week, he'll be taking part in the first postseason game of his big league career.
After all the ups and downs of the season, the ingredients for a championship team in Detroit are largely the same as they were in 2013, with a stellar starting rotation and a peaking Miguel Cabrera leading the list.
Here are handful of examples why this season was far from an easy repeat effort in Detroit on its way back to the postseason.