TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Inbox: Can the Tigers compete for the AL Central?

Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck answers fans' questions about the club's potential, the strength of the bullpen and more in the latest edition of the Inbox.
Via Tigers.com
12 hours ago

Source: Anibal to begin in Tigers' bullpen

The battle for the Tigers' rotation appears to be reaching a conclusion. Anibal Sanchez has been informed he will begin the season in the bullpen, a source close to the situation confirmed to MLB.com Tuesday night.
Via Tigers.com
14 hours ago

Tigers To Use Anibal Sanchez In Relief; Shopping Mike Pelfrey

The Tigers appear to be waving the white flag with a pair of longtime starters set to rake in sizable paydays this year. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez will open the season as a long reliever, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Meanwhile, the team is shopping fellow righty Mike Pelfrey, and it’s willing to eat his $8MM salary, tweets Fenech. Sanchez is entering...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
14 hours ago

Martinez upbeat, optimistic despite foot injury

J.D. Martinez expecting good news when doctors remove the cast from his sprained right foot early next week. He's planning to fight his best to try to meet or beat the initial 3-4 week timetable doctors put on his return to game activity.
Via Tigers.com
15 hours ago

Does golf suffer from the same personality problem as baseball?

Anyone who has thoughts on golf popularity will say it starts with Tiger Woods’ absence. A single man apparently has the power to drive people to pick up or stick with the game. The crazy part here is not only that it’s mostly true, but how widely accepted this is.The thing is: That’s not quite the whole story.Tiger’s greatness at his peak will be impossible to replicate...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers could benefit from Anibal Sanchez as their 5th starter

The team should keep the leash short, but give his new arm a try. Every week Kurt Mensching offers up some Tigers opinions with The Detroit News. Every week I will tell him how wrong he is. Hold on. Before you go right to the comments, just hear me out on this one. There are a million reasons Anibal Sanchez should not be allowed anywhere near the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation...
Via Bless You Boys
1 day ago

Spring training 2017: Braves announcers confuse Tigers’ JaCoby Jones with football player

Specifically, a football player named Jacoby Jones. If you didn’t watch the entire broadcast from Monday’s Tigers-Braves Grapefruit League game, we can’t blame you. The Tigers got walloped, and Daniel Norris had one of the worst starts of his young career. If you did stick it out, though, you heard Braves play-by-play announcer Chip Caray make a whale of a mistake on air,...
Via Bless You Boys
1 day ago

Detroit Tigers: Winners and losers of spring training

Spring training is nearing its end and Opening Day is just days away. After an up and down spring training for the Tigers, let’s take a look at some winners and losers of spring ball. Winner: Alex Presley The 31-year old outfielder is making life tough for Detroit’s front office after a monster spring training. Presley is currently hitting .414 with two home runs and four doubles...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Anibal Sanchez Complicating Fifth Starter Decision

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Tigers Place Mark Lowe On Release Waivers

The Tigers have placed reliever Mark Lowe on unconditional release waivers, reports Jason Beck of MLB.com (Twitter link). The right-hander is due a $5.5MM salary this year, so he’ll likely clear waivers and become a free agent. Lowe had to compete for a roster spot with Detroit this spring, which wasn’t the outcome the team envisioned when it inked him to a two-year, $11MM guarantee...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Detroit Tigers: J.D. Martinez Expected to Miss 3-4 Weeks

Via FOX Sports
3 days ago

Detroit Tigers will win AL Central title in 2017

Last season is one that the Detroit Tigers would prefer to block out from memory, as the Cleveland Indians won the AL Central for the first time since 2007. And to add insult to injury, they clinched the division against the Tigers, toward the end of September. But 2017 is a new year, the Tigers are healthy and they’re going to retake the division crown. Detroit won four consecutive...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

United States wins its first World Baseball Classic

It took 11 years and four tournaments, but Team USA is the World Baseball Classic champion at last.The United States won its first ever World Baseball Classic championship Wednesday night in Los Angeles, with a dominating 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico.Marcus Stroman pitched six innings of no-hit baseball, and Ian Kinsler whacked a two-run home run in the top of the third inning to...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler hopes kids appreciate US way of baseball over Puerto Rico, Dominican

The United States has reached the final of the World Baseball Classic, which is reason enough for American baseball fans to celebrate. But comments like what Ian Kinsler had to say is rubbing some the wrong way.The New York Times published an article on Wednesday ahead of the WBC championship game between the US and Puerto Rico and talked about the differences between how each country...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league team having puppies deliver Opening Day tickets

The West Michigan Whitecaps have an amazing promotion for the community to purchase Opening Day tickets. And it involves puppies.The Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers will be offering fans an opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets that will be hand delivered by puppies, according to MiLB.com.There are some specifics, however.• Fans MUST CALL to order tickets between...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Detroit Tigers pitching staff

With teams rounding third base of the preseason, it is a good time to analyze the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff. In past seasons, the pitching has been the shakiest part of the team, failing to close the game in tight situations. Starting pitching seems to be off to a good start behind ace, Justin Verlander, but there are two key issues to keep an eye on for the regular season...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers outfielder JD Martinez sprains foot, out several days

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot making a shoestring catch Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for several days. X-rays were negative. Martinez left the Tigers' complex in Lakeland, Florida, in a protective boot for precautionary purposes. ''We'll see about it tomorrow,'' he told reporters. ''I know as much about it as you guys do. It's good...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera is out of the WBC due to a back injury

The WBC has been a lot of fun this year, but Miguel Cabrera’s tournament is over after his back tightened up on Thursday night. That’s bad news for team Venezuela, already in a perilous position and facing elimination. (Which could come as soon as tonight, if Puerto Rico knocks off the United States.There is a bit of good news, though, as Brad Ausmus told the media that from...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Fulmer progressing well after ankle sprain

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- AL Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer said his injured right ankle that cost him a start for the Detroit Tigers earlier this month is 100 percent and that he's on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. Fulmer, making his second start since spraining the ankle during an agility drill on March 4, gave up three runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins lefty Adam Conley turns in 3 solid innings against Tigers

TIGERS 7, MARLINS 1 Detroit starter Matt Boyd went five shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out five. Justin Upton hit a three-run homer, Anthony Gose had two hits and drove in two runs and J.D. Martinez added two hits. Miami starter Adam Conley gave up a run on five hits in three innings.
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers are well represented at the World Baseball Classic

Every four years Major League Baseball has the World Baseball Classic. This tournament is meant to resemble the World Cup for soccer and hockey, but doesn’t seem to draw as many fans because it takes place halfway through spring training. It is composed of the best baseball nations in the world. The tournament is set up of different pools or groups and consists of teams from a...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Erie SeaWolves minor league baseball team will host ‘Alternative Facts Night’

In many ways, minor league baseball remains the last bastion of the old-school carnival mentality, where the objective is to get people in the door any way you can.That gives us our Zooperstars, our Jakes the Diamond Dog, our Bad Apple Dancers (Fort Wayne only.) And it also results in theme nights, often ripped from the headlines with a speed Law & Order would envy.There have...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Other Interesting, Young Tigers Starter

We still talk about the Tigers as a team headed off a cliff, and it’s no mystery why. The reasons are the same as they’ve ever been, and the longer-term outlook remains unpleasant. Yet the team might not get enough credit for what it was able to do in the middle of a down 2015. Yoenis Cespedes was turned into Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer. And David Price was turned into...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

J.D. Martinez Debunks Conventional Wisdom, Thinks a Tipping Point Is Near

Editor’s Note: the following post contains spicy language. J.D. Martinez had just concluded a chat with a Tigers beat reporter when I approached him Monday afternoon. I sensed him preparing to escape my forthcoming interview request in the Joker Marchant Stadium clubhouse as I walked in his direction. He’d just risen from the cushioned chair in front of his locker and picked...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander responds to fans ‘freaking out’ about spring training

The Detroit Tigers are having one of the worst spring trainings of all MLB teams, yet Justin Verlander is not concerned.The Tigers lost to the Phillies 11-6 on Tuesday to drop to 3-10 this spring. That record is the fourth-worst mark in MLB, which has led some fans to worry.Verlander responded on Twitter Tuesday to the concerns. Verlander heard from a fan who said they had driven...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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