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Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon pitched 6 2/3 strong innings to win his fourth game of the season on Saturday against Cleveland. | 04/25/2015 4:36 PM
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Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon pitched 6 2/3 strong innings to win his fourth game of the season on Saturday against Cleveland.
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Impact
Simon is now 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Tell me if you have seen this before. Simon got off to an All-Star start in 2014 (12-3, 2.70 ERA, 1.045 WHIP) before falling apart in the second half. Ride him until the streak ends and "sell high."
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is 5-for-11 with a home run against Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer. | 04/25/2015 10:48 AM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is 5-for-11 with a home run against Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer.
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Impact
Martinez is hitting just .279, but has already blasted five homers this season with an .869 OPS. Make sure he's in your lineup for this favorable matchup.
Tigers starter Shane Greene came down to Earth Friday versus Cleveland. | 04/24/2015 8:56 PM
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Tigers starter Shane Greene came down to Earth Friday versus Cleveland.
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Impact
Greene allowed just one run through his first three starts, but gave up eight runs on nine hits and two walks over four innings on Friday night. He now has a 3.00 ERA overall.
Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez allowed only one run and one hit during Wednesday's no-decision against the Yankees. | 04/23/2015 4:22 PM
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Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez allowed only one run and one hit during Wednesday's no-decision against the Yankees.
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Impact
Detroit lost the game 2-1, but that was no fault of Sanchez's. He went 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight. He now has a 5,96 ERA. Tom Gorzelanny took the loss.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will get Thursday afternoon off. | 04/23/2015 10:58 AM
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Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will get Thursday afternoon off.
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Impact
No injury that we know of, just a day of rest. He's batting a hot .396 this season and also added four steals. Hernan Perez will start at shortstop.
Tigers reliever Joakim Soria should be locked in as the Tigers closer for the remainder of the season after Joe Nathan's diagnosis of a torn UCL. | 04/23/2015 10:56 AM
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Tigers reliever Joakim Soria should be locked in as the Tigers closer for the remainder of the season after Joe Nathan's diagnosis of a torn UCL.
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Impact
Soria has been great, converting 5-out-of-5 save chances since Nathan hit the disabled list with his strained elbow.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan left his minor-league rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday in pain after throwing just 10 pitches and has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and tendon. | 04/23/2015 10:54 AM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan left his minor-league rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday in pain after throwing just 10 pitches and has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and tendon.
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Impact
He'll need Tommy John surgery. Joakim Soria's value as the Togers' closer is locked in for the remainder of the season.
Tigers starter David Price was lit up Wednesday against the Yankees. | 04/22/2015 8:51 PM
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Tigers starter David Price was lit up Wednesday against the Yankees.
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Impact
He allowed eight runs on 10 hits and three walks in just 2 1/3 innings of work. Price struck out two and now has a 3.28 ERA overall.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan left his minor-league rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday in pain after throwing just 10 pitches according to MLive.com. | 04/22/2015 1:30 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan left his minor-league rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday in pain after throwing just 10 pitches according to MLive.com.
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Impact
Nathan was seen holding his elbow, which is the same elbow he injured on Opening Day. Nathan is recovering from a strained flexor tendon and wasn't able to throw his scheduled 25 pitches. This should keep Joakim Soria fantasy relevant for a bit while longer.
Tigers left-hander Kyle Lobstein pitched well Tuesday against the Yankees. | 04/21/2015 10:29 PM
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Tigers left-hander Kyle Lobstein pitched well Tuesday against the Yankees.
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Impact
Lobstein went six innings and allowed onr un on three hits and four walks, while striking out three. He now has a 3.27 ERA.
Tigers reliever Joakim Soria could move back into his eighth inning role by the weekend as closer Joe Nathan is expected to return to the team after one rehab start on Wednesday according to MLive.com. | 04/21/2015 5:53 PM
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Tigers reliever Joakim Soria could move back into his eighth inning role by the weekend as closer Joe Nathan is expected to return to the team after one rehab start on Wednesday according to MLive.com.
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Impact
This is not what fantasy owners or even Tigers fans want to hear. Soria has been great, converting 5-out-of-5 save chances since Nathan hit the disabled list with his strained elbow. Owners, however, should not drop Soria right away as even if Nathan returns to the ninth inning role, Nathan is just a couple blown saves away from losing the job to Soria.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan is scheduled to make a rehab appearance on Wednesday with Triple-A Toledo according to MLive.com. | 04/21/2015 5:49 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan is scheduled to make a rehab appearance on Wednesday with Triple-A Toledo according to MLive.com.
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Impact
Nathan is expected to rejoin the major league club as long as everything goes well Wednesday. Manager Brad Ausmus insists that Nathan will resume the closers role with the Tigers even though Joakim Soria is 5-for-5 in save opportuntities since Nathan went down with his injury. That is an elbow injury, so cannot be good news. Joakim Soria will likely fill in while Nathan is sidelined.
Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose is back in center field against Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi on Tuesday. | 04/21/2015 5:42 PM
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Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose is back in center field against Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi on Tuesday.
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Impact
Gose is platooning with Rajai Davis in center field and won't start when the opposing team starts a lefty pitcher. Fantasy owners who took a flier on Gose have to be pleased through the first two weeks as he is batting .393 with a 1.036 OPS this season.
Tigers reliever Joakim Soria earned his fifth save of the season, shutting the door on the, 2-1, victory over the Yankees on Monday. | 04/20/2015 9:52 PM
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Tigers reliever Joakim Soria earned his fifth save of the season, shutting the door on the, 2-1, victory over the Yankees on Monday.
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Impact
Soria shut down New York in order retiring Brett Gardner on a ground out and Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira on fly outs. Soria is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA with five saves this season.
Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had the game-winning RBI in the seventh as Detroit beat the New York Yankees, 2-1, on Monday. | 04/20/2015 9:50 PM
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Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had the game-winning RBI in the seventh as Detroit beat the New York Yankees, 2-1, on Monday.
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Impact
J.D. Martinez singled to score the tying run in the inning, and then Cespedes singled to take the lead. Cespedes was 1-for-3 in the game and is batting .320 with three home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon pitched 7 1/3 strong innings to win his third game of the season on Monday versus the Yankees. | 04/20/2015 9:46 PM
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Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon pitched 7 1/3 strong innings to win his third game of the season on Monday versus the Yankees.
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Impact
Simon was really sharp once again, striking out seven and walking none. He did allow seven hits, but fantasy owners will take it. The only run he gave up was a solo home to Mark Teixeira. Simon is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander had an MRI last Thursday, which confirmed he is dealing with a right triceps strain according to MLB.com. | 04/20/2015 5:13 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander had an MRI last Thursday, which confirmed he is dealing with a right triceps strain according to MLB.com.
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Impact
Verlander pitched a simulated game last Wednesday and had to cut it short due to fatigue. Verlander is not expected to begin throwing again until his pain subsides, so there is no timetable for his return. Kyle Lobstein will be in the Tigers rotation until Verlander returns.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander had an MRI last Thursday, which confirmed he is dealing with a right triceps strain according to MLB.com. | 04/20/2015 4:55 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander had an MRI last Thursday, which confirmed he is dealing with a right triceps strain according to MLB.com.
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Impact
Verlander pitched a simulated game last Wednesday and had to cut it short due to fatigue. Verlander is not expected to begin throwing again until his pain subsides, so there is no timetable for his return. Kyle Lobstein will be in the Tigers rotation until Verlander returns.
Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose will miss a third straight game on Monday night. | 04/20/2015 4:01 PM
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Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose will miss a third straight game on Monday night.
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Impact
Gose is platooning in center fielder with Rajai Davis and the Tigers will face their third straight southpaw. Fantasy owners can't be happy as Gose is batting .393 with a 1.036 OPS this season.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .345 hitter with two homers and 12 RBI versus Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia. | 04/20/2015 1:21 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .345 hitter with two homers and 12 RBI versus Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia.
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Impact
Cabrera is only batting .426 this season with a 1.150 OPS. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had a huge day Sunday against the White Sox. | 04/19/2015 4:01 PM
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Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had a huge day Sunday against the White Sox.
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Impact
Cespedes launched two homers and had six RBIs. He is fitting in extremely nicely with his new team.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez broke out of his early-season slump Sunday against the White Sox. | 04/19/2015 4:00 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez broke out of his early-season slump Sunday against the White Sox.
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Impact
He went 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI. The afternnon rose Martinez's BA to .310 on the season.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez broke out of his early-season slump Sunday against the White Sox. | 04/19/2015 3:59 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez broke out of his early-season slump Sunday against the White Sox.
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Impact
He went 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI. The afternnon rose Martinez's BA to .310 on the season.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis could be in for a nice day Sunday against the White Sox. | 04/19/2015 10:59 AM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis could be in for a nice day Sunday against the White Sox.
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Impact
Davis is 10-for-26 lifetme against Jose Quintana with one homer and four stolen bases, making him a solid daily play for Sunday.
Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez was abysmal Saturday against the White Sox. | 04/18/2015 4:17 PM
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Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez was abysmal Saturday against the White Sox.
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Impact
Sanchez allowed nine runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two over just 3 1/3 innings of work. He is now 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA.
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos is not in Saturday's starting lineup. | 04/18/2015 11:03 AM
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Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
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Impact
No injury, just a rest day. Castellanos is batting .263 this season with a home run and three RBI. Hernan Perez is the replacement, but facing Chris Sale isn't a viable fantasy option.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .517 hitter (15-for-29) against White Sox starter Chris Sale. | 04/18/2015 11:01 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .517 hitter (15-for-29) against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
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Impact
Martinez is dealing with knee soreness in the surgically-repaired left knee and missed Friday's game, but was available for pinch-hit duties so can't be too far from playing. This favorable matchup would be a nice spot to return. Update: Martinez is in the starting lineup.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .517 hitter (15-for-29) against White Sox starter Chris Sale. | 04/18/2015 10:05 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .517 hitter (15-for-29) against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
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Impact
Martinez is dealing with knee soreness in the surgically-repaired left knee and missed Friday's game, but was available for pinch-hit duties so can't be too far from playing. This favorable matchup would be a nice spot to return.
Tigers starter David Price finally allowed his first earned run of the season on Friday. | 04/17/2015 5:07 PM
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Tigers starter David Price finally allowed his first earned run of the season on Friday.
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Impact
In his last start, Price committed an error which led to three runs and spoiled his own start. He pitched eighth innings and only allowed a solo home run to Avisail Garcia on Friday. He also allowed four hits, two walks and struck out nine. Price has a 0.40 ERA in three starts this season.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth as Detroit beat the Chicago White Sox, 2-1. | 04/17/2015 5:00 PM
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Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth as Detroit beat the Chicago White Sox, 2-1.
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Impact
With his two hits, Iglesias raised his batting average to .484, which is quite impressive for the defensive-minded shortstop even if it is only 10 games. He still doesn't have much power and won't drive in runs hitting ninth, but Iglesias is outplaying owners expectations through a week and a half.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is not in Friday's starting lineup. | 04/17/2015 11:42 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez is not in Friday's starting lineup.
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Impact
Martinez is dealing with knee soreness in the surgically-repaired left knee. This is not good news for Tigers fans or fantasy owners.
Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon threw eight shutout innings on Wednesday against the Pirates, | 04/15/2015 10:52 PM
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Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon threw eight shutout innings on Wednesday against the Pirates,
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Impact
Simon allowed just two hits in his eight innings of work and struck out three. The Tigers have been very impressive this season. First, they led the league in offense the first week, going 6-0 against the Twins and Indians. Then, they beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh in two pitcher duels this week.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis hit a solo home run in the, 1-0, victory over the Pirates on Wednesday. | 04/15/2015 10:07 PM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis hit a solo home run in the, 1-0, victory over the Pirates on Wednesday.
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Impact
Of all people in the potent Tigers lineup, Davis was the difference on Wednesday with the solo blast to left field off Francisco Liriano. Davis also had the game-winning RBI in the, 2-0, victory on Tuesday. Davis is hitting .250 with two RBI this season and isn't fantasy relevant.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander said he cut his simulated game on Wednesday short because he felt tired according to MLive.com. | 04/15/2015 4:50 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander said he cut his simulated game on Wednesday short because he felt tired according to MLive.com.
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Impact
Verlander threw all his pitches during a 45-pitch simulated game, but he described his triceps as feeling "achy". This probably really frustrates Tigers fans and fantasy owners because Verlander's recovery seems to be moving at snails pace. There is no timetable for his return.
Tigers reliever Joakim Soria picked up his third save of the young season on Tuesday against the Pirates. | 04/14/2015 10:05 PM
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Tigers reliever Joakim Soria picked up his third save of the young season on Tuesday against the Pirates.
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Impact
Soria has been the Tigers closer for less than a week, and he already has three saves. The Tigers added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, but Soria didn't need it as he retired the Pirates in order. He is 3-for-3 in save chances and has a 2.45 ERA.
Tigers starter Shane Greene threw another eight near perfect innings as Detroit beat Pittsburgh on Tuesday, 2-0. | 04/14/2015 10:01 PM
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Tigers starter Shane Greene threw another eight near perfect innings as Detroit beat Pittsburgh on Tuesday, 2-0.
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Impact
Greene hasn't allowed an earned run in 16 inning of work this season. He allowed three hits, no walks and struck out three in eight innings on Tuesday. Greene should be on fantasy owners radars now after the fast start although he isn't a pitcher that will get many strikeouts.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is hitless in 10 at-bats against Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. | 04/14/2015 11:30 AM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is hitless in 10 at-bats against Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.
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Impact
Martinez is off to one of the best starts in the AL with a league-leading four homers and nine RBI, but be wary of this unfavorable matchup.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez did not start on Monday against the Pirates, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter. | 04/14/2015 10:42 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez did not start on Monday against the Pirates, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter.
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Impact
Martinez is not expected to start in any of the next two games, in Pittsburgh, where there is no DH, so keep him on your bench
Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez allowed five runs during Monday's loss to the Pirates. | 04/13/2015 4:25 PM
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Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez allowed five runs during Monday's loss to the Pirates.
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Impact
After not allowing a run in his first start, Sanchez was not as fortunate this time out. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs, includng three homers. Sanchez did strike out nine to help fantasy owners out a bit.
As expected, Tigers DH Victor Martinez will not start on Mondayday against the Pirates. | 04/13/2015 11:48 AM
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As expected, Tigers DH Victor Martinez will not start on Mondayday against the Pirates.
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Impact
Martinez will not expected to start in any of the next three games, in Pittsburgh, where there will be no DH.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the, 8-5, victory over the Indians on Sunday. | 04/12/2015 4:33 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the, 8-5, victory over the Indians on Sunday.
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Impact
Cabrera was a Cleveland killer, going 11-for-14 in the weekend series. He hit the first two home runs of the season on Sunday with four RBI and three runs. In his last at-bat, Cleveland intentionally walked him. It's safe to say Cabrera is over the sugery he had in the offseason. Detroit and Cleveland combined to score 13 runs in the sixth inning and later. There was also two lead changes and a tie after the fifth. Cabrera's RBI-single in the seventh game the Tigers a, 4-3, lead. He then scored as a part of the four-run ninth.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez hit his third home run of the season on Sunday against the Indians. | 04/12/2015 4:32 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez hit his third home run of the season on Sunday against the Indians.
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Impact
Martinez was 3-for-5 in the series finale versus Cleveland. He had a two-RBI single in the second and then smashed a solo home run in the ninth. Martinez went 4-for-15 in the series.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the, 8-5, victory over the Indians on Sunday. | 04/12/2015 4:28 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the, 8-5, victory over the Indians on Sunday.
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Impact
Cabrera was a Cleveland killer, going 11-for-13 in the weekend series. He hit the first two home runs of the season on Sunday with four RBI and three runs. In his last at-bat, Cleveland intentionally walked him. It's safe to say Cabrera is over the sugery he had in the offseason. Detroit and Cleveland combined to score 13 runs in the sixth inning and later. There was also two lead changes and a tie after the fifth. Cabrera's RBI-single in the seventh game the Tigers a, 4-3, lead. He then scored as a part of the four-run ninth.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez will start on Sunday against the Indians. | 04/12/2015 11:04 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez will start on Sunday against the Indians.
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Impact
Martinez left Saturday's game with soreness in his surgically-repaired knee, but he is good enough to DH on Sunday. Martinez will not start in the next series, though, as the Tigers head to a National League park in Pittsburgh.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was 4-for-5 with a run and RBI in the wild, 9-6, victory over the Indians on Saturday. | 04/11/2015 10:10 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was 4-for-5 with a run and RBI in the wild, 9-6, victory over the Indians on Saturday.
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Impact
Detroit and Cleveland combined to score 13 runs in the sixth inning and later. There was also two lead changes and a tie after the fifth. Cabrera's RBI-single in the seventh game the Tigers a, 4-3, lead. He then scored as a part of the four-run ninth.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had a big day, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs as Detroit stayed unbeaten and defeated Cleveland, 9-6. | 04/11/2015 10:06 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had a big day, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs as Detroit stayed unbeaten and defeated Cleveland, 9-6.
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Impact
After giving up the lead in the sixth, Kinsler tied the game with an RBI-single in the seventh. Then after again allowing the Indians to tie the game, Kinsler gave the Tigers the lead for good with another RBI-single in the ninth. Kinsler is red-hot, batting .455 with seven RBI in the first five games of the year.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez will not play in the field for Detroit's upcoming series in Pittsburgh, according to manager Brad Ausmus. | 04/11/2015 3:12 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez will not play in the field for Detroit's upcoming series in Pittsburgh, according to manager Brad Ausmus.
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Impact
Not surprising considering his bad knee. Fantasy owners should plan on another option as he'll be stuck in a pinch-hitting role for three games.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .409 hitter (9-for-22) against Indians starter Corey Kluber. | 04/11/2015 1:23 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .409 hitter (9-for-22) against Indians starter Corey Kluber.
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Impact
Historically a slow starter, Martinez is batting .333 after four games, including three singles Friday night. We like this matchup tp go for the hitter.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had three hits during Friday's win over the Indians and should stay hot in a favorable Saturday matchup. | 04/11/2015 1:21 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had three hits during Friday's win over the Indians and should stay hot in a favorable Saturday matchup.
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Impact
Cabrera is 16-for-30 with four homers and a 1.563 OPS against Indians starter Corey Kluber. He's started the season batting .313 through the first four games, but is still seeking his first home run.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will get Saturday off. | 04/11/2015 1:05 PM
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Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will get Saturday off.
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Impact
No injury, just a routine day of rest. Given that he's started the season 9-for-15 (.600), he probably would prefer to be out there. Andrew Romine will get the start.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had three hits during Friday's win over the Indians. | 04/10/2015 9:07 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had three hits during Friday's win over the Indians.
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Impact
He went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Cabrera has a .313/.421/.375 line through four games. Victor Martinez also went 3-for-5 with an RBI single.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) against Indians starter Zach McAllister. | 04/10/2015 10:36 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) against Indians starter Zach McAllister.
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Impact
Historically a slow starter, Martinez has started slowly, batting .200 over the first three games. He's in a favorable matchup with the wind blowing out to right field this evening.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez smacked his second homer of the season. | 04/09/2015 9:10 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez smacked his second homer of the season.
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Impact
He went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and is now hittng .308 through three games early on this season.
Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose led off on Wednesday and will do it again on Thursday. | 04/09/2015 12:00 PM
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Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose led off on Wednesday and will do it again on Thursday.
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Impact
Gose is projected to platoon in center fielder with Rajai Davis this season with Gose getting most of the start versus right-handed pitchers. He went 3-for-6 on Wednesday, needing just the home run for the cycle.
Tigers left-hander Kyle Lobstein will make his first start of the season on Sunday in Cleveland. | 04/09/2015 10:55 AM
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Tigers left-hander Kyle Lobstein will make his first start of the season on Sunday in Cleveland.
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Impact
He replaced injured Justin Verlander in the rotation. Lobstein made six starts last season, going 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA and 1.246 WHIP. Lobstein faced the Indians twice last season, both no-decisions, though he struck out 10 in the first start.
Tigers reliever Joakim Soria should be a hot commodity. | 04/08/2015 5:02 PM
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Tigers reliever Joakim Soria should be a hot commodity.
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Impact
With Joe Nathan going down due to an elbow injury, Soria will fin in at closer. Nathan has struggled since last season, and if Soria thrives, the job could easily remains his.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain. | 04/08/2015 4:54 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain.
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Impact
That is an elbow injury, so cannot be good news. Joakim Soria will likely fill in while Nathan is sidelined.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the blowout victory over the Twins on Wednesday afternnon. | 04/08/2015 4:28 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the blowout victory over the Twins on Wednesday afternnon.
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Impact
Kinsler picked up right where he left off last season when he set a career-high with 92 RBI. He also scored two runs. Kinsler is a borderline top-five option at second base.
Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose led off on Wednesday and went 3-for-6 with a double, triple, three RBI and a run scored against the Twins. | 04/08/2015 4:26 PM
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Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose led off on Wednesday and went 3-for-6 with a double, triple, three RBI and a run scored against the Twins.
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Impact
Gose is projected to platoon in center fielder with Rajai Davis this season with Gose getting most of the start versus right-handed pitchers. Gose didn't play on Opening Day, so in his first action, he nearly hit for the cycle. Gose had an two-RBI triple in the fourth and an RBI-double in the seventh. Gose's biggest fantasy attribute this season, however, will be stolen bases. He is worth a look in deep leagues.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had two hits and two RBI in the, 11-0, victory over the Twins on Wednesday. | 04/08/2015 4:23 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had two hits and two RBI in the, 11-0, victory over the Twins on Wednesday.
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Impact
Despite the sub-40 degree temperature in Detroit, the Tigers bats were hot. Cabrera had an RBI-double in the third and then an RBI-single in the fifth. He is an elite fantasy option even at 31 years old.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was 4-for-4 with a walk and three runs in the, 11-0, victory over the Twins on Wednesday. | 04/08/2015 4:20 PM
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Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was 4-for-4 with a walk and three runs in the, 11-0, victory over the Twins on Wednesday.
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Impact
Detroit has outscored Minnesota, 15-0, in the first two games of the season. Iglesias is batting an incredible .857 in the first two games and has shown off tremendous speed on the base paths. On Wednesday, he scored from first on a double. Iglesias will obviously not keep up the batting average, but he might be a budding star in one of the best lineups in the American League.
Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Twins, beating them, 11-0, on Wednesday. | 04/08/2015 4:18 PM
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Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Twins, beating them, 11-0, on Wednesday.
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Impact
Detroit earned back-to-back shutouts to begin the season for the first time in franchise history. Sanchez allowed just three hits and two walks in his first start while also striking out six. It will be great for fantasy owners if Sanchez can stay healthy the entire season because he has great stuff.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .417 hitter versus Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco. | 04/08/2015 11:01 AM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .417 hitter versus Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
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Impact
Kinsler is 5-for-12 with three doubles and two RBI versus Nolasco. Kinsler had two hits on Opening Day, and he should remain in the starting lineup.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander is no longer expected to pitcher on Sunday versus the Indians according to MLBlogs.com. | 04/07/2015 7:03 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander is no longer expected to pitcher on Sunday versus the Indians according to MLBlogs.com.
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Impact
Verlander threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Sunday, and manager Brad Ausmus said the right-hander didn't feel great towards the end. Although Verlander hasn't been ruled out for Sunday, it appears he could spend more time on the DL.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer didn't allow an earned run, but he still lost to the Mets on Opening Day. | 04/06/2015 7:02 PM
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Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer didn't allow an earned run, but he still lost to the Mets on Opening Day.
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Impact
The Mets first run came in the sixth. Scherzer should have been out of the frame, but shortstop Ian Desmond committed an error with two outs. Lucas Duda then drove in two on his single. In the seventh, another Desmond error led to a third Mets run. Scherzer pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings with eight strikeouts and two walks, but he earned the loss.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3 in the season opener against Minnesota and stole a pair of bases | 04/06/2015 4:31 PM
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Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3 in the season opener against Minnesota and stole a pair of bases
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Impact
Iglesias batted .303 last season in 350 at-bats, but stole just five bases. If he can stay healthy he could help in a few other categories this season.
Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had a big debut in Detroit against the Twins on Monday. | 04/06/2015 4:28 PM
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Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had a big debut in Detroit against the Twins on Monday.
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Impact
Cespedes mashed a double and a triple, scoring twice, and stole a home run from Kurt Suzuki in left field.
Tigers starter David Price was in total control Monday afternoon, going 8 2/3 innings of five-hit, no-walk, five-strikeout baseball. | 04/06/2015 4:26 PM
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Tigers starter David Price was in total control Monday afternoon, going 8 2/3 innings of five-hit, no-walk, five-strikeout baseball.
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Price didn't yield a run before leaving fo give Joe Nathan a cheap one-out save. Price threw 75 strike in his 101 pitches. This is the ace we love to watch and while the Twins offense isn't very strong, it's a great start for fantasy owners.
Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose was expected to be the center fielder against right-hand pitching, but Rajai Davis gets the opening day start versus right-hander Phil Hughes. | 04/06/2015 12:09 PM
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Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose was expected to be the center fielder against right-hand pitching, but Rajai Davis gets the opening day start versus right-hander Phil Hughes.
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Impact
Hopefully this is just an opening day issue and not a change in overall strategy for the Tigers.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis will start on opening day despite the right-right matchup. | 04/06/2015 12:05 PM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis will start on opening day despite the right-right matchup.
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Impact
Davis is expected to platoon with Anthony Gose facing right-handers so we will have to watch this going forward. Davis is primarily a one-trick pony for fantasy owners. He's a base stealer. He stole 36 bases in 2014 and 45 in 2013. He can be useful as a fill-in, but a low OPS and no power hurts his value.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera "owns" Minnesota starter Phil Hughes, the Twins opening day starter. | 04/06/2015 10:04 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera "owns" Minnesota starter Phil Hughes, the Twins opening day starter.
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Impact
OK, Miggy "owns" a lot of pitchers, but he's a stunning .516 hitter (16-of-31) with five homers, 12 RBI and a 1.674 OPS versus the right-hander.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander will throw a bullpen session on Sunday according to MLive.com. | 04/03/2015 6:00 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander will throw a bullpen session on Sunday according to MLive.com.
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Impact
Verlander is projected to tentatively make his 2015 regular season debut on April 12 in Cleveland, so even though he will go on the disabled list, the right-hander is not going to miss a start. Detroit is expected to go with a four-man rotation for the first week. This is the first time in his career that Verlander is on the DL.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander (right triceps) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 28. | 04/02/2015 2:40 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander (right triceps) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 28.
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Impact
Verlander should only miss one start if all goes well. We still don't like our chances of seeing the "old" Verlander ever again. Last season he was 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.398 WHIP.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander left Friday's start due to a due to cramp in his right triceps muscle, according to beat writer Chris Iott. | 03/27/2015 3:56 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander left Friday's start due to a due to cramp in his right triceps muscle, according to beat writer Chris Iott.
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Impact
Verlander always seems to have aches and pains these days. This one doesn't appear to be serious. We still don't like our chances of seeing the "old" Verlander ever again. Last season he was 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.398 WHIP.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez felt some discomfort in his knee on Thursday. | 03/26/2015 4:36 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez felt some discomfort in his knee on Thursday.
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Impact
There is a slight cause for concern, as the soreness is in his surgically-repaired knee. Martinez did homer in the contest, and manager Brad Ausmus did not seem overly worried, but at 36 years of age, owners must know there will be an injury risk this year.
Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose will hit first or second against right-handed pitching to start the season according to Chris Iott of MLive.com. | 03/25/2015 3:35 PM
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Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose will hit first or second against right-handed pitching to start the season according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.
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Impact
Gose is just a career .234 hitter in the major leagues, but he is below the Medoza Line at .180 versus lefties. With his great speed, the Tigers are going to see if they can use him in a platoon situation with Rajai Davis in center field. Gose is hitting .333 this spring, but he has just two hits in his last 21 at-bats.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez will be the designated hitter in a split-squad game Sunday versus Atlanta. | 03/21/2015 5:12 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez will be the designated hitter in a split-squad game Sunday versus Atlanta.
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Impact
Martinez played in a minor league game on Saturday, so he continues to trend toward being ready for Opening Day. Draft him as you normally would.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) said he feels great. | 03/21/2015 3:51 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) said he feels great.
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Impact
This was after hitting and running on Saturday, and as a result, Cabrera hopes to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday. The signs continue to trend in the right direction for him to be ready for Opening Day.
Tigers starter David Price has been named the 2015 Opening Day starter. | 03/20/2015 10:36 AM
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Tigers starter David Price has been named the 2015 Opening Day starter.
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Impact
The lead role for the Tigers starting rotation has officially been handed over from Justin Verlander to Price.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, along with first baseman/designated hitter Victor Martinez, ran the bases for the first time this spring. | 03/14/2015 6:54 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, along with first baseman/designated hitter Victor Martinez, ran the bases for the first time this spring.
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Impact
Cabrera is recovering from foot surgery from October while Martinez had surgery to repair his medial meniscus about a month ago. It is a great sign to see both running the bases. Both players have a good chance to play Opening Day and should be taken as they normally would in fantasy drafts.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was scrated for Friday's ga,e with left shoulder soreness. | 03/13/2015 4:50 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was scrated for Friday's ga,e with left shoulder soreness.
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Impact
Consider him day-to-day for now, but a shoulder issue cannot go unnoticed.
Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game due to a tight left quad. | 03/12/2015 2:40 PM
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Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game due to a tight left quad.
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Impact
Cespedes also dealt with a sore lower back earlier in spring training. Neither should keep him from playing on opening day. Cespedes should be in for a good season in a lineup that included Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. He batted .260 last season with 22 HR and 100 RBI.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez was cleared to run the bases, according to Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck. | 03/12/2015 10:53 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez was cleared to run the bases, according to Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck.
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Impact
Martinez said he only needs two weeks of games to be ready for Opening Day, but fantasy owners should probably expect him to get off to a slow start. That doesn't mean you shouldn't pick him - just that you will need patience if you do.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness according to the team's twitter page. | 03/11/2015 2:55 PM
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness according to the team's twitter page.
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Impact
Avila will be evaluated after the game. He was an up-and-coming offensive catcher a few years ago, and although he has improved his defense, his offensive numbers have fallen off the table. He hit .218/.327/.359 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 390 at-bats last season.
Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon threw three shutout innings in Detroit's, 6-0, victory over the Phillies on Tuesday. | 03/10/2015 6:30 PM
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Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon threw three shutout innings in Detroit's, 6-0, victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.
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Impact
Simon allowed two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. This is the second straight great start for Simon to start Spring Training.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez took batting practice for the first time since undergoing surgery on his torn meniscus last month according to MLB.com. | 03/09/2015 6:37 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez took batting practice for the first time since undergoing surgery on his torn meniscus last month according to MLB.com.
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Impact
"I feel good," said Martinez. "It was the first time in a while and everything was fast, even BP, but I expected it to be like that." Martinez still has a chance to be ready for Opening Day.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) started taking grounders on Saturday. | 03/08/2015 10:48 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) started taking grounders on Saturday.
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Impact
This is another step in the right direction. Cabrera is looking more and more likely for Opening Day.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) started taking grounders on Saturday. | 03/08/2015 10:44 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) started taking grounders on Saturday.
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Impact
This is another step in the right direction. Cabrera is looking more and more likely for Opening Day.
Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is back in the lineup after taking a day off to rest a tight lower back. | 03/07/2015 10:41 AM
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Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is back in the lineup after taking a day off to rest a tight lower back.
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Impact
Obviously it wasn't serious. Cespedes should be in for a good season in a lineup that included Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. He batted .260 last season with 22 HR and 100 RBI.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias injured his right shin while trying to steal a base and left Friday's game against the Mets. | 03/06/2015 3:31 PM
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Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias injured his right shin while trying to steal a base and left Friday's game against the Mets.
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Impact
Iglesias' owners should be concerned as he missed last season due to stress fractures in both shins. He didn't seem too concerned after the game, but this is worth watching. he batted .303 in 350 at-bats when he last played in 2013.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 3-for-3 versus the Braves on Thursday. | 03/05/2015 6:01 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 3-for-3 versus the Braves on Thursday.
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Impact
Martinez was great last season, slashing .315/.358/.553. It does, however, seem unlikely that he will maintain those numbers, and it also seems possible that he moves from fifth to sixth in the lineup with Yoenis Cespedes batting fifth. If owners can get him in a middle-round, by all means draft Martinez, but don't expect him to hit .300 again.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was very happy with the way he ran on Wednesday versus the Orioles according to the Detroit Free Press. | 03/04/2015 5:39 PM
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Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was very happy with the way he ran on Wednesday versus the Orioles according to the Detroit Free Press.
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Impact
Iglesias grounded out in both of his plate appearances, but the throw only got him by half a step each time. After the game, Iglesias said, "Three weeks from now, I will beat those." Iglesias is returning from dual stress fractures in his shins that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (surgery on torn left meniscus) took 60 swings off the tee and ran on the anti-gravity machine on Monday afternoon. | 03/02/2015 4:29 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez (surgery on torn left meniscus) took 60 swings off the tee and ran on the anti-gravity machine on Monday afternoon.
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Impact
We reported earlier today that Martinez was in camp for his first workout, and the good news continues, as he will push to be ready by Opening Day. Owners should not shy away from drafting him high.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) took live batting practice for the first time this spring according to beat writer Anthony Fenech. | 03/02/2015 4:04 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) took live batting practice for the first time this spring according to beat writer Anthony Fenech.
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Impact
He isn't running yet, but owners should be cautiously optimistic about Cabrera being ready for Opening Day. He batted .313 with 25 HR, 109 RBI and an .895 OPS in what fantasy owners would call a "down" year after two MVP seasons in 2012-13.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (surgery on torn left meniscus) is in camp and will go through his first team workout on Monday, according to beat writer Anthony Fenech. | 03/02/2015 1:02 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez (surgery on torn left meniscus) is in camp and will go through his first team workout on Monday, according to beat writer Anthony Fenech.
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Impact
He could still see enough at-bats to be ready for Opening Day. Martinez had a great season in 2014 (.335, 32 HR, 103 RBI, 87 runs, .974 OPS) and much is expected of him this season.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (surgery on torn left meniscus) is expected in training camp next week, according to manager Brad Ausmus. | 02/24/2015 11:45 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez (surgery on torn left meniscus) is expected in training camp next week, according to manager Brad Ausmus.
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Impact
That's good news for fantasy owners and the Detroit offense. If get gets in camp at the beginning of March he could still see enough at-bats to be ready for Opening Day. Martinez had a great season in 2014 (.335, 32 HR, 103 RBI, 87 runs, .974 OPS) and much is expected of him this season.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been cleared for limited baseball activity. | 02/18/2015 3:41 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been cleared for limited baseball activity.
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Impact
He will be allowed to hit and throw, and continue to increase his workload. Owners should be cautiously optimistic about Cabrera being ready for Opening Day.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session, according to beat writer Anthony Fenech. | 02/17/2015 3:04 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session, according to beat writer Anthony Fenech.
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Impact
Verlander appears to be ahead of schedule after offseason core muscle repair surgery. it's good news, but we still don't like our chances of seeing the "old" Verlander ever again. Last season he was 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.398 WHIP.
Tigers reliever Joel Hanrahan still has soreness in his right arm, reports Tigers beat writer Anthony Fenech. | 02/17/2015 8:29 AM
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Tigers reliever Joel Hanrahan still has soreness in his right arm, reports Tigers beat writer Anthony Fenech.
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Impact
Hanrahan, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery, but has yet to prove he can pitch again, much less be the closer he once was. He totaled 76 saves for the Pirates from 2011-12, but has pitched just 7 1/3 innings since the 2012 season.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis says he's completely recovered from a groin injury suffered late last season that hurt his play in October, says Tigers beat writer Anthony Fenech. | 02/17/2015 8:24 AM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis says he's completely recovered from a groin injury suffered late last season that hurt his play in October, says Tigers beat writer Anthony Fenech.
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Impact
Davis is primarily a one-trick pony for fantasy owners. He's a base stealer, so if his legs aren't right then he's of little value to fantasy owners. He stole 36 bases in 2014 and 45 in 2013. He can be useful as a fill-in, but a low OPS and no power hurts his value.

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