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Nick Castellanos goes deep to power Tigers | 04/19/2014 4:35 PM
News
Nick Castellanos belted a two-run homer off C.J. Wilson, powering the Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Angels at Comerica Park on Satuday.
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Impact
The rookie third sacker finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is now hitting .256/.326/.462 with two homers and seven RBI on the season. He should continue to see plenty of RBI opportunities hitting sixth or seventh in the Tigers lineup, making him a worthwhile option as a corner infielder in deeper mixed formats.
Victor Martinez reaches four times in victory | 04/19/2014 4:32 PM
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Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, reaching base all four times in Saturday's victory over the Angels.
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Impact
Martinez tagged opposing starter C.J. Wilson for a solo homer in the fifth inning to increase the Tigers advantage to 4-1. He's been terrific in the early part of the season, slashing .333/.400/.542 with three homers and seven RBI in his first 14 games.
Scherzer punches out nine Angels in victory | 04/19/2014 4:27 PM
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Max Scherzer picked up his first victory of the 2014 season on Saturday, surrendering one run on three hits over seven strong innings against the Angels.
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Impact
The reigning American League Cy Young winner punched out nine while walking just two in the game. The only damage against him came on a leadoff home run by J.B. Shuck, but he was able to settle in nicely and dominate the rest of the afternoon. He'll carry a 2.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 34/7 K/BB ratio into Thursday's home start against the White Sox.
Alex Avila not in Tigers lineup on Saturday | 04/19/2014 9:47 AM
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It's just a routine day of rest for Avila being a day game after a night game.
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Impact
Bryan Holaday will get the start behind the dish against opposing southpaw C.J. Wilson. Avila, who is hitting just .182/.308/.242 with no RBI on the season, should return to the lineup on Sunday.
Ian Kinsler has three hits in loss to Angels | 04/18/2014 10:54 PM
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Ian Kinsler had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Angels, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
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Impact
Kinsler delivered a two-run single to start a five-run uprising in the seventh inning, but it was too-little, too-late for the Tigers. He's off to a phenomenal start at the plate with his new team, slashing .351/.373/.526 with two homers, eight RBI and three stolen bases.
Davis swipes sixth base in loss to Angels | 04/18/2014 10:52 PM
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Rajai Davis went 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and swiped his sixth base of the season in Friday's loss to the Angels.
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Impact
Davis has seen more playing time than anticipated in the first month of the season due to the injury to Andy Dirks, and is making the most of his playing time. He's an elite source of stolen bases and is even hitting .325/.391/.400.
Drew Smyly struggles in his first 2014 start | 04/18/2014 10:47 PM
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Drew Smyly struggled in his first start of the 2014 season, allowing four runs on six hits over just three innings in Friday's loss to the Angels.
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Impact
Smyly walked two and struck out a pair on the evening. Due to scheduled off-days and postponements, it took until April 18 for Smyly to make his first start in the Tigers rotation, and his highly anticipated debut didn't quite go according to plan. He'll look to turn things around when he takes on the White Sox at home on Wednesday
Nick Castellanos not in lineup Friday | 04/18/2014 3:33 PM
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Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers' lineup Friday.
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Impact
It appears to just be a day of rest, as Castellanos is in a 2-for-16 slide at the dish. Don Kelly is handling third base in his place.
Tyler Collins optioned to Triple-A | 04/18/2014 3:25 PM
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Tigers optioned OF Tyler Collins to Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
The Tigers have called up Justin Miller in his place, as they'll go with 13 pitchers for now. Collins had two hits in just 14 at-bats while up with the big club.
Joe Nathan thinks he's over 'dead arm' | 04/18/2014 11:03 AM
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Joe Nathan said his arm felt "a lot livelier" while recording a save during a perfect inning Thursday.
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Impact
Nathan admitted last week that he was going through a "dead arm" phase, but it sounds like it could be behind him. "Today was more how I felt, being able to finish," Nathan said Thursday. "My velocity is what it's going to be, but moreso I was locating where I wanted to. But it did feel like it was a lot livelier. There's different 91s, different 92s, but today, at least finishing pitches, it felt like it was jumping out of my hand better."
Justin Miller recalled from Triple-A | 04/17/2014 10:20 PM
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Tigers recalled RHP Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
The club has yet to announce a corresponding move. Miller, 26, was off to a nice start at Toledo, tossing 4 2/3 scoreless innings with a 6/1 K/BB ratio. He'll work in the middle innings.
Ian Kinsler homers in Tigers' victory | 04/17/2014 5:06 PM
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Ian Kinsler had a three-run homer, an RBI single and a stolen base in the Tigers' 7-5 win over the Indians on Thursday.
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Impact
Kinsler's steal was followed immediately by a caught stealing on an attempt to take third. That won't bother his fantasy owners, though. Kinsler is batting .327 with a couple of early homers and three steals. His four RBI today matched his total from his first 11 games combined.
Justin Verlander strikes out seven Indians | 04/17/2014 5:03 PM
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Justin Verlander was lifted after allowing three unearned runs in five innings and striking out seven in a win over the Indians.
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Impact
The patient Indians offense and some shoddy defense forced Verlander to throw 113 pitches in his five innings and led to his early exit. Still, Verlander got the win anyway after the Tigers scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. It moved Verlander to 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA this season.
Tigers RHP prospect Thompson allows first run | 04/17/2014 10:57 AM
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Tigers right-handed pitching prospect Jake Thompson allowed his first run of the season for High-A Lakeland on Wednesday, bringing his ERA to 0.48.
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Impact
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Thompson has struck out 17 batters in 18 2/3 innings in 2014 while allowing 10 hits, five walks, and three hit batsmen. Thompson, who was the Tigers' second round pick in the 2012 draft, has averaged 9.6 K/9 for his professional career. Thompson projects to be a mid-rotation starter with an 89-92 mph fastball, a developing slider, and a work-in-progress change-up.
Anibal Sanchez strikes out eight Indians | 04/16/2014 11:22 PM
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Anibal Sanchez struck out eight while allowing three runs -- two earned -- in five innings Wednesday against the Indians.
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Impact
Sanchez was four and threw 104 pitches, so once again, he failed to go deep into a game. While he has a 3.21 ERA, he's pitched just 14 innings in his three starts to date. Now, the first of those outings was shortened to four innings by rain, but he should be going more than five innings when it's dry. Because of the short outings, he doesn't have a win, even though the Tigers have prevailed in two of his starts.
Drew Smyly to make first start Friday vs. LAA | 04/16/2014 4:27 PM
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Drew Smyly will start Friday against the Angels.
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Impact
Smyly has been limited to bullpen appearances so far due to off-days and rain postponements. The 24-year-old left-hander owns a 3.18 career ERA and 1.15 career WHIP in the majors, and remains an exciting fantasy sleeper.
Smyly has start pushed back | 04/15/2014 4:04 PM
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Drew Smyly's first start of the season has been pushed back to later in the week as a result of Tuesday's rainout.
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Impact
Smyly was originally scheduled to start Tuesday against the Indians, but now Anibal Sanchez will get the ball. Justin Verlander is scheduled to start Thursday, so Smyly will presumably start over the weekend against the Orioles. Fantasy owners will have to hope that all this waiting will be worth it.
Sanchez to start Wednesday vs. Indians | 04/15/2014 4:02 PM
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Anibal Sanchez will start Wednesday against the Indians.
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Impact
Sanchez was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. Justin Verlander will now start Thursday while Drew Smyly's first start of the season will be pushed back until later in the week.
Tuesday's Indians-Tigers game postponed | 04/15/2014 2:10 PM
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Tuesday's game between the Indians and Tigers was postponed due to rain.
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Impact
The game will be made up at a later date. Tuesday's starters, Zach McAllister and Anibal Sanchez, will presumably be pushed back to Wednesday.
McCann collects three doubles | 04/14/2014 5:36 PM
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Tigers prospect C James McCann enjoyed a big game on Sunday, going 4-for-6 with three doubles and four RBI for Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
McCann, 23, was viewed as a glove-first catcher prior to his 2013 breakout campaign at Double-A Erie, when he batted .277/.328/.404 with 30 doubles and eight home runs in 119 games. Bryan Holaday currently serves as the Tigers' reserve backstop, but he's appeared in only three games this season and recently lost playing time to Victor Martinez. McCann, on the other hand, profiles as a more productive backup catcher in the major leagues, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him get the call later this season.
Cabrera hitting .225 after hitless game Sun. | 04/13/2014 8:20 PM
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Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-4 in the Tigers' loss Sunday, dropping his batting average to .225.
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Impact
It's early, of course, but it's odd to see the first baseman struggle so much to start the year. He's got just one home run and four RBI, striking out 10 times in the team's first 10 games. He doesn't appear to have any injury concerns, so things should start looking up for the MVP any day now.
Hunter scores Tigers' only run in loss Sunday | 04/13/2014 8:10 PM
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Torii Hunter had a double and a run scored in the Tigers' loss to the Padres on Sunday.
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Impact
Hunter doubled and scored the team's only run against Tyson Ross and the Padres bullpen. The outfielder is hitting .267 with a .967 OPS through 10 games. There's still some life in his 38-year-old bat.
Scherzer fans 10 but allows four runs in loss | 04/13/2014 8:01 PM
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Max Scherzer struck out 10 over five innings but allowed four runs in a loss to the Padres on Sunday.
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Impact
Scherzer was feast or famine on Sunday, allowing four hits and three walks but whiffing 10 Padres batters in his five innings. He's still searching for his first win despite a shiny 2.70 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 25/5 K/BB ratio through 20 innings. He'll seek that first win next weekend against the Angels.
Tigers 2B prospect Travis placed on DL | 04/13/2014 10:55 AM
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Tigers second base prospect Devon Travis was placed on the minor league disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle, retroactive to April 10.
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Impact
Travis was hitting just .143/.200/.143 through his first four games of the season after hitting a combined .351/.418/.518 at Low-A and High-A last year. With Ian Kinsler signed through 2017 (with a team option for 2018), Travis is unlikely to have a significant impact any time soon, but an injury is never a welcome sight.
Justin Verlander earns first victory | 04/13/2014 12:34 AM
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Justin Verlander limited the Padres to two runs in seven innings and collected his first two hits as a major leaguer Saturday in the Tigers' 6-2 victory.
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Impact
Verlander was 0-for-26 with 15 strikeouts lifetime before singling twice tonight. He also scored his first run. He was pretty good on the mound, too, striking out eight. He had fanned just five batters over 14 innings in his first two starts.
Rajai Davis scores three times | 04/13/2014 12:30 AM
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Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored against the Padres on Saturday.
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Impact
Davis is usually good for one or two steals when he reaches base three times in a game, but he didn't try any tonight. He's hit .320 with five steals while playing in seven of the Tigers' nine games.
Torii Hunter (knee) in Tigers lineup Saturday | 04/12/2014 5:30 PM
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Torii Hunter (knee) is back in the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday against the Padres.
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Impact
Hunter sat out a couple games after bruising his left knee while trying to make a sliding catch in foul territory on Tuesday night. He is batting third and starting in right field against the Padres' Ian Kennedy.
Rick Porcello gives up five runs in loss | 04/12/2014 1:11 AM
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Rick Porcello was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Padres.
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Impact
Despite having their big groundball pitcher on the mound tonight, the Tigers played Miguel Cabrera at third and Victor Martinez at first in the NL park. Porcello ended up allowing 10 hits, though to be fair, few were cheapies (five went for extra bases, including Chase Headley's homer). It was after he left in the seventh that the defense really struggled, getting him charged with a run he probably didn't deserve. Porcello finished the game with five strikeouts and no walks. Fortunately, Cabrera will be back at first next time Porcello takes the mound.
Alex Avila strikes out twice in loss | 04/12/2014 1:04 AM
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Alex Avila went 0-for-3 and struck out twice against the Padres on Friday.
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Impact
Avila hit .306 this spring, even though he struck out 22 times in 49 at-bats. The regular season has seen more strikeouts, but no hits to go along with them; he's currently 2-for-19 with 11 strikeouts and four walks in seven games. He'll probably sit out at least one game this weekend with Victor Martinez potentially starting behind the plate.
Drew Smyly to rejoin rotation on Wednesday | 04/11/2014 7:58 PM
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Friday that Drew Smyly will make his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Indians.
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Impact
The Tigers could have gone until Saturday requiring a fifth starter, but have opted to give the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest. Smyly excelled out of the bullpen in 2013 and should be a solid source of wins and strikeouts getting the ball every fifth day for the Tigers.
Torii Hunter not in Tigers lineup on Friday | 04/11/2014 7:04 PM
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Torii Hunter (knee) remains out of the Tigers starting lineup on Friday.
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Impact
Don Kelly will draw the start in right field in his absence. Hunter is available to pinch-hit in the ballgame and should be in Saturday's lineup.
Kinsler collects 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs | 04/10/2014 2:39 AM
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Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a pair of steals and a pair of runs scored in Wednesday's 10-inning 7-6 victory against the Dodgers.
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Impact
These were Kinsler's first swipes as a Tiger. After going hitless in his debut with Detroit, the 31-year-old veteran has collected multi-hit games in four of six. The former Ranger is in line for another great fantasy campaign hitting No. 2 in Detroit's loaded lineup.
Nathan has ugly blown save against Dodgers | 04/10/2014 2:35 AM
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Joe Nathan imploded Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.
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Impact
Entering a 6-3 game, Nathan coughed up a leadoff homer to Adrian Gonzalez and then walked Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp consecutively. Juan Uribe moved both up with a single that loaded the bases with no outs. Nathan struck out pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig, and then induced a Scott Van Slyke fielder's choice ground out to third that plated Ethier. Dee Gordon's single tied the affair and Nathan mercilessly watched as Carl Crawford's bloop fly ended up in Rajai Davis' glove. The 39-year-old told the media he had "dead arm" before Wednesday's game, commenting: "It's not even newsworthy." Perhaps he's unaware that the alternate explanation for his struggles is far worse -- the end always comes unexpectedly. It's too early to say, obviously, but Nathan owns a 12.27 ERA and 2.73 WHIP over his first four outings. Because of baseball's antiquated way of awarding wins, fantasy owners can at least take solace in his 2-0 record, including the victory tonight.
Castellanos returns to lineup with a 3-run HR | 04/10/2014 2:33 AM
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Nick Castellanos smashed a third inning three-run homer off Josh Beckett in a 7-6 10-inning win versus Los Angeles on Wednesday.
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Impact
He went 1-for-4 with a walk in total. Castellanos got the day off on Tuesday with Miguel Cabrera shifting to third base in a National League park. With the way the rookie is hitting, skipper Brad Ausmus won't be able to afford giving him too many more breathers. In his six starts, Castellanos has slashed .353/.450/.588.
Sanchez goes only 5 frames in no-decision | 04/10/2014 2:31 AM
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Anibal Sanchez surrendered three runs -- only one of which was earned -- on six hits and a walk over five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
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Impact
The right-hander whiffed six in an inefficient outing, as Sanchez required 110 pitches to secure 15 outs. He was actually in line for the win before Joe Nathan coughed up a three-run ninth inning lead. Sanchez has now only completed merely nine innings over two starts, as his first outing of the year was interrupted by a short rain delay. Sanchez will play host to division rival Cleveland on Tuesday evening in Michigan.
Hunter (knee) held out of Tigers lineup Wed. | 04/09/2014 7:36 PM
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Torii Hunter (knee) is not in the Tigers' lineup against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
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Impact
Hunter left Tuesday's game with a left knee contusion, and the Tigers are playing it safe with the 38-year-old. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he may be available as a pinch hitter, which bodes well for his availability in the coming days.
Scherzer strikes out 8 in no-decision vs. LAD | 04/09/2014 1:40 AM
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Max Scherzer fired seven innings of two-run ball, striking out eight, in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday evening.
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Impact
The right-hander surrendered eight hits and one walk. Scherzer has picked right back up at a Cy Young level, allowing only two runs over 15 innings (1.20 ERA, 0.93 WHIP) in his first two starts to go with a 15/2 K/BB rate. You almost feel bad for Padres hitters, who must face him Sunday in San Diego, in advance.
Torii Hunter exits game after slide into wall | 04/08/2014 11:48 PM
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Torii Hunter is considered day-to-day after leaving Tuesday's game against the Dodgers with a left knee contusion.
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Impact
Hunter slid into the right field wall awkwardly and remained down for a bit. He eventually jogged back to his position but was eventually removed from the game. However, it sounds like he'll be fine. With a day off Thursday, it would be a surprise if the Tigers gave him a breather Wednesday.
Nick Castellanos not in Tuesday's lineup | 04/08/2014 6:22 PM
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Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers' lineup Tuesday.
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Impact
With no designated hitter available, the Tigers are going with Victor Martinez at first base and Miguel Cabrera at third base against the Dodgers. Castellanos is hitting .385/.467/.462 in the early going, but this is now his second day off in the last three games.
Reed being investigated for sexual assault | 04/07/2014 9:54 PM
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Police are investigating a claim that Evan Reed sexually assaulted a woman in a Motor City Casino hotel room on March 30.
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Impact
The woman told police that she met Reed at a bar and then didn't remember anything until waking up in a Motor City Casino hotel room. "The organization is aware of the very serious allegation that has been made against pitcher Evan Reed," Tigers officials said in a statement released Monday night. "This allegation is concerning and we are aware of an ongoing investigation. It would be inappropriate for the ballclub to comment further at this time." Reed hasn't been charged with a crime and is with the Tigers for a five-game roadtrip which will begin Tuesday.
Tigers release left-hander Wil Ledezma | 04/07/2014 9:21 AM
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Tigers released LHP Wil Ledezma.
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Impact
Ledezma signed a minor league contract with Detroit this offseason after spending the 2013 season as a reliever for the Chibba Lotte Marines in Japan. He had good numbers over there, and a return might be his best option.
Verlander allows two runs in loss to BAL | 04/06/2014 4:05 PM
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Justin Verlander surrendered two earned runs in eight innings Sunday in a loss to the Orioles.
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Impact
Verlander held the O's scoreless until the top of the sixth inning, when Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying RBI double to right-center field. Adam Jones then broke the tie with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly that plated Nick Markakis. Verlander is 0-1 but has a cool 2.57 ERA in 14 innings this season. He'll try to get his first victory of 2014 next time out in San Diego.
Hunter hits third home run of season in loss | 04/06/2014 4:02 PM
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Torii Hunter hit his third home run of the season in the Tigers' loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
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Impact
It was Hunter's only hit of the game, and it provided the Tigers' only run of the game. The veteran outfielder is off to a scorching start this year, batting .300 with a 1.164 OPS and seven RBI in five games played.
Alex Avila getting a day off | 04/06/2014 9:40 AM
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Alex Avila is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.
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Impact
It's just a routine day of rest. Bryan Holaday will catch Justin Verlander Sunday.
Tigers claim Michael Belfiore from Orioles | 04/03/2014 1:23 PM
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Tigers claimed LHP Michael Belfiore off waivers from the Orioles; assigned him to Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
Belfiore was designated for assignment by Baltimore at the end of spring training. He posted pretty good numbers last year at the Triple-A level and could be an asset at some point this season for the Tigers.
Drew Smyly to be skipped in DET rotation | 04/03/2014 12:17 PM
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Drew Smyly will be skipped in the Tigers' rotation.
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Impact
The Tigers were rained out of Thursday's series-finale against the Royals and scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez is now going to pitch in place of Smyly on Friday against the Orioles. Smyly is a major fantasy sleeper in his first year as a full-time starter.
Anibal Sanchez's debut pushed to Friday | 04/03/2014 12:10 PM
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Anibal Sanchez's scheduled Thursday debut has been pushed to Friday due to rain in Kansas City.
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Impact
Thursday's series-finale between the Tigers and Royals had to be postponed, so Sanchez will make his 2014 regular-season debut against the Orioles in Detroit.
Andrew Romine starting at SS on Thursday | 04/03/2014 9:40 AM
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Andrew Romine is starting at shortstop for the Tigers on Thursday afternoon against the Royals.
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Impact
Alex Gonzalez will get a day off after starting the first two games of the season at short. The Tigers still don't have a good replacement for Jose Iglesias, who is out for the year with dual shin fractures.
Scherzer goes eight scoreless in 2014 debut | 04/02/2014 4:47 PM
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Max Scherzer struck out seven over eight scoreless innings before taking a no-decision in the Tigers' 2-1 extra-innings win over the Royals Wednesday.
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Impact
He allowed four hits and walked one on the day. Not once in last year's Cy Young-winning campaign did Scherzer go eight scoreless innings, but it took him only one start to do it this year. It's pretty amazing considering how awful his early command was on Wednesday, but he righted the ship to have a terrific outing. Scherzer goes up against the Dodgers the next time out.
Joe Nathan blows save but Tigers still win | 04/02/2014 4:43 PM
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Joe Nathan suffered his first blown save as a Tiger Wednesday, allowing a run on a hit and two walks.
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Impact
Nathan looked a little off from the get-go in this appearance. Trying to protect a 1-0 lead, he gave up a one-out single and then issued back-to-back walks before an Alex Gordon sac fly tied the game. Nathan then committed a balk but was able to escape further damage before the Tigers eventually won in the 10th. He showed last season that he can get by with diminished velocity, but Nathan will have to have better command than he did in this one.
Kinsler homers, delivers walk-off for Tigers | 04/02/2014 4:36 PM
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Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 Wednesday, belting his first Tigers homer and also delivering a walk-off single against the Royals.
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Impact
Kinsler's solo blast in the fourth inning was the only scoring until the Royals tied things up on a sacrifice fly in the ninth. He then lined a ball in the gap with two outs in the 10th off of Tim Collins to score Austin Jackson for the game-winner. The former Rangers was hitless in his Tigers debut but came up big for them in this one.
Travis assigned to Double-A | 04/02/2014 1:01 PM
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Devon Travis will open the 2014 season at Double-A Erie.
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Impact
Travis, 23, was one of the top breakout prospects of the 2013 minor league season, as he batted .351/.418/.518 with 28 doubles, 16 home runs, 22 stolen bases and a 64-53 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 576 plate appearances between Low-A West Michigan and High-A Lakeland. However, his outlook with the Tigers was clouded with the offseason acquisition of second baseman Ian Kinsler, which means he now represents the organization's most intriguing trade chip headed into the season. Travis has plenty to prove this year in Double-A, but it's possible he could replace Kinsler at the keystone during the second half of the season in the event of an injury.
Alex Gonzalez hits walkoff RBI single vs. KC | 03/31/2014 4:29 PM
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Alex Gonzalez hit a walkoff RBI single in the Tigers' 4-3 defeat of the Royals on Opening Day.
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Impact
Gonzalez smacked an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 and then played the role of hero in the bottom of the ninth against Greg Holland, one of the best closers in the game. It was a nice debut for the veteran shortstop, but he's far from an attractive fantasy option. Gonzalez, 37, hit .177/.203/.230 in 118 plate appearances last season for the Brewers.
Verlander allows three runs in no-decision | 03/31/2014 4:23 PM
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Justin Verlander allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Royals.
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Impact
The Tigers won the game on a walkoff RBI single from new shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Verlander yielded all three runs in the top of the fourth inning -- a frame in which he gave up three walks, a double and a single. The Tigers' ace went the entire spring without surrendering a run and will try to get back in that groove next time out against the Orioles.
Austin Jackson slated to hit fifth for Tigers | 03/30/2014 6:03 PM
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his starting lineup for Monday's opener against the Royals, with Austin Jackson occupying the fifth spot in the order.
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Impact
The speedy outfielder demolished the baseball in Grapefruit League play, slashing .429/.458/.696 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI. He's been the Tigers primary leadoff hitter during his four years with the team, but should see more RBI chances in his new role. The rest of the Tigers lineup behind Justin Verlander on Monday looks like: Ian Kinsler 2B, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Austin Jackson CF, Alex Avila C, Nick Castellanos 3B, Alex Gonzalez SS and Rajai Davis LF.
Tigers place Jose Iglesias on 60-day DL | 03/29/2014 3:12 PM
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Tigers placed SS Jose Iglesias on the 60-day disabled list with fractures in both of his shins.
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Impact
Iglesias is expected to miss the entire 2014 season. Andrew Romine and Alex Gonzalez project to split playing time at shortstop, though the Tigers could make a move.
Tigers place Bruce Rondon on 60-day DL | 03/29/2014 3:09 PM
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Tigers placed RHP Bruce Rondon on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.
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Impact
Rondon is headed for Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the entire 2014 regular season.
Tigers put Andy Dirks on 15-day disabled list | 03/29/2014 2:59 PM
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Tigers placed OF Andy Dirks on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.
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Impact
Dirks underwent microdiscectomy surgery on his back March 10 and is likely to be out until June. Rajai Davis will get the majority of early-season action in left field.
Tigers add OF Tyler Collins to 40-man roster | 03/29/2014 2:53 PM
News
Tigers purchased the contract of OF Tyler Collins from Double-A Erie.
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Impact
Collins earned an Opening Day roster spot by posting an .879 OPS in 59 plate appearances this spring. He made some noise last year at Double-A, but the 23-year-old is doubtful to be fantasy-relevant in 2014.
Ian Kinsler goes 2-for-3, scores twice | 03/28/2014 4:21 PM
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Ian Kinsler went 2-for-3 with two runs scored as the Tigers topped the Rays 6-3 on Friday.
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Impact
With Torii Hunter dropped to fifth in the lineup three days ago, Kinsler has been hitting second behind Rajai Davis. That's not a bad spot for him, particularly since he'll have Miguel Cabrera right behind him. It's certainly better than the fifth spot, which is where it looked like he might hit after Andy Dirks got hurt and Davis became more of a factor.
Tigers announce Cabrera's 8-year extension | 03/28/2014 11:43 AM
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Tigers signed 1B Miguel Cabrera to an eight-year, $248 million contract extension.
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Impact
The deal also includes $30 million vesting options for 2024 and 2025, so Cabrera could earn a total of $308 million with the extension. When added to the end of his old two-year deal, he could potentially earn $352 million over the next 12 years. Cabrera, who will turn 31 next month, is a career .321/.399/.568 hitter and is coming off back-to-back American League MVP awards.
Cabrera extension could be worth $308 million | 03/27/2014 8:07 PM
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Miguel Cabrera's extension including two vesting options worth $30 million apiece.
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That means the extension could ultimately be worth $308 million over 10 years. When combined with his current deal that expires after next season, Cabrera could wind up earning a max of $352 million over the next 12 years. It's hard to blame Detroit for wanting to make Cabrera a Tigers for life, but they might be going a little overboard here.
Report: Cabrera extended through 2023 season | 03/27/2014 6:46 PM
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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Miguel Cabrera's contract extension is for eight years and will be added on to the end of his current deal that expires after 2015.
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That means the American League's back-to-back MVP will be with the Tigers for 10 more years, and he's expected to receive just under $300 million over that span. There's little doubt that Cabrera is the best hitter in the game, but paying him around $30 million past his 40th birthday seems a bit much. Nevertheless, Detroit fans will be glad to know that Miggy will retire as a Tiger.
Tigers, Cabrera agree to seven-year extension | 03/27/2014 6:09 PM
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract extension.
Jon Heyman on Twitter

Cabrera's AAV on extension expected to be 30M | 03/27/2014 5:50 PM
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FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the AAV (average annual value) on Miguel Cabrera's extension with the Tigers is expected to be around $30 million.
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That would be the highest ever for a position player and put him right around the AAV of Clayton Kershaw's new extension ($30,714,286) with the Dodgers. No word yet on how many years will be on the deal. Cabrera turns 31 in April.
Tigers, Cabrera close to 'mega' extension | 03/27/2014 5:29 PM
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera are closing in on a "mega extension."
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Miguel Cabrera hits three-run homer | 03/27/2014 4:46 PM
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Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer off Aaron Harang in the Tigers' 9-3 win over the Braves on Thursday.
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Impact
It was Cabrera's fourth homer of the spring. He's hitting .353, which is about par for the course for him. He hasn't had average under .300 or an OPS below .900 in an exhibition schedule since 2008.
Max Scherzer earns win over Braves | 03/27/2014 4:44 PM
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Max Scherzer pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs -- two earned -- Thursday in a win over the Braves.
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Impact
Most top starters scale it back down a bit in their final starts of the spring, but Scherzer pitched into the seventh in his, striking out six and walking two. He finshes the spring 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA. Up first for him in the regular season is a start versus Kansas City.
Justin Verlander finishes perfect spring | 03/26/2014 4:39 PM
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Justin Verlander pitched 6 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a two-hit shutout Wednesday against the Phillies.
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It was a perfect spring for Verlander, who went 20 innings without allowing a run. He struck out seven and walked one today. Verlander will be matched up against the Royals in the Tigers' opener Monday.
Torii Hunter hits fifth against Phillies | 03/26/2014 4:27 PM
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Torii Hunter hit fifth Wednesday and went 2-for-3 with a double against the Phillies.
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Unfortunately, he was caught stealing after both hits (the first was a pickoff). For some reason, Hunter has tried six steals (well, five plus the pickoff) this spring, through just two were successful. He hadn't tried more than two steals in any spring in at least nine years. Hunter hitting fifth today was a surprise; he's been batting second all spring. It sounds like Brad Ausmus will keep experimenting with the non-Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez spots in the lineup into April.
Tigers ink RHP Augenstein to minors deal | 03/26/2014 1:46 PM
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Tigers signed RHP Bryan Augenstein to a minor league contract.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter

Impact
Augenstein, 27, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Cardinals. He's organizational fodder.
Kelly (hamstring) thinks he'll be ready OD | 03/25/2014 9:49 PM
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Don Kelly (hamstring) said Tuesday that he's "getting better" and expects to be ready to go for Opening Day.
Tigers.mlb.com

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Kelly has been nursing some hamstring soreness in camp. Barring a setback, he'll be fine to serve in a utility role again on Opening Day.
Rajai Davis (hamstring) returns to action | 03/25/2014 9:47 PM
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Rajai Davis (hamstring) said he felt fine Tuesday after playing three innings in left field.
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He'll play five innings in the field on Wednesday. Davis missed a week of action with a strained right hamstring, but it's looking like he'll be ready to go for Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback.
Rick Porcello gives up six runs | 03/25/2014 4:55 PM
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Rick Porcello surrendered six runs in six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Braves.
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Impact
Porcello rebounded well from a three-run first, only to give up two homers at the end of his outing in the sixth. Obviously, it's been a disappointing spring for him with his 7.85 ERA, but he actually has a 15/2 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings and he hasn't always had a major league infield working behind him. We still like him as a mixed-league starter, just not as much as we did before Jose Iglesias went down.
Nick Castellanos doubles twice | 03/25/2014 4:52 PM
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Nick Castellanos picked up two more doubles against the Braves on Tuesday.
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That bringing his spring total of nine doubles, to go along with a pair of homers, in 54 at-bats. If he simply maintains that pace during the regular season, he'll break the major league record sometime in July or August.
Collins expected to make roster | 03/25/2014 10:05 AM
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Tyler Collins currently projects to make the Tigers' Opening Day roster.
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Collins has slowed down after getting off to a hot start this spring, but he's in position to make the Opening Day roster assuming the Tigers don't make a last-minute move. The 23-year-old has never played above Double-A.
Tigers reassign Worth to Triple-A | 03/25/2014 9:25 AM
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Tigers reassigned INF Danny Worth to Triple-A Toledo.
Rotoworld.com

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And so we can officially eliminate another name from the shortstop competition. With Hernan Perez also being sent down, it looks like Andrew Romine and Alex Gonzalez will share the job unless the Tigers do something at the last minute.
Twins option INF Perez to Triple-A | 03/25/2014 9:23 AM
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Tigers optioned INF Hernan Perez to Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
Perez was initially mentioned as a possible option to fill in for Jose Iglesias (shins) at shortstop, but the Tigers acquired Andrew Romine and Alex Gonzalez in recent days. The 22-year-old hit .225 (9-for-40) with two doubles, one triple, and five RBI in 17 games this spring.
Sanchez (shoulder) throws in minors game | 03/24/2014 4:43 PM
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Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) threw 71 pitches Monday in a minor league game.
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Impact
Sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, this was his first game action since March 12. Sanchez allowed a run on seven hits and one walk over four innings while striking out four. Assuming he bounces back OK, he lines up for an exhibition start against the Nationals on Saturday, setting him up to pitch third game of the regular season next Thursday against the Royals.
Scherzer wanted eight-year deal from Tigers | 03/24/2014 2:54 PM
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According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, Max Scherzer wants an eight-year deal from the Tigers.
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Impact
And the Tigers offered him six years at $144 million. The two sides have cut off talks and might not reopen them until the end of the 2014 season -- if at all. Scherzer deserves to cash in big after winning American League Cy Young Award honors last season. And he will cash in big if he repeats his numbers from 2013 and then hits the open market.
Tigers sign J.D. Martinez to minors contract | 03/24/2014 1:23 PM
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Tigers signed OF J.D. Martinez to a minor league contract.
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Martinez was released by the Astros over the weekend after batting just .250/.272/.378 in 2013 and then struggling to an even uglier degree this spring in the Cactus League. Once a major league regular, he'll now serve as organizational outfield depth for Detroit.
Tigers acquire SS Alex Gonzalez from Orioles | 03/24/2014 9:07 AM
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Tigers acquired INF Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles for INF Steve Lombardozzi.
Dan Connolly on Twitter

Impact
The Tigers recently lost starting shortstop Jose Iglesias to dual leg fractures and are now scrambling to fill the vacancy. Gonzalez, 37, batted just .177/.203/.230 in 118 plate appearances last season for the Brewers and had to settle for a minor league contract this winter from the O's. He's not a very exciting option for Detroit.
Tigers talking extension with Miguel Cabrera | 03/23/2014 8:10 PM
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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Tigers have begun discussions on a long-term contract extension with Miguel Cabrera.
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Impact
The talks are only in the preliminary stages, but both sides have previously admitted their desire to get something done. The superstar 30-year-old slugger and two-time reigning AL MVP award winner isn't set to hit free agency until after the 2015 season.
Tigers option Suarez to Triple-A Toledo | 03/23/2014 7:18 PM
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Tigers optioned INF Eugenio Suarez to Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
The 22-year-old had a chance to break camp with the Tigers before the acquisition of Andrew Romine. Hernan Perez and Danny Worth remain in camp in battle for the reserve infielder position.
Joe Nathan gives up four runs in loss | 03/23/2014 5:03 PM
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Joe Nathan gave up four runs in one-third of an inning Sunday to take a loss in relief.
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Nathan's velocity hasn't been the greatest this spring, but that's typical for him; he usually dials it up a bit once the season gets started. Despite that, he had allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings prior to today. We're unconcerned.
Tyler Collins goes hitless | 03/23/2014 4:58 PM
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Tyler Collins, who has been talked up as a left field possibility for the Tigers, went 0-for-4 on Sunday and is 1-for-11 in his last four games.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Collins is still slugging .692 in 39 at-bats for the spring, but if he keeps slumping, any possibility of him making the Tigers will evaporate. That'd be for the best anyway; Collins spent last year in high-A ball and needs to open this season in Double-A.
Boras: Tigers rejected offer, not Scherzer | 03/23/2014 1:22 PM
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Max Scherzer's agent Scott Boras told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick that the Tigers rejected a contract offer from the right-hander's camp and not the other way around.
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The Tigers released a statement Sunday saying Scherzer had rejected a "substantial, long-term contract offer," but Boras claims the team was the one that actually turned down Scherzer's extension offer. Boras isn't usually one to be believed, but that would actually make more sense than the idea of Scherzer rejecting something close to the $25.7 million AAV Justin Verlander got from the club, which ESPN's Jayson Stark had reported. Either way, the talks have broken off and Scherzer appears headed to a large payday next winter on the open market.
SP Scherzer rejected at least $24MM annually | 03/23/2014 11:52 AM
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ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports that the Tigers' offered Max Scherzer an extension at a slightly lower figure than the $25.7 million per year Justin Verlander received last spring.
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Impact
The deal, according to Stark, still would have placed Scherzer amongst the top six highest-paid SPs in the game by AAV. For that to be true, Scherzer was offered at least $24 million annually. When he rejected it, Detroit curiously jumped the news cycle and released a statement that could be read as an employer smearing an employee for being greedy. Either way, Scherzer will pitch out his one-year deal worth $15,525,000 and hit the free agent market next winter. If he replicates his performance of last season (21-3, 2.90 ERA), Scherzer could conceivably come close to Verlander's $180 million, seven-year deal.
Scherzer rejects extension offer, FA to come | 03/23/2014 9:20 AM
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The Tigers announced Sunday morning that Max Scherzer rejected a "substantial, long-term contract offer" that "would have placed him among the highest paid pitchers in baseball" and extension talks have broken off.
Tigers PR on Twitter

Impact
It's rather odd that the Tigers felt compelled to announce the development in this way, but the end result shouldn't surprise anyone after the reigning American League Cy Young winner made clear over the winter that his negotiation deadline was Opening Day. Scherzer will be able to name his price next winter if he can produce a reasonable facsimile to last season's 21-3 record, 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts. Scherzer's camp surely asked Detroit for an offer that would have easily topped Homer Bailey's recent six-year, $105 million deal. "Moving forward," Detroit's statement on the matter closes, "there will be no further in-season negotiations and the organization will refrain from commenting on this matter."
Kyle Lobstein gives up five runs | 03/22/2014 5:10 PM
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Kyle Lobstein was tagged for five runs in three innings by the Blue Jays on Saturday.
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Impact
Lobstein and Jose Alvarez were supposed to be the Tigers' primary rotation alternatives at the beginning of the year. Now that Alvarez is gone to Anaheim, it'll almost definitely fall to Lobstein to start if any of Detroit's starters get hurt. He has a 7.11 ERA this spring, though his 13/4 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings is pretty good.
Justin Verlander goes five scoreless in win | 03/21/2014 5:09 PM
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Justin Verlander continued to cruise Friday, pitching five scoreless innings against a Braves split-squad in Detroit's 3-0 win.
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Impact
Verlander has pitched 13 2/3 scoreless innings this spring, allowing seven hits in the process. Despite being outpitched by Max Scherzer last year, he'll again get the ball on Opening Day, manager Brad Ausmus said.
Evan Reed retired four straight Braves | 03/21/2014 5:08 PM
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Evan Reed closed out the Braves on Friday by retiring all four batters he faced.
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There's room for Reed in the Tigers pen now with Bruce Rondon down, and he moved closer to securing the spot today. He's allowed three runs -- two earned -- and posted a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings this spring.
Tigers acquire Andrew Romine from Angels | 03/21/2014 2:21 PM
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Tigers acquired INF Andrew Romine from the Angels in exchange for LHP Jose Alvarez.
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Impact
Romine will give the Tigers another option at shortstop as they look to replace Jose Iglesias (shins). The 28-year-old isn't much at the plate (he's hit .250/.303/.270 over 74 games in the majors), but he can run a bit. It's possible he'll wind up with some deep league value as a cheap speed option. Romine will be competing with Danny Worth, Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez for at-bats at shortstop.
Davis (hamstring) expected back Sun. or Mon. | 03/21/2014 2:10 PM
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Rajai Davis (hamstring) is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday or Monday.
Chris Iott on Twitter

Impact
Davis hasn't played since last weekend due to a tight hamstring. Any leg injury to a speedster is a bit worrisome, but the Tigers appear to just be playing things cautiously here.
Bruce Rondon to have Tommy John surgery | 03/21/2014 12:20 PM
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Bruce Rondon needs Tommy John surgery and will miss all of the 2014 season.
Chris Iott on Twitter

Impact
Rondon dealt with elbow issues last season, but he was feeling fine in camp until earlier this week when he reported some soreness to the Tigers. As it turns out, an exam revealed the worst possible news. With Rondon on the shelf, Joba Chamberlain is the favorite to be Joe Nathan's setup man. Al Alburquerque should also see more high-leverage innings.
Sanchez (shoulder) to throw 'pen session Sat. | 03/21/2014 10:56 AM
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Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.
Detroit News

Impact
Sanchez was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday and played catch Thursday with no issues. If Saturday's bullpen session goes off without a hitch, Sanchez will return to Grapefruit League action on Monday. The right-hander's shoulder issue is a red flag, but for the moment it's looking like he'll avoid the disabled list to start the season.
Max Scherzer gives up five runs in loss | 03/20/2014 4:19 PM
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Max Scherzer surrendered five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings Thursday versus the Nationals.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Scherzer's ERA jumped even though he ended the game with eight strikeouts and no walks allowed. He's still having a nice spring with a 3-2 record, a 4.05 ERA and a 24/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
Luke Putkonen perfect in relief | 03/20/2014 4:17 PM
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Luke Putkonen retired all four Nationals he faced on Thursday and has yet to allow a run in 10 1/3 innings this spring.
Rotoworld.com

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He's allowed just three hits in his eight appearances. Putkonen looked like something of an underdog to win a spot in Detroit's revamped bullpen at the beginning of the spring, but it will be hard not to take him now.
Danny Worth doubles, scores a run | 03/20/2014 4:11 PM
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Danny Worth doubled against the Nationals on Thursday to maintain his .333 average this spring.
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Impact
Worth was dropped from the Tigers' 40-man roster in December, but he went unclaimed. Now he's the top internal candidate to be the team's Opening Day shortstop with Jose Iglesias hurt. Ideally, GM Dave Dombrowski will go out and get someone before then.
Iglesias (shins) not expected to play in 2014 | 03/20/2014 11:47 AM
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The Tigers confirmed Thursday that Jose Iglesias (shins) is unlikely to play this season.
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