Tigers hit 3 HRs in a row; Miggy plunked

Cabrera OK after getting hit on the arm in a homer-filled 3rd inning

Tigers hit 3 HRs in a row; Miggy plunked

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers needed 11 innings to put up their first run of Grapefruit League play at remodeled Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Once they finally crossed the plate they kept swinging for the fences, hitting three consecutive home runs off Astros reliever Edison Frias in the third inning Saturday.

None of those home runs came from Miguel Cabrera, who was hit by Frias' next pitch after the three home runs. Cabrera was unharmed, but Frias was ejected by home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers pay tribute to Ilitch before spring game

Tigers pay tribute to Ilitch before spring game

LAKELAND, Fla. -- On the day the Tigers officially opened their new-look Spring Training ballpark, they bid farewell to the beacon who guided the franchise to such lofty heights.

After ceremonies honoring Mike Ilitch in Detroit, Friday was the Tigers' turn to pay tribute to their longtime owner, who passed away two weeks ago at age 87. Virtually everyone on the team Ilitch brought together helped play a part in a touching ceremony prior to the 2-0 loss to the Orioles at renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anibal becomes American citizen

Right-hander took oath of allegiance on Friday in Miami

Anibal becomes American citizen

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Amidst the procession of players remembering late Tigers owner Mike Ilitch on Friday, one prominent Tiger was missing. Anibal Sanchez had a good reason, though: He was becoming an American citizen.

While the Tigers opened Grapefruit League play on Friday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Sanchez was beginning a new chapter of his life in Miami, where he took part in a naturalization ceremony and took the oath of allegiance. For the native Venezuelan and longtime South Florida resident it was the culmination of a lot of work, and the accomplishment of a longtime goal.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitching impresses for Tigers in loss to O's

Pitching impresses for Tigers in loss to O's

LAKELAND, Fla. -- American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer opened his 2017 with a scoreless inning, but the Orioles squeaked out a pitching duel in both teams' Grapefruit League opener. Ryan Flaherty's second-inning sacrifice fly put Baltimore on top for good as Tyler Wilson and a slew of relievers shut down Detroit for a 2-0 O's win Friday afternoon.

The duel opened up the Tigers' new-look facility, now known as Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium following a $48 million renovation project. With the wind blowing in for much of the afternoon, and hitters still getting their timing early in camp, there wasn't much offense to be found.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Christopher Ilitch: Tigers 'on the right track'

Son of late owner Mike shares his father's love of franchise, confidence in GM Avila

Christopher Ilitch: Tigers 'on the right track'

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Christopher Ilitch grew up watching his father become one of the most competitive owners in professional sports. He also grew up around baseball at all levels, coaching his children's teams. On the day Tigers players paid their last respects to late owner Mike Ilitch, Christopher let them know he feels the same way about the club as his father did.

"I told the players this morning: They're going to find the apple doesn't fall far from the tree," said Christopher Ilitch, who takes over ownership operations for the family.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer 'rusty' in spring debut, but feels good

Reigning AL Rookie of the Year fires one scoreless inning vs. Orioles

Fulmer 'rusty' in spring debut, but feels good

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Michael Fulmer came to Spring Training last year looking for a spot on the Tigers' pitching staff. This year, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year took the mound in the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener looking for the outside corner with his fastball. He didn't quite command it in his 2017 debut Friday, but with a scoreless inning against the Orioles during the Tigers' 2-0 loss at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, he began his sophomore season smoothly.

Fulmer fell behind on three-ball counts to two of Baltimore's first three hitters as he tried to hit the corner of home-plate umpire Joe West's zone. He recovered to retire both Chris Dickerson and Hyun Soo Kim, but needed a groundout from cleanup hitter Trey Mancini to strand Johnny Giavotella in scoring position following his one-out single.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Collins' lat injury puts minor wrench in plans

Tigers' center-field candidate unable to throw for 10-14 days

Collins' lat injury puts minor wrench in plans

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers' first injury in camp has taken Tyler Collins out of the center-field race for the early part of the Spring Training schedule. But neither Collins nor manager Brad Ausmus expects a lengthy absence.

Collins suffered a strained lat while throwing during outfield drills earlier this week. He can still hit, run and field, but he won't be able to throw for 10-14 days.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers get glimpse of prospect Jaye's potential in exhibition

Club could face tough decisions with Machado, Moya

Tigers get glimpse of prospect Jaye's potential in exhibition

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Myles Jaye wasn't at Spring Training with the Tigers last year. Detroit couldn't keep catcher Bryan Holaday, who was out of Minor League options, so it traded him to the Rangers and picked up Jaye in return.

Perhaps it was fitting, then, that Jaye started the Tigers' Spring Training schedule this year. With two frames in Thursday's 8-0 exhibition win over Florida Southern College, Jaye opened a spring slate that could end with the Tigers facing two more decisions like they had with Holaday.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ilitch's legacy celebrated at Detroit ceremony

Late Tigers owner revered for generosity, heralded as 'tireless worker'

Ilitch's legacy celebrated at Detroit ceremony

Detroit celebrated the life of Mike Ilitch on Wednesday by bringing together a congregation of the town's most respected sports figures at the historic Fox Theatre, an apt venue given the late Tigers and Red Wings owner's impact on the city and its restoration efforts.

Ilitch bought and renovated the Fox in 1987 -- five years before he purchased the Tigers -- and then moved his suburban Little Caesars Pizza corporate headquarters into the building as one of many investments to revitalize downtown Detroit. It was a fitting platform for the entrepreneur's memorial, which drew some of the city's most prominent figures and former President George W. Bush.

Continue Reading

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castellanos a top candidate to bat second

Castellanos a top candidate to bat second

LAKELAND, Fla. -- While the Tigers try to fill the void in center field created by Cameron Maybin's trade to the Angels, there's another opening Maybin left. Somebody has to hit second between leadoff man Ian Kinsler and All-Star slugger Miguel Cabrera.

That contest might be more wide open than the one in center.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ausmus remembers retiring umpires

Manager had history with some who have recently called it a career

Ausmus remembers retiring umpires

LAKELAND, Fla. -- In the wake of Jim Joyce joining fellow longtime Major League umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck and Tim Welke in retiring since last season ended, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus reflected on a run-in with Joyce early in his managerial career.

It resulted in one of Ausmus' first ejections as a manager.

Continue Reading

Zak Kerr is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Breaking down the Tigers' Top 30 Prospects

Twenty-two names on Detroit's list have ETA of this year or next

Breaking down the Tigers' Top 30 Prospects

After a disappointing 2015 season that saw them fall under .500 for the first time since 2008, the Tigers hit a bit of a reset button. It wasn't a full-on rebuilding process like the Braves or Phillies are in the middle of, but it did shift the focus a bit from buying to selling

David Price and Yoenis Cespedes were dealt at the deadline, bringing in some young talent. The jury is out just how much those players will help, though Michael Fulmer -- coming courtesy of the Cespedes deal with the Mets -- paid immediate dividends by winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Continue Reading

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ausmus prefers surf to turf

Manager golfed during his playing days, but has since taken up surfing

Ausmus prefers surf to turf

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The rain limiting the Tigers' Spring Training practice Wednesday morning to indoor activities likely meant the same for the 22nd Annual Major League Scramble that afternoon at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland.

But a rained out day at the links has not concerned manager Brad Ausmus for years.

Continue Reading

Zak Kerr is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

4 will duke it out in Tigers' center-field shuffle

4 will duke it out in Tigers' center-field shuffle

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers will spend Spring Training trying to figure out their center-field void with the young outfielders they have in camp. If it wasn't clear before camp started, it's clear now that the market has cleared.

When Michael Bourn agreed to a Minor League deal with the Orioles, the last of the veteran free-agent center fielders left the market. The Tigers never showed serious interest, and couldn't match the $2 million Bourn will reportedly earn if he makes the O's roster. It was the same story with other free agents this winter, from Austin Jackson to Peter Bourjos to Desmond Jennings.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Achter seeks breakthrough with hometown team

Achter seeks breakthrough with hometown team

LAKELAND, Fla. -- A.J. Achter grew up a Tigers fan down the road in Toledo, Ohio. His family had season tickets to the Triple-A Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field when Craig Monroe roamed the outfield. He played in the same ballpark as a teenager, winning City League titles with Clay High School, before going on to Michigan State University.

When Achter had interest from Detroit in his first chance at free agency, the right-handed reliever jumped at the chance. As he competes for a job this Spring Training, he has the chance to jump-start his career where his roots are planted.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kinsler stays motivated, productive as he ages

Kinsler stays motivated, productive as he ages

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Ian Kinsler will never have a video on Twitter performing feats of strength. For one, he's not a big social media fan. For another, he doesn't train that way.

His viral offseason video was his outdoors excursion with teammate Daniel Norris and ex-teammate Bryan Holaday, camping and hunting in Texas with a former Navy SEAL. But when it comes to baseball training, he has realized that extremes mean little for him.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On and off field, home elusive for Machado

Forced to spend offseason away from Venezuela, prospect enters camp without obvious role

On and off field, home elusive for Machado

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Dixon Machado is restless.

"I'm excited," he said. "I just want to play. I want the games to start already."

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jimenez's stuff, demeanor impress V-Mart

Righty prospect faces five-time All-Star catcher in live BP session

Jimenez's stuff, demeanor impress V-Mart

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joe Jimenez has been waiting to face Major League competition since last summer. The Tigers' closer of the future's first look Monday included Victor Martinez, who made his big league debut in 2002 -- when Jimenez was seven years old.

It wasn't a game setting, just pitchers throwing to hitters in Spring Training

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gates Brown once hit with hot dogs in his shirt

|
Gates Brown once hit with hot dogs in his shirt

But baseball has its own amazing history of players eating during games. With all the appetizing aromas from the concourse wafting through the stadium, how can a player say no? 

Continue Reading on Cut4

Avila: 'Continuity can be a big plus for us'

Tigers GM satisfied with offseason, composition of roster

Avila: 'Continuity can be a big plus for us'

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Putting a twist on the focus of Presidents Day, MLB.com is catching up with club presidents to discuss the start of Spring Training and the dawn of a new season. The Tigers don't have a team president, but Al Avila fills a similar role in his position as executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager.

Avila talked recently as part of Grapefruit League Media Day at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Here are three main messages that came out of his remarks:

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pelfrey, Sanchez not giving way to youth

Veterans fighting for rotation spots

Pelfrey, Sanchez not giving way to youth

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Mike Pelfrey cut out as much sugar as he could from his diet and lost 25 pounds off his 6-foot-7 frame. He hopes to lose at least 5 more by the time Spring Training ends.

"I had like five or six birthdays in the wife's family, so cake was always around," Pelfrey said. "Too many parties."

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander benefits from showdown with Miggy

Verlander benefits from showdown with Miggy

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera sounded like a heavyweight fighter as he lurked behind the batting cage on one of the back fields at Tigertown on Sunday.

"Get ready, Verlander," he shouted toward the end. "Get ready."

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healthy V-Mart grinding to make mark

Healthy V-Mart grinding to make mark

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Now that the news is out, Victor Martinez can discuss the hernia injury he played through last year.

It happened around midseason, he said. And it was rough.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miggy motivated to win for Venezuela, Ilitch

Cabrera arrives at Tigers camp with heavy heart

Miggy motivated to win for Venezuela, Ilitch

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera added boxing to his training routine this offseason on the advice of Venezuelan boxer Jorge Linares. As Cabrera begins his 10th season with the Tigers, he has two motivations to fight for victories this year.

This spring, he wants to help Venezuela win a World Baseball Classic title for his troubled homeland.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leather man: Romine brings 8 gloves to camp

Leather man: Romine brings 8 gloves to camp

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers' new Spring Training clubhouse at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium was designed after consultation with the clubhouse crew on what players typically need. Nobody consulted with Andrew Romine about locker storage.

Most players keep a glove or two on the shelf atop the locker that was designed for it. Romine crammed four into that space, and that's just half the total he brought to camp.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kelly rejoins Tigers as instructor, scout

Kelly rejoins Tigers as instructor, scout

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Don Kelly reached folk-hero status in Detroit as a super-utility player, becoming a postseason hero during the Tigers' run of four consecutive division titles. It's only appropriate that his post-playing career would begin in a similar role.

When Kelly trotted onto the back fields at Tigertown in uniform, the 37-year-old sparked speculation that he might make one more try at his old job. However, his playing days are over. Instead, he has joined the Tigers, his original organization, as a pro scout and player development assistant.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.