CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Tigers finally jumped on Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang on Sunday at Bright House.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Justin Verlander resumed throwing Sunday morning, but the Tigers still aren't sure if he'll make his scheduled start Thursday.
Verlander did some "light tossing" at Joker Marchant Stadium, manager Brad Ausmus said. The right-hander still felt some tightness in his arm, but he came through the throwing session feeling OK.
Losing your keys might be one of the most frustrating experiences in the world, which might be what two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera had in mind when he decided to troll the Phanatic down at Spring Training on Sunday.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The danger with star-laden teams is that they'll get too old all at once, becoming a big-budget, low-win-percentage mess of unmet expectations.
Are the Detroit Tigers headed in that direction? Or is the baseball world not giving enough collective credit to the youthful cast supporting this club's signature stars?
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The future of the Tigers' Double-A affiliate in Erie, Pa. gained some certainty on Friday, when an agreement was announced for Reds minority owner Fernando Aguirre to purchase the team.
The SeaWolves, a part of the Tigers' farm system since 2001, had been for sale for some time. Mandalay Baseball Properties has owned the team since 2003, along with several other Minor League franchises.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run in as many games before Alex Avila's game-tying solo homer and Jordan Lennerton's go-ahead double led the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals Saturday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Cabrera continues to swing with little if any rust from an offseason of rehab from foot surgery. After hitting a line-drive home run two days earlier and taking Friday off, Cabrera came back Saturday and lofted an opposite-field shot that the wind carried to the batting cage building beyond right field.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Jose Iglesias made the play on the first groundout of the game Saturday. He also made the play on the last out of the game. From a health standpoint, the fact that he played all nine innings indicates he's ready for Opening Day after missing last season with stress fractures in both shins.
His hitting, on the other hand, might be a little bit behind. He knows this. But he also doesn't think he's far off.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The numbers were sitting on manager Brad Ausmus' desk the other day.
"I already looked at it," he said. "I looked at it, and I put it away."
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bruce Rondon has given every reason to believe he'll be healthy to begin the season after spending last year recovering from Tommy John surgery. He has not necessarily cinched his spot as a Tiger.
It's not something Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants to discuss much as decisions loom over the final spots in the bullpen. They're pushing him to try to win a job, not trying to give him an excuse not to. They're looking at the moments he has taken over a game but lacking the full season to go with it.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Justin Verlander said Saturday morning he feels similar tightness in his right triceps to what forced him out of his Grapefruit League start Friday, though he said his level of concern remains low.
"Pretty low," Verlander said, "especially with the time we have [before next start], extra day and can even manipulate things forward if need be."
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Alex Avila didn't want to make a big deal about it. It was one game at first base, a half-game really, and nothing more.
"I really don't want to make a habit of playing there," he said, "but I will if I have to."
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- What a strange, confusing, scary day for the Detroit Tigers. One moment, there was Justin Verlander at his dominant best.
"That's about as well as I've seen him throw in Spring Training in years," Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said.
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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Joe Nathan is counting on Opening Day. That has nothing to do with the Tigers' roster situation.
He's counting on the adrenaline rush of Opening Day to give him a boost -- in velocity, in concentration, in command. He's counting on something extra when the bell rings, so to speak, that he doesn't get in Spring Training.
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays homered three times in a 4-1 rain-shortened victory over the Tigers on Friday afternoon in a game that was marred by the loss of Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander to a right triceps injury.
The game was called due to rain in the bottom of the fifth inning.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Ten months after Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead home run off Tommy Hunter at Camden Yards, the slugger led a Tigers comeback with a game-tying drive off the Orioles reliever. However, it took a Victor Martinez home run in the eighth inning to break the tie and send Detroit to its second straight victory by a score of 6-4 on Thursday at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Martinez's home run restored Detroit's lead after Jayson Nix homered off a hanging slider from Joe Nathan in the top of the inning to tie the game. Add in a Yoenis Cespedes homer, and the power display broke up a pitching duel between aces David Price and Chris Tillman.
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LAKELAND, Fla. -- J.D. Martinez picked up some attention last season for the notebook he carried with him in the dugout to track how pitchers approached him.
Now that he has the league's attention, he's going to have to prepare for the notes other teams have been taking as well.
Normally, people who take selfies in Starbucks lines are just way too excited about the massive amount of sugar and milk foam they're about to consume. But sometimes, they're professional baseball players who are super excited about … you.
Well, not you, necessarily -- not unless you're this lucky kid wearing a Verlander shirsey.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez seemingly cleared the health hurdle a few days ago in their comebacks from their respective surgeries. In their battle to get their timing down at the plate in time for Opening Day, they both cleared the fence Thursday.
In the case of Cabrera, his first home run of the spring cleared the left-field fence on a line. In Martinez's case, his first homer in Grapefruit League cleared the right-field fence easily.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers' closer job is not up for grabs, manager Brad Ausmus said. Nevertheless, the Tigers' closer has an issue with his grip.
While Joe Nathan pitched for a second consecutive day, trying to see how his arm responds to the rigors of the job, he allowed a game-tying home run to Jayson Nix off a hanging slider in the eighth inning of the Tigers 6-4 win over the Orioles on Thursday.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bill Slayback, a pitcher for the Tigers in the early 1970s who went on to a songwriting career, has passed away at age 67. The Tigers confirmed the news Thursday evening.
A lanky right-hander drafted out of Cal State Northridge in 1968, Slayback pitched in 42 Major League games -- all for the Tigers -- from 1972-74.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- J.K. Simmons never did take the ball from Kevin Costner during his bid for pitching perfection in For Love of the Game. Years later, the Oscar-winning actor and Michigan native will get to throw the first pitch of the Tigers season.
The team announced Thursday on its twitter account that Simmons, a longtime Tigers fan who played the team's manager in the aforementioned movie, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day April 6.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers bullpen competition is down two more contestants.
Granted, Buck Farmer and Rafael Dolis looked like they were on the outside looking in, especially in recent days. But the latest round of cuts from Tigers camp provides a little more clarity on the competition.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers have opened discussions with left-hander David Price and his agent, Bo McKinnis, about the potential of a contract extension. At this point, however, they're basically talking about concepts. No numbers have been mentioned, Price said Wednesday morning.
"I wouldn't even call it groundwork," Price said. "I wouldn't even say that groundwork is being laid."
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Don Kelly had to smile and say something as Miguel Cabrera picked himself up off the infield dirt at Joker Marchant Stadium on Wednesday.
It wasn't that Cabrera had just taken a base hit and an RBI away from a former teammate who's battling for a job with another team. Kelly could live with that.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The quiet voice of Angel Nesbitt requires some close listening when he talks about his Spring Training, about his rise from Class A Lakeland closer to Tigers breakout relief candidate in less than a year. He's a softer-spoken person than his linebacker-like frame would suggest.
"I feel so happy how I'm throwing right now in Spring Training," the 24-year-old Venezuelan right-hander said. "This is my first Spring Training, like [on the] 40-man [roster], and I feel good. I can say I've thrown well."
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bryan Holaday's grand slam capped a six-run Tigers rally in the sixth inning off Marlins reliever Sam Dyson, turning what had been a shutout performance for five innings from David Phelps into an 8-4 Tigers comeback win Wednesday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
On a day when the Tigers had Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the same lineup for the first time all spring, Phelps kept Detroit in check for five innings, allowing Miami to build an early lead on a Donovan Solano homer off Alfredo Simon and a Jordany Valdespin triple and run scored. Once Phelps left, the Tigers churned out a half-dozen hits.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Don Kelly spent 12 years in the Tigers' organization, so it certainly felt normal for him to take the field at Joker Marchant Stadium. And he already saw his former Detroit teammates earlier this spring, so doing so Wednesday wasn't all that unusual, either.
But walking into Tigertown and taking a turn into the visitors' clubhouse? That was a little different for Kelly.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ramon Flores figures to be near the top of the Yankees' list should they need an outfielder during the regular season, and he provided them with something to remember on Tuesday night, belting a game-winning three-run home run in a 9-8 victory over the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Flores slugged his second home run of the spring off right-hander Rafael Dolis, clearing the right-field wall with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Flores is the Yanks' No. 26 prospect and will likely begin the year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.