As 2021 World Series gets under way, only one former Tiger remains in field
Tonight, when Game 1 of the 2021 World Series begins in Houston, there will be only one. Like his team, Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly didn’t have an easy path to get to this point. He appeared twice more in the World Series, which the Tigers lost 4-0 to the San Francisco Giants. Price pitched reasonably well down the stretch, but the Tigers were swept in the first-round of the playoffs by the Baltimore Orioles. That led him to a surprisingly generous free-agent deal with the Braves, which led him to the World Series for the first time in nearly a decade.mlive.com
Masterful Webb pitches Giants past Dodgers in playoff opener
Logan Webb struck out 10 pitching masterfully in his postseason debut, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held up, and the 107-win San Francisco Giants blanked the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 in the opener of their NL Division Series.
12 former Tigers are in the 2021 MLB playoffs. How many of them do you remember?
Former Tiger and soon-to-be free agent Max Scherzer will be on the mound for Los Angeles. At right is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)APWilly Adames, BrewersPlayed for the Tigers: Signed with the Tigers and played in the organization in 2013-2014. Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher David Price throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Los Angeles.mlive.com
Duggar triples, Giants hold off Dodgers 6-4 for NL West lead
Steven Duggar hit a tiebreaking two-run triple after being called up earlier in the day, Brandon Belt homered, and the San Francisco Giants wrapped up their key weekend series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6-4 win to take the NL West lead.
Dodgers scratch lefty David Price from start with arm issue
Dodgers left-hander David Price was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night in the opener of a key NL West series against the Giants because of an unspecified arm injury. The injured list was a possibility, manager Dave Roberts said. Corey Knebel was called into action to start in Price's place as Los Angeles made it a bullpen game with the division race dead even.news.yahoo.com
MLB All-star voting starts today: Can a Tiger win fan vote for first time since 2015?
Online voting began on Thursday afternoon, and the Tigers have a couple of intriguing candidates worthy of consideration. But outfielder Robbie Grossman and third baseman Jeimer Candelario almost certainly lack the star power to win the fan vote. That’s what happened when Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene were chosen as the Tigers’ lone representatives in 2018 and 2019, respectively. So that pathway could open a door for someone like Michael Fulmer or, if he can harness his control, Gregory Soto. TIGER ALL-STARS2020: None2019: RHP Shane Greene2018: RHP Joe Jimenez2017: RHP Michael Fulmer (selected but not on active roster because of pitching assignment); OF Justin Upton (added to roster)2016: Miguel Cabrera (reserve)2015: INF Jose Iglesias, OF J.D.mlive.com
Seager's homer in 12th sends Dodgers to 11-6 win over Padres
Corey Seager hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer on Tim Hill’s first pitch of the 12th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 11-6 in a tense, entertaining first matchup this season between NL West rivals who have visions of deep playoff runs.
LEADING OFF: Jackie Robinson Day, Red Sox go for 10th in row
All players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear No. 42 on Thursday to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, marking the anniversary of the date the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer made his Major League Baseball debut and broke the sport’s color barrier in 1947.
Bogaerts spring debut after shoulder woe, Tatis HR in return
On that one, we are probably on the same page.”RED SOX 8, RAYS 2Garrett Richards struck out seven in four scoreless innings for Boston. ATHLETICS 5, PADRES 4Fernando Tatis Jr. led off the game with his second spring home run, a smashing return after missing six days with a non-virus bug. The 30-year-old left has pitched four scoreless innings this spring. BREWERS 8, CUBS 3 (7)Brandon Woodruff made his second start for Milwaukee, allowing five hits in two scoreless innings. BRAVES 8, TWINS 5Michael Pineda, who last pitched a full season in 2016, made his first spring start for Minnesota.
Springer, Bauer, Lindor lead list of big names on new teams
The reigning World Series champions already had a pair of Cy Young Award winners in Clayton Kershaw and David Price. Darvish has twice finished runner-up for a Cy Young Award, including last season when he was 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 12 starts. Lester is a three-time World Series champion, winning twice with Boston and once with the Cubs. He’s part of a rotation led by three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and lefty Patrick Corbin. Bradley was a Gold Glove winner in 2018 when the Red Sox won the World Series.
Price, Posey, MLBers who opted out for virus excited for '21
“It definitely crossed my mind,” Price said Friday from Dodgers spring training in Glendale, Arizona. Traded from Boston to the Dodgers last February, the 35-year-old Price pitched in spring exhibitions for LA before deciding to go home. Instead of playing, he did what many Americans have done with their unexpected time — he watched a lot of TV. “It’s a lot easier said than done to take a step away from something you’ve done your entire life. “Being away from it for that time was tough.”___AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley and Sports Writer Beth Harris contributed.
NL Cy Young winner Bauer joins World Series champion Dodgers
Trevor Bauer is coming home to pitch for the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner announced his decision on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)LOS ANGELES – Trevor Bauer is coming home to pitch for the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner announced his decision on Friday in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account. He gives the club a third Cy Young winner, joining three-time winner Clayton Kershaw and 2012 winner Price.
AP Exclusive: MLB payrolls drop nearly $2.5B in pandemic
Roberts isn't sure Turner or former All-Star pitcher David Price will play with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021. The total had not been that low of the top spender since the New York Yankees in 2000 at $95.3 million. AL champion Tampa Bay was 28th at $29.4 million, ahead of only Pittsburgh ($24.1 million) and Baltimore ($23.5 million). Philadelphia was just under the tax threshold at $207.3 million and the Dodgers at $204.6 million. Boston dropped to $184.9 million after paying a Red Sox record $13.4 million luxury tax in 2019, when the team failed make the playoffs.
Red Sox bring back Cora, rehiring manager from 2018 title
Cora was Houston's bench coach when he joined the Red Sox in November 2017, and he led Boston to the 2018 title after a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins. “Alex knows that what he did was wrong, and he regrets it," Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said. “During his Red Sox career as a player and manager, Alex continually made us better," team president and CEO Sam Kennedy said. With Betts and Price gone, Chris Sale recovering from Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodriguez recovering from a COVID-19-related heart problem, the Red Sox went 24-36. And the Red Sox have plenty of salary flexibility gained in the deal that jettioned Betts and Price.
In Joctober, Pederson does it all for Dodgers
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Joc Pederson is the guy the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t need or want — until October. After nearly being traded in February and hitting .190 in the regular season, Pederson is coming up big in the postseason. The left-handed slugger also homered in the Dodgers' losing efforts in the 2017 and 2018 World Series. He started in left in Games 1, 3 and 5 of the World Series. He's hitting .400 in the World Series, second on the team to red-hot Corey Seager, who's batting .471.
Total package: Betts paying off big for Dodgers in every way
Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)ARLINGTON, Texas – Mookie Betts slid headfirst across home plate, then popped up and did a double pump with his right fist. That big commitment to Betts is already paying off for the Los Angeles Dodgers this postseason. After run-saving catches in three consecutive potential elimination games to get the Dodgers this far, Betts put his speed, instincts and power on display in Game 1 of the World Series. You can really learn from that.”For all Betts is doing for the Dodgers this postseason, they're not even the only ones benefiting.
From West Michigan to World Series: The Tigers' trade that sent Willy Adames to Tampa
A lot has changed in the six years since the Tigers sent Adames to the Tampa Bay Rays. A new Willi is the Tigers’ shortstop of the future (at least for now). The Tigers sent Adames and left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly to the Rays and outfielder Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners. The Rays sent Price to the Tigers. Just as the Tigers had expected, Price helped lead the Tigers to the 2014 World Series championship.mlive.com
Betts, with another great grab, shows what Dodgers wanted
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts robs Atlanta Braves' Marcell Ozuna of a home during the fifth inning in Game 6 of a baseball National League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Betts’ defense, Buehler’s pitching and consecutive first-inning home runs by Corey Seager and Justin Turner boosted the Dodgers to a 3-1 win that forced the National League Championship Series to a Game 7. Betts would have been eligible for free agency this offseason, but the Dodgers were as aggressive at the negotiating table as he is at the plate and in the outfield. His two-out, two-run double powered the Dodgers to a 3-0 win over Milwaukee that completed a first-round sweep. And now Betts and the Dodgers are one win from the World Series.
Kershaw falters again in playoffs, pushing Dodgers to brink
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)ARLINGTON, Texas – Clayton Kershaw can't shake his postseason curse, not even in a neutral-site NL Championship Series a few miles from his hometown. If the Hall of Fame is in his future, Kershaw won't be alone among star pitchers who struggled in the playoffs. Greg Maddux was 11-14 in the playoffs, most of those decisions when Atlanta won just one World Series during a run of 14 straight NL East titles. Kershaw now has 11 career postseason starts of allowing at least four runs, tied with Maddux for the second-most. Ozuna's first homer in Game 4 was the 27th Kershaw has allowed in the playoffs, breaking a tie with Justin Verlander for second-most, also behind Pettitte (31).
Unbeaten Plainwell has football playoff hopes in limbo after canceling final two weeks
PLAINWELL, MI - On the field, the Plainwell football team has had little trouble taking care of business throughout the 2020 campaign, but it’s the off-the-field things that are threatening to derail the Trojans' season. Plainwell athletic director David Price said Thursday his varsity football team will forfeit its final two games of the 2020 season due to a 14-day quarantine following a coronavirus exposure around the football program. Plainwell’s varsity football team was scheduled to face Three Rivers on Friday, then wrap up its season on Oct. 23 at Sturgis. More high school football coverageIthaca adds Three Rivers as Week 5 foe after Valley Lutheran cancelsKalamazoo-area Week 5 football picks: Which teams clinch conference titles? See Michigan’s full slate of high school football games for Week 5 of 2020 seasonAllegan football cancels final 2 games of conference play, opts out of playoffsKalamazoo-area prep football power rankings, standings heading into Week 5Vote for the Kalamazoo-area high school football Player of the Week from Week 4Cancellations still piling up ahead of Week 5 high school football gamesWith high school football playoffs near, MHSAA ‘hopes for the best’ as coronavirus cancellations continuemlive.com
Jordan Zimmermann’s contract with Tigers wasn’t the only swing and miss in 2016
Zimmermann’s contract will be a cautionary tale for the Tigers as they emerge from their rebuilding process with money to spend. Chicago Cubs' Jason Heyward runs onto the field during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sept. 5, 2020, in Chicago. With that opt-out looming, the Angels signed him to a new five-year, $106 million deal. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)APRHP Jordan ZimmermannSigned with the Detroit Tigers on Nov. 30, 2015Contract: Zimmermann, then 29, signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Tigers. Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis puts on his batting helmet during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, August 6, 2020, in Baltimore.mlive.com
Pandemic playoffs: Brewers, Astros in despite losing records
Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game to earn a playoff birth Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Louis. That’s when the Brewers, at 29-31, open their series against Los Angeles ace Walker Buehler at Dodger Stadium. In a win-and-you’re-in game, St. Louis clinched by beating Milwaukee 5-2. That’s how you see it,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. St. Louis played a total of 58 games — it was prepared for a doubleheader in Detroit on Monday if needed to settle the playoff picture.