Tigers agree to deals with 2 players, avoiding arbitration
The Detroit Tigers won’t be going to arbitration with any of their players this spring. The Tigers previously reached agreements with outfielder Austin Meadows ($4.3 million) and left-handed pitcher Tyler Alexander ($1.875 million). Arbitration eligible players generally have between three and six years of Major League service time. Most of the time, teams and players reach an agreement on their own without having to go to an arbitration hearing in the spring. The Tigers have gone to arbitration with a player only once since 2001 when they went to a hearing with Michael Fulmer in 2019.mlive.com
Tigers officially announce signing of Matthew Boyd
Matthew Boyd is officially a Tiger. The Detroit Tigers confirmed Wednesday that they had signed Boyd to a one-year deal. We have agreed to terms with Matthew Boyd on a one-year contract. pic.twitter.com/dlfwsexmlF — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) December 14, 2022He made only 15 starts in 2021 and underwent surgery in late September to repair the flexor tendon in his throwing arm. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (39)Left-handed pitchers (6): Tyler Alexander, Matthew Boyd, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.mlive.com
Tigers trade longtime reliever to Braves for 2 prospects
SAN DIEGO -- The Tigers traded veteran reliever Joe Jimenez to the Atlanta Braves for two prospects Wednesday night. The Tigers will receive well-regarded infielder Justyn-Henry Malloy and left-handed pitcher Jake Higginbotham. The Tigers had several valuable trade pieces in the bullpen -- Jimenez, Gregory Soto and Alex Lange among them -- and it was widely expected that at least one reliever would be dealt this winter. “I think anytime a reliever puts up a really good year, he’s going to generate a lot of interest,” Harris said. pic.twitter.com/c0LjeRxMEs — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) December 8, 2022TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (39)Left-handed pitchers (6): Tyler Alexander, Matthew Boyd, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.mlive.com
After 3 rounds of cuts, Tigers have more clarity about their top needs
The most notable moves came Friday night, when the Tigers cut ties with longtime infielders Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro and Willi Castro. The roster shake-up doesn’t mean the Tigers, who finished 30 games under .500, have gotten any better. RHP Beau BrietzeBullpen: RHP Joe Jimenez, LHP Gregory Soto, RHP Alex Lange, RHP Jason Foley, RHP Jose Cisnero, RHP Will Vest, LHP Tyler Alexander, RHP Garrett Hill. If the Tigers make meaningful deals this winter, they will probably have to say goodbye to Jimenez, Soto or Lange. That means the Tigers will probably be searching for one or two players who can play first, second and third base.mlive.com
Who will Tigers keep? Final major deadline for roster decisions is Friday.
The final important deadline on the early postseason calendar is Friday, when teams must decide whether to tender contracts to players not already under contract for 2023. The Tigers began the offseason with 12 arbitration-eligible players and have already parted ways with three of them. “Those decisions are really tough, especially for me because I don’t know these players as well as most presidents know their players,” Harris said earlier this month at the GM Meetings in Las Vegas. There are other factors that must be weighed by Harris: The Tigers like Cisnero, but he’ll turn 34 in April. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Left-handed pitchers (5): Tyler Alexander, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.mlive.com
12 Tigers would be due $30.6 million in arbitration, projections say
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers’ 12 arbitration-eligible players are due $30.6 million, according to projections released Monday. The Tigers must decide by Nov. 18 whether to tender their 12 players contracts for 2023. If the Tigers offer them a contract, they’re committed to resolving it through the arbitration process if necessary. The Tigers arbitration-eligible players are listed below, with their service time in parenthesis. Everybody else -- Cisnero, Reyes, Castro and Castro -- is probably on the bubble.mlive.com
Tigers place Joe Jimenez on injured list, call up rookie reliever
The Detroit Tigers placed the right-handed reliever on the 15-day injured list Saturday with a right lumbar spine strain. Jimenez, 27, finishes the season 3-2 with a 3.49 ERA. Jimenez has pitched in parts of the last six seasons for the Tigers. De Jesus, 25, made his Major League debut in April but has spent most of this season in Toledo. 60-day IL (8): Catcher Jake Rogers (right elbow sprain); outfielder Austin Meadows; left-handed pitcher Tarik Skubal (left arm fatigue); and right-handed pitchers Beau Brieske (right forearm soreness), Kyle Funkhouser (right shoulder strain), Rony Garcia (right shoulder soreness), Casey Mize (right elbow sprain) and Spencer Turnbull (right elbow sprain) are on the 60-day injured list, which removes them from the 40-man roster.mlive.com
Tigers nearly cough up 9-run lead, hang on to beat Rangers
The Detroit Tigers nearly lost a nine-run lead amid two bullpen meltdowns but held on to beat the Texas Rangers 9-8 on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Tigers (50-78) took two of three from the Rangers (58-69) this weekend, scoring 26 runs over the three-game series. In the second inning, Kerry Carpenter broke an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI double and Jeimer Candelario followed with his team-leading 12th home run of the year. Tigers first baseman Harold Castro had two hits and a career-high five RBIs, including a bases-clearing double in the sixth. pic.twitter.com/KEvDEX1O0e — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 28, 2022Tigers starter Drew Hutchison pitched five scoreless innings before giving up back-to-back homers in the sixth after starting the inning with a 9-0 lead.mlive.com
Tigers pitchers walk 13 batters in loss to Rays
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers pitchers issued 13 walks -- the most in a nine-inning game since 1991 -- in a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at Comerica Park. Tigers starter Bryan Garcia pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, but walked six batters and had to escape serious james in the first two innings. It was only the second time in the Divisional Era (1969-present) that Tigers pitchers have issued 13 walks in a nine-inning game. In the second, Akil Baddoo singled and scored on Riley Greene’s two-run homer off Rays starter Corey Kluber. Rookie right-hander Garrett Hill (1-3, 5.88 ERA) will start for the Tigers against Rays lefty Shane McClanahan (10-4, 2.07).mlive.com
Post-trade Tigers’ bullpen shines in win over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers got their first chance to show off a post-Michael Fulmer bullpen on Tuesday night at Target Field. Fulmer, now wearing a Twins uniform after he was traded before the game, watched from his new digs in the home bullpen. The Twins (54-49) and Tigers (42-63) have split the first two games and will play the rubber match on Wednesday afternoon. Schoop walked and Akil Baddoo, Greene and Javier Baez followed with three consecutive RBI singles. Box scoreUp nextThe Tigers and Twins wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. Eastern time.mlive.com
Who else will the Detroit Tigers trade today? Last-minute predictions as deadline draws near
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila agreed to a minor trade overnight, sending Robbie Grossman to the Atlanta Braves for a minor league pitcher. Who else will be traded away ahead of Tuesday evening’s deadline?
Tigers hit 100-game mark: Without Harold, Haase and the bullpen, it might be worse
It starts with the bullpen, which the Tigers will be showcasing in the final days before the deadline, and includes some unlikely heroes in the lineup. MLB trade deadline: 5 Tigers most likely to be dealt in next weekDetroit Tigers' relief pitcher Joe Jimenez throws during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 23, 2022, in Minneapolis. The bullpenFrom Game 1 to Game 100, the Tigers’ bullpen has been really good. Tigers’ relievers are ranked fourth in baseball with a 3.06 ERA, which would be the lowest for a Detroit bullpen since 1988. Instead, the rotation was hit hard by injuries and the Tigers have used 14 starting pitchers to this point.mlive.com
6 Tigers who could join Miguel Cabrera at 2022 All-Star Game
CHICAGO -- Miguel Cabrera won’t be the only Tiger going to Los Angeles for the All-Star Game on July 19. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to tap Miguel Cabrera as a “legend” pick selected on the basis of his career accomplishments was good for the All-Star aspirations of his teammates. “I think we’ve got a number of guys that would be honored to get in.”A few weeks ago, left-handed starter Tarik Skubal had the strongest case to be the Tigers’ All-Star pick. ETTV: ESPNTIGER ALL-STARS THROUGH THE YEARS2022: DH Miguel Cabrera and ???? (Miguel Cabrera elected as a starter by fans but did not participate due to calf injury).mlive.com
Kody Clemens hits first MLB homer to lead Tigers to another win over D’backs
The Tigers (28-43) have won two in a row and will try to sweep the Diamondbacks (32-41) in the series finale on Sunday. Mantiply had a 0.34 ERA in 26 2/3 innings this year, hadn’t given up a homer since last June, hadn’t given up an extra-base hit all season and hadn’t given up a homer to a left-handed hitter like Clemens in his entire career. But Clemens crushed a ball to deep right, giving the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish. Tigers starter Alex Faedo allowed three runs in four innings, his third consecutive start in which he failed to go five. RILEY FOR REAL 😱 pic.twitter.com/rY9B7o4Csb — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 26, 2022Miguel Cabrera singled in the seventh inning for his 3,053rd career hit, tying him with Rod Carew for 27th place on the all-time list.mlive.com
Joe Jimenez and 3 more under-the-radar Tigers who could make big difference in 2022
After some debate, the club extended him a contract for 2022 for which he will be paid $1.79 million. Officially, Jimenez is not currently in the Tigers’ back-end quartet of relievers that includes Gregory Soto, Michael Fulmer, Jose Cisnero and newcomer Andrew Chafin. “I love the way he’s come into camp and really focused on elevating the ball to the pull side,” Hinch said. Detroit Tigers' Eric Haase warms up before a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, March 31, 2022, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)AP4. After an incredible start to last season, Haase had a .582 OPS in 156 plate appearances over the last two months.mlive.com
Tigers cut veteran reliever as bullpen continues to take shape
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers reassigned veteran reliever Jacob Barnes to minor-league camp after Monday’s game against the New York Yankees. It was the latest move on a busy day of cuts that has brought clarity to the Tigers’ bullpen. They are Joe Jimenez, Jason Foley, Rony Garcia, Will Vest,, Drew Hutchison and Chase Anderson. Vest, Hutchison and Anderson are all non-roster invitees. Cut one or two from this list: Joe Jimenez, Jason Foley, Rony Garcia, Will Vest, Drew Hutchison, Chase Anderson.mlive.com
Tigers reach deals with 7 players, but could face Spencer Turnbull in arbitration battle
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers reached deals with seven arbitration-eligible players but appear ready to “go to trial” with injured starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull. Players eligible for arbitration have spent between three and six years on an MLB active roster. In most cases, players and clubs reach a deal on their own without having to resort to arbitration. The Tigers and Turnbull are allowed to continue negotiating up until the arbitration hearing, but the Tigers and many MLB clubs are known for a “file and trial” policy. His 2023 salary will be similar or identical to his 2022 salary, meaning a victory in arbitration could ultimately be worth $1.55 million.mlive.com
Tigers cut ties with Matthew Boyd, but choose to bring back 8 other players
The Detroit Tigers declined to offer a 2022 contract to Matthew Boyd, making the veteran left-handed pitcher a free agent for the first time in his career. Players like Boyd are said to be “non-tendered” and are free to sign with any team. By tendering a contract, the Tigers are committed to negotiating a contract with the player and going through the arbitration process if necessary. Infielders (8): Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Kody Clemens, Isaac Paredes, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short. Nov. 30: Announced that left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd would not be tendered a contract for 2022.mlive.com
Tigers winter roster decisions: Who’s back? Who’s on the bubble? Who’s out?
DETROIT -- The offseason officially begins after the conclusion of the World Series, but it’s likely the Detroit Tigers -- and other clubs -- will begin their winter roster pruning before that. Some of the decisions will be easy, like dropping players who were used as stopgap roster fill-ins throughout the summer. Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez (77) points in the air toward a pop-up during their MLB game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner looks on during their Summer Training 2020 at Comerica Park in Detroit, on Friday, July 3, 2020. Catcher Jake Rogers and right-hander Spencer Turnbull will spend the 2022 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.mlive.com
Tigers stumble in series opener vs. Royals
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers honored Miguel Cabrera before the game, but fans didn’t have much to cheer about once it got under way. The Tigers trailed 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when Eric Haase ripped an RBI single to right, scoring Robbie Grossman. Adalberto Mondesi tripled and then scored on Ryan O’Hearn’s RBI single past a drawn-in infield. The Tigers’ last best chance to get back into the game ended when Cabrera bounced into his second double play of the game in the eighth. BOX SCOREUp next: The Tigers and Royals meet again on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. Tigers lefty Tarik Skubal (8-12, 4.25 ERA) will face Royals right-hander Jon Heasley (0-1, 9.00).mlive.com
Tigers’ Joe Jimenez returning from COVID list; rookie reliever sent down
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers plan to reinstate reliever Joe Jimenez to the active roster on Wednesday, 16 days after he tested positive for COVID-19. The Tigers have optioned right-handed reliever Drew Carlton to Triple-A Toledo to create a roster spot for Jimenez. Jimenez, 26, has endured an up-and-down year for the Tigers, battling control at times while looking like a valuable leverage reliever at others. Jimenez is 5-1 with a 6.15 ERA in 41 innings, with 32 walks and 51 strikeouts in 2021. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the 28-man active roster.mlive.com
Tigers mailbag: Should Tigers stand pat at catcher or acquire someone new?
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase has hit a lot of home runs. Yes, the Tigers could stand pat, but I don’t think they will. If the Tigers don’t bring back Greiner and/or Garneau, they will surely sign someone with a similar profile to provide minor-league depth. Detroit Tigers reliever Michael Fulmer (32) throws a pitch during their MLB game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park in Detroit, on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Matt Manning will probably end up their too, but I don’t think they’re going to hand him a job on a silver platter.mlive.com
A second Tiger tests positive for COVID; Drew Carlton called up from Toledo
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers left-handed reliever Miguel Del Pozo was placed on the COVID injured list after testing positive Friday morning. Del Pozo is the first Tiger to test positive since a mini-outbreak four days ago in Pittsburgh. “I thought we were in the clear, given that we had gone three or four days from from our last positive test,” Hinch said. Carlton, who turned 26 on Wednesday, made his Major League debut six days ago, requiring just one pitch to get one out. Left-handed pitchers (7): Tyler Alexander, Matthew Boyd, Miguel Del Pozo*, Derek Holland, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.mlive.com
Tigers’ 100-percent vaccination rate kept players in the game
They were all allowed to play on Monday because, like every other player on the Tigers, they were vaccinated. If an unvaccinated player had been in close contact with Jimenez, he would have been held out for contact tracing. If several players had been in the same situation, the Tigers would have very likely been forced to postpone Monday’s game while they scrambled for roster replacements. The Tigers were allowed to stop using masks way back on April 15 after becoming the first team to meet the 85 percent vaccination threshold. Hinch revealed this week that the player vaccination rate was now up to 100.mlive.com
Tigers add 2 fresh arms from Toledo as Joe Jimenez goes on COVID injury list
The Detroit Tigers have brought up two fresh arms from Triple-A Toledo for Tuesday night’s game at Pittsburgh. Right-handed reliever Bryan Garcia was recalled from the Mud Hens and the Tigers purchased the contract of veteran right-handed starter Drew Hutchison. They take the spot of two right-handers in the bullpen: Joe Jimenez, who was placed on the injured list with a COVID designation; and Drew Carlton, who was optioned. Jimenez reported symptoms prior to Monday afternoon’s game against the Pirates and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. * on the 10-day Major League injured list** on the 7-day minor-league injured list*** on the 10-day Major League injured list with a COVID designation, which means he doesn’t currently count against the 40-man roster limit.mlive.com
Tigers take lead, then hand it right back to Pirates in 6-3 loss
The Pittsburgh Pirates came up with two big singles to drive in four runs in the seventh inning, beating the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Monday afternoon at PNC Park. Two outs later, Yoshi Tsutsugo followed with another two-run single. The Pirates retired the next six Tigers batters (the final four on strikeouts) in the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the lead. Tigers starter Tarik Skubal pitched only three innings, observing the same innings-limited protocol followed by Casey Mize on Sunday in Cincinnati. BOX SCOREUp next: The Tigers and Pirates meet again on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at PNC Park.mlive.com
Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez tests positive for COVID; others out due to contact tracing
Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting symptoms overnight, manager A.J. Hinch said the club has a 100 percent vaccination rate and both Jimenez and Lombard were vaccinated. The Tigers will also shuffle coaching duties, with bullpen coach Juan Nieves in the dugout as pitching coach. “We’re very comfortable with the testing that we’ve done and the contact tracing,” Hinch said. Players who were close contacts of Jimenez -- which likely describes much of the bullpen -- do not have to isolate while contact tracing is ongoing provided they were vaccinated.mlive.com
Tigers lose 8-run lead to Angels, who sweep weekend series
The Tigers (58-65) went 1-5 on the homestand while the Angels (62-61) are back above .500 for the first time in 10 days. The Tigers built a 10-2 lead, knocking Angels starter Jose Quintana out of the game in the second inning. Cabrera didn’t hit his 500th home run, but did single and score in the first inning and then hit a bases-clearing double in the second. Although Cabrera didn’t go deep, Zack Short, Jeimer Candelario and Willi Castro all hit solo home runs for the Tigers. Hinch was ejected in the fifth inning after Tigers catcher Dustin Garneau was called for interference following a lengthy argument and video review.mlive.com
Miguel Cabrera gets walk-off hit to electrify huge crowd, beat Twins in extra innings
The Tigers (42-51) took both games of the seven-inning, day-night twin bill from the Twins (39-52). The Twins took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning on a wild pitch by reliever Joe Jimenez, who had recorded some huge outs in two innings of work. pic.twitter.com/QEDA11sn3S — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 18, 2021The 31,624 fans in attendance for what was dubbed the “Summer Baseball Bash” roared with a volume and electricity that hasn’t been heard or seen at Comerica in years. The Tigers took their first lead when they loaded the bases against Twins starter Kenta Maeda in the second inning on a walk, single and hit batter. Although it was called a “bullpen game,” Tigers starter Tyler Alexander actually pitched into the fourth inning, longer than starter Jose Ureña in Game 1.mlive.com
MLB All-Star starters announced: Which Tiger will get in as reserve?
In 2018, Nicholas Castellanos appeared to be most logical player to get the Detroit Tigers’ All-Star spot. Three years later, Castellanos is finally going to his first All-Star game as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. Schoop made the All-Star team in 2017; any other player listed above would be making his All-Star debut. Here’s how the All-Star selection process works:First, fans vote for club-nominated players at each position in Phase 1. Officially, player ballots account for 16 players in the AL (five starters, three relievers and one backup at each position).mlive.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
Tigers are on pace for exactly 100 losses: 3 ways things could improve, or get worse
But the first day of Memorial Day weekend -- and the Detroit Tigers’ series opener against the New York Yankees -- will feature cloudy skies, intermittent rain and 45 degrees. It was a reminder that while 50 games are already in the books, in many ways the season -- and the summer -- are still only beginning. Through 50 games, the Tigers are 19-31, which puts them on pace for a 62-100 record. (Allison Farrand / Detroit Tigers) (used with permission)Allison Farrand1. (Allison Farrand / Detroit Tigers) (used with permission)Allison Farrand2.mlive.com
Tigers lose to Indians 6-5 after rally falls short in 9th
Tigers catcher Eric Haase hit a sinking line drive that was caught by diving Indians right fielder Jordan Luplow to end the game. https://t.co/51GRnLOnK6 — Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) May 25, 2021The Tigers scored two in the second when Niko Goodrum singled and scored on Willi Castro’s double down the right-field line. pic.twitter.com/BMueBK9Ett — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 25, 2021Indians starter Sam Hentges, a rookie left-hander, lasted only five innings but struck out seven batters, including Miguel Cabrera twice. Up next: The Tigers (18-29) and Indians (25-20) meet again on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Comerica Park. Tigers lefty Tarik Skubal (1-6, 5.45 ERA) will face Indians right-hander Aaron Civale (6-1, 3.30).mlive.com
Tigers’ Joe Jimenez in a battle to get his season -- and his career -- back on track
Perhaps it was more a temporary reprieve than a vote of confidence, but Joe Jimenez is still here. He wasn’t demoted, wasn’t DFA’d and, thanks to a solid outing on Sunday in Detroit, he finally has a scoreless inning under his belt. Read more: Tigers’ Joe Jimenez had a tough 2020, but he’s found a way to bounce back beforeIt’s easy to forget how much buzz there was surrounding Jimenez five years ago. And certainly not any who had come out of nowhere to dominate the minor leagues like Jimenez had done. “A month ago, it was like, ‘Where’s Joe Jimenez?mlive.com
Tigers demote rookie pitcher after game; will they have 3 catchers in Seattle?
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers optioned rookie right-hander Alex Lange to Triple-A Toledo after Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Cubs. They are expected to activate catcher Wilson Ramos from the 10-day injured list. Ramos, was been placed on the injured list with a lumbar spine strain on May 7. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the 26-man active roster. * on the 10-day Major League injured list** on the 7-day minor-league injured listRight-handed pitcher Julio Teheran (right shoulder strain) is on the 60-day injured list, which removes him from the 40-man roster .mlive.com
Tigers hit the road on losing note, fall to Cubs in series finale
This wasn’t the way the Detroit Tigers wanted to hit the road. The Tigers were beaten by the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a 10-day homestand at Comerica Park. Boyd struck out eight and walked just one. He didn’t walk anyone on Sunday, which is something to build on, whether in Detroit or Toledo. Tigers utility man Harold Castro and slugger Miguel Cabrera were the only Tigers with two hits on Sunday.mlive.com
Tigers lose 7-run lead, but rally back for walk-off win over Royals
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have been a markedly better offensive team over the last week. pic.twitter.com/9vgPXYyY2y — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 12, 2021The Tigers have averaged 6.7 runs over their last six games, an outburst that was preceded by a 17-game stretch in which they never scored more than five runs. pic.twitter.com/dJAeqHHqm7 — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 12, 2021After Boyd exited, Tigers reliever Alex Lange pitched a scoreless seventh. pic.twitter.com/kJqlUKAL28 — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 12, 2021Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner was removed from the game with left hamstring tightness. Up next: The Tigers and Royals meet again on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Tigers right-hander Casey Mize (1-3, 4.41 ERA) will face Royals lefty Danny Duffy (4-2, 1.26).mlive.com
Tigers activate Nomar Mazara, demote struggling outfielder
The Detroit Tigers have activated outfielder Nomar Mazara from the 10-day injured list. To make room for Mazara, the Tigers optioned outfielder Victor Reyes to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers also announced that right-handed reliever Erasmo Ramirez would be placed on the injured list just one day after he was selected from Toledo. He was hitting .237 (9-for-38) with two homers, two walks and seven strikeouts before going on the injured list with a left abdominal strain on April 15. * on the 10-day Major League injured list** on the 7-day minor-league injured listRight-handed pitcher Julio Teheran (right shoulder strain) is on the 60-day injured list, which removes him from the 40-man roster .mlive.com
Tigers make flurry of moves: Jake Rogers called up; one veteran pitcher cut, another promoted
The Tigers also announced that catcher Wilson Ramos has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a lumbar spine strain. Catcher Jake Rogers was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to replace him. Farmer is out of options, which means he had to be removed from the 40-man roster and put on waivers before being sent to the minor leagues. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the 26-man active roster. * on the 10-day Major League injured list** on the 7-day minor-league injured listRight-handed pitcher Julio Teheran (right shoulder strain) is on the 60-day injured list, which removes him from the 40-man roster .mlive.com
Tigers send Joe Jimenez to Toledo, call up outfielder as 27th man
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers optioned right-handed reliever Joe Jimenez to the alternate site in Toledo between games of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Jimenez’s spot will be filled by right-handed pitcher Spencer Turnbull, who will start Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:40 p.m. at Comerica Park. The Tigers have also appointed outfielder Derek Hill to serve as 27th man for the second game. Jimenez walked seven batters in 1 1/3 innings and was an obvious candidate to be sent out to Toledo to get back on track. Right-handed pitchers (15): Beau Burrows, Jose Cisnero, Alex Faedo, Buck Farmer, Michael Fulmer, Kyle Funkhouser, Bryan Garcia, Rony Garcia, Joe Jimenez, Alex Lange, Matt Manning, Casey Mize, Franklin Perez, Spencer Turnbull, Jose Ureña.mlive.com
Tigers’ Joe Jimenez has walked 7 of 10 batters he’s faced. So what comes next?
In two appearances this weekend, Jimenez has walked seven batters. Even on Saturday, when he walked four batters, he got to two strikes on all four of them. But rather than bolster a struggling bullpen, Jimenez has made things worse. “I know he’s worked hard to corral his delivery, but we need the ball over the plate.”The Tigers’ bullpen has a 7.17 ERA in 54 innings this year. That’s why the Tigers need Joe Jimenez to fix what ails him and make a contribution this year.mlive.com
Tigers’ pitchers walk 12, including 6 in one inning, as Athletics win opener
Detroit Tigers pitchers walked 12 batters, including six in a miserable sixth inning, as the Oakland Athletics won the series opener 8-4 on Thursday night at RingCentral Coliseum. Tigers starter Tarik Skubal allowed only two runs, one earned, but he walked four batters in just four innings, inflating his pitch count to 88 pitches. The Tigers came to Oakland after sweeping the Houston Astros in a three-game series in which they scored at least six runs in every game. But the offense could muster little against A’s starter Sean Manaea, who struck out seven without walking a batter in six innings. The Tigers picked up two runs in the ninth inning when Renato Nunez doubled and Willi Castro tripled.mlive.com
Tigers place Nomar Mazara on injured list, call up reliever to fill roster spot
The Detroit Tigers placed outfielder Nomar Mazara on the 10-day injured list with a left abdominal strain on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers have recalled right-handed reliever Joe Jimenez to replace him. The Tigers opted against bringing up another outfielder to replace Mazara because they already have plenty. Outfielders (7): Akil Baddoo, Daz Cameron, Robbie Grossman, Derek Hill, JaCoby Jones, Nomar Mazara*, Victor Reyes. * on the 10-day injured listRight-handed pitcher Spencer Turnbull is on the COVID-related injury list, which temporary removes him from the 40-man roster.mlive.com
Tigers roster finalized: Q&A about winners, losers, surprises and what it means for future
But it is surprising that the Tigers turned away someone who would almost certainly lead the team in home runs for....Harold Castro? Here are six questions and answers about what this means for the Tigers now and going forward1. Jeimer Candelario will be the primary third baseman, which will leave Niko Goodrum, Harold Castro and, of course, Miguel Cabrera at first. The best bet is that Cabrera plays in the field once or twice a week and the Tigers essentially platoon Harold Castro and Goodrum on the other days. What is it about Harold Castro?mlive.com
In surprise move, Tigers demote former closer to Toledo
The Detroit Tigers have demoted former closer Joe Jimenez to Triple-A Toledo. The move was announced Saturday morning and effectively solidifies the Tigers’ Opening Day pitching staff. RELATED: Tigers’ Opening Day roster set. Jimenez, 26, has pitched parts of four seasons with the Tigers and has been the club’s official or semi-official closer since Shane Greene was traded in 2019. “It was a difficult conversation with Joe and he handled it very professionally, but he was obviously unhappy,” said Tigers manager A.J.mlive.com
Predicting all 26 players who will make the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day roster
C Wilson RamosConfidence: LockRole: Starting catcherThere’s a legitimate three-way battle to back up Ramos, but everyone knows who the starter will be. AdSS Willi CastroConfidence: LockRole: Starting shortstopThere are going to be some defensive miscues, especially on the throw. As a result, the Tigers will have an extra roster spot to play with -- that’s why there will be 27 names on this list. He bet on himself and won, allowing just three runs while striking out 15 batters in 11 spring innings. If we’re being honest, a conversation about Baddoo as a starter feels more justified than a conversation about earning a roster spot.
LeMahieu HR ends inning, no more early exits for pitchers
Starter Zach Eflin pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out four without a walk. ROCKIES 2, MARINERS 1Kyle Freeland allowed three hits in four shutout innings in his second start for Colorado, striking out four. Seattle's Marco Gonzales threw four shutout innings in his second start, allowing two hits while striking out four. Martín Pérez made his second start, allowing two hits and a walk in four scoreless innings. ATHLETICS 5, REDS 2 (7)Oakland lefty Sean Manaea struck out four in three innings, allowing one run and three hits.
Tigers bullpen throws 5 shutout innings and has radar gun sizzling early in spring
The starting pitcher, Spencer Turnbull, really wasn’t bad either. Joe Jimenez, Derek Holland, Jose Cisnero, Gregory Soto and Alex Lange each pitched a scoreless inning in the game. Cisnero struck out two batters in the fifth while sitting at 96 and 97 mph, while Soto struck out the side in the sixth, reaching 98 and 99 mph on the radar gun. But the 31-year-old journeyman was one of the Tigers’ steadiest relievers in 2020, posting a 3.03 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. Turnbull allowed two runs in his two innings of work, but he struck out three and featured a very live fastball for such an early part of spring training.mlive.com
Who are candidates to be Tigers’ closer in 2021? Will they even have one?
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Will Gregory Soto be the Detroit Tigers’ closer? The closer role has seemed somewhat superfluous for the Tigers over the last several years, a distinction that mattered more in fantasy baseball than the real-life variety. Let’s start with Jimenez, 26, who has spent most of his career as Closer of the Future (2017-2018) or actual closer (2019-2020). Obviously, Hinch and the Tigers hope to be better in 2021 than they have been in the previous four seasons. And the actual identify of the Tigers’ closer will matter to few people beyond fantasy baseball owners.mlive.com
Ranking all 72 Tigers on their chances of making the team (hint: Miggy is still No. 1)
Candelario is now a critical element of the Tigers’ lineup, whether he’s playing first or third or a little bit of both. But he was a steady presence in the Tigers’ bullpen in 2020 and they’d like to see if he can do it again in 2021. If the Tigers opt to keep Rule 5 Draft pick Akil Baddoo (29), Castro’s path to a roster spot will be a lot tighter. After Teheran, the veteran non-roster invitees most likely to win a roster spot are probably Erasmo Ramirez (34) and Derek Holland (35). Fans would love it, but top prospects Spencer Torkelson (66) and Riley Greene (67) aren’t going to make the team.mlive.com
Detroit Tigers tender contracts to 9 players, bringing them back for 2021 season
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers tendered contracts to all nine of their arbitration-eligible players Wednesday, meaning they will all return for the 2021 season. READ: Detroit Tigers hire University of Michigan’s Chris Fetter as new pitching coachBy tendering contracts to these players, the Tigers will now negotiate salaries for the 2021 season. Last season, the Tigers won an arbitration hearing with Fulmer, who filed for $3.4 million but ultimately earned $2.8 million for the season. Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer throws during an intrasquad baseball game, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Detroit. Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Chicago Cubs at Comerica Park on August 26, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
Tigers finish sweep of Twins, pull back to .500 with 3-2 win
DETROIT Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 victory Sunday. Detroit has won five straight to pull back to .500 on the season. Anything can happen in this short season, and there's a lot of openings.Jeimer Candelario also homered for the Tigers, and Jorge Polanco went deep for the Twins. He also hit three batters and threw a wild pitch that brought home a run in the second. Rich Hill (1-1) takes the mound for the Twins against Lucas Giolito (3-2), who threw a no-hitter in his previous start Tuesday.
Indians beat Tigers for 20th straight time, Reyes hits 2 HRs
Cleveland Indians center fielder Delino DeShields greets teammates after their 8-5 over the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT The Cleveland Indians beat Detroit for the 20th straight time, nearing the major league record for most wins by a team over a single opponent, as Franmil Reyes hit two home runs to defeat the Tigers 8-5 Sunday. The Indians can match the record when they host Detroit in a three-game series next weekend. An ensuing argument earned Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire an ejection, the first of his season and 85th of his career. TRAINERS ROOMIndians: Reyes was hit by a pitch from Joe Jimenez with one out in the ninth.
Cabreras bat, Turnbulls arm help Tigers sweep Pirates 2-1
PITTSBURGH Spencer Turnbull pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Cabrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth as the Detroit Tigers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Sunday to sweep the three-game series. After the Tigers posted 17-13 and 11-5 wins at PNC Park, the finale turned into a pitching duel. He also could be seen talking to himself between pitches at time, reminiscent of former Tigers pitcher Mark The Bird Fidrych. Pirates: Evans will miss the remainder of the season after being injured in a collision with RF Gregory Polanco on Saturday. UP NEXTTigers: Open a three-game series against the White Sox on Monday night in Detroit with RHP Michael Fulmer (0-0, 13.50) pitching against LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 2.55).
Detroit Tigers should consider trading pitchers to Yankees for Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar
On Thursday, the Yankees optioned Miguel Andujar to their alternate training site, where hell join former top prospect Clint Frazier in intrasquad games and workouts. Trade returnJust because Andujar and Frazier cant break the Yankees starting lineup doesnt mean theyre scrubs. In that full season, Andujar hit 27 home runs and 47 doubles in 149 games with a low strikeout rate and a .297/.328/.527 slash line. Andujar has shown what he can do in a full season, and Frazier deserves a chance to validate his prospect pedigree. But with Miguel Cabreras contract the only post-arbitration deal on the books after this season, the Tigers have plenty of money to spend.
7-inning doubleheaders debut in MLB, Reds sweep Tigers
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT Trevor Bauer made short work of the Detroit Tigers, capping Major League Baseball's first seven-inning doubleheader with a shutout. We've had a tough time in these first ten days, and we've especially struggled against Detroit, Bell said. Bauer wasn't confirmed as the starter for the second game until he arrived at the park. At one point in the first game, Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani forgot the teams were only playing seven innings. Tigers: Detroit has Monday off, then is scheduled to host four games in three days against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Detroit Tigers prove superior in comeback win against Kansas City
DETROIT From getting blown out in the home opener to getting two wins in a row against the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers seem to have the better hand getting majority series wins against the Royals. At that point the only run the Tigers were able to get was a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Schoop to put them on the board but still down 4-1. It wasnt until the bottom of the 5th-inning that it was time to tie it up for the home team. Hes been swinging a good, short swing and on the whole field driving the baseball. Tomorrow night it will be Ivan Nova on the mound for the Tigers but will also be the last game of the series against Kansas City.
Tigers bullpen sharp in 4-3 win over Royals
DETROIT Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart each hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Whit Merrifield launched a three-run shot in the top of the third for Kansas City, but the Tigers answered quickly and held on from there. There were a pair of blunders in the ninth on the same play when Detroit first baseman C.J. 'Kansas City starter Kyle Zimmer pitched two scoreless innings, then hit JaCoby Jones with a pitch to start the Detroit third. Kansas City recalled OF Nick Heath and RHP Jake Newberry.
Tigers C.J. Cron continues to impress in 3-2 win against Cincinnati Reds
In this third round against the Reds, it was an impressive display of clutch hitting and impressive itching. Once again, the Tigers were able to strike first courtesy of a solo shot over the right center fence by Niko Goodrum. Spencer Turnbull was the starting pitcher for the Tigers and pitched five innings only allowing one earned run and got eight strikeouts. Cron would send a two-run home run over Nick Castellanos in right field putting the Tigers ahead 3-1. The Tigers would win the contest 3-2 and get the better hand of the series over the Reds winning 2 out of the 3 games.
Detroit Tigers reveal final 30-man roster for Opening Day
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers revealed their final 30-man Opening Day roster for the 2020 season Thursday, just hours before the noon deadline. The Tigers had most of their roster figured out before the second round of spring training began, but there was still competition for the final bullpen and reserve spots. They had on-and-off moments throughout summer camp, and the Tigers could have gone with higher upside choices such as Shao-Ching Chiang or Nolan Blackwood. MORE: Did we see the Tigers Opening Day lineup on Tuesday? Greiner, Lugo and Mercer earned the final three spots over more exciting options such as Willi Castro and Derek Hill.
Detroit Tigers send 19 players to Toledo -- 37 left competing for 30 roster spots
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers sent 19 players to their alternate training site in Toledo on Monday, leaving 37 players to battle for 30 Opening Day roster spots. READ: How will the Tigers fill their final rotation spots after the Jordan Zimmermann injury? Haase and Rogers were fighting for what figured to be two or three catcher spots on the roster. That means seven of these 13 players will also be sent to Toledo or the taxi squad, while six make the roster. Lets assume its 11, leaving four bullpen spots and two reserve spots open.
Predicting the full Detroit Tigers 30-man roster one week before the season begins
DETROIT It almost doesnt seem real, but one week from Friday is the start of what could be the strangest Detroit Tigers season ever. Roster makeupPredicting the roster for a team like the Tigers -- with so many unproven players fighting for jobs -- is tricky even in a normal year. READ: Here are the players included on the Detroit Tigers spring training rosterMLB expanded rosters by one spot before the pandemic, allowing teams to carry 26 players. He gave up way too many runs, but hes looked better in both spring training segments. Reyes was much better than Stewart during spring training in March, when the latter struggled to make any solid contact.
5 ways Detroit Tigers appear to be much better this year after week of intrasquad games
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers have offered live streams of their intrasquad games for about a week now, and while the rules are loose and the results come with an asterisk, its blatantly obvious this team is much better than a year ago. READ: Predicting the full Tigers 30-man roster one week before the season beginsBack in February, I predicted that the Tigers could be 15-20 games better than their 47-114 record this season. After watching the Tigers intrasquad games from Saturday through Thursday (five games total), here are five positive observations. Cron of a home run during the Detroit Tigers' intrasquad game July 13, 2020, at Comerica Park. Cron #26 (L) of the Detroit Tigers is greeted at home plate by teammate Jonathan Schoop #8 after he hit a home run during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 11, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
Here are the 58 players included on the Detroit Tigers spring training roster
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers have released their initial Club Player Pool, including 58 players who can participate in spring training. Schwindel was one of the nice success stories of spring training in March. Willi Castro could benefit from the extra roster spots, but Lugo feels like someone who could still end up on the outside looking in. ProspectsThese are the players Tigers fans are most anxious to see, and for good reason. Dingler made the cut just weeks after being the teams second-round draft pick, but hell likely just get some work in Toledo.
Tigers hit 4 home runs, win 6-3 over White Sox
Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Tigers celebrates his two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT - Willi Castro hit his first major league homer, one of four connections by the Detroit Tigers in a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The White Sox got a homer from Wellington Castillo but lost for the 17th time in 25 games. White Sox starter Reynaldo Lpez (9-15) allowed five runs and nine hits, including three home runs, in four innings. Castillo got the White Sox within 5-3 with a two-out RBI single in the fifth, but Castro connected to put the Tigers back up by three in the seventh.