Niko Goodrum among 3 former Tigers dropped from rosters on Thursday
Most notably, longtime Tigers utility man Niko Goodrum was designated by the Houston Astros on Thursday. Goodrum, 30, played regularly for the Tigers in a variety of roles from 2018-2021 hitting .232 with a .707 OPS (90 OPS+) in 376 games. Assuming he clears waivers, Goodrum is likely to remain in the Astros system for the remainder of the year but he won’t be part of the club’s playoff run. Another well-liked, one-time Tigers prospect was dropped from the 40-man roster by the Cleveland Guardians. McKay, 27, logged 19 innings for the Tigers in 2019 after being claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners and started the COVID-shortened 2020 season on the Tigers’ roster before being demoted and then DFA’d.mlive.com
Mr. Versatility with Detroit Tigers, Niko Goodrum loses his big-league spot
Niko Goodrum spent four seasons as a do-it-all player in the field for the Detroit Tigers. Struggling at the plate this spring in his first season with the Houston Astros, Goodrum will now have to earn his way back to the big leagues. Goodrum batted just .116 with two doubles and one RBI in 15 games with the AL West-leading Astros. After signing as a free agent with the Tigers prior to the 2018 season, Goodrum played every position in the field except pitcher and catcher. Detroit granted Goodrum his free agency after last season, when he batted .214 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 90 games.mlive.com
Tigers lineup: Eric Haase behind plate in series finale
HOUSTON -- Eric Haase will be behind the plate as the Detroit Tigers seek to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows will miss his third consecutive game with a non-COVID illness. Austin Meadows (non-COVID illness) out for a third straight game. Eric Haase behind the plate in the series finale. pic.twitter.com/HdwyjQjT8c — Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) May 8, 2022Sunday will be a “bullpen day” for the Tigers, with several pitchers slated to take the mound.mlive.com
Niko Goodrum reflects on time in Detroit: ‘I had an amazing four years’
HOUSTON -- When Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Goodrum spent the last four seasons with the Tigers before signing with the Astros as a free agent over the winter. His job is basically the same as the old one: Play wherever he’s needed on any given day. I had an amazing four years.”After the Tigers cut him loose, nearly a dozen teams made inquiries (including the Astros). “They both have a joy that they play with every day,” Goodrum said.mlive.com
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson suspended, will miss first 2 games of season-opening series vs. Tigers
The Chicago White Sox will be without a key player when they open their season against the Detroit Tigers. Shortstop Tim Anderson will serve a two-game suspension when the season starts at Comerica Park in Detroit on April 8. The suspension stems from an incident in the ninth inning of a game on Sept. 27, 2021, in which he made contact with umpire Tim Timmons. As a result, Anderson will also miss the White Sox-Tigers game on April 9 before returning for the series finale. Anderson pushed back, not knowing it was an umpire who had pushed him.mlive.com
3 former Tigers infielders sign with new teams Saturday
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Three former Detroit Tigers infielders, including recent utility man Niko Goodrum, signed with new clubs amid a flurry of moves on Saturday night. Goodrum, who spent the last four seasons with the Tigers, signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Houston Astros, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. He would have made around $3 million in arbitration if the Tigers had extended him a contract. Over the next four seasons, Goodrum played regularly at second and shortstop while serving at times as a super-utility player. Shortstop Jose Iglesias, who played for the Tigers from 2013-2018, signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.mlive.com
Niko Goodrum gave the Tigers 4 solid years. He deserves a tip of the cap as he departs.
As the Detroit Tigers welcomed youngsters Kody Clemens and Angel De Jesus to the 40-man roster on Friday, veteran infielder Niko Goodrum was largely overlooked. If the Tigers have a couple of injuries and Goodrum is still unsigned in February, maybe a reunion will happen sooner than later. And good utility men are like good backup catchers. He got an extended look at shortstop and did really, really well. Goodrum, who had started the season reasonably well, finished with a .150 average and .489 OPS in his final 29 games.mlive.com
Tigers add 2 prospects to roster, cut 3 others
The Detroit Tigers have added infielder Kody Clemens and right-handed pitcher Angel De Jesus to the 40-man roster, protecting them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Of the three players dropped from the roster, Goodrum is the most notable. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (39)Left-handed pitchers (7): Tyler Alexander, Matthew Boyd, Miguel Del Pozo, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz. SubtractionsNov. 5: RHP Drew Hutchison and LHP Ian Krol elected free agency after being waived and outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. Nov. 9: RHP Drew Carlton cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.mlive.com
Niko Goodrum homers twice as Tigers win slugfest over Twins
Niko Goodrum homered twice and Harold Castro had two RBI doubles as the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-7 on Thursday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Tigers (76-83) avoided a sweep at the hands of the Twins (71-88) in their final meeting of the year. pic.twitter.com/NIspWrlp8F — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 1, 2021Harold Castro also doubled home a run in the four-run fourth and then drove in the game-tying run in a three-run eighth. Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal dealt with a familiar problem in his final start of the season: Too many homers. Tigers first baseman Jonathan Schoop had three hits, including a solo homer in the ninth inning, to extend his hit streak to 11 games.mlive.com
Who’s at fault in Tigers-Sox feud? It depends on what jersey you’re wearing.
On Monday, the Tigers and White Sox had a bench-clearing fracas after rookie pitcher Alex Lange hit Sox slugger Jose Abreu with a 97 mph fastball. Sox fans insist it was Goodrum who provoked an innocent Abreu, who had just executed a hard but legal slide. Hinch noted on Monday -- not as a threat, but as a simple statement of fact -- that the White Sox have more to lose than the Tigers. The White Sox are headed for the playoffs. And even the slight risk of it happening should be enough for the White Sox to hold off on any retaliation until 2022.mlive.com
Benches clear in wild finish, but White Sox hold on to beat Tigers
DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox won this one, but there’s a rematch on the docket in 193 days. Tigers reliever Alex Lange hit veteran slugger Jose Abreu with a pitch in the ninth, prompting chirping from the White Sox dugout. When the shouts started to be directed toward the Tiger’s dugout, Tigers manager A.J. They will play three more against the White Sox (89-68) in Chicago over the weekend. The Tigers finish the season with six road games.mlive.com
So long, Victor Reyes? Not so fast. Longtime Tigers outfielder has made a case to stick around.
DETROIT -- After Sunday’s game, members of the Detroit Tigers greeted a preselected group of fans on the field, took off their jerseys and handed them over as a gift. For much of the season, it seemed certain that outfielder Victor Reyes would appear on this list. Then, finally getting an extended opportunity in Detroit when veteran outfielder Nomar Mazara was released after the All-Star break, Reyes hit some more. Unlike Mazara, Reyes has options, meaning he can be freely transferred back and forth from Detroit to Toledo. Hinch said of Reyes’ season.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 get 16 hits, beat White Sox for 4th win in a row
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers took the lead in the seventh inning with an RBI single by Niko Goodrum and went on to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Tuesday afternoon at Comerica Park. The Tigers (74-78) have won four in a row and have taken the first two games of the series from the White Sox (85-66). pic.twitter.com/Z5svbYTZ3d — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 21, 2021The Tigers took -- or attempted to take -- extra bases all day long. Reyes swiped third base in the sixth when the White Sox fell asleep on an attempted sac bunt. If they play, it will be Tigers right-hander Casey Mize (7-8, 3.64 ERA) against White Sox righty Reynaldo Lopez (3-3, 3.00).mlive.com
Tigers will activate 2 players from injured list on roster expansion day
DETROIT -- A couple years ago, today would be the day that the Detroit Tigers clubhouse would get a lot more crowded. Right-handed pitcher Wily Peralta and infielder Niko Goodrum will be activated from the injured list before the Tigers play the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Until 2020, teams were allowed to expand the roster up to 40 players. Teams are required to add two players to the 26-man roster for a total of 28 until the end of the season. * on the 10-day Major League injured list** on the 7-day minor-league injured listCatcher Jake Rogers (right arm soreness); and right-handed pitchers Julio Teheran (right shoulder strain), Rony Garcia (knee) and Spencer Turnbull (right forearm strain) are on the 60-day injured list, which removes them from the 40-man roster.mlive.com
Tigers cut veteran pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to bring up rookie reliever
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers designated veteran pitcher Erasmo Ramirez for assignment before Friday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. Ramirez, the first player born in Nicaragua to pitch for the Tigers, signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers prior to spring training. He went 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 26 2/3 innings with the big-league club, walking five and striking out 20. But he got a late-season invite to the Tigers’ alternate training site in 2020 and then impressed new manager A.J. The Tigers will activate right-handed pitcher Jose Ureña to start Saturday’s game.mlive.com
Tigers have 11 players on injured list: See who’s coming back when
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have 11 players on the injured list, four of whom should be back fairly soon and four more who are likely to be back in September. That’s where it gets fairly complicated, as the Tigers don’t have space for eight players right now. The Tigers can also extend rehab outings to their maximum length while deciding what to do. Outfielder Akil Baddoo (concussion) will be eligible to come off the 7-day concussion injured list on Wednesday. He had very low velocity during a recent live BP session in Lakeland and the Tigers aren’t comfortable sending him on a rehab assignment.mlive.com
Niko Goodrum going back on IL; Tigers to call up rookie outfielder
BALTIMORE -- The Detroit Tigers will place utility man Niko Goodrum on the injured list after he strained his groin while rounding first base Wednesday night. Hinch said the club would select the contract of outfielder Jacob Robson from Triple-A Toledo to take Goodrum’s spot on the roster. The Tigers will also have to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate Robson. They will likely transfer pitcher Matthew Boyd to the 60-day injured list. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (41)Players in bold are on the 26-man active roster.mlive.com
Miguel Cabrera on brink of history as Tigers beat Orioles again
BALTIMORE -- Miguel Cabrera broke a scoreless stalemate with his 499th career home run as the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Wednesday night at Camden Yards. The Tigers (56-60) will go for a series sweep of the Orioles (38-74) on Thursday. 🥺 pic.twitter.com/pdZsiJvUX8 — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 12, 2021The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the fifth thanks to an RBI double by Niko Goodrum. The Tigers picked up two more runs in the sixth inning, including one that scored thanks to a sacrifice fly by Cabrera. Up next: The Tigers and Orioles wrap up their three-game series on Thursday at 4:05 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.mlive.com
Tigers scramble for outfield options after collision that ‘felt like a car crash’ puts 2 on IL
pic.twitter.com/bXsg8xXAhw — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 11, 2021Catcher Eric Haase could also be in the outfield as early as Thursday. Infielder Harold Castro is also an option. Before pre-game rain washed out batting practice, infielders Zack Short and Willi Castro also did some work in the outfield to be prepared in the event of an emergency. It doesn’t matter where I’m playing, I’m going to enjoy it and I’m going to play hard” he said. HINCH’S OPTIONSC (2): Eric Haase, Grayson Greiner1B (7): Jonathan Schoop, Miguel Cabrera, Renato Nunez, Harold Castro, Eric Haase, Niko Goodrum, Jeimer Candelario2B (5): Jonathan Schoop, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Niko Goodrum, Zack ShortSS (4): Zack Short, Niko Goodrum, Harold Castro, Willi Castro3B (6): Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Niko Goodrum, Zack Short, Jonathan SchoopLF/RF (5): Victor Reyes, Robbie Grossman, Harold Castro, Niko Goodrum, Eric HaaseCF (4): Victor Reyes, Robbie Grossman, Niko Goodrum, Harold Castromlive.com
Tigers will let Zack Short catch his breath: ‘He has the make-up to overcome this’
First, the Detroit Tigers want to give him a chance to catch his breath. Overall, in three short stints and one lengthy stretch with the big-league club, Short has hit .145 with a .563 OPS in 134 plate appearances. “I love Zack and I think he’s going to be a nice player for us,” Hinch said. pic.twitter.com/OIk5de81QY — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 10, 2021After this season, the future is less certain. “I do think he has the make-up to overcome this little bump in the road,” Hinch said of Short.mlive.com
Detroit Tigers had shortstop problem way before Zack Short -- we all know what they have to do to fix it
Zack Short had a really, really bad game Sunday in Cleveland, dooming the Detroit Tigers with a couple of critical errors. The fan base lost its collective mind over his struggles, but in reality, the team has much bigger problems at shortstop.
Tigers option infielder to Toledo to clear spot for Niko Goodrum’s return
CLEVELAND -- The Detroit Tigers optioned infielder Zack Short to Triple-A Toledo following Sunday’s game. Infielder/outfielder Niko Goodrum will be activated from the injured list prior to Tuesday’s game in Baltimore. Short, 26, has played semi-regularly at shortstop since being called up for his fourth stint with the club in late June. With Short out of the picture for now, Goodrum will likely split time with Harold Castro and possibly Willi Castro at shortstop. Infielders (8): Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Niko Goodrum, Isaac Paredes*, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short.mlive.com
Niko Goodrum is coming back, which means it’s decision time for Tigers
CLEVELAND -- The Detroit Tigers will have a tough decision to make after Sunday’s game. Niko Goodrum has completed his rehab assignment and will join the Tigers when they open a three-gam series at Baltimore on Tuesday. If there was any talk of Goodrum being the odd man out, the Tigers never shared it publicly. Looking ahead: Miguel Cabrera is off on Sunday, which he means he’s very likely to go to Baltimore still at 498 home runs. After three games at Baltimore, the Tigers return to Detroit for a six-game homestand beginning Aug. 13, so there remains a good shot that he will reach 500 home runs at Comerica Park.mlive.com
Tigers mailbag: Where does Willi Castro fit in future plans?
CLEVELAND -- By the time you’re reading this, Willi Castro might be back in Toledo. The Tigers have a series of decisions to make in the coming days as players return from injuries. Q: For the life of me, I cannot understand what the Tigers’ front office sees in Willi Castro. Castro hasn’t yet burned his final option year, so he could be insurance for the Tigers in Toledo next year. If the Tigers were being frugal, it could be argued that Boyd is a borderline non-tender candidate, not an extension candidate.mlive.com
Tigers injury updates: Isaac Paredes has setback in rehab
DETROIT -- Infielder Isaac Paredes won’t be back with the Detroit Tigers this week. Paredes was pulled off his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo after experiencing a setback, manager A.J. The team will then determine if he’s ready to resume his rehab assignment with the Mud Hens. Paredes, 22, has been on the injured list since July 22 with a right hip strain. Infielders (8): Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Niko Goodrum*, Isaac Paredes*, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short.mlive.com
Tigers place 2 on injured list between games of doubleheader
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jose Ureña tweaked his groin on a pitch Saturday afternoon. He left the game and is now going on the injured list. The Tigers also placed infielder/outfielder Niko Goodrum on the 10-day injured list with calf soreness. Matthew Boyd, Spencer Turnbull and Julio Teheran are on the injured list. * on the 10-day Major League injured list** on the 7-day minor-league injured listRight-handed pitchers Julio Teheran (right shoulder strain), Rony Garcia (knee) and Spencer Turnbull (right forearm strain) are on the 60-day injured list, which removes them from the 40-man roster.mlive.com
Tigers activate Niko Goodrum, select veteran lefty in flurry of moves
The Detroit Tigers have replaced a struggling reliever with a veteran left-hander in their bullpen as part of a flurry of moves made before Wednesday’s game. To create space to add Krol to the 40-man roster, the Tigers transferred right-handed pitcher Spencer Turnbull (right forearm strain) to the 60-day injured list. The Tigers also placed outfielder Daz Cameron on the 10-day injured list with a right toe sprain. His spot was taken by infielder Niko Goodrum, who was activated from the injured list after serving a rehab assignment in Toledo. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the 26-man active roster.mlive.com
Tigers swap out rookie infielders: Zack Short staying with big-league club
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are giving Zack Short the chance to stick around for more than just one day. After the second game, instead of returning Short to Toledo, they optioned infielder Isaac Paredes instead. The Tigers have struggled defensively at shortstop, even after moving Willi Castro to second base. Willi Castro has split time with Paredes at the position over the last week. Infielders (8): Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Niko Goodrum*, Isaac Paredes, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short.mlive.com
Tigers place Niko Goodrum on IL, call up rookie infielder
The Detroit Tigers have placed shortstop Niko Goodrum on the 10-day injured list with a sprained tendon in his left index finger. Harold Castro will now start in his place. Hinch said Paredes, Harold Castro and Willi Castro will share shortstop duties while Goodrum is out. He’s been the semi-regular starting shortstop in 2021 since the Tigers decided to play Willi Castro primarily at second base. Infielders (8): Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Niko Goodrum*, Isaac Paredes, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short.mlive.com
Shohei Ohtani homers twice as Angels rout Tigers, 11-3
The Angels (35-35) have won the first two games of the four-game series with the Tigers (29-41). Ohtani had one of three homers by the Angels in a five-run fifth inning that knocked Tigers starter Jose Ureña out of the game. Ohtani, who was serenaded by chants of “MVP!” from fans, is now one shy of the league lead in homers. Tigers shortstop Niko Goodrum injured his left hand while attempting to make a diving stop in the sixth inning. Angels starter Alex Cobb allowed just one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings of work.mlive.com
Tarik Skubal shines as Tigers sweep error-prone Yankees
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers took advantage of three errors to score four unearned runs in the third inning, beating the New York Yankees 6-2 Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. It’s the Tigers’ first home sweep of the Yankees since May 12-14, 2000. Tigers starter Tarik Skubal had a lot to do with it, throwing six innings of shutout ball while striking out eight. In the third, Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres made two of the team’s three errors and the Tigers also drew two walks. pic.twitter.com/c8cVBs0c09 — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 30, 2021The Yankees picked up two runs in the eighth that were charged to reliever Bryan Garcia.mlive.com
Tigers beat Indians 1-0, scoring lone run after sac bunt, sac fly
It was all the Detroit Tigers needed in 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. The Tigers (19-30) broke a four-game losing streak overall and a six-game losing streak against the Indians (26-21), who they last beat on April 3. pic.twitter.com/QO3yEWSHqI — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 27, 2021It was an unconventional shutout for the Tigers. Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jose Urena throws during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Detroit. Up next: The Tigers and Indians wrap up a four-game series on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd (2-5, 3.08 ERA) will face Tribe ace Shane Bieber (4-3, 3.32).mlive.com
Believe it or not, Tigers are no longer in last place: 4 takeaways from their 4-game win streak
“He’s never gotten the at-bats at the Major League level that his minor-league track record has warranted,” Tigers manager A.J. ***Jeimer Candelario during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit on May 13, 2021. But it’s also likely because the Tigers were striking out at an unsustainably ridiculous pace that was bound for a correction. (Allison Farrand / Detroit Tigers) (Photo used with permission)Allison FarrandNot only are the Tigers no longer the worst team in baseball, they’re no longer in last place in the American League Central Division. ***Jose Cisnero #67 during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on May 13.mlive.com
Tigers get key hits in 5-run 7th inning to beat Twins
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers got 12 hits and used a five-run seventh inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. The Tigers (10-24) and Twins (12-20) have split the first two games of the three-game series. @_JROG_ picked a perfect time for his first hit of the season!#DetroitRoots pic.twitter.com/ewGsL7ZXSJ — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 8, 2021Refreshingly, the Tigers had several offensive contributors. pic.twitter.com/IJZsBIsPPT — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 8, 2021Right fielder Nomar Mazara, in his first game back from the injured list, ripped his eighth career triple (and first since 2019) to lead off the fourth inning, and later scored when Goodrum doubled him home. Up next: The Tigers and Twins wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd (2-3, 2.27) is back after missing start due to knee tendinitis.mlive.com
Tigers’ start to 2021 has been swing and a miss: 5 takeaways
DETROIT -- Over the long haul, few will remember the Detroit Tigers’ series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates unless the game marks the difference between the No. But in the short term, the game illustrated how a couple of bounces here and there make the difference between a good series and a bad one. Niko Goodrum, JaCoby Jones, Victor Reyes, Harold Castro and Grayson Greiner are all striking out at greater than a 30-percent clip. “Niko’s a talented player and certainly can impact the game,” Hinch said. “There’s a lot of talk at times of what doesn’t do or the swing and miss or anything like that.mlive.com
Spencer Turnbull helps Tigers beat Pirates, snap 5-game skid
DETROIT -- Jonathon Schoop and Niko Goodrum hit solo home runs and Spencer Turnbull pitched five solid innings in his season debut as the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 in Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Comerica Park. “His stuff got better as the night went on,” said Tigers manager A.J. “I think Spencer has a calm heartbeat in the middle of the competition. And what I’m learning about him is he can take some feedback.”Niko Goodrum put the Tigers on the board with a solo homer in the third. pic.twitter.com/Eq4yXMtpPu — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 21, 2021Tigers reliever Bryan Garcia gave up a solo home run in the sixth, but Gregory Soto pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to earn the save.mlive.com
‘Not a demotion’: A.J. Hinch says position swap will improve Tigers’ infield defense
Goodrum would have started at shortstop and Willi Castro at second base in Tuesday’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hinch said the change does not represent a demotion for Castro, who has struggled defensively at times. Instead, it’s an acknowledgment that Goodrum is an excellent defender and Castro has the ability to do something that Hinch has asked all the Tigers to do: Play more than one position. “You’re watching Niko play short and you see the the opportunity to have strong middle of the infield with Willi shifting over to second. “When I talked to him about playing second base, he had a great approach to it,” Hinch said.mlive.com
Tigers’ infielders swap spots: Willi Castro starting at 2nd base if snow holds off tonight
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers infielders Niko Goodrum and Willi Castro will switch spots on Tuesday night -- if the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates isn’t snowed out. Goodrum is starting at shortstop, while Castro is at second base. Goodrum began the 2020 season as the Tigers’ everyday shortstop, but was eventually unseated by Castro, who has played there almost exclusively since last August. The Tigers (6-10) play the Pirates (7-9) on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. for the first of three games at Comerica Park. #DetroitRoots pic.twitter.com/t7iyFvL5xT — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 20, 2021Catcher Grayson Greiner, outfielder Akil Baddoo and infielder Harold Castro will be available off the bench.mlive.com
Tigers lineup: Niko Goodrum making first outfield start since 2019
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers utility man Niko Goodrum will make his first start in the outfield since 2019 on Tuesday afternoon at Comerica Park. The Tigers (2-2) play the Minnesota Twins (3-1) at 1:10 p.m. in the second of a three-game series. Goodrum will start in left field, moving Robbie Grossman to right. Miguel Cabrera will make his second start of the season at first base. He’s played a little bit of outfield in his career and then I had him out there for a couple of games this spring.mlive.com
Tigers’ lineup: Jonathan Schoop making debut at first base Saturday
Jonathan Schoop, who has played in 847 career games at three different positions, will play his first game at first base on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. The Detroit Tigers (1-0) face the Cleveland Indians (0-1) at 1:10 p.m.Schoop, the Tigers’ regular second baseman in 2021, played a variety of infield spots in spring training and looked comfortable at first base. Niko Goodrum will make his first start of the season at second base. Tigers' lineup in Game 2 has Jonathan Schoop at first, Niko Goodrum at second. Veteran right-hander Julio Teheran will make his Tigers debut Saturday against Indians right-hander Zach Plesac.mlive.com
Tigers’ Opening lineup 2021: Three switch hitters at top of order
The Tigers will have three consecutive switch hitters at the top of the lineup. Jeimer Candelario and Willi Castro, who are both coming off outstanding short seasons in 2020, will follow Grossman. Miguel Cabrera will bat cleanup and play first base. Miguel Cabrera, 1B5. Willi Castro is 1-for-6, but the one hit was a three-run home run.mlive.com
Ranking 22 Detroit Tigers questions we can’t wait to learn the answers to this season
DETROIT – Even though a playoff race isn’t in the cards for the Detroit Tigers this season, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about this team ahead of Opening Day. READ: Meet all 26 members of the Tigers’ rosterWe came up with 22 questions we can’t wait to learn the answers to over the coming months. Nobody knew who he was when the Tigers selected him in the Rule 5 draft, mostly because he missed the entire 2020 season and hasn’t played above High-A ball. An underrated part of the shortened 2020 season was Soto’s hot start. Daniel Norris #44 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the game at Target Field on September 22, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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.
Scherzer faces deGrom in spring game, rematch on opening day
Scherzer will make his Nationals-record sixth opening day start April 1, facing the New York Mets in Washington. The original lineup released by Washington before the game featured a designated hitter; that was revised to include Scherzer batting for himself. DeGrom struck him out, part of his 4 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits and five Ks. YANKEES 8, BLUE JAYS 3Gerritt Cole struck out eight in five innings, allowing one run in his fourth spring start for New York. BRAVES 11, RAYS 1Atlanta starter Max Fried gave up three hits and struck out five over six innings.
5 possible Detroit Tigers starting lineups that include 3 new free agent signings
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers made a trio of free agent signings over the last month to fill holes in the everyday lineup, but there are still many questions about the starting nine. Cron at first base, Schoop at second base, Jeimer Candelario at third base and Niko Goodrum at shortstop. AdOf his 50 games started last season, Reyes hit leadoff in 34 of them. Isaac Paredes #19 of the Detroit Tigers bats during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 18, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Whether that means he’ll get chances at first base, third base or elsewhere remains to be seen.
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.
Heres how Detroit Tigers should shuffle starting lineup following JaCoby Jones injury
DETROIT Tuesday should have been a celebratory night for the Detroit Tigers. But it was also a costly one, because they lost starting center fielder JaCoby Jones for the rest of the season. But bad luck struck again Tuesday, when Milwaukee Brewers reliever Phil Bickford made his MLB debut and hit Jones in the hand. Derek Hill #29 of the Detroit Tigers runs the bases during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 11, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. During the Tigers recent 8-2 run, Jones was slashing just .250/.313/.321 with two doubles, two walks and 11 strikeouts.
Cabrera's homer lifts Tigers to doubleheader sweep of Twins
Boyd pitched Detroit to an 8-2 victory in the opener, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer that put the Tigers ahead to stay in the second game. Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer in each game for the Twins. Jeimer Candelario went deep in the second game for the Tigers. The Twins were going with a bullpen game in the second game after Randy Dobnak (5-2) had a rough go of it in the opener. HOLDING THEIR OWNThe Tigers secured their third straight series victory, and they've been against some well-regarded teams the Indians, Cubs and Twins.
1 trade, 3 position swaps, lineup overhaul -- 5 steps Detroit Tigers could take to stay in playoff race
Right now, its a three-team race between the Tigers, Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, who are 1.5 games out of the No. The Blue Jays have the most talented lineup with the likes of Cavan Biggio, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Teoscar Hernandez and a red-hot Randal Grichuk. The Blue Jays have the best roster and the easiest schedule, and theyve already improved their team through a trade. The Blue Jays got Daniel Vogelbach, the Padres got Yonder Alonso and the Giants got Daniel Robertson, all for cash considerations. Norris, on the other hand, is coming off his best season as a pro and is showing increased velocity.
Jonathan Schoop, Spencer Turnbull lead Tigers past Cubs 7-1
Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras hits a solo home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT Jonathan Schoop hit a grand slam in a five-run sixth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Tuesday night. The Tigers have won three of five since a nine-game losing streak dropped them out of serious postseason contention. Turnbull walked the leadoff hitter in the sixth but retired the next two before he was replaced by Bryan Garcia. The Tigers put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
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.
Tigers hit 4 homers in 1st inning, drill Pirates 11-5
Cron and Jeimer Candelario all hit home runs in the first inning against Pittsburghs Derek Holland as the Detroit Tigers drilled the Pirates 11-5 on Saturday. A night after a 17-13 win in 11 innings, Detroit came out swinging and sent the Pirates their ninth loss in their last 10 games. Nine of the Tigers' 16 hits went for extra bases. TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: Closer Keone Kela (COVID-19) pitched an inning of live batting practice but there remains no timetable for his return. Pirates: Joe Musgrove (0-3, 6.75) will attempt to bounce back after getting knocked around in a loss to Minnesota.
Tigers outslug Pirates 17-13 in 11 innings after layoff
PITTSBURGH Niko Goodrum drove in five runs, two on a double in a big 11th inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-13 in a startling slugfest on Friday night. Crazy stuff happened in that game, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. Thats why we love to play it.Erik Gonzalez, batting ninth for the Pirates, drove in six runs. Tigers starter Matthew Boyd was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Pirates: LHP Derek Holland (0-0, 4.76) is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in seven career starts against Detroit but has not faced the Tigers since 2017.
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.
Heres the Detroit Tigers starting lineup for Opening Day vs. Cincinnati Reds
CINCINNATI, Ohio The Detroit Tigers have released their starting lineup for their first game of the 2020 season against the Cincinnati Reds. Matt Boyd will make his first Opening Day start after establishing himself as the teams ace in 2019. The starting lineup is the one most expected:Niko Goodrum, SS Jonathan Schoop, 2B Miguel Cabrera, DH C.J. He wasnt a good fit with the New York Yankees but appears to be back to his ace form in Cincinnati. Despite finishing in fourth place last year, the Reds enter 2020 as the favorites in the NL Central.
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 lineup: Is tonights exhibition lineup a preview for Opening Day?
CINCINNATI, Ohio Are the Detroit Tigers offering a glimpse of their full Opening Day lineup today during their first exhibition game against the Cincinnati Reds? LATEST: Daniel Norris cleared to rejoin Detroit Tigers after positive COVID-19 testAll nine of the teams presumed everyday starters are in the lineup for Tuesday nights game. Heres how the lineup breaks down:Niko Goodrum, SS Jonathan Schoop, 2B Miguel Cabrera, DH C.J. 2 and Cron at cleanup puts the teams two best hitters in the two most important lineup slots. The four new additions -- Schoop, Cron, Maybin and Romine -- give the Tigers much more power and depth throughout the lineup.
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.
How the Detroit Tigers could make their Opening Day starting lineup as fun as possible
DETROIT This might be the most exciting time of the year for Detroit Tigers fans. Probability of being in actual Opening Day lineup: Keep dreaming! But the main reason hes included in this version of the Tigers lineup is his continuing ascent up the all-time leaderboards. Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers looks on during Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown Facility on February 17, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida. Isaac Paredes #19 of the Detroit Tigers looks on during Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown Facility on February 18, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida.
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.
Predicting the Detroit Tigers' starting lineup (yikes) for Opening Day 2020
Victor Reyes, Harold Castro, Miguel Cabrera and JaCoby Jones figure to be in the starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers to open 2020. This might have been the worst season in Tigers history, though the 2003 team's record was worse. When Opening Day 2020 rolls around, the Tigers will likely field largely the same starting nine. Jones finished on nearly a 20-homer, 40-double pace while increasing his walks rate and cutting down slightly on the strikeouts. Brandon Dixon: Dixon led the Tigers with 15 home runs this season and added 20 doubles in 117 games.
Predicting the Detroit Tigers' starting lineup (yikes) for Opening Day 2020
This might have been the worst season in Tigers history, though the 2003 team's record was worse. When Opening Day 2020 rolls around, the Tigers will likely field largely the same starting nine. In 262 plate appearances as a leadoff hitter, Reyes posted a .340 OBP and .783 OPS this season. Jones finished on nearly a 20-homer, 40-double pace while increasing his walks rate and cutting down slightly on the strikeouts. Brandon Dixon: Dixon led the Tigers with 15 home runs this season and added 20 doubles in 117 games.
Montgomery records 12 Ks, Royals beat Tigers 7-0
Jorge Soler #12 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after stealing second base in the seventh inning next to Niko Goodrum #28 of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)DETROIT - Mike Montgomery struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 7-0 Saturday. The Tigers were trying to win three straight games for the first time since May 28-31, against the Orioles and Braves. Montgomery (2-5) picked up his first win of the year as a starter, allowing four singles without walking a batter. He recovered with time to throw out the bulky Viloria, but threw the ball into right field, allowing Soler and Bubba Starling to score.
Here's the starting lineup Detroit Tigers should use for rest of season
Where should Travis Demeritte, Niko Goodrum, Jake Rogers and Christin Stewart bat for the Detroit Tigers the rest of the season? (Getty Images)DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers have been out of the playoff race for months already, but that doesn't mean they can't accomplish anything the rest of the season. The most important task remaining for the 2019 season is for the Tigers to figure out what they have in many of their young position players. Here's the lineup the Tigers should use for the rest of the season, as long as everyone stays healthy. OverviewNo matter what lineup the Tigers use, they're likely going to finish with the worst record in baseball this season.
Here's what the Detroit Tigers' starting lineup should look like the rest of the season
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers have been out of the playoff race for months already, but that doesn't mean they can't accomplish anything the rest of the season. With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the Tigers know who's on the roster for the rest of 2019. Here's the lineup the Tigers should use for the rest of the season, as long as everyone stays healthy. Niko Goodrum #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits two run double against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 4, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. OverviewNo matter what lineup the Tigers use, they're likely going to finish with the worst record in baseball this season.
Boyd dominant, but Tigers lose to Mariners in extra innings
Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on July 28, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Dylan Moore led off the 10th inning with a double against Jos Cisnero. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd held the Mariners to just two hits through six innings before Seattle broke through for its first run in the seventh. Millone allowed two runs and six hits while striking out five in five innings after opener Matt Wisler set down the Tigers in order in two innings. Mariners: Seattle opens a two-game series at Texas on Tuesday.
Tigers snap 8-game losing streak, beat Nationals 7-5
(Photo by LeonDETROIT - Miguel Cabrera had three hits and three RBIs as the Detroit Tigers rallied twice and snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Anthony Rendon included a homer among his three hits for the Nationals, who had a four-game winning streak halted. Harold Castro, Jeimer Candelario and Goodrum each had two hits for the Tigers. Tigers: Jones returned to the lineup after sitting out a game because he fouled a ball off his foot on Thursday. Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-5, 5.95) will face his former team for the second time since leaving the Nationals after the 2015 season.