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Reports: Tigers interested in Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Harang

Jul 18, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

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The Tigers are hunting for starting pitching as aggressively as any team in baseball, and they’re looking at Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and San Diego’s Aaron Harang as fallback options if Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez and the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda prove out of reach.

Detroit is in need of a starter after shifting Phil Coke back to the pen.  Charlie Furbush replaced him in the rotation, but he’s struggled mightily in his two starts to date.

FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi has the Guthrie news, putting him third on the Tigers’ list of potential pitching acquisitions.  Morosi says the Orioles recently had a scout watching Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate.  Guthrie is 3-13 with a 4.45 ERA this season.

SI.com’s Jon Heyman says both the Tigers and Indians have made calls on Harang, who has pitched 13 scoreless innings in two starts since coming off the DL.  He’s 7-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 15 starts for the Padres.

The Tigers are currently a half-game back of the Indians in the AL Central.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Didn’t Furbush get sent down a little while ago? I know this news would sadden most people on this site.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:58 PM

      Yeah, Furbush was sent down before the break because the Tigers didn’t need a fifth starter. It’s unclear whether he’ll be the choice when they do need a fifth starter on Wednesday.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    I hear that the Tigers are also interested in Halladay and Sabathia.

  3. baseballisboring - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:35 AM

    I’d be wary of Harang in the AL. I think Guthrie would be a better fit in the AL Central, being that he’s been in the AL East all this time…Harang would probably cost less given their contract situations, though.

  4. Panda Claus - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Guthrie’s going tonight, his next chance to impress scouts. Recently that hasn’t been going all that well. If he can hold Boston to less than 7-8 runs, that might be considered a success given all the Boston over Baltimore beatdowns lately.

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