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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 4, 2014, 6:40 AM EDT

    Henderson Alvarez

    Henderson Alvarez has three shutouts. Three shutouts was enough to be the full-season leader in that category in five of the past 11 seasons.

  2. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 22, 2014, 6:55 AM EDT

    Al Alburquerque

    Well, that’s something you don’t see every day.

  3. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  4. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

  5. If only Jim Leyland hadn’t been so hands on

    Oct 20, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland spent the first four months of this season with two reliable relievers: left-hander Drew Smyly and right-hander Joaquin Benoit. Obviously, that’s less than ideal. But it did give him fewer chances to mess things up. And mess things up he did in the ALCS. With Jose Veras and Al Alburquerque at…

  6. Shane Victorino is giving up on switch-hitting again

    Oct 19, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino has hit exclusively from the right side for the past six weeks, so it was a bit of a surprise to see him bat left-handed against Anibal Sanchez in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday night. However, after going 0-for-3 against Sanchez, he flipped back to the right side against relievers Jose…

  7. The Four-Pitcher Slam

    Oct 14, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    My pal Bob Ryan brought this up first, but it’s worth reliving for a moment. Sunday night, David Ortiz hit one of the coolest home runs in postseason baseball history. There are many reasons for this. One, is the obvious: The game seemed over. The series, really, seemed over. The Tigers led 5-0, the probable…

  8. The David Ortiz home run through the eyes of a Tigers fan: a play in one act

    Oct 14, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    The scene: the Calcaterra fortified compound during last night’s Tigers-Red Sox game. The lady of the house is a Tigers fan. She is enjoying some bourbon. She is also enjoying the Tigers’ 5-1 lead over the Red Sox. But she is only enjoying it so much. For the bottom of the eighth inning is beginning…

  9. Red Sox mount improbable comeback, walk off winners in Game 2 to even ALCS at 1-1

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Has the sleeping giant risen from his slumber? The Red Sox led the American League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and (of course) OPS during the regular season, but between Game 1 and the fifth inning of Game 2, they looked more like the Miami Marlins. They were no-hit through eight and two-thirds innings in…

  10. David Ortiz puts the Red Sox back in the game with a game-tying grand slam

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The narrative of the ALCS through nine innings of Game 1 and seven innings of Game 2 was all about the Tigers’ pitching dominance and the Red Sox offensive futility. That came to a screeching halt in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Sox mounted a potentially series-altering rally against the Tiger bullpen.…

  11. Daniel Nava breaks up Tigers’ no-hit bid, but Tigers win to take 1-0 ALCS lead

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

    Daniel Nava

    Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit took the hill at Fenway Park in the ninth inning tonight asked not only to successfully wrap up Game 1 of the ALCS by the narrowest of margins (1-0), but to wrap up what could have been baseball’s first post-season combined no-hitter. Anibal Sanchez, Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras, and Drew Smyly…

  12. Jose Veras and Drew Smyly help bring no-hitter into the ninth inning

    Oct 12, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Jose Veras

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez tossed six no-hit innings and Al Alburquerque was responsible for one himself as Jose Veras took the mound at Fenway Park in the bottom of the eighth inning attempting to preserve a potentially historic feat. The right-hander retired both hitters he faced, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia, on strikeouts before giving…

  13. Al Alburquerque helps preserve Anibal Sanchez’s no-hitter, bullpen will carry it into the eighth

    Oct 12, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

    Al Alburquerque

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez no-hit the Red Sox through six innings, but as his pitch count was run up so high, he could not complete the feat. The right-hander exited after tossing 116 pitches. Reliever Al Alburquerque took over for him in the bottom of the seventh, retiring the bottom of the Red Sox lineup…

  14. Anibal Sanchez hands his no-hitter over to the Tigers’ bullpen in the seventh

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez no-hit the Red Sox through six innings in ALCS Game 1, but he will not be allowed to complete it. Sanchez threw 116 pitches, prompting Tigers manager Jim Leyland to lift him from the game with the larger goal in mind. Reliever Al Alburquerque will be the first out of the…

  15. That did not work out as Jim Leyland hoped

    Oct 6, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    Presented with a tough first-and-third with no outs situation in the bottom of the ninth Saturday in a scoreless Game 2 against the A’s, Tigers manager Jim Leyland. 1. Chose to forgo using his best reliever 2. Chose to walk the bases loaded 3. Chose not to use a five-man infield Obviously, none of that…

  16. Athletics walk off victorious after hard-fought pitcher’s duel in Game 2 of ALDS

    Oct 6, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Two

    The Tigers and Athletics played what could very well end up being the best game of the entire post-season tonight as starters Justin Verlander and Sonny Gray took the hill in opposition. The two right-handers traded zeroes through seven innings, each allowing just four hits, each walking two or fewer, each striking out at least…

  17. Mike Aviles breaks scoreless tie in the ninth with a grand slam as Indians beat Tigers

    Sep 1, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Mike Aviles, Asdrubal Cabrera

    It was a pitcher’s duel in Detroit this afternoon as the Tigers and Indians wrapped up a three-game weekend series. Tigers starter Justin Verlander held the Tribe scoreless through seven innings, allowing just four hits and walking two while striking out six. Indians starter Danny Salazar matched him, holding the Tigers at bay through six…

  18. Yankees win, A-Rod disappoints in home debut

    Aug 10, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 in his season debut at Yankee Stadium and closer Mariano Rivera blew his second save in a row, but the Yankees won anyway thanks to a Brett Gardner walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th. In the bottom of the first, Rodriguez strode…

  19. Max Scherzer improves to 15-1 as Tigers embarrass Phillies

    Jul 27, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer picked up his easiest W of the season as the Tigers rolled over the hapless Phillies 10-0 tonight at Comerica Park. With reliever Raul Valdes making a spot start in place of Cliff Lee, dealing with a stiff neck, the Tigers put up a five-spot in the first inning. Miguel Cabrera got the…

  20. Tigers demote Al Alburquerque to Triple-A despite 3.14 ERA

    May 16, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque reacts after called for a balk which scored New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez during the fifth inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Al Alburquerque has pitched well for the Tigers this season, posting a 3.14 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 14.1 innings, but his control has been an issue with 13 walks and after three straight outings allowing a run they’ve sent the right-hander back to Triple-A. Spotty control is nothing new for Alburquerque, but his amazing…

  21. Tigers bang out 17 runs, 21 hits in rout of Astros

    May 4, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera walks back to the dugout after being called out on strikes to give the San Francisco Giants the World Series during Game 4 of the MLB World Series baseball championship in Detroit

    This is going to dent the ol’ run differential. The Astros entered the night having allowed 51 more runs than they have scored, among the worst in baseball along with the Blue Jays and Marlins. The Astros are comfortably in first place in that department after getting pummeled by the Detroit Tigers 17-2 tonight, bumping…

  22. Tigers lose because Jim Leyland’s closer-by-committee really wasn’t

    Apr 3, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Jim Leyland said all of the right things this spring after Bruce Rondon failed to step up and win the Tigers’ closing gig. He didn’t seem the least bit disturbed to go with a closer-by-committee situation while waiting for things to shake out. And then he went and seemingly abandoned the idea in the second…

  23. Phil Coke isn’t worried about the Tigers’ closer situation

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Phil Coke

    Now that it’s increasingly apparent that hard-throwing rookie Bruce Rondon might not be able to handle the job, the Tigers are reportedly trying to acquire a closer. While it’s interesting to see this much uncertainty in the late innings for a team which is built to win right now, lefty reliever Phil Coke doesn’t see…

  24. The Tigers aren’t taking the bait yet on Rafael Soriano

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Despite Scott Boras’ best efforts, the Tigers still aren’t taking the bait on free agent closer Rafael Soriano. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said this week that he’s pretty satisfied with the guys in his bullpen and isn’t going to add anyone unless it’s the right fit. “It would…

  25. Pablo Sandoval’s three-homer game is most impressive in postseason history

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:34 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Before Pablo Sandoval got to Justin Verlander twice and Al Alburquerque once for his first ever three-game game in the World Series opener, eight players in major league history had hit three homers in a postseason game: Babe Ruth (NYY) – Game 4, 1926 WS – 3-for-3, 4 RBI, 2 BB Babe Ruth (NYY) –…

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