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  1. Brad Ausmus wants Victor Martinez catching again

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury and caught only three times all of last season, but two years after his last regular game action behind the plate he’s putting on the gear again this spring. Tom Gage of the Detroit News writes that new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called Martinez…

  2. Tigers avoid arbitration with Alex Avila

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers have avoided arbitration with catcher Alex Avila. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal for 2014 worth $4.15 million. The deal includes a vesting option for 2015 worth $5.4 million with a $200,000 buyout clause. Sherman adds that the option vests if Avila…

  3. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  4. Not everyone is happy about home plate collisions being taken away

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is not a fan of the new rule banning home plate collisions. Indeed he’s so incensed that he decided to mock the idea of protecting athletes whose health and career are put at risk as a result of them: One of the game’s biggest stars — Buster Posey —…

  5. 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…

  6. The Tigers storm back to take the lead in the 6th inning of Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz didn’t have enough gas to get through the sixth inning of Game 6. After shutting the Tigers out through five, he showed diminished velocity and command, as he walked lead-off batter Torii Hunter on consecutive 88 MPH fastballs. He then surrendered a single to Miguel Cabrera through the hole between…

  7. Xander Bogaerts sparks a two-out rally in the fifth as Red Sox take the lead in Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    Xander Bogaerts

    Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts doubled high off the Green Monster in left-center against Max Scherzer with two outs in the fifth inning. It seemed innocent enough, despite an impressive piece of hitting from the 20-year-old. Jacoby Ellsbury, however, quickly followed up with a well-struck line drive to right field. Torii Hunter came up…

  8. Cardinals manager and former catcher Mike Matheny supports a ban on home plate collisions

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    Earlier, D.J. Short informed us that Major League Baseball is considering banning collisions at home plate in an effort to better protect catchers. There have been quite a few incidents that have been the impetus of the call for change, most notably when Buster Posey and Scott Cousins collided on May 25, 2011. Posey was…

  9. ALCS, Game 6: Tigers-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 19, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jim Leyland

    With the Red Sox one win away from a trip to the World Series, here are the lineups for Game 6 of the ALCS at Fenway Park … Tigers: RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B Prince Fielder DH Victor Martinez LF Jhonny Peralta 2B Omar Infante C Alex Avila CF Austin Jackson SS Jose…

  10. Ban on home plate collisions could be coming soon

    Oct 19, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    David Ross Alex Avila Getty

    Home plate collisions like the one we saw between David Ross and Alex Avila in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday may soon be a thing of the past. ESPN’s Buster Olney was told by team officials that they expect the topic of banning home plate collisions to be raised again in meetings this…

  11. Looking ahead to ALCS Game 6: Tigers-Red Sox

    Oct 19, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    Clay Buchholz Getty

    After defeating the Tigers 4-3 in Game 5 on Thursday night, the Red Sox are just one win away from their first World Series appearance since 2007. They’ll attempt to finish things off in Game 6 of the ALCS tonight at Fenway Park in Boston. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET while the…

  12. After taking beating behind plate, Alex Avila makes early exit from Game 5 of ALCS

    Oct 17, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    UPDATE: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Avila exited the game with a left patellar tendon strain and is considered day-to-day. 9:46 p.m. ET: Alex Avila was forced to make an early exit from Game 5 of the ALCS, two innings after a home plate collision with David Ross. Avila twisted his left knee…

  13. Red Sox jump out to early lead against Tigers in Game 5 of ALCS

    Oct 17, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli Getty

    The Red Sox were held hitless for six innings by Anibal Sanchez back in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday, but they are off to a quick start against him tonight. Mike Napoli led off the top of the second inning with a long home run to straightaway center field to get the Red…

  14. ALCS, Game 5: Red Sox-Tigers lineups

    Oct 17, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jim Leyland

    Lineups for Game 5 in Detroit … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Jonny Gomes SS Stephen Drew 3B Xander Bogaerts C David Ross SP Jon Lester There was lots of post-Game 4 talk about benching someone from the left side of the…

  15. ALCS, Game 4: Red Sox-Tigers lineups

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jim Leyland

    Lineups for Game 4 in Detroit … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Daniel Nava C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks SP Jake Peavy Switch-hitter Daniel Nava and his .322 batting average versus right-handed pitching is finally back in the…

  16. ALCS, Game 3: Red Sox-Tigers lineups

    Oct 15, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jim Leyland

    Lineups for this afternoon’s Game 3 in Detroit … Tigers: CF Austin Jackson RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B Prince Fielder DH Victor Martinez SS Jhonny Peralta C Alex Avila 2B Omar Infante LF Andy Dirks SP Justin Verlander Tigers manager Jim Leyland is sticking with Jhonny Peralta at shortstop, but has made a…

  17. Worst fan: Sox fan ripped home run ball out of woman’s hand, taunted other with racist remarks

    Oct 14, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    fan rips ball out of hands

    I couldn’t believe what I saw after Alex Avila‘s home run last night. If you were following the game online you no doubt saw it too, as video of it quickly went viral. A fan in the right field stands ripped the home run ball out of the hands of the woman who came up…

  18. Tigers break out the lumber in the sixth inning, take 5-0 lead in ALCS Game 2

    Oct 13, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Through the first 14 innings, the ALCS had been a pitcher-dominated affair. Anibal Sanchez and the Tiger bullpen held the Red Sox hitless through eight and two-thirds innings in Game 1 and Scherzer has held the Sox hitless through five in Game 2. To their credit, the Sox pitching has been nearly as good —…

  19. Alex Avila puts the Tigers up 1-0 early against the Red Sox in ALCS Game 2

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    alex avila getty

    The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox. Victor Martinez hit a one-out double to left-center off of Sox starter Clay Buchholz. He advanced to third on Jhonny Peralta‘s line drive single to left, then came home when Alex Avila ripped a single up the middle.…

  20. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Red Sox

    Oct 13, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    fenway park getty

    Below are the starting lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for just after 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Detroit leads the best-of-seven Championship Series 1-0 after Saturday’s victory. Detroit Tigers CF Austin Jackson RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B…

  21. Tigers’ poor base running costs them twice in the fifth inning of ALCS Game 1

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew, Jhonny Peralta

    The Tigers were twice in good position to break a scoreless tie against Jon Lester and the Red Sox in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the ALCS, but poor base running decisions left them with nothing at the end of the inning. Jhonny Peralta led off with a double to left-center. Omar Infante…

  22. Anibal Sanchez works out of first-inning jam by recording four strikeouts

    Oct 12, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez needed 26 pitches to escape a first-inning jam in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Red Sox. The right-hander had allowed two runners on a strikeout wild pitch and a walk, but used an array of fastballs, change-ups, and sliders to work his way out of trouble. In fact, Sanchez…

  23. ALCS, Game 1: Tigers-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 12, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    ALCS 2013

    Lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS in Boston … Tigers: CF Austin Jackson RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B Prince Fielder DH Victor Martinez LF Jhonny Peralta 2B Omar Infante C Alex Avila SS Jose Iglesias As expected, Jose Iglesias is back at shortstop after Jhonny Peralta made the start there in Game…

  24. ALDS, Game 5: Tigers-A’s lineups

    Oct 10, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin AP

    Lineups for Game 5 in Oakland … Tigers: CF Austin Jackson RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B Prince Fielder DH Victor Martinez SS Jhonny Peralta C Alex Avila 2B Omar Infante LF Don Kelly SP Justin Verlander Tigers manager Jim Leyland has made a big change, benching slick-fielding rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias and shifting…

  25. ALDS, Game 4: A’s-Tigers lineup

    Oct 8, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin AP

    Lineups as the Tigers try to force a fifth game … Athletics: CF Coco Crisp 3B Josh Donaldson SS Jed Lowrie 1B Brandon Moss LF Yoenis Cespedes DH Seth Smith RF Josh Reddick C Stephen Vogt 2B Eric Sogard SP Dan Straily A’s manager Bob Melvin didn’t change a thing after the Game 3 win,…

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