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  1. Austin Jackson could return to the Tigers next weekend

    Jun 9, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson has been on the disabled list for almost four weeks — much longer than expected — with a strained left hamstring. But his return is apparently drawing near. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, A-Jax is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment early this week with the Triple-A Toledo Mud…

  2. Luck isn’t magic. Luck isn’t the opposite of skill.

    May 27, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Past a diving shortstop

    When I talk about sabermetrics or sabermetric thinking with people, the biggest stumbling block/conversation ender is when the subject of luck comes up.  So many of the observations and insights of Bill James and those who follow in his footsteps depend on luck — or chance, or whatever you want to call it — in…

  3. Tigers won’t rush Austin Jackson back from hamstring strain

    May 23, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson Getty

    Austin Jackson is eligible to return from the disabled list on Monday, but it’s unlikely he’ll be ready by then. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said today that Jackson “really hasn’t done any physical activity” since he was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring on May…

  4. Tigers place Austin Jackson on DL, call up Avisail Garcia

    May 13, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson

    Austin Jackson is headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury and the Tigers have called up Avisail Garcia from Triple-A to replace him on the roster. It’s unclear how the Tigers will replace him in center field. Don Kelly started there in each of the past two games Jackson missed, but it seems…

  5. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  6. 2013 Preview: Detroit Tigers

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    leyland and dombrowski tigers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Are the Tigers the American League’s best team? Last season the Tigers won 88 games,…

  7. Jim Leyland is a funny guy

    Dec 5, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    I’ve learned to more or less ignore the managerial availabilities here at the Winter Meetings because, let’s be honest, they’re 30 slightly different exercises in saying nothing. At least they are now that Ozzie Guillen is gone. Just the offseason version of “we gotta take ’em one day at a time” ManagerSpeak. I went to…

  8. The Tigers might be in the market for another outfielder

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter AP

    The Tigers finalized a two-year, $26 million contract with Torii Hunter yesterday, but they might not be done shopping for outfielders. While Hunter is expected to be the regular right fielder next season, left field isn’t nearly as settled. The most likely approach is a platoon, but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck…

  9. The case against Torii Hunter helping the Tigers

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    It’s not hard to see why the Tigers were regular-season disappointments in 2012; the bottom half of the lineup, which was so productive the year before, stumbled badly: OPS by lineup spot, from 2011 to 2012 No. 5:  .797 to .671 No. 6: .842 to .654 No. 7: .720 to .700 No. 8: .768 to…

  10. Hugo Chavez is digging this World Series

    Oct 27, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez talks on the phone with Edgar Renteria in Caracas

    Pablo Sandoval homered three times on Wednesday. Anibal Sanchez gets the start tonight. Miguel Cabrera, Avisail Garcia, Omar Infante, Marco Scutaro, Gregor Blanco, Jose Mijares and Hector Sanchez are on rosters.  Venezuela is well represented in this World Series. And someone is very happy about that: Hugo Chavez: He referred to President Barack Obama as he…

  11. World Series Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 1

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants, in San Francisco: DETROIT TIGERS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Buster Posey,…

  12. World Series Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants, in San Francisco: DETROIT TIGERS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Buster Posey,…

  13. Barry Zito will start Game 1 for Giants

    Oct 23, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    UPDATE: It’s official, Zito will start Game 1. ========== There’s no official word yet on the Giants’ rotation for the World Series, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Barry Zito is likely to get the call for Game 1 against the Tigers. He’d face Justin Verlander in a matchup of former Cy Young winners…

  14. Delmon Young to play left field in National League parks during World Series

    Oct 20, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Delmon Young Reuters

    Well, this should be fun. Delmon Young won the ALCS MVP after batting .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs, a double and six RBI against the Yankees, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland won’t have the luxury of the DH spot during the World Series in National League parks. However, he’s prepared to sacrifice some defense…

  15. ALCS Game 4 lineups: A-Rod, Granderson (still) benched

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers, in Detroit: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Nick Swisher, RF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5.…

  16. ALCS Game 4 lineups: A-Rod, Granderson benched

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers, in Detroit: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Nick Swisher, RF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5.…

  17. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 14, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    yankee stadium getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS, set for a 4:00 p.m. ET first pitch in New York: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 2. Quintin Berry, LF 2. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4.…

  18. Delmon Young, Avisail Garcia give Tigers some insurance over Yankees in ALCS Game 1

    Oct 13, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

    delmon young getty

    The Tigers’ lead in Game 1 of the ALCS just grew. Delmon Young launched a solo home run to the left field seats at Yankee Stadium with one out in the top of the eighth, pushing Detroit to a 3-0 advantage over New York with the evening growing increasingly late. The dinger not only provided…

  19. ALCS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 13, 2012, 5:34 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees, in New York: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B…

  20. ALDS Game 4 lineups: Tigers vs. A’s

    Oct 10, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    cespedes, crisp getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s. First pitch is 9:37 p.m. ET: DETROIT TIGERS OAKLAND ATHLETICS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Coco Crisp, CF 2. Quintin Berry, LF 2. Stephen Drew, SS 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Brandon…

  21. Backs against the wall, Giants and A’s come through

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    With four teams combining on just 16 hits and five runs, Tuesday’s games were all about the pitching. Facing elimination, the Giants and A’s survived thanks to the strength of their rotations and bullpens. Tied 1-1 for most of the day, the Giants tried emptying their bench as a means to score a run in…

  22. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Tigers vs. A’s

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s, in Oakland: DETROIT TIGERS OAKLAND A’S 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Coco Crisp, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Stephen Drew, SS 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B 5. Delmon…

  23. A’s and Tigers trade runs in third, Game 2 of ALDS sits tied

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    The A’s only tallied three hits off Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Saturday’s ALDS Game 1 loss at Comerica Park. Through three innings Sunday, Oakland already has five hits against Doug Fister. Cliff Pennington and Coco Crisp hit back-to-back singles to open the top of the third, then Yoenis Cespedes drove Pennington in with a…

  24. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Athletics vs. Tigers

    Oct 7, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    comerica park getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the A’s and Tigers, set to get underway at 12 p.m. ET: OAKLAND ATHLETICS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Coco Crisp, CF 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Stephen Drew, SS 2. Omar Infante, 2B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B…

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