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

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:02 AM EST

    Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Royals 2, Brewers 1: Luis Mendoza took a no-hitter into the seventh, but it was still close as prodigal Royal Zack Greinke was pretty sharp too, striking out eight and allowing one run over seven innings. Billy Butler‘s RBI single in the eighth was the difference. White Sox 6, Cardinals 1: Paul Konerko is batting…

  2. Jose Valverde: I was just wiping sweat off my face

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

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    Jose Valverde was asked about the alleged spitball today. Reports the Detroit Free Press: Re video, Valverde said he didn’t spit on the ball. He said he was wiping sweat from his face. — Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) June 12, 2012 None of four umpires or anyone in Reds dugout objected to anything Valverde did. “Exactly,”…

  3. Don’t expect many strikeouts in Twins-Phillies game tonight

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    There are lots of big-name starters pitching tonight–Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, CC Sabathia–but to me the most interesting matchup of the day involves a pair of back-of-the-rotation starters in the Minnesota-Philadelphia game. Nick Blackburn of the Twins and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies have two of the four lowest…

  4. Tigers place Octavio Dotel on DL with elbow injury

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Octavio Dotel

    Octavio Dotel has been on the active roster but unavailable to pitch because of an elbow injury for more than a week now, so today the Tigers finally decided to place him on the disabled list. Officially his injury is listed as elbow inflammation. Dotel had tons of arm problems early in his career, but…

  5. Dirk Hayhurst: Jose Valverde is an amateur when it comes to spitballing

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    Dirk Hayhurst is not impressed with the hubbub over Jose Valverde‘s possible/maybe spitball from last night. He’s actually not all that impressed with the spitball itself either, assuming it was one. Because, as The Garfoose notes, only amateurs use spit anyway. Pros use sun screen or Fixodent or Firm Grip or shaving gel or Vaseline. For…

  6. AL All-Star voting updates

    Jun 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    All Star Game Logo

    The league just announced the latest in the All-Star Game voting for the American League. Here’s where it stands. The only particularly close race right now is for the third outfield slot, which is a three-way deal between Nelson Cruz, Jose Bautista and Adam Jones. Catcher Mike Napoli: 1,640,160 Joe Mauer: 912,997 First Base Prince…

  7. Doug Fister won’t be ready to return from DL when eligible

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    When the Tigers placed Doug Fister on the disabled list with a costochondral strain both Fister and the team trainer said they thought he’d avoid the month-long absence that was needed when he had the same injury earlier in the season. That may prove accurate, but in the meantime Fister won’t be ready to return…

  8. Drew Smyly and the “mushier and mushier” blister from hell

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    If you were watching last night’s Tigers-Reds game on ESPN you saw Detroit starter Drew Smyly exit after three innings and then show off a huge blood blister on his left middle finger to everyone in the dugout. It looked pretty gross and afterward manager Jim Leyland described it as “the worst one I’d ever…

  9. Can MLB do anything about video of an alleged spitball?

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:48 AM EST

    Rivera spitball

    In the wake of the alleged Jose Valverde spitball thing, the first question many people asked me was whether MLB can or would do anything about it.  My guess, based on recent history, is that they probably can do something but probably won’t either, for a couple of reasons. The history: in game 3 of…

  10. Aroldis Chapman is suddenly human

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Cincinnati Reds

    Kudos to Dusty Baker for using his best relief pitcher in the eighth inning. But, sadly, it did not work last night as the previously invincible Aroldis Chapman proved, um, vinceable, giving up a lead and paving the way for the Tigers 7-6 victory in Cincinnati last night. The first two hitters reached against Logan…

  11. Was Jose Valverde throwing spitballs last night?

    Jun 11, 2012, 7:41 AM EST

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    I was alerted to this video via Twitter by … Dallas Latos?  Who I guess is Reds pitcher Mat Latos‘ wife.  She has a blog at MLB saying so anyway. I sorta don’t care. The point of this post is the video, not who’s sending it around. And the point of the video is that…

  12. Tigers activate Austin Jackson from disabled list

    Jun 9, 2012, 12:49 PM EST

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    The Tigers have activated Austin Jackson from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll start in center field and bat leadoff this afternoon against the Reds. Jackson has been sidelined since May 16 due to abdominal strain. He went 1-for-8 with two strikeout and a walk during a brief two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo and played…

  13. Austin Jackson is rehabbing, may come off DL this weekend

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Austin Jackson was scheduled to play about six innings in his first minor-league rehab game yesterday, but instead he played a full game at Triple-A that included nine innings in center field. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Jackson will play another full game there tonight, at which point he could be cleared to return…

  14. Alex Avilia is going on the DL

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:41 AM EST

    Blood runs down the face of Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila after he was hit by a ball during the third inning of American League MLB baseball action at Fenway Park in Boston

    Alex Avila missed four games with a tight hamstring, gave things a go last night, left early when he aggravated it, and now it looks like he’s going on the DL. Jim Leyland is taking the blame for putting Avila back in when maybe he shouldn’t have: “We found out it was probably a mistake…

  15. The Texas Rangers are dominating early All-Star balloting

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    All Star Game Logo

    The first vote-tallies have been released from the All-Star Game. Gentlemen, start your outrage! Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp are Major League Baseball’s top overall vote-getters in the first balloting figures for the 83rd All-Star Game … Hamilton, a four-time A.L. All-Star, has received 2,587,991 votes as he attempts to make his fifth consecutive…

  16. MLB draft picks 11-15: A’s, Mets pick high school shortstops

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:21 PM EST

    Robert Beary, Tyler Naquin

    No. 11 – Oakland Athletics – high school SS Addison Russell The A’s buck their trend and go with a high school player in the first round for the first time since the Jeremy Bonderman selection had Billy Beane throwing chairs in 2001. Russell projects as a third baseman in the eyes of most, but…

  17. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

    Yankees 5, Tigers 1: If I were to tell you that one of this game’s starting pitchers — Justin Verlander or Phil Hughes — was going to toss a complete game, I’m guessing none of you would have guessed it would be Hughes.  But that he did, allowing one run on four hits. Verlander loses…

  18. A first since 2008: Justin Verlander loses three straight

    Jun 3, 2012, 4:03 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Behind a sterling effort from Phil Hughes, the Yankees took down Justin Verlander and the Tigers 5-1 on Sunday, sending Detroit’s ace to his third straight loss. Verlander, the AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP last year, was charged with all five runs in his 6 1/3 innings of work, though only three were…

  19. Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results

    Jun 3, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Miguel Cabrera hit two homers last night. But not just any homers. Homers out to center at Comerica Park, officially tallied at 466 and 444 feet. That’s some mileage. Well, 0.17 of a mile, but that’s still a lot of distance. Both were needed too, as it was a tight game throughout, with Detroit beating the…

  20. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Dylan

    There were only three freakin’ games last night. Three!  How is this fair? Bah! Bah, I say.  So, to make up for the lack of games to talk about, I go into some random Bob Dylan stuff below the scores. My feature. Do what I wanna do. Tigers 7, Red Sox 3: Max Scherzer continues…

  21. UPDATE: The news on Doug Fister was not as bad as anticipated

    May 31, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Well, it seems the news wasn’t as bad as it could have been: No new injury for Doug Fister, just same costochondral strain. Trainer Kevin Rand said he’s “not anticipating” another month-long absence. — Jason Beck (@beckjason) May 31, 2012   5:00 PM: Doug Fister is back on the DL after having aggravated his…

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

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

  23. James McDonald is growing into the Pirates’ ace at age 27

    May 30, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game One

    James McDonald pitched well for the Pirates in the one-and-a-half seasons after they acquired him from the Dodgers for Octavio Dotel in mid-2010, but so far this season he’s taken a major step forward at age 27 to emerge as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter. McDonald threw 244 innings with a 4.15 ERA in 2010 and…

  24. And, just like that, Doug Fister is back on the DL

    May 30, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

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    I thought the worst Tigers news I’d read today was that they’re using Gerald Laird as their DH tonight. That’s bad, but not as bad as this: They just put Doug Fister on 15-day DL, retroactive to yesterday, with a left side strain. Fister already missed a month or so with a strained abdominal muscle, so…

  25. Tigers demote longtime regular Ryan Raburn to Triple-A

    May 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Ryan Raburn is 31 years old with 1,632 plate appearances and a .750 OPS in the majors, but a brutal start this season has him back at Triple-A. Detroit decided it had seen enough after Raburn hit just .146 with an ugly 35/8 K/BB ratio in 37 games split between second base and the outfield,…

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