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  1. Numbers game: Tigers fall victim to baseball’s speed obsession

    Aug 18, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

    140818-Doug-Fister

    Doug Fister was a perfectly useful pitcher for Detroit, but he didn’t show up on the radar gun. Now, Fister is leading the National not the playoffs while the Tigers are fighting to stay alive.

  2. Rays’ surge continues, grab a bit of history in the process

    Aug 15, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Joel Peralta, Curt Casali

    The Rays accomplished something only three other teams have done in baseball history with Friday’s shutout win against the Yankees.

  3. Baseball is designed to break your heart: Example 10,246,893

    Aug 13, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

    Robbie Ray

    Twelve days ago the Tigers had the best rotation in baseball. Today they’re starting a dude named “Buck Farmer.”

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 12, 2014, 6:49 AM EDT

    Royals

    The Kansas City Royals are in first place. In mid-August. This is nor a drill.

  5. David Price shines in his Tigers debut

    Aug 6, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

    David Pice

    He was excellent on Tuesday night. And he showed why the Tigers will be better for having him every other night.

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

    Aug 6, 2014, 7:07 AM EDT

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    Welcome to the Tigers, David Price. Welcome to the big leagues Javier Baez.

  7. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett, Ruben Amaro Jr., Ryne Sandberg

    Keeping score in the aftermath of Thursday’s deadline deals.

  8. 2014 Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    David Price

    Recapping all of Thursday’s dealings in one spot.

  9. ACES GALORE: The Rays trade David Price to the Tigers

    Jul 31, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    David Price

    With Price in town, a guy who one the AL MVP and Cy Young Award a couple of years ago is now the TIgers fourth starter.

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

    Jul 21, 2014, 5:03 AM EDT

    Mike Trout Bow and Arrow

    You never shoot your arrows . . . when you’re sitting at the table. There’ll be time enough for shootin’ . . . when the game is done.

  11. Indians could get Jason Giambi back on Tuesday

    May 17, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    The Indians could get Jason Giambi back on Tuesday.

  12. Anibal Sanchez exits Saturday start with a blister on his finger

    Apr 26, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    Anibal Sanchez couldn’t get out of the third inning in Saturday’s start against the Twins due to a blister.

  13. 2014 Preview: Detroit Tigers

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Are the Tigers still the clear favorites in the AL Central? Detroit has won…

  14. Ranking the rotations: 2014 edition

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    I’ll be dipping into my Rotoworld player projections from time to time for HBT posts. Here’s the first of this year: my ranking of each five-man rotation as we head into 2014. Before actually posting my 1-30, I’ll start with my raw ERA rankings by league. A couple of qualifications: I’m only using the top…

  15. Nationals acquire Doug Fister from Tigers

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    doug fister getty

    UPDATE: It’s done. The Nationals just announced that prospect left-hander Robbie Ray will also be sent to Detroit. So it’s Fister for Ray, Krol, and Lombardozzi. Interesting. Ray has really improved his stock as a prospect over the past year, but it’s surprising that the Nationals were able to acquire Fister without giving up a…

  16. The Tigers are open to trading either Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello

    Nov 11, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

    max scherzer getty

    There’s a big gulf between those two, but for what it’s worth: The motives behind trading these guys differ, of course. Trading Porcello gets you talent for an MLB-regular starting pitcher, with the Tigers likely believing that Porcello’s production can be matched or exceeded my making Drew Smyly a regular.  With Scherzer you have the…

  17. Should the Tigers shop Max Scherzer?

    Nov 6, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Today Ken Rosenthal plays matchmaker and puts the Nats and Tigers together on a possible Max Scherzer deal. To be clear: it’s not a rumor or even a news nugget. It’s really just a “what-if/could be.” But (a) Rosenthal is up front about that; and (b) he isn’t one to be silly and irresponsible, so…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Red Sox emerge victorious in Game 6 of ALCS, will return to the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    It was the Tigers’ game to lose, but ultimately, the Red Sox won it. Shane Victorino delivered a timely grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to give the Red Sox a three-run lead. In doing so, he tasked the sterling Red Sox bullpen with getting six outs to punch their ticket to the…

  21. Shane Victorino’s grand slam puts the Red Sox back on top in the seventh inning of Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Shane Victorino stopped switch-hitting again. For the Red Sox, it’s a good thing he did. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Victorino drove a Jose Veras curve down the left field line into the seats atop the Green Monster. The Red Sox took back the lead, 5-2 with…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

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