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

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    ValverdeSpit2

    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…

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

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    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…

  3. Was Jose Valverde throwing spitballs last night?

    Jun 11, 2012, 7:41 AM EDT

    ValverdeSpit2

    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…

  4. Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results

    Jun 3, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 16, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: That Josh Beckett is such a disgrace! He’s poisoning this team, I tell you, poisoning them! Oh, wait, he pitched well? Seven shutout innings while striking out nine? Well, in that case, I stand corrected. Cardinals 7, Cubs 6: Jason Motte vultured a win when he gave up a tying…

  6. Jose Valverde exits Tigers game with lower back tightness

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers asked Jose Valverde to finish a 10-6 game against the White Sox on Thursday, but he was forced to leave with two outs due to lower back tightness. Valverde retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single to Paul Konerko and a double to A.J. Pierzynski. He left mid-at-bat…

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

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

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

    May 8, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin

    Mets 5, Phillies 2: I had been agitating for Jonathan Papelbon to pitch more. Specifically in tie games.  Well, he did here and gave up a game-losing three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin. I suppose we’ll let Cholly run the team from here on out. Marlins 4, Astros 0: Carlos Zambrano with the three-hit shutout pushes his ERA…

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

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Royals 4: Jonathan Broxton walked two batters and hit two batters to blow the game in the 12th inning. That, my friends, is how you blow a save. Without doubt and with authority. None of this pussyfooting around with grounders that just get past an infielder. Decisive action brings order to a world full…

  10. Justin Verlander shut out the Rays for eight innings … and then lost for the first time since July

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander cruised through eight shutout innings this afternoon, toying with the Rays lineup while needing just 81 pitches to record 24 outs. And then everything unraveled in the ninth inning. Verlander allowed three singles and a walk before being removed with one out and a 2-2 tie, but Daniel Schlereth and Jose Valverde turned…

  11. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

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

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Blue Jays 7, Indians 4: I was invited to go to this game by the Indians, where I would have watched it for free from the Tribe Social Suite. Because of family entanglements I was not able to go, and when I sent the Indians my regrets, I was very sad about it. But 16…

  13. Jose Valverde: 49-for-49 in saves in 2011, blows one on Opening Day, vultures win

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Valverde_Jose

    UPDATE: Yup, he vultured it!  After blowing his first save of the season, Jose Valverde gets the win when Mark Melancon couldn’t keep the Tigers off the bases and Alfredo Aceves couldn’t keep Austin Jackson from singling home the winning run. 4:08 PM: Jose Valverde was absolutely perfect for the Tigers last year, saving all 49…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Can anyone in the AL Central beat the Detroit Tigers?

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera

    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 2012 season. Up next: Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Can anyone in the AL Central beat the Detroit Tigers? After winning their division by…

  15. Tigers release reliever David Pauley

    Mar 12, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    David Pauley

    The Tigers hoped they were picking up two key pieces for their pitching staff when they acquired Doug Fister and David Pauley from the Mariners last summer, but while Fister exceeded even their highest expectations, Pauley was a dud, and the reliever earned his release from the team on Monday. Pauley, who had a 2.15…

  16. Jose Valverde is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Via our friend Nick Collias comes the translation of an interview Tigers closer Jose Valverde gave to Mañana Deportiva on Dominican radio the other day. Valverde has lost weight.  And he has a nice description of Prince Fielder: “I lost 40 pounds, because I was very obese.” “I had to undergo that process because I was…

  17. The Prince Fielder contract: all kinds of crazy

    Jan 24, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    For almost every big free agent deal there are (a) the financial implications; and (b) the baseball implications. Often a deal is good on the baseball side of things but not so good on the financial side of things.  In the case of Prince Fielder going to the Tigers for nine years and $214 million,…

  18. Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque expected to miss first half following elbow surgery

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:14 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

    Detroit’s impressive bullpen depth will be put to the test, as Al Alburquerque is expected to miss the first half of the season after undergoing elbow surgery. James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press reports that Alburquerque “had a screw inserted into his olecranon to stabilize a non-displaced stress fracture in his right elbow” and…

  19. Tigers finalize one-year, $3.5 million deal with Octavio Dotel

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    dotel getty

    Detroit and Octavio Dotel made their deal official, with the Tigers paying the veteran right-hander $3 million in 2012 and $3.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2013. This will be his 13th team in 14 seasons, but Dotel remains a very effective reliever at age 38 and is particularly dominant against right-handed hitters, throwing…

  20. Octavio Dotel has met with the Tigers and Brewers

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Octavio Dotel

    Octavio Dotel‘s next contract figures to make some wonder why the Cardinals didn’t just exercise their $3.5 million option. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Brewers, Cardinals, Mets, Reds and Tigers have all inquired about the free agent reliever. Dotel’s reps have already met with the Brewers and Tigers. Dotel, 37, had a 3.50 ERA…

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