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  1. Cubs pull Jose Veras from closer role

    Apr 12, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

    Jose Veras Getty

    Jose Veras struggled again last night and will get a break from the closer role.

  2. And the first manager to get ejected this season is …

    Apr 9, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rick Renteria Cubs

    It took a while, but last night we got our first manager ejection of the season when Cubs skipper Rick Renteria was tossed by umpire Jeff Nelson for arguing about a 1-2 pitch that was called a ball.

  3. Pirates outlast Cubs, win 4-3 in 16 innings

    Apr 3, 2014, 2:14 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Notes from what could reign supreme as the longest game of the year for quite some time.

  4. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  5. Cubs sign reliever Jose Veras to one-year pact

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    jose veras getty

    As first reported by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Cubs have reached agreement on a one-year, $4 million contract with right-handed reliever Jose Veras. The deal also carries a $5.5 million club option for the 2015 season along with some undisclosed performance-based incentives. Veras drew interest on the open market from the Astros and…

  6. Astros interested in bringing back Jose Veras

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jose Veras AP

    Jose Veras served as the Astros’ closer this past season before a trade to the Tigers in July and now it appears that a return to Houston could be in the cards. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported this afternoon that the Astros made an offer to Veras which was turned down. The two sides are…

  7. 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…

  8. Tigers decline Jose Veras’ option, making him a free agent

    Nov 1, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jose Veras

    There aren’t many surprises among the season-ending option decisions, but this is one of them: Detroit declined its $3.25 million option on reliever Jose Veras, making him a free agent. Veras pitched well as the Astros’ closer and then was traded to the Tigers in late July, finishing the season as a setup man. Overall…

  9. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Shane Victorino is giving up on switch-hitting again

    Oct 19, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino has hit exclusively from the right side for the past six weeks, so it was a bit of a surprise to see him bat left-handed against Anibal Sanchez in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday night. However, after going 0-for-3 against Sanchez, he flipped back to the right side against relievers Jose…

  14. Tigers pull within one run of Red Sox, but miss chance at bigger inning

    Oct 17, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    The Tigers pulled within one run of the Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh inning, but they squandered a chance at a bigger rally. Jose Iglesias and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back singles off Junichi Tazawa, setting up Miguel Cabrera to hit with runners at first and third and nobody out. However, the air…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Red Sox mount improbable comeback, walk off winners in Game 2 to even ALCS at 1-1

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Has the sleeping giant risen from his slumber? The Red Sox led the American League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and (of course) OPS during the regular season, but between Game 1 and the fifth inning of Game 2, they looked more like the Miami Marlins. They were no-hit through eight and two-thirds innings in…

  18. David Ortiz puts the Red Sox back in the game with a game-tying grand slam

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The narrative of the ALCS through nine innings of Game 1 and seven innings of Game 2 was all about the Tigers’ pitching dominance and the Red Sox offensive futility. That came to a screeching halt in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Sox mounted a potentially series-altering rally against the Tiger bullpen.…

  19. Daniel Nava breaks up Tigers’ no-hit bid, but Tigers win to take 1-0 ALCS lead

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

    Daniel Nava

    Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit took the hill at Fenway Park in the ninth inning tonight asked not only to successfully wrap up Game 1 of the ALCS by the narrowest of margins (1-0), but to wrap up what could have been baseball’s first post-season combined no-hitter. Anibal Sanchez, Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras, and Drew Smyly…

  20. Jose Veras and Drew Smyly help bring no-hitter into the ninth inning

    Oct 12, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Jose Veras

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez tossed six no-hit innings and Al Alburquerque was responsible for one himself as Jose Veras took the mound at Fenway Park in the bottom of the eighth inning attempting to preserve a potentially historic feat. The right-hander retired both hitters he faced, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia, on strikeouts before giving…

  21. Al Alburquerque helps preserve Anibal Sanchez’s no-hitter, bullpen will carry it into the eighth

    Oct 12, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

    Al Alburquerque

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez no-hit the Red Sox through six innings, but as his pitch count was run up so high, he could not complete the feat. The right-hander exited after tossing 116 pitches. Reliever Al Alburquerque took over for him in the bottom of the seventh, retiring the bottom of the Red Sox lineup…

  22. That did not work out as Jim Leyland hoped

    Oct 6, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    Presented with a tough first-and-third with no outs situation in the bottom of the ninth Saturday in a scoreless Game 2 against the A’s, Tigers manager Jim Leyland. 1. Chose to forgo using his best reliever 2. Chose to walk the bases loaded 3. Chose not to use a five-man infield Obviously, none of that…

  23. Max Scherzer puts on clinic against the White Sox, improves to 16-1

    Aug 3, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Tigers starter Max Scherzer silenced White Sox hitters over seven and two-thirds innings tonight, improving to 16-1 with the 3-0 victory. The right-hander allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six, lowering his ERA to 2.85. Scherzer got two quick outs in the seventh, but was lifted for newly-acquired reliever Jose Veras after Alejandro…

  24. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  25. HBT’s Trade Deadline Wrapup

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    jake peavy white sox getty

    The non-waiver trade deadline hit at 4PM EDT today. It was pretty uneventful compared to years past, with lots of chatter but very few deals. Here’s what we had go down today before the non-waiver trade deadline: The Dodgers acquired Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named; The Orioles receive Bud…

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