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

    Apr 9, 2014, 6:18 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    A ton of guys had multi-homer games yesterday. Ryan Braun led the pack with his three. I’m sure that won’t bother anyone.

  2. The Tigers and Phil Coke agree to a one-year deal

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    The Tigers just announced that they’ve reached a one-year deal with Phil Coke. Coke’s a lefty specialist that, presumably, will be paid like a lefty specialist. Of course, early in the year he was given a shot at the closer’s role as Jim Leyland cast about for replacements for Jose Valverde. Coke did poorly with…

  3. 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…

  4. The Tigers could non-tender Phil Coke

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Phil Coke

    Phil Coke began the season as the Tigers’ closer, but Chris Iott of MLive.com speculates that he could be non-tendered this offseason. Coke is coming off a miserable season in which he posted a 5.40 ERA and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings. Miscast for the closer role, the 31-year-old southpaw struggled with early…

  5. 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…

  6. Tigers add left-hander Phil Coke to roster for ALCS

    Oct 12, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

    Phil Coke

    The Red Sox will use the same roster for the ALCS as they did during the ALDS against the Rays, but the Tigers have made one change with their bullpen. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, left-hander Phil Coke has been added to the roster in place of right-hander Luke Putkonen. After functioning as the…

  7. Bruce Rondon feeling renewed discomfort in elbow

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    bruce rondon getty

    Tigers setup man Bruce Rondon made his first appearance since September 2 on Tuesday night against the Twins and struck out all three batters he faced. But he might have to be shut down again. According to beat writer Chris Iott of MLive.com, the hard-throwing right-hander woke up Wednesday morning with renewed soreness in his troublesome…

  8. Phil Coke heads back to Detroit for MRI on elbow

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    phil coke getty

    Phil Coke served as Detroit’s closer last October. The lefty might not be available for this year’s run. From Jason Beck of MLB.com comes word that Coke felt renewed discomfort in his left elbow after a throwing session on Monday and headed back to Motown from Minneapolis on Tuesday to undergo an MRI. The situation…

  9. Phil Coke goes from Tigers’ playoff closer to Triple-A

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    Phil Coke was one of the heroes of the Tigers’ playoff run last season, taking over for Jose Valverde as the primary closer while allowing one run in 10.2 innings. And now, less than a year later, he’s been demoted to Triple-A. Coke’s performance this season certainly hasn’t been pretty with a 5.00 ERA in…

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

    Jun 13, 2013, 7:19 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Royals 3, Tigers 2: Jose Valverde was handed a 2-0 lead in the ninth with a runner on and promptly coughed it up by surrendering a homer to Lorenzo Cain. Phil Coke added his own brand of kerosene to the fire on the 10th as Eric Hosmer singled in the winning run. After the game…

  11. The Tigers send Phil Coke to the disabled list

    May 1, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    The Tigers early season bullpen overhaul continued as Phil Coke was moved to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with a left groin strain. In his place they bring in Jose Ortega from Toledo. Ortega pitched two whole innings for the Tigers last year. Struck out four dudes, though. In Triple-A so far…

  12. The NL logos in weird fonts

    Apr 26, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

    Fonts

    Pretty much what it sounds like. Over at Bless You Boys Phil Coke’s Brain slapped random fonts on NL logos — he did the AL a while back — and opined. Stuff like this: Cincinnati Reds - Wide Latin Like most people from Ohio this font is fatter than it is tall.     Ouch. True,…

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and hightlights

    Apr 26, 2013, 6:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Royals 8, Tigers 3: You can try to make Phil Coke a multi-inning reliever all you want, but he’s still going to be a lefty specialist. And when he comes in and has trouble even getting the lefties out, you can’t stick with him. He’s not the one who gave up the grand slam to…

  14. Tigers intentionally walk Jeff Francoeur in 10th, lose 8-3 to Royals

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    It wasn’t the worst call of Jim Leyland’s life. It may not have even been the worst call he made today. But  Leyland opened the floodgates for a five-run 10th inning when he intentionally walked Jeff Francoeur in the 10th inning Thursday against the Royals. It was a 3-3 game at the time, but the…

  15. The Tigers have recalled Bruce Rondon

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    bruce rondon getty

    The Tigers bullpen continues to be a mess, so it looks like they’re going back to Plan A: using Bruce Rondon.  At least if the International League transaction wire is to be believed, because it notes that he was recalled today. Rondon has pitched seven and two-thirds innings for Toledo so far this year and…

  16. Jim Leyland decides on Joaquin Benoit as Tigers’ closer

    Apr 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    joaquin-benoit-tigers

    Phil Coke did most of the closing in the playoffs and the Tigers went into the season talking about a “closer-by-committee” situation, but now manager Jim Leyland has settled on Joaquin Benoit as the primary ninth-inning reliever. “On a lot of the days, if it’s doable, I think Benoit is the most experienced and versatile…

  17. Score one for Proven Closers: Jose Valverde signs a minor league deal with the Tigers

    Apr 4, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers grand bullpen experiment — which really isn’t a closer-by-committee thing — will apparently not last indefinitely: Jose Valverde has signed a minor-league contract w/ the Tigers. — Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) April 4, 2013 Valverde will not join the big club immediately, Reusse reports. He’ll presumably go to Lakeland to throw some and then,…

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

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  19. Tigers lose because Jim Leyland’s closer-by-committee really wasn’t

    Apr 3, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Jim Leyland said all of the right things this spring after Bruce Rondon failed to step up and win the Tigers’ closing gig. He didn’t seem the least bit disturbed to go with a closer-by-committee situation while waiting for things to shake out. And then he went and seemingly abandoned the idea in the second…

  20. Tigers option Bruce Rondon to Toledo, will go with a closer-by-committee

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Bruce Rondon

    The Tigers’ clubhouse was closed this morning and that means cuts. One cut that is somewhat surprising: reliever Bruce Rondon, who the Tigers had given every opportunity to win the closer’s job this spring. But he’s headed to Toledo and the Tigers are going to go with a closer-by-committee setup. Rondon is immensely talented, but…

  21. Phil Coke isn’t worried about the Tigers’ closer situation

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Phil Coke

    Now that it’s increasingly apparent that hard-throwing rookie Bruce Rondon might not be able to handle the job, the Tigers are reportedly trying to acquire a closer. While it’s interesting to see this much uncertainty in the late innings for a team which is built to win right now, lefty reliever Phil Coke doesn’t see…

  22. Jim Leyland wants Jose Valverde back as “safety net”

    Mar 2, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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

    Joel Sherman tweets: So I am not surprised to hear Leyland remains interested in bringing Valverde back as closer safety net but $$ still not right. #Tigers As mentioned yesterday, Lynn Henning of the Detroit News had a “personal guess” that Tigers manager Jim Leyland was “scared stiff” at the thought of relying on rookie…

  23. Tigers rethinking reliance on Bruce Rondon?

    Mar 1, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Bruce Rondon

    Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, on a “personal guess”, thinks Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is “scared stiff” about relying on Bruce Rondon in the closer’s role: A personal guess is Leyland is scared stiff his kid closer isn’t ready. Minus an Opening Day closer he can trust, the Tigers could be in early…

  24. Phil Coke, Prince Fielder talk to kids about bullying

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Last April Tigers reliever Phil Coke testified before a federal anti-bullying panel.  Coke and his teammates are keeping up the good work in this area as, yesterday, he and Prince Fielder went to a middle school to talk to kids about bullying: Loud cheers broke out when Fielder and Tigers pitcher Phil Coke took the…

  25. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

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