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  1. ALDS Game 2: Tigers-Athletics lineups

    Oct 5, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin AP

    Tigers and Athletics lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS, at O.co Coliseum. First pitch is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET … Tigers: CF Austin Jackson RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B Prince Fielder DH Victor Martinez C Alex Avila 2B Omar Infante LF Don Kelly SS Jose Iglesias SP Justin Verlander I speculated…

  2. Tigers get to Bartolo Colon to take an early 3-0 lead

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Athletics starter Bartolo Colon got off to a very shaky start to kick off Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers. Austin Jackson doubled to right to lead off the inning. Colon then hit Torii Hunter with a pitch, and followed it up with a first-pitch meatball to the hobbled Miguel Cabrera, who drove…

  3. ALDS Game 1: Tigers vs. Athletics lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    The American League’s number two and three offenses will go at it shortly. Can each team’s respective ace limit the offense? Grab your popcorn. The game is scheduled for a 9:30 PM EDT start. Tigers: Austin Jackson, CF Torii Hunter, RF Miguel Cabrera, 3B Prince Fielder, 1B Victor Martinez, DH Alex Avila, C Omar Infante,…

  4. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Athletics

    Oct 3, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Athletics have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (93-69) vs. Oakland Athletics (96-66) The Matchups Game 1 Friday in Oakland: Max Scherzer vs. Bartolo…

  5. Henderson Alvarez with the unlikeliest of no-hitters

    Sep 29, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    Henderson Alvarez

    Actually, it was prime no-hitter time: a meaningless game on the final day of the season. The opposing team had nothing to play for and thus started several backups. The umps were also looking to get things over with in a hurry. If there was ever a day for Henderson Alvarez to throw a no-no,…

  6. Henderson Alvarez completes wild walkoff no-hitter

    Sep 29, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    henderson alvarez getty

    Here’s something we definitely didn’t see coming. Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez has no-hit the American League Central-champion Tigers through seven innings Sunday in Miami. It’s not a fully-loaded Detroit lineup for Game 162, but Prince Fielder is in there along with Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante and a couple other regulars. Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Victor…

  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia collects rare 40-double season for catcher

    Sep 27, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia originally thought he hit his 15th homer in the third inning Friday against the Orioles. When the call was correctly overturned and ruled a double instead, he accomplished a much more interesting feat. Saltalamacchia became just the 15th catcher (13th different) to put together a 40-double season since 1901. The other active catchers…

  8. The slowest player in baseball

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    You know that dream where you are running and running but are not actually getting anywhere. I know people have all sorts of theories about this dream and what it means. Some say it indicates that you have too many things going in your life and can’t quite keep up. Some say it’s the body…

  9. Trailing by six runs in ninth, Tigers score six, win in 12

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Andy Dirks

    Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers rallied for six runs against the White Sox bullpen to send the game into extra innings. They pushed across a bases-loaded run for the walk-off win in the 12th inning, reducing their magic number over the Indians in the AL Central to two. Tigers starter…

  10. Max Scherzer successful in fifth attempt to join the 20-win club

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Tigers starter Max Scherzer, at long last, has joined the 20-win club. In his fifth attempt at the feat, the right-hander held the White Sox to three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings of work. Scherzer only struck out three, but it was besides the point as the Tigers supplied him…

  11. Video: Prince Fielder snacks on a fan’s nachos after chasing foul ball

    Sep 19, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder Getty

    In the top of the fifth inning this afternoon against the Mariners, Prince Fielder attempted to chase down a foul ball off the bat of catcher Mike Zunino. While he was unable to catch the ball, he didn’t walk away completely empty-handed. The best part about that is that the fan appeared to be completely…

  12. Torii Hunter hits a three-run walkoff homer to steal a win from the A’s

    Aug 29, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers

    The A’s had smacked the Tigers around for three days and then sprung out to a 6-1 lead after five innings in their series wrapup against the Tigers today. All this with Miguel Cabrera sidelined after leaving the game with an abdominal injury. Max Scherzer looked destined for only his second loss of the year…

  13. Alex Avila sits out rehab game after experiencing headache

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Alex Avila began a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Toledo after being sidelined due to a concussion, but his return to the Tigers is temporarily on hold. According to Chris Iseman of MLB.com, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Avila had to make an early exit from his first rehab game due to…

  14. Victor Martinez to catch his first game since 2011

    Aug 23, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Leyland has penciled Victor Martinez into tonight’s lineup. Not as a DH, though. As a catcher. This marks the first time behind the plate since August 4, 2011. Between Alex Avila coming up and Martinez tearing his ACL before the 2012 season, catching just wasn’t in the cards for him.  But now Alex Avila…

  15. Miguel Cabrera blasts walk-off home run as Tigers defeat the Royals

    Aug 17, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    It was, as baseball endings go, about as predictable as they come. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera led off the bottom of the ninth with the game tied 5-5. He was 1-for-4 to that point with an RBI single. Entering the night with a .450 on-base percentage, simply reaching with a single or a walk…

  16. Miguel Cabrera goes yard off Mariano Rivera for second time in three days but Tigers lose 5-4

    Aug 11, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera getty

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera continues to do rude things to baseballs and some of baseball’s greats. Cabrera stuck Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a blown save on Friday night when he launched a game-tying 427-foot home run to deep center field. He then homered off Mo again on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium as the…

  17. Max Scherzer improves to 15-1 as Tigers embarrass Phillies

    Jul 27, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer picked up his easiest W of the season as the Tigers rolled over the hapless Phillies 10-0 tonight at Comerica Park. With reliever Raul Valdes making a spot start in place of Cliff Lee, dealing with a stiff neck, the Tigers put up a five-spot in the first inning. Miguel Cabrera got the…

  18. Miguel Cabrera exits game with sore left hip flexor

    Jul 22, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Hernan Perez, Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera made an early exit from tonight’s game against the White Sox due to a sore left hip flexor, reports Chris Iott of MLive.com. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow, but will likely be listed day-to-day. Cabrera appeared to tweak something after he scored on a Victor Martinez single in the top of the fifth inning.…

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

    Jul 9, 2013, 7:03 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Brewers 4, Reds 3: Holy moly that was a crazy game-ending catch for Carlos Gomez, robbing Joey Votto of the go-ahead home run: Incredible. Rays 7, Twins 4: The Rays continue to roll, winning their ninth in ten chances. Joe Maddon talked about his team going ten games over .500: “The thing I like is…

  20. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

  21. Play of the Day: Victor Martinez’s no-look flip

    Jun 23, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Victor Martinez isn’t exactly known for his defense at first base, but the Tigers’ DH was happy to show it off in the sixth inning of today’s game against the Red Sox. With one out and the bases empty, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury pulled a grounder that was destined for the corner in right field.…

  22. Miguel Cabrera inching towards AL home run lead

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Two

    Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera sent a grand slam deep into the left field seats in the fourth inning this afternoon against the Orioles, his 17th home run on the season. Current leader Chris Davis, sitting on 19 homers, did not leave the confines of Camden Yards today. Cabrera already leads the American League in…

  23. Dioner Navarro has hit three home runs today

    May 29, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs

    OK, so the White Sox-Cubs game isn’t even over yet, but I had to write something about this. Cubs backup catcher Dioner Navarro, who’s making a rare start in place of Welington Castillo, has homered three times in three at-bats. Navarro walked in his other plate appearance and has driven in a total of six…

  24. Victor Martinez would catch if the Tigers let him

    May 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Absent a sitcom-like case of frying-pan-to-the-head-induced amnesia, they won’t let him. But Victor Martinez would love to get behind the plate: “Hopefully by the end of the season I’ll be able to get behind the plate.” Martinez said he could catch right now if the Tigers asked him to. “I’m pretty healthy,” he said. “That’s not…

  25. Victor Martinez knows when he’s out

    Apr 25, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Former catcher Victor Martinez is not about to cause a collision when there’d be no damn point to it: That play came after Tigers third base coach Tom Brookens decided to send the less-than-fleet-footed Martinez home with Jeff “I have an amazing freakin’ arm and I’m not afraid to use it” Francoeur fielding the ball…

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