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Anonymous asked: Should Tiger fans be worried about Detroit's 6-5 start?

Not really. There’s still 90% of the season left to go through, so there’s no reason to be worried. However, the Tigers bats have cooled off considerably, and overall have scored just under four runs a game on average. Yikes. Even with the dynamite rotation, that’s not going to cut it. If the offense can’t come around, then it would be a justified reason to panic, but with such a talented lineup it’s unlikely they’ll continue to under perform.

Rule #1: Never count the Tigers out.In a whirlwind game that lasted over four hours, and numerous trade offs in leads, the Tigers squeaked away with a victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7-6 game through 10 innings.With a 6-3 lead in the ninth, Joe Nathan blew another save by giving up three runs, sending the game into extra innings. He allowed three hits, three runs, and two walks in only one inning of work, changing the entire feel of the game around.In the tenth inning, Victor Martinez launched a solo home run to put the Tigers in the lead, a lead they didn’t relinquish again. It was the second game in a row in which Martinez had a base hit to either tie or put the Tigers ahead in the ninth inning or later, further defining him as a clutch and dangerous hitter. Though the Tigers were in danger in the tenth when Joba Chamberlain allowed an infield single to Hanley Ramirez, Ian Krol and Al Alburquerque came in and finally drove the final nail in the coffin for the Dodgers, having the Tigers split the two game series.Nick Castellanos connected for his first MLB home run: a three run shot to put the Tigers ahead in the third inning. He is batting .353 in his rookie season and has been a valuable asset on the field as well as at the plate. With his home run (and Martinez’s in the 10th inning), the Tigers have now homered in every game so far this season.Tyler Collins collected his first MLB base hit with an infield single in the 8th inning. He had previously gone 0-for-11 to start off his major league career. In the 10th inning, he added his second base hit to his stat sheet with another single.The Tigers have the day off today as they travel to San Diego for a three game interleague series. Rick Porcello (1-0, 1.35) will tow the rubber against Andrew Cashner (0-1, 2.25) at 10:10 PM EST on Friday. Top Performers:Victor Martinez: 3-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BBDrew Smyly: 3 IP, 1 H, 3 KNick Castellanos: 1-4, 3 RBI, 1 BB

Rule #1: Never count the Tigers out.

In a whirlwind game that lasted over four hours, and numerous trade offs in leads, the Tigers squeaked away with a victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7-6 game through 10 innings.

With a 6-3 lead in the ninth, Joe Nathan blew another save by giving up three runs, sending the game into extra innings. He allowed three hits, three runs, and two walks in only one inning of work, changing the entire feel of the game around.

In the tenth inning, Victor Martinez launched a solo home run to put the Tigers in the lead, a lead they didn’t relinquish again. It was the second game in a row in which Martinez had a base hit to either tie or put the Tigers ahead in the ninth inning or later, further defining him as a clutch and dangerous hitter. Though the Tigers were in danger in the tenth when Joba Chamberlain allowed an infield single to Hanley Ramirez, Ian Krol and Al Alburquerque came in and finally drove the final nail in the coffin for the Dodgers, having the Tigers split the two game series.

Nick Castellanos connected for his first MLB home run: a three run shot to put the Tigers ahead in the third inning. He is batting .353 in his rookie season and has been a valuable asset on the field as well as at the plate. With his home run (and Martinez’s in the 10th inning), the Tigers have now homered in every game so far this season.

Tyler Collins collected his first MLB base hit with an infield single in the 8th inning. He had previously gone 0-for-11 to start off his major league career. In the 10th inning, he added his second base hit to his stat sheet with another single.

The Tigers have the day off today as they travel to San Diego for a three game interleague series. Rick Porcello (1-0, 1.35) will tow the rubber against Andrew Cashner (0-1, 2.25) at 10:10 PM EST on Friday.

Top Performers:

Victor Martinez: 3-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB
Drew Smyly: 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Nick Castellanos: 1-4, 3 RBI, 1 BB

Former Detroit Tiger Omar Infante was hit in the jaw by a pitch in Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He was able to walk off the field under his own strength, and was diagnosed with a “non-concussive head injury” following the incident. He required six stitches to seal the laceration on his cheek.Heath Bell, the pitcher during the incident, stated he tried to throw a sinker that ultimately ran away from him. Fan speculation suggests it was intentional due to past problems between the two players, but the scenario is largely considered accidental, and no real investigation is being made.Ned Yost, manager of the Kansas City Royals, stated they have no plans as to whether or not Infante will be placed on the DL after the incident, or who would be taking his place on the roster. Infante is listed as day-to-day and has not sustained any serious injury.

Former Detroit Tiger Omar Infante was hit in the jaw by a pitch in Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He was able to walk off the field under his own strength, and was diagnosed with a “non-concussive head injury” following the incident. He required six stitches to seal the laceration on his cheek.

Heath Bell, the pitcher during the incident, stated he tried to throw a sinker that ultimately ran away from him. Fan speculation suggests it was intentional due to past problems between the two players, but the scenario is largely considered accidental, and no real investigation is being made.

Ned Yost, manager of the Kansas City Royals, stated they have no plans as to whether or not Infante will be placed on the DL after the incident, or who would be taking his place on the roster. Infante is listed as day-to-day and has not sustained any serious injury.

An undefeated streak can’t always last forever.Chris Tillman (1-0, 1.35 ERA) stifled Detroit’s hot bats, allowing just a solo home run to Torii Hunter, as Baltimore salvaged their series and avoided a sweep in Detroit. The fizzled offense spoiled a good day on the mound for Justin Verlander (0-1, 2.57 ERA), who tossed 8 innings and only gave up 2 runs. It was an all-out pitcher’s duel until Baltimore finally broke through in the sixth inning and followed that up with scoring efforts in the eighth and ninth innings.The Tigers started their first home stand with a 4-1 record, leading the American League Central by a 1.5 games. Detroit will be heading on their first road trip of the season, starting in Los Angeles for interleague play with the Dodgers. The series will start Tuesday at 10:10 PM with Anibal Sanchez going against Hyun-Jin Ryu.Top Performers:Justin Verlander: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 3 KTorii Hunter: 1-4, HR, RBIVictor Martinez: 2-4

An undefeated streak can’t always last forever.

Chris Tillman (1-0, 1.35 ERA) stifled Detroit’s hot bats, allowing just a solo home run to Torii Hunter, as Baltimore salvaged their series and avoided a sweep in Detroit. The fizzled offense spoiled a good day on the mound for Justin Verlander (0-1, 2.57 ERA), who tossed 8 innings and only gave up 2 runs. It was an all-out pitcher’s duel until Baltimore finally broke through in the sixth inning and followed that up with scoring efforts in the eighth and ninth innings.

The Tigers started their first home stand with a 4-1 record, leading the American League Central by a 1.5 games. Detroit will be heading on their first road trip of the season, starting in Los Angeles for interleague play with the Dodgers. The series will start Tuesday at 10:10 PM with Anibal Sanchez going against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Top Performers:

Justin Verlander: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 3 K
Torii Hunter: 1-4, HR, RBI
Victor Martinez: 2-4

Age is just a number. That’s definitely something that is on Torii Hunter’s mind, and with good reason.Hunter, entering his 15th season at the age of 38, has shown no signs of slowing down at an age where many baseball players start considering retirement, if they haven’t already retired. Having a strong day at the plate yesterday, Hunter followed that up with a 5 RBI day by hitting a base-clearing double and a two-run home run. It’s a good thing he did, because the Tigers almost lost a six-run lead due to the bullpen crumbling in the ninth inning. The Tigers went in with a 7-1 lead, and with grueling efforts from Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque, and Joe Nathan, the Baltimore Orioles rallied late to score 5 runs in top of the 9th. The Tigers would pull it together and finally close the game down before anymore damage could be done, winning the game 7-6.Hunter’s contract with Detroit is up after this season, and has expressed interest to keep playing the game. not wanting to retire. If he continues to produce and show his age isn’t stopping him, he could draw interest from numerous teams for a 1 or 2 year deal, including the Tigers.Rick Porcello shined in his season debut, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing only 1 run and 3 base hits to a potent Baltimore offense. He had a shaky first inning, but settled in quickly to shut the Orioles down for the rest of the way.The Tigers remain undefeated, with a record of 4-0. The series against Baltimore will conclude tomorrow at 1:08 PM, with Baltimore’s #1 starter in Chris Tillman looking to avoid a sweep from Detroit. Justin Verlander will make his second start of the season and look to ensure his team remain undefeated before going on their first roadtrip of the season.Top Performers:Torii Hunter: 2-4, 2B, HR, BB, 5 RBIDon Kelly: 3-4, 3B, 2 R, 1 RBIRick Porcello: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 3 K

Age is just a number. That’s definitely something that is on Torii Hunter’s mind, and with good reason.

Hunter, entering his 15th season at the age of 38, has shown no signs of slowing down at an age where many baseball players start considering retirement, if they haven’t already retired. Having a strong day at the plate yesterday, Hunter followed that up with a 5 RBI day by hitting a base-clearing double and a two-run home run.

It’s a good thing he did, because the Tigers almost lost a six-run lead due to the bullpen crumbling in the ninth inning. The Tigers went in with a 7-1 lead, and with grueling efforts from Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque, and Joe Nathan, the Baltimore Orioles rallied late to score 5 runs in top of the 9th. The Tigers would pull it together and finally close the game down before anymore damage could be done, winning the game 7-6.

Hunter’s contract with Detroit is up after this season, and has expressed interest to keep playing the game. not wanting to retire. If he continues to produce and show his age isn’t stopping him, he could draw interest from numerous teams for a 1 or 2 year deal, including the Tigers.

Rick Porcello shined in his season debut, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing only 1 run and 3 base hits to a potent Baltimore offense. He had a shaky first inning, but settled in quickly to shut the Orioles down for the rest of the way.

The Tigers remain undefeated, with a record of 4-0. The series against Baltimore will conclude tomorrow at 1:08 PM, with Baltimore’s #1 starter in Chris Tillman looking to avoid a sweep from Detroit. Justin Verlander will make his second start of the season and look to ensure his team remain undefeated before going on their first roadtrip of the season.

Top Performers:

Torii Hunter: 2-4, 2B, HR, BB, 5 RBI
Don Kelly: 3-4, 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI
Rick Porcello: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 3 K

Through the rain and fog emerged a flourishing Tigers team all around.Starting the game about 10 minutes late and sitting through a 34 minute rain delay didn’t deter the Tigers, as they put their bats to work and scored 10 runs on 17 base hits.Rajai Davis started it with a 3-run home run soon after the rain delay had ended. Torii Hunter, with his first hit of the season, went yard with a solo shot shortly after. In the bottom of the 8th, Miguel Cabrera sent a laser shot to left field for a two-run home run and his 2000th hit in his career, becoming only the 9th player in Major League history to have 2,000 hits before the age of 31.Anibal Sanchez’s outing was shortened after he was forced to sit for close to an hour due to the rain delay and the Tigers offensive outburst in the 4th inning. Drew Smyly came on in relief, tossing 3 scoreless innings, allowing only two baserunners and striking out 3.The Tigers are currently the only undefeated team in the young season with a 3-0 record.The series will continue tomorrow at 1:08 PM, with Rick Porcello slated for his season debut against the O’s Bud Norris.Top Performers:Miguel Cabrera: 4-5, HR, 3 RBIRajai Davis: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 RTorii Hunter: 3-4, HR, RBI, 2 R

Through the rain and fog emerged a flourishing Tigers team all around.

Starting the game about 10 minutes late and sitting through a 34 minute rain delay didn’t deter the Tigers, as they put their bats to work and scored 10 runs on 17 base hits.

Rajai Davis started it with a 3-run home run soon after the rain delay had ended. Torii Hunter, with his first hit of the season, went yard with a solo shot shortly after. In the bottom of the 8th, Miguel Cabrera sent a laser shot to left field for a two-run home run and his 2000th hit in his career, becoming only the 9th player in Major League history to have 2,000 hits before the age of 31.

Anibal Sanchez’s outing was shortened after he was forced to sit for close to an hour due to the rain delay and the Tigers offensive outburst in the 4th inning. Drew Smyly came on in relief, tossing 3 scoreless innings, allowing only two baserunners and striking out 3.

The Tigers are currently the only undefeated team in the young season with a 3-0 record.

The series will continue tomorrow at 1:08 PM, with Rick Porcello slated for his season debut against the O’s Bud Norris.

Top Performers:

Miguel Cabrera: 4-5, HR, 3 RBI
Rajai Davis: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Torii Hunter: 3-4, HR, RBI, 2 R

Tarp is coming off the field

First pitch for the Tigers will be at 1:15.

Opening Day was won by a new Tiger on the team. Game 2 of the season was much of the same.Ian Kinsler, traded to the Tigers in the offseason for Prince Fielder, had a big day in the Old English D uniform, hitting his first home run as a Tiger and hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning, producing the only two runs Detroit put up on the board. Those two runs were all they needed.Max Scherzer, in his first start after winning the 2013 Cy Young Award, showed off just why he won the award in the first place. Max tossed 8 innings of shutout ball, scattering only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7, despite early problems with finding the plate. He was left with a no-decision when new closer Joe Nathan blew his first save opportunity of the season in the bottom of the ninth.Tyler Collins made his first major league start in left field, and though he went hitless in four at-bats, he contributed by making a sparkling diving play in left to take a base hit away from Kansas City Royal Alex Gordon. He was also instrumental in Brad Ausmus' second challenge of the game when he was called out at first during a double play. The call was overturned, giving Ausmus two overturned calls in the game.Detroit will finish their series against Kansas tomorrow at 1:08 PM. Rookie Yordano Ventura will face Anibal Sanchez.Top Performers:Ian Kinsler: 3-5, HR, 2 RBIMax Scherzer: 8 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 KAustin Jackson: 1-3, BB, R

Opening Day was won by a new Tiger on the team. Game 2 of the season was much of the same.

Ian Kinsler, traded to the Tigers in the offseason for Prince Fielder, had a big day in the Old English D uniform, hitting his first home run as a Tiger and hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning, producing the only two runs Detroit put up on the board. Those two runs were all they needed.

Max Scherzer, in his first start after winning the 2013 Cy Young Award, showed off just why he won the award in the first place. Max tossed 8 innings of shutout ball, scattering only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7, despite early problems with finding the plate. He was left with a no-decision when new closer Joe Nathan blew his first save opportunity of the season in the bottom of the ninth.

Tyler Collins made his first major league start in left field, and though he went hitless in four at-bats, he contributed by making a sparkling diving play in left to take a base hit away from Kansas City Royal Alex Gordon. He was also instrumental in Brad Ausmus' second challenge of the game when he was called out at first during a double play. The call was overturned, giving Ausmus two overturned calls in the game.

Detroit will finish their series against Kansas tomorrow at 1:08 PM. Rookie Yordano Ventura will face Anibal Sanchez.

Top Performers:

Ian Kinsler: 3-5, HR, 2 RBI
Max Scherzer: 8 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K
Austin Jackson: 1-3, BB, R

It was a successful Opening Day in Detroit, with an unlikely hero stepping forward.Alex Gonzalez, who was traded to the Detroit only a week ago, is expected to be a serviceable replacement for everyday shortstop Jose Iglesias while he is out with shin injuries, but no one could have expected the impact he’d have in the first game of the season.After starting the game rather bumpy with an error on a routine ground ball that resulted in Kansas scoring their third run of the fourth inning, it was the bottom half of the game where he snatched victory for the Tigers, not with one key base hit, but two: a game-tying triple in the 7th inning, and a huge walk-off single to send the Tigers to a come from behind victory in front of the largest Opening Day crowd in Comerica Park history.All from a man that no one had real high expectations for. But with his big day in Detroit, new manager Brad Ausmus may be interested in seeing this 16 year veteran man the shortstop position a little more than first expected.Justin Verlander, in his seventh straight Opening Day start, had a passable day on the mound, tossing 6 innings and allowing 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), walking 3 and striking out 2. He also helped out on defense by initiating a tailor-made double-play on a ground ball back to him.Tigers have the day off tomorrow, and will pick up the series against Kansas on Wednesday at 1:08 PM. New acquisition for the Royals Jason Vargas will be pitted against 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.Top Performers:Alex Gonzalez: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBIVictor Martinez: 1-4, HR, 1 RBIAlex Avila: 1-2, 2 BB

It was a successful Opening Day in Detroit, with an unlikely hero stepping forward.

Alex Gonzalez, who was traded to the Detroit only a week ago, is expected to be a serviceable replacement for everyday shortstop Jose Iglesias while he is out with shin injuries, but no one could have expected the impact he’d have in the first game of the season.

After starting the game rather bumpy with an error on a routine ground ball that resulted in Kansas scoring their third run of the fourth inning, it was the bottom half of the game where he snatched victory for the Tigers, not with one key base hit, but two: a game-tying triple in the 7th inning, and a huge walk-off single to send the Tigers to a come from behind victory in front of the largest Opening Day crowd in Comerica Park history.

All from a man that no one had real high expectations for. But with his big day in Detroit, new manager Brad Ausmus may be interested in seeing this 16 year veteran man the shortstop position a little more than first expected.

Justin Verlander, in his seventh straight Opening Day start, had a passable day on the mound, tossing 6 innings and allowing 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), walking 3 and striking out 2. He also helped out on defense by initiating a tailor-made double-play on a ground ball back to him.

Tigers have the day off tomorrow, and will pick up the series against Kansas on Wednesday at 1:08 PM. New acquisition for the Royals Jason Vargas will be pitted against 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

Top Performers:

Alex Gonzalez: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Victor Martinez: 1-4, HR, 1 RBI
Alex Avila: 1-2, 2 BB

OF Rajai Davis close to agreement with Detroit

Tigers have questions about left-handed hitting and the left field position. Davis could be a good answer to both.


Rajai Davis, 33, is close to a two-year deal with Detroit, and is expected to play left field for the majority of the time. Davis stole 45 bases for Toronto last season, while Detroit stole 35 as a team. As an outfielder, Davis is above average with his speed, but does not have a notable arm. Still, an outfield with Davis, Austin Jackson, and Torii Hunter can prove to be one of the better defensive outfields in the American League.

The addition of Davis and Ian Kinsler, Jose Iglesias midseason, and the cut of Prince Fielder, has proved to give the Tigers significantly more speed to the lineup, and should have the team see a large boost in steals, sac bunts, and other small ball that has not been present in the Tigers lineup for years. Though the loss of Fielder will lower the team’s overall power, the addition of speed can more than make up for that, putting players in scoring position with ease.