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MLB.com recently sat down with Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila in his office at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla., discussing his father's influence on him, the emotions of his team drafting his son and how good Michael Fulmer can be in the future.
Mark Lowe was one of the first signings of the Tigers' 2015-16 offseason. He will not be part of the Tigers bullpen in '17. Detroit placed the veteran right-hander on unconditional release waivers Sunday, parting ways midway through a two-year contract.
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Mike Pelfrey hasn't been told anything about his fate in the Tigers' rotation competition, but he can see how Matt Boyd and Anibal Sanchez are pitching, how his own outings are getting shorter, and figure it out.
The Tigers formally closed the door on Anthony Gose's quest for their open center-field job. However, they might have opened the door to a second career for him as a pitcher.
Alex Monsalve and Christian Lopes belted solo homers off Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning to give a split-squad Blue Jays club a 4-3 victory Sunday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Who do the Tigers have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Detroit's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Matthew Boyd has a 21-to-nothing strikeout-to-walk ratio for the spring. Anibal Sanchez has a 14-inning scoreless streak, during which he has allowed two hits and a walk with 16 strikeouts. The Tigers have a tough decision to make between the two for a rotation spot.
Michael Fulmer will begin his sophomore season when the Tigers begin the Detroit portion of their schedule. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year will start the team's home opener April 7 against the Red Sox at Comerica Park, manager Brad Ausmus announced on Saturday.
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez tossed six hitless innings to continue an impressive stretch on the mound, but top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow struck out nine in four innings and Adam Frazier and Austin Meadows went deep to give Pittsburgh a 5-4 win over Detroit on Saturday at LECOM Park.
A few days ago, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked his level of certainty that his starting center fielder was currently in camp. He said he was "90-something percent" certain that they would fill the void internally. On Saturday, with a new void in right field to fill now that J.D. Martinez is out for at least 3-4 weeks with a mid-right foot sprain, Ausmus lowered that level of certainty. But just slightly.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez will open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a sprain of the lisfranc ligament in his right foot, dealing an early blow to Detroit's lineup.
The Tigers are running out of innings to keep stretching out candidates for their rotation. Matt Boyd keeps pitching his so effectively, so efficiently, that it's becoming tougher to see anyone else winning the open spot.
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Matt Boyd and Julio Teheran put on a pitching duel Friday afternoon at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, but JaCoby Jones hit a walkoff single to score Dixon Machado and send the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Braves in the back half of their home-and-home Grapefruit League set.
Ian Kinsler returned to Tigers camp from the World Baseball Classic with a championship on his resume, an appreciation for international baseball, a desire to stay out of politics and an eye toward Opening Day.
Justin Verlander came to Spring Training six weeks ago with a goal to get himself closer to top form around Opening Day and avoid the first-half struggles that slowed his 2016 season. He won't know for sure how well he did that until he takes the mound at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago in a week and a half, but he at least has given it his best shot.
Alex Wilson knows his history with Spring Training statistics.
Justin Verlander experienced little trouble against Atlanta's projected normal lineup, and Jaime Garcia did his part to create the pitchers' duel that evolved before Adam Walker hit a walk-off single against Daniel Stumpf to give the Braves a 2-1 win over the Tigers on Thursday night at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.
Miguel Cabrera is back from the World Baseball Classic. He is not back to action with the Tigers. His timetable depends on the tightness in his back, which looms larger than the precautionary concern it was characterized to be when he was held out of Venezuela's final game last weekend.
Ian Kinsler opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the third inning of Team USA's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Minor League team offering 'puppy ticket delivery'
Dominic Ficociello crushed a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to put Detroit ahead, but fellow Minor Leaguer Shane Optiz did the same for the Blue Jays in the bottom of the frame to lift Toronto to a 5-4 Grapefruit League win on Wednesday at Florida Auto Exchange Park.
Shane Greene's slow start this spring had nothing to do with the blood circulation issued that led to surgery two years ago. This spring, Greene said, had to do with mechanics and trying to stay back in his delivery. "All Spring Training I've been trying to get my arm to catch up," he said. "I finally stopped thinking about it, and it caught up, and everything felt great."
The Tigers came out of Tuesday's off-day readying to discuss the competitions for the Opening Day roster, including the center-field job. Barring an end-of-camp surprise, manager Brad Ausmus does not expect those discussions to lead to a move for another center fielder. "I'm not saying 100 [percent certain] just in case something happens, but there's nothing in the works," Ausmus said. "I'm 90-something percent certain that our center fielder is in camp."
Jerry Krause made his name in the NBA as the general manager of a Chicago Bulls franchise that won six championships. It was no surprise to longtime baseball executive Mel Didier, who worked with Krause to scout future NL Most Valuable Player Award winner Kirk Gibson when both men worked for the Seattle Mariners in 1978.
This spring, Justin Upton has not been taking much time off. He wants to find the swing he can take into the regular season in two weeks.
The Tigers have 11 more games this Spring Training. They don't have a bunch of decisions to make, but the ones they have are weighty -- as are some of the contracts involved. Any new developments could have a big impact. For now, here's a look at the three main decisions facing the Tigers in the final days of camp
Anibal Sanchez outdueled Matt Harvey in the battle of returning starters, tossing four scoreless innings with five strikeouts in a 5-1 win over the Mets on Monday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
The Indians ran away with the American League Central last season, finishing eight games ahead of the Tigers and besting the Royals by 13.5 games. By using fantasy value to assess the key players on the Detroit and Kansas City rosters for 2017, we can get a head start on determining which club has the best chance of ending Cleveland's reign atop the division.
The drive off the bat of Mets first baseman Dominic Smith landed all the way on the right-field party deck at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, but it was barely foul. It was an impressive drive off an Anibal Sanchez fastball in his start Monday, but no damage done.