Masahiro Tanaka is set to return to the mound on Tuesday as the American League Wild Card-leading Yankees open a three-game series with the Tigers at Comerica Park, with the right-hander saying that he hopes a brief time-out has restored the energy in his arm for the remainder of the postseason push.
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Who are some promising pitching prospects that could help the Tigers' bullpen? Jason Beck answers questions from fans in the latest Inbox.
A day of dueling no-hit bids turned into a home run derby down the foul lines. Justin Upton's two-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning off previously perfect Kenta Maeda, earning Justin Verlander a victory for his gem in a 6-1 Tigers win over the Dodgers on Sunday at Comerica Park that snapped Los Angeles' win streak at six.
Ian Kinsler has gone by the nickname "Kins" ever since he joined the Tigers three seasons ago. Very few people know him by the nickname "Bootsie," but the few that call him that have a story behind it.
The first-pitch fastball from Daniel Norris sailed over catcher Bryan Holaday's head and hit the backstop, an inauspicious start to his second rehab outing for Triple-A Toledo on Monday night. A leadoff single and a walk furthered the sense that he was in for a long, frustrating slog to his 65-pitch limit, his delivery seemingly hurried as he tried to find the strike zone.
Unless the Tigers pull off a trade in the next 10 days, Justin Verlander will not be pitching playoff baseball this year. So he decided to treat Sunday's outing against the Dodgers like a postseason start.
Most of the records associated with baseball are statistical. Thanks to Detroit artist Jack White's Third Man Records, the Tigers' home finale will be associated with records of vinyl.
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.
Yankees prospects Miguel Andujar and Domingo German led Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 3-0 win over Durham with a pair of strong performances on Sunday.
Michael Fulmer has a losing record with a 3.60 ERA. He has suffered four losses in Tigers shutouts, three of them giving up one run. On Saturday, he became the second Tigers starter in 10 years to lose a game without giving up an unearned run over seven or more innings, suffered an unearned run in a 3-0 loss to the Dodgers.
The Dodgers tied a Major League record with their 13th consecutive Interleague victory, capitalizing on a Tigers defensive miscue with an Adrian Gonzalez RBI single in the seventh inning en route to a 3-0 win Saturday at Comerica Park.
Justin Upton had a split second to think about his path as he rounded second base on his third-inning home run Friday night. He wasn't thinking about his future as a Tiger, or his contract opt-out at the end of the season. He was thinking about whether he had touched first base.
The Wins for Warriors Foundation, founded by Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander to help military veterans, will partner with the Michigan Fitness Foundation to host the inaugural Patriot Ruck on Saturday, Sept. 9 in downtown Detroit to honor all military members, veterans and first responders who served and sacrificed on and after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Trevor Stephan, the Yankees' No. 30 prospect, led the Class A Short Season Staten Island pitching staff with a dominant performance in a 5-0 win over Lowell on Saturday.
The Dodgers didn't need to clear the spacious fences of Comerica Park to put on a show in Motown. Chris Taylor hit two of their six doubles, both for RBIs, in a four-hit game as Los Angeles outpaced the Tigers for an 8-5 win Friday night at Comerica Park.
The revolving door of the Tigers' recent starting rotation spun again Friday, when Anibal Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury.
The Dodgers had tagged Jordan Zimmermann for six runs and nine hits over four innings. He had drawn 11 swinging strikes, including four strikeouts, but the Dodgers were making contact with an average exit velocity of 94.4 mph, according to Statcast. So as he worked through the Dodgers' lineup for a third time, Zimmermann moved his back foot from the third-base side of the pitching rubber to the first-base side, something he had never tried in his career.
Michael Fulmer will talk about his upbringing in Oklahoma, his childhood basketball aspirations, his offseason plumbing job and of course his pitching when he joins MLB Network's Eric Byrnes on this week's episode of Play Ball, the network's kids-oriented show designed to connect youngsters with the game.
Now into his second month playing in the Florida State League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finding his power stroke.
Will the Tigers trade Justin Verlander to the Astros before Aug. 31? Beat reporter Jason Beck answers this and more in the latest Inbox.
This is the negative side of the Tigers going young in their bullpen.
The Rangers continued their climb into the American League Wild Card race by completing a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 12-6 victory Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
Miguel Cabrera played through everything from a groin tear to a fractured ankle over the years when the Tigers were winning division titles and needed him down the stretch. He's taking a similar approach down the stretch this year, with a playoff spot pretty well out of sight and a cantankerous back acting up again in a different spot than before.
Justin Verlander admits the trade speculation is on his mind. He can focus on the task at hand when he's on the mound, and he has done an impressive job of keeping focused through a trade saga now going well past a month. But eventually, it creeps in -- even when he's asleep.
The Rangers hit three home runs off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander and won for the fifth time in six games with a 10-4 victory on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. The Tigers have lost nine of their last 11.
Justin Verlander hasn't thrown his last pitch for the Tigers yet. He's set to make his scheduled turn in Detroit's rotation on Tuesday night against the Rangers.
Michael Fulmer went five innings and threw 75 pitches in a 6-2 Tigers loss on Monday, but said his struggles had nothing to do with a recurrence of the ulnar neuritis that forced him to the DL.
Martin Perez overcame a two-run home run by Justin Upton in the first inning and helped pitch the Rangers to a 6-2 victory over the Tigers on Monday night at Globe Life Park. The win was the Rangers' fourth in five games and moved them to within three games in the American League Wild Card standings.
Ian Kinsler's first game this season in his former home, Globe Life Park, was a short one. The Tigers' second baseman was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Angel Hernandez, who ejected manager Brad Ausmus moments later.
When James McCann and Tigers coaches wanted to figure out how to fix him as a hitter, one of the ideas they tried was to put together a personal scouting report, complete with heat maps and hot and cold zones.
The impatience and frustration were palpable among the home fans at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon, as they loudly voiced their opinion of reliever Bruce Rondon.
The Twins avoided another tough defeat against the Tigers, bouncing back thanks to a go-ahead RBI single from Byron Buxton in the eighth inning in a 6-4 win on Sunday at Comerica Park.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
It's safe to say Jeff Ferrell won't be upset with missing out on Triple-A Toledo's series in Charlotte, N.C., his birthplace, this coming week. Instead, Ferrell rejoined the Tigers, who selected his contract ahead of Sunday's matinee against the Twins at Comerica Park. Ferrell pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout in Detroit's 6-4 loss.
Tigers fan has great reaction to a leaping catch
Justin Upton flung the ball into the air and the bat out of his hands as his second walk-off homer of the year lifted Detroit to a 12-11 win over Minnesota at Comerica Park on Saturday night. The home run was part of a six-run comeback Detroit compiled over the final three innings to stun the hot-hitting Twins.
The Tigers' burning debate entering the season -- of which center fielder among Mikie Mahtook, JaCoby Jones and Tyler Collins would emerge as the starter -- seems like a distant memory now.
Pitching deeper into the season than he ever has before, Beau Burrows continues to get better. Burrows, Detroit's No. 4 prospect (No. 95 overall), was untouchable on Saturday as he tossed six hitless innings with eight strikeouts and two walks to pace Double-A Erie in an 11-0 rout of New Hampshire.
Ever since the Tigers made a pair of summer trades that included third base prospects Jeimer Candelario and Dawel Lugo, ranked Nos. 3 and 14, respectively in Detroit's MLBPipeline.com prospect list, questions arose about the future of current Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos.
Eddie Rosario's three-run home run and Max Kepler's two-run shot powered the Twins in front before withstanding a Tigers charge, earning Minnesota a 9-4 win over Detroit on Friday night at Comerica Park.
In uncharacteristic fashion, Anibal Sanchez smacked his glove with frustration as the Twins' Max Kepler sent a two-out fastball over the right-field wall in the fifth inning of Friday's 9-4 Tigers loss at Comerica Park. A couple of hours later, Sanchez let a cooler head prevail as he explained that he's not dealing with any mental or mechanical issues on the mound. Still, his problem is clear: home runs.
Adrian Morales had seen Omar Vizquel before, but only in highlights on YouTube. On Friday afternoon, the 14-year-old Morales saw Vizquel, the former Gold Glove Award-winning shortstop and current Detroit first-base coach, in person, along with shortstop Dixon Machado, at the Tigers' fourth-annual Día en el Parque event at Comerica Park.
Craig Monroe rushed into the dining room outside the press lounge at Comerica Park on Friday to greet Placido Polanco, his friend and former Tigers teammate of two-plus years. The two embraced as they spoke back and forth in Spanish, before Monroe, now an analyst with FOX Sports Detroit, switched to English to compliment Polanco on his salt and pepper beard.
When the Tigers don uniforms with nicknames on the back for Players Weekend later this month, Nicholas Castellanos will have "Nick" on the back of his. He has that sense of humor.
Josh Bell's two-run home run and Adam Frazier's two-run double highlighted an early Pirates outburst Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, sending Pittsburgh to a 7-5 win over the Tigers.
The Astros and Tigers have discussed a Justin Verlander trade this month, sources say, but it remains unclear if the sides have made much progress.