TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Tigers prospect Kyle Funkhouser throws 3 shutout innings in professional debut

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Monday, June 27, 2016. Norfolk Tides 7, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box) Warwick Saupold worked 2 2/3 innings in a rehab assignment, but reports indicate he may have aggravated the groin injury that shelved him for the past month. Regardless, he and Dustin Molleken held the Tides to a single run through 4 2/3 frames, and...
Via Bless You Boys
1 hour ago

Tigers prospect Derek Hill makes incredible diving catch

You are indeed crazy, Derek Hill. Crazy good. When the Tigers selected Derek Hill in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, scouts praised his defense in a big way. Even as a high schooler, Hill drew comparisons to Torii Hunter for his prowess with the leather. Hill's incredible range and glove work were on full display on Monday when he made this amazing catch in right center field...
Via Bless You Boys
1 hour ago

Kinsler's All-Star-caliber season not reflected by votes

Ian Kinsler would not be out of line to plan an All-Star Game trip, but going by the latest results with a few days left to vote, it will not be a starting role. Yet while Kinsler has fallen out of the top five in AL All-Star balloting at second base, he's in the top five in most statistical categories.
Via Tigers.com
12 hours ago

Losses to Cleveland leave Tigers in a hole

DETROIT (AP) When the Detroit Tigers won the AL Central every year from 2011-14, the title often seemed to come down to a handful of head-to-head matchups between the champions and their closest challengers. The Tigers consistently won those games during that impressive stretch, but so far this year, the roles are reversed. Detroit's 9-3 loss to Cleveland on Sunday dropped the...
Via Associated Press
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers LIVE postgame 6.26.16: Brad Ausmus

Ausmus meets with the press after the Tigers get swept by the Cleveland Indians.
Via Fox Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers LIVE postgame 6.25.16: Nick Castellanos

We catch up with Nick Castellanos after Saturday's game.
Via Fox Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers LIVE postgame 6.25.16: Anibal Sanchez

Sanchez talks about a tough day against the Indians.
Via Fox Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles among the worst Tigers hitters in the last 10 years

The quest for futility continues for Aviles. With his home run on Sunday against the Clveland Indians, Mike Aviles finally got on the board for the 2016 season. In doing so, he struck a big blow against his own quest for batting futility. Entering the game, Aviles was hitting .218/.253/.241, which was good for a wRC+ of 31. The dinger skyrocketed that batting line to .222/.255/.278...
Via Bless You Boys
18 hours ago

Verlander: Outing vs. Tribe 'obviously horrible'

Back on May 3, after allowing seven runs to the Indians, Justin Verlander tweeted that he was going to dominate soon. In the following nine starts, he posted a 5-2 record and 2.34 ERA, looking like the Verlander of old.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

Pelfrey, Tigers set to host Conley, Marlins

Fresh off taking three of four from the mighty Cubs, the Marlins open a nine-game road swing against the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Detroit nabbed a pair of wins as the two clubs squared off to open the season in Miami.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

Anibal Sanchez’s return to the Tigers rotation is a quick failure

Anibal Sanchez had an audition for a spot in the Detroit Tigers rotation on Saturday evening. It didn’t go well. Sanchez’s second pitch, a splitter to Carlos Santana, was hammered deep into the right-field stands. His tenth pitch, a curveball to Francisco Lindor, ended up in almost exactly the same spot. The 15th pitch was a sinker to Jose Ramirez, and Mike Aviles made a leaping...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

After review, Tigers given extra run from Friday's loss

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have been credited with an extra run from the last play of Friday night's loss to Cleveland, making the final score 7-5 in favor of the Indians. The final score initially was 7-4, but the Tigers announced the change Saturday, saying the play was reviewed by the Elias Sports Bureau and Major League Baseball. Detroit trailed 7-4 with one out and...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians pound Zimmermann for seventh straight win over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- Jason Kipnis hit two of Cleveland's four triples and the Indians continued their season-long dominance of the Detroit Tigers with a 7-4 victory Friday night. The AL Central-leading Indians are now 7-0 against the Tigers this season. Detroit had won 16 of 20 at home and was coming off a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners. Danny Salazar (9-3) struggled with his...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera’s Curious Splits

Baseball never lacks for intriguing story lines. There is always a player breaking out and there is always a player declining. There are Cinderella teams and disappointing collapses. In this sport, you can always find something new and exciting to watch. But this post isn’t about those expectation defying feats. On the contrary, this post is about the predictable and reliable...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Xavier Cedeno edition

The Detroit Tigers currently sit over .500 and well within reach of earning a playoff spot by the end of the season. Given their position in the standings, the team should plan on being buyers at the July 31 Trade Deadline this year, rather than sellers like they were last year. While there are not major upgrades needed, there is always room for improvement and pitching and defense...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Kyle Ryan and Bruce Rondon help the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen?

The Detroit Tigers recalled Bruce Rondon and Kyle Ryan from Tripe-A Toledo earlier today. These call ups come as a result of Matt Boyd and Blaine Hardy being optioned back to Toledo. It’s no question the bullpen has struggled this season, but can these guys really help the bullpen get better? Another question left unanswered is what kind of role will these guys play? Rondon could...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Call up of Casey McGehee more confusing than justified

Casey McGehee arrives in Detroit with seven years of professional experience, a journey that has taken him to both sides of the contiguous United States, as well as a stint in the in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball Pacific League in 2013. McGehee’s best years as a baseball player may likely be behind him, or still lingering overseas with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

J.D. Martinez Broke His Elbow

J.D. Martinez broke his elbow Friday night, leaving an already depleted Tigers outfield even further depleted. Martinez is expected to miss 4-6 weeks according to MLB.com, and the team has called up Steven Moya to replace Martinez in the lineup. If Moya can be the best version of himself, the Tigers might not actually miss Martinez all that much. Now, that seems like a ridiculous...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez fractures elbow running into the wall

Detroit Tigers star outfielder J.D. Martinez suffered an injury on Thursday night that puts the rest of his season in jeopardy. Martinez was trying to make a play on a deep flyball off the bat of the Kansas City Royals’ Paulo Orlando, and ran hard into the right field wall at Kauffman Stadium. He was clearly in pain and weakly threw back to the cutoff man on what would end up...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh gets his own baseball card

Jim Harbaugh’s first pitch at a Detroit Tigers’ game has been immortalized on a baseball card.  The Michigan football coach is being featured in Topps’ first-pitch series.  Here’s the card.  Jim Harbaugh now has a baseball card. #GoBlue #UMalumni (photo credit - @toppssports & @yahoosports) A photo posted by Michigan Alumni (@michiganalumni) on Jun...
Via College Spun
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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