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Detroit Tigers Vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Series Preview: Good Pittsburgh Pitching Hits Comerica Park

June 30th, 2015 at 4:24 PM
By Max DeMara

DETROIT — For the second time in three months, the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates will meet in interleague play. Earlier, the teams met at PNC Park and the Tigers took two of three behind excellent pitching.

Now, the Pirates come to town for three more games and Detroit will try to keep the winning ways going against the same staff of stingy Bucs' hurlers at Comerica Park. The Tigers need to put together a hot streak at home, and will be challenged by another quality foe.

Here's the players and things to watch as the Tigers try to break through in the wake of their big Sunday win.

Players to Watch: Victor Martinez and Josh Harrison. Martinez announced his re-arrival in a big way Sunday, ripping the double that cleared the bases and turned around a close game against the Chicago White Sox. It was the first big hit the designated hitter had enjoyed in some time, and just the type of event which could help the team jell and Martinez find his own hot streak. Harrison, meanwhile, is no longer just the guy who broke up another Justin Verlander no-hitter. He's become one of the best hitters in the National League, leading the league in hits (57) since the middle of May to the tune of a .345 average in his last 41 games. Obviously, keeping him off the bases is key for Detroit.

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Jose Iglesias Finding Different Ways to Impress Detroit Tigers Every Day

June 30th, 2015 at 12:13 PM
By Max DeMara

Sunday afternoon, Jose Iglesias didn't make a flashy play in the field, other than snagging a routine pop up over his shoulder.

He didn't make one of his improbable infield stabs which has become routine, nor did he make a defensive play that wowed the paying customers in the grand scheme of Detroit's comeback victory.

The shortstop more known for his glove did, however, help key the comeback with a clutch at-bat in the eighth inning. With Detroit trailing the Chicago White Sox 4-0 against a dominating Jeff Samardzija, Iglesias worked a key walk after trailing in the count that helped keep the inning alive.

After the Tigers nearly batted around, Iglesias would score on Victor Martinez's double and help tie the game. It's safe to say without the good eye, the big inning might not have even had the chance to happen.

"At that point, at that pitch count, I think it was a very big at-bat," Brad Ausmus said of the walk which came after James McCann's single to start the inning. "I guess, if it's right off the plate, it's certainly a great eye and a great at-bat."

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Chattin’ Cats Week in Review: Detroit Tigers Finish Off Week with Win That Counts for More

June 29th, 2015 at 10:19 AM
By Max DeMara

Welcome to Chattin' Cats, a weekly piece recapping the most important talking point from the week before about the Detroit Tigers while taking a look ahead.

All wins in baseball count exactly the same statistically, but sometimes, some can count for just a bit more spiritually.

Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers put the capper on another up-and-down week in the middle of the season by doing something they hadn't previously done: winning a game they should have lost.

Trailing the Chicago White Sox 4-0 entering the eighth inning, the Tigers were being carved up by Jeff Samardzija, who was in cruise control. The crowd was quiet. The team had no energy. "Here we go again" seemed to be the prevailing mindset across the ballpark.

Then, two singles around a clutch walk by Jose Iglesias provided some life. In a season where big hits have been elusive, Victor Martinez stepped to the plate and delivered, ripping a double to the gap that cleared the bases and tied the score.

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Detroit Tigers Pull Off Late-Inning Comeback, Stun Chicago White Sox on James McCann’s Walk-Off

June 28th, 2015 at 5:34 PM
By Max DeMara

DETROIT — Down four runs to a dominating pitcher in the eighth inning, few would have given the Detroit Tigers a chance of coming back. Instead, they flipped the script in a major way Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.

The Tigers scraped across the tying runs in the eighth, then rallied to win in the ninth thanks to the bat of James McCann. Thanks to the abrupt rally, they stunned the White Sox 5-4.

For the first few innings, hits were hard to come by much less runs. The White Sox collected theirs early on David Price, but the lefty settled down. The Tigers didn't collect a hit until the third against Jeff Samardzija. Early, the contest had all the makings of an old-fashioned pitchers duel.

In the fourth, Chicago got on the board thanks to a double and an error by Yoenis Cespedes which sent Jose Abreu to third. Avisail Garcia brought him home with a sacrifice fly. One batter later, Melky Cabera crushed his second home run of the season to bring Chicago's lead to 2-0.

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Detroit Tigers’ News and Notes: Rain Dates, Futures Game Invites, Rehab and More

June 28th, 2015 at 11:38 AM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox finish off their shortened four game set on Sunday afternoon under sunnier skies and warming temperatures. Considering the conditions the teams dealt with Saturday, that's a nice change.

As first pitch closes in, here's a rundown of some news and notes from this past week to remember.

Rain Schedule Ready: The Tigers and White Sox will play a day-night doubleheader on September 21 to make up Saturday's latest washed away game. Detroit will also play a make up game against the Cincinnati Reds on August 24 to account for the contest that was missed on June 18. Detroit's had a decent amount of luck getting games completed thus far in 2015, but remember to circle these two dates in the next few months.

Joe Jimenez Is The Future. And as such, he will be the Tigers representative in the futures game, which takes place on July 12 in Cincinnati. Jimenez will pitch for the World team, and has been electric this season at Single-A West Michigan, posting a 3-1 record, 35 strikeouts and six saves in 21 1/3 innings. The game has featured Tigers' prospects like Nick Castellanos, Jordan Lennerton, Bruce Rondon and Steven Moya recently. Jimenez is Detroit's lone representative.

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