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New York Mets Best Detroit Tigers on Matt Reynolds Walk-Off Home Run in Ninth Inning

March 6th, 2015 at 4:44 PM
By Max DeMara

By the time the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets finished Friday, all of the major players had long departed. Detroit fell late thanks to a walk-off home run, but for those interested, the first two innings packed the most excitement.

Coming into the game, the big story was regarding the starting matchup between the returning Matt Harvey and David Price. Both pitchers threw a solid two innings of scoreless work. When their replacements entered, the runs finally started to come. The Mets took the lead first on Tim Melville and Detroit responded with two runs in the fourth.

Detroit added another run with a check-swing single from Rajai Davis to take a 3-1 lead after stressing out Noah Syndergaard, and despite a few scattered scoring threats the rest of the way, that was about all the damage the offense would do. The Mets, meanwhile, were the beneficiary of some bad luck in the field after placing plenty of men on base but failing to score.

They did, however, take a 4-3 lead after Matt den Dekker clubbed an RBI double off of Luke Putkonen, who was messy in relief. Detroit tied the score in the very next inning thanks to Aaron Westlake's RBI single which plated Tyler Collins.

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Underrated Anthony Gose Could Key Detroit Tigers’ Entire Offensive Operation in 2015

March 5th, 2015 at 3:14 PM
By Max DeMara

Anthony Gose was perhaps the most unceremonious addition the Detroit Tigers made in the offseason.

It's not everyday big press is garnered from the acquisition of a light-hitting center fielder who is traded for one of the organization's top prospects in November, and when Dave Dombrowski snagged Gose from the Toronto Blue Jays early in the offseason, the move likely had a chilling effect on most fans.

That doesn't mean the first can't prove to be the most important one, however.

As part of Detroit's 5-4 Wednesday win over the Baltimore Orioles, Gose displayed the type of skills the Tigers will want to see on display consistently in 2015. He singled twice, then changed the game with speed on the bases.

Early in the first inning, Gose managed to score after Dixon Machado was hung up in a rundown. He had gone from first to third, and easily ran home with the defense's attention somewhere else. Detroit ended up winning the game by one run, and Gose's speed alone helped manufacture a run that might not have been scored by anyone else.

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Detroit Tigers Release Reliever Joel Hanrahan, Who Needs Surgery Again

March 4th, 2015 at 1:38 PM
By Max DeMara

For most of 2014, the Detroit Tigers' bullpen was trying to get by on a wing and a prayer. Injuries and inconsistency intervened, and they needed to find a quick fix.

Enter the injured Joel Hanrahan last May. First, Hanrahan was supposed to come back by July. Then it was postponed until 2015. After that, Hanrahan was scheduled to have another meeting with doctors on Tuesday to look at his arm.

Now, the pitcher needs to undergo a second Tommy John surgery, and apparently, the Tigers have seen enough. Wednesday morning, they released Hanrahan almost a year after signing him and trying desperately to revive his career and wedge him into their bullpen fold.

Exit the injured Hanrahan this March. Anthony Fenech has some of the details in the Detroit Free Press.

The veteran hasn't thrown since February 22 after his bullpen session was cut short because of soreness in his arm. He signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers this off-season, his second $1 million dollar contract in as many years. Last May, he signed, but was unable to progress enough in his recovery to pitch in the big leagues.

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Yoenis Cespedes Makes Mark with Grand Slam in Second At-Bat as a Detroit Tiger

March 3rd, 2015 at 8:25 PM
By Max DeMara

They say home is where the heart is, but for Yoenis Cespedes, home might actually be where the home runs are in addition to the heart.

Tuesday, amid the Detroit Tigers' 15-2 Grapefruit League opening romp over the Baltimore Orioles, Cespedes got his Tigers' career off to the best possible start, walloping a grand slam in only his second ever at-bat with the team. With one mighty swing, he put the game out of reach in the fourth inning.

What a first impression.

Both Tigers' fans and the slugger himself hope that this production was an adequate dress rehearsal that plays out over the course of the entire 2015 season. Cespedes could be the element that has been missing from Detroit's lineup, and the combination of speed and power that he showed at the plate in just his first game was a welcome sight.

It's not going to take long for Cespedes to endear himself to the hometown faithful, especially with those traits. The best early news? Not only is Cespedes looking more and more comfortable by the day, he also seems committed to a long-term future in Detroit beyond this season thanks to that comfort. Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press provided this update recently.

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Hernan Perez and Andrew Romine Locked in Great Roster Battle for Detroit Tigers

March 3rd, 2015 at 9:59 AM
By Max DeMara

Even though it was only one game against collegiate competition, Monday, Hernan Perez and Andrew Romine served notice about what will likely become the Detroit Tigers' most interesting competition of the entire spring.

It's not often the battle to see who the most effective utility infielder and outfielder will be ends up being the most exciting thing about spring training, but Monday, Perez and Romine made that look to be the case. Each were impressive when taking on Florida Southern, and helped lead in Detroit's 12-2 victory.

Both Perez (1-3) and Romine (1-3) collected RBI's, with Romine doing the most damage by collecting two and Perez smacking a double leading to one. Perez's run was also plated with two out, which is important to note. The duo also took turns competing at a variety of different positions in the field, with infield and outfield roles covered between the two.

Given that Don Kelly has departed and the Tigers don't carry many players capable of flashing at different parts, the spotlight is brightest on these two the entire spring. How they manage to play the field—infield or outfield—and hit will be key, considering questions about offensive sustainability are the biggest worry.

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