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Rick Porcello Showing Form as Likely All-Star Pitcher for Detroit Tigers
July 2nd, 2014 at 11:09 AM
When a pitcher has his all-star moment, he knows it. Rick Porcello enjoyed his last night in the ninth inning. With a crowd on its feet, he put away the usually problematic Oakland Athletics' lineup as quickly as he had all night long: in order. ***VIDEO1*** With the win, Porcello joined rarified Detroit...

Detroit Tigers Should Allow Weary Justin Verlander Time Away to Find Himself
June 17th, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Since opening the season with a fantastic April, life has become a horror movie for Justin Verlander. Trouble is always lurking around every corner. It feels as if the walls are closing in as an unseen demon lurks. Worst of all, Verlander can't even trust his oldest friends, which in...

Max Scherzer Steps up, Finally Looking Like Stopper Detroit Tigers’ Pitching Staff Badly Needs
June 13th, 2014 at 9:58 AM
Thursday night, the Detroit Tigers badly needed a win. They had been tattooed in Chicago, allowing a combined 14 runs between the series' first two games. ***PHOTO1*** The offense, meanwhile, wasn't doing enough to compensate for the erratic pitching totals, scoring only two runs the night before and failing to get a...

“Who Wants the Ball?” That’s the Most Important Question Detroit Tigers Must Answer to Halt Skid
May 27th, 2014 at 2:26 PM
The Detroit Tigers were rolling along through May, owners of baseball's best record after an impressive sweep at Fenway Park, a place that had been their oldest nemesis in the game. ***PHOTO1*** Then, cold hard reality humbled them. Plane troubles derailed the already weary Tigers in Cleveland. It was the imperfect start to...

Robbie Ray’s Great First Inning Escape Could Help His Detroit Tigers’ Career Take Flight
May 7th, 2014 at 11:47 AM
One good or bad inning does not make a baseball career, of course, but the confidence gained or lost from that one inning can go a long way towards making the start of a career more positive or negative. ***PHOTO1*** Tuesday night, Detroit Tigers' rookie Robbie Ray was the recipient of some...

Robbie Ray Has Earned Shot for Detroit Tigers in Anibal Sanchez’s Absence
April 28th, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Injuries in baseball, while a grim misfortune of an intense day to day grind, present fantastic opportunities for others. Just ask Lou Gehrig, who utilized such a scenario to help turn Wally Pipp's name into a verb. ***PHOTO1*** Nobody is suggesting the same situation will play out with the Detroit Tigers and their suddenly...

By Unexpectedly Taking Pitcher’s Fielding Practice, Max Scherzer’s Drive Shows Through
April 23rd, 2014 at 1:03 PM
As vibrant as it eventually becomes, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. prior to a night game, Comerica Park can be a lonely place. There's few acoustics, scoreboards are relatively blank and only a few park officials mill around on the field helping to set up for...

Justin Verlander Dominates On the Mound, at the Plate in Victory Over San Diego Padres
April 13th, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Justin Verlander has long been known as a savant of pitching, but Saturday night, he managed to help himself with hitting, stroking two singles and scoring a run in the midst of the Detroit Tigers' 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. ***PHOTO1*** Unlike Friday where pressure on the Padres never materialized,...

With First Quality Start, Max Scherzer Proves That Negotiations with Detroit Tigers Can Wait
April 3rd, 2014 at 5:33 PM
A few weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers' front office and Max Scherzer each sustained a tiny bit of egg on the face when details of potential long-term contract negotiations managed to become matters of public record. Wednesday, thankfully, everyone finally got the chance to move on in between the lines. ***PHOTO1*** Scherzer...

Opening Day Start Offers Justin Verlander a Major Chance at Personal Redemption
March 19th, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Justin Verlander was recently named the Detroit Tigers' starter for opening day on March 31. Many thought reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer might get the nod, and might be frustrated over not receiving the honor. ***PHOTO1*** This season, though, Scherzer isn't the one with anything to prove. He's been steadily improving, and...

Detroit Tigers’ Tales: Team Makes First Round of Cuts as Justin Verlander Enjoys Solid Debut
March 12th, 2014 at 1:04 PM
Welcome to Tiger Tales, a weekly look at the top five news stories from around the web about the Motor City Kitties. ***PHOTO1*** In addition to water in the basement, another unfortunate reality every spring are baseball cuts. It's tough to make a big league team, and the Detroit Tigers took a...

Robbie Ray’s Tuesday Performance for Detroit Tigers Shows Why Patience Best on Doug Fister Trade
February 26th, 2014 at 2:03 PM
Even though the Detroit Tigers' move to ship starter Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals is over three months old, that doesn't stop many from considering the transaction one sided. Despite that, one performance from Robbie Ray proved patience will be best served with this deal. ***PHOTO1*** Though others are coming around,...

Detroit Tigers’ Positional Preview: Top Heavy Starting Rotation Poised to Remain Elite
February 11th, 2014 at 11:38 AM
With spring training set to begin and the baseball season just around the corner, we're previewing the Detroit Tigers position by position. ***PHOTO1*** Of all the spots across the diamond this coming season, the Detroit Tigers might know what to expect most from one position the most: their starting pitchers. It's been...

Detroit Tigers’ Ace Justin Verlander Completes Surgery, Could Miss Season’s Start
January 24th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Justin Verlander, the right handed starter and 2011 AL Cy Young Winner and MVP, went under the knife this month for core surgery. ***PHOTO1***  The surgery was announced earlier this month after Verlander was injured during winter conditioning. At that time, the Tiger’s front office fully anticipated that Justin would be good...

Detroit Tigers Make Three Key Signs to Avoid Arbitration, Max Scherzer Among Them
January 21st, 2014 at 7:49 PM
The Detroit Tigers clubhouse took a sigh of relief this weekend as they were able to keep three keys pieces to their roster for the 2014 season. Center fielder Austin Jackson, reliever Al Alburquerque, and starter Max Scherzer have all signed new one-year contracts and avoid the need for arbitration. ***PHOTO1*** Jackson...

Max Scherzer Can Pitch Himself into the Record Books Tonight
June 17th, 2013 at 9:35 AM
   ***PHOTO1*** Max Scherzer can make history for the Detroit Tigers tonight when he takes the mound. His 9 - 0 record is the team's best since 1938. With another win, he would be the only pitcher in franchise history to hit the 10 - 0 record. Ever. It might be a...

Why is Detroit Tigers Pitcher Justin Verlander Struggling?
May 23rd, 2013 at 10:42 AM
***PHOTO1***   This might not go down well with your cup of coffee, but what is going on with Justin Verlander's throwing? Over the last few outings he has not appeared like his usual, confident self. The Detroit Tigers ace is, to put it bluntly, not in ace form right now. There...

Detroit Tigers Bats Continue to Beat up Houston Astros, Win Game Two 6-2
May 15th, 2013 at 10:25 AM
 ***PHOTO1***  The Detroit Tigers continue to dominate the Houston Astros in the second meeting of the two teams this year. The Tigers scored six runs, beating the Astros 6 - 2 in the sixth straight game in two weeks. The domination with pitching and batting almost makes one feel sorry...

Outfielder Andy Dirks Ends His Slump in a Big Way
May 2nd, 2013 at 8:00 AM
***PHOTO1***               Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks seems to be feeling better. Much, much better. After the first few weeks of the season he wasn't hitting well and his defensive game even seemed to be suffering a bit. Manager Jim Leyland thought an injury to Dirks' knee might be the culprit,...

Doug Fister Dominates in Tigers Sweep of the Atlanta Braves
April 28th, 2013 at 11:52 PM
***PHOTO1***  Starting pitcher Doug Fister had a record setting night Sunday, but it's the kind of record a player doesn't want to have. While the Detroit Tigers walked away with a win Sunday night and completed a sweep over the Atlanta Braves in what looked like a runaway game, it wasn't...