Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Justin Verlander, Kate Upton Are Engaged

May 3, 2016 7:58 AM

Justin Verlander and actress/supermodel Kate Upton are officially engaged.

Upton showed off her engagement ring at the Met Gala in New York on Monday.

"I'm really excited," Upton said on the red carpet. "He asked me right before the season started so we've been keeping it on the down low for quite a while. So I'm excited to finally be able to share it with the world!"


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Tigers Send Tyler Collins To Minor After Incident With Fans

Apr 28, 2016 8:20 AM

The Detroit Tigers have sent Tyler Collins to the Minor Leagues less than 48 hours after he flipped off booing fans at Comerica Park.

Brad Ausmus said the move was not related to Monday night's incident in his pregame press briefing prior to Wednesday's game.

"It has nothing to do with the other night," Ausmus said. "He was scuffling, we had K-Rod coming back and we felt like we could use an extra pitcher for the foreseeable few days, at least through the weekend."

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Tigers Call Up Top Prospect Michael Fulmer

Apr 28, 2016 8:14 AM

The Detroit Tigers will promote top pitching prospect Michael Fulmer, who will presumably to make his Major League debut on Friday.

Fulmer, 23, could take Shane Greene's spot in the rotation. Greene is dealing with a blister on his middle finger.

"He's got stuff for sure," Brad Ausmus said. "He throws 95, he's got a wipeout slider, but the big leagues is a little different. Guys have seen stuff like that before. You do have to locate your pitches but it certainly doesn't hurt to have that type of stuff in your arsenal."

Fulmer was acquired last season in the trade that sent star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets.

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Victor Martinez Critical Of Detroit's Offense

Apr 27, 2016 7:16 AM

Victor Martinez had a honest assessment of the Detroit Tigers' offensive display on Tuesday night.

Martinez, 37, gave credit to Oakland Athletics pitcher Rich Hill, but was critical of his team's play as well.

"Bottom line: The guy threw good," he said. "We were horses--- as an offense."

Hill allowed just four singles, no walks and struck out eight in seven scoreless innings. The Tigers have been scuffling offensively as of late.

"We're not hitting," Brad Ausmus said when asked if he could pinpoint why the Tigers' bats were silent again. "That's my theory."

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Tyler Collins Won't Be Suspended For Flipping Off Fans

Apr 27, 2016 7:10 AM

Tyler Collins will not be suspended by Major League Baseball for flipping off the booing crowd at Comerica Park after he misplayed a routine fly ball on Monday.

Collins, 25, lost Marcus Semien's fly ball in the lights and was roundly booed for his efforts, as well as the resulting error credited to Justin Upton.

He responded by waving an obscene, one-finger gesture toward the crowd.

The gesture was reviewed by MLB, which determined Collins would not face a suspension. The league, however, does not comment on whether a player is or isn't fined.


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Tyler Collins Flips Off Crowd After Misplayed Ball

Apr 26, 2016 9:30 AM

After making a misplay in the outfield, Tyler Collins flipped off the jeering crowd at Comerica Park during the sixth inning of the Detroit Tigers' 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Collins, 25, lost Marcus Semien's fly ball in the lights and was roundly booed for his efforts, as well as the resulting error credited to Justin Upton when the ball dropped for a double. He responded by waving a one-finger gesture toward the restless crowd, inciting the home fans' anger even further.

After the game, he apologized profusely for his mistake in judgment and said that hearing the boos at such a frustrating time, from the home crowd, hurt.

"To hear boos after that play hit a trigger inside of me and I lashed out, completely inappropriately," Collins said. "I'm absolutely embarrassed, and I'm very sorry to everyone in Detroit."

Collins went on to profess his commitment to the team, organization and the city he represents.

"I just wanted you guys to understand that I love this team and I want to win, so when we come home and get booed, it's tough to swallow, but like I said, I apologize completely," Collins said. "I'm embarrassed [for] myself, I know my family is embarrassed of me, and I'm sure these guys are, too, so I'm sorry it happened."

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Orioles Make Offer To Kyle Lohse; Reds, Tigers Interested

Apr 19, 2016 7:39 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have offered Kyle Lohse a contract and the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers are also interested, according to a report.

It remains to be seen if the 37-year-old has received an offer from Cincinnati or Detroit.

Lohse is coming off a rough season in the final year of a three-year, $33 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Tigers Place James McCann On DL

Apr 12, 2016 4:51 PM

The Detroit Tigers have placed James McCann on the the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.

McCann, 25, suffered the injury on a play at first base during Monday's 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.

"I don't think we are overly concerned that it's something long term," Ausmus told reporters before McCann was placed on the disabled list.

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Tigers Re-Sign Bobby Parnell

Mar 30, 2016 4:54 PM

The Detroit Tigers have re-signed Bobby Parnell to a Minor League contract.

By releasing Parnell and then re-signing them, the Tigers avoided paying him a $100,000 retention bonus.

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Rangers Acquire Bryan Holaday From Tigers For Bobby Wilson, Myles Jaye

Mar 30, 2016 7:11 AM

The Texas Rangers have acquired Bobby Wilson and Myles Jaye from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Bryan Holaday.

Holaday, a 28-year-old Dallas native who played college ball at TCU, heads home after weeks of speculation about his future in Detroit. He has had a great spring, but found himself third on the depth chart behind James McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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Tigers Release Bobby Parnell, Casey McGehee
Detroit also demoted Bruce Rondon to Triple-A.

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Tigers Looking At Kyle Lohse
The Tigers "are emphasizing depth" in the rotation.

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Tigers Were In On Yoenis Cespedes
The Tigers were in on Yoenis Cespedes before they signed Justin Upton this winter, according to a report.

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Cameron Maybin May Miss Opening Day With Fractured Wrist
Cameron Maybin's left wrist isn't healing quickly enough for him to be ready by Opening Day.

Cameron Maybin Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Wrist
Cameron Maybin previously was dealing with residual shoulder soreness from a slip-and-fall accident at his home this offseason.

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Tigers Agree To $18.5M Deal With J.D. Martinez
The Tigers have agreed to a two-year, $18.5 million deal with J.D. Martinez, according to a source.

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MLBPA Forbids Cabrera, Cano, Ortiz From Caribbean HR Derby
The Major League Baseball Players Association has forbid Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and David Ortiz from participating in the Caribbean Series' inaugural Home Run Derby after it was announced that

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Tigers Have Introduced Analytics Department
"We didn't really revamp the analytics department," Al Avila said. "We didn't have an analytics department."

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Tigers, J.D. Martinez Discussing Extension
The Tigers and J.D. Martinez are discussing a potential contract extension, the outfielder told

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J.D. Martinez Seeks Long-Term Deal With Tigers
J.D. Martinez wants to retire as a member of the Tigers and is seeking a long-term deal to help make that happen.

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Justin Upton: Mike Ilitch Sold Me On Tigers
While Al Avila wanted to make small tweaks to increase the offensive production of the Tigers, owner Mike Ilitch wanted serious improvement.

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Tigers, Justin Upton Agree To Six-Year, $132.75M Deal
Justin Upton spent the past season with the Padres and batted .251 with 26 homers and 81 RBIs.

Tigers Among Teams Considering Cespedes
Al Avila said during the Winter Meetings six weeks ago that the Tigers were "out" on Yoenis Cespedes, but the market has shifted since.

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Yoenis Cespedes May Be Close To New Deal
The Mets, Braves, and White Sox are known to have interest in signing Yoenis Cespedes.

Chris Davis, Orioles In Holding Pattern
The Orioles continue to wait on Chris Davis, who remains available on the free agent market.

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Yoenis Cespedes Could Be Pursued By Tigers
While there is no evidence that the Tigers will pursue Yoenis Cespedes, the perception around baseball is that the club is in the mix to sign the free-agent outfielder.

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Tigers Interested In Extending J.D. Martinez's Contract
J.D. Martinez won't be a free agent until after the 2017 season, but the Tigers are interested in signing him to a long-term deal now.

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Tigers Have Received Trade Calls About Nick Castellanos
If the Tigers want to clear some money off the books, dealing Nick Castellanos won't help.

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Yankees Send Justin Wilson To Tigers For Prospects
The Yankees have traded left-hander Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitchers Luis Cessa and Chad Green.

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Indians, Tigers, White Sox Interested In Trading For Brett Lawrie
The Indians, Tigers and White Sox are interested in trading for Brett Lawrie, who has been mentioned in trade rumors since the Athletics re-acquired Jed Lowrie.

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