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Tigers Place Victor Martinez On DL With Irregular Heartbeat

Jun 17, 2017 12:42 AM

The Detroit Tigers have put designated hitter Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat.

Martinez came out of Thursday's win over Tampa Bay in the seventh inning with a racing heartbeat, dizziness and cold sweats. He was originally treated in the clubhouse for dehydration but was taken to a hospital when symptoms continued.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Justin Verlander's MRI Clean, Next Start Uncertain

Jun 6, 2017 8:27 AM

The MRI on Justin Verlander's groin injury showed no evidence of structural damage and the Detroit Tigers will evaluate him later this week.

The Tigers don't know when Verlander will make his next start.

Verlander left his Sunday start against the Chicago White Sox in the third inning with tightness in his right groin.


Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Justin Verlander Leaves Game With Groin Injury

Jun 4, 2017 4:18 PM

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander left Sunday's start against the Chicago White Sox in the third inning with tightness in his right groin.

Detroit announced the move was made as a precaution.

Verlander struggled through 72 pitches over two-plus innings.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Extension Talks 'Highly Doubtful' During Season For J.D. Martinez

May 18, 2017 8:39 AM

J.D. Martinez says he'd love to remain with the Detroit Tigers, but that it's "highly unlikely" there will be any contract negotiations during the season.

Martinez, who can become a free agent this winter, is hitting .467/.619/.1.267 in 21 plate appearances since returning to the lineup.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Justin Wilson To Replace K-Rod As Detroit's Closer

May 10, 2017 7:39 AM

Justin Wilson is replacing Francisco Rodriguez as the closer for the Detroit Tigers.

Brad Ausmus announced the move before the team's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Rodriguez has 437 career saves, but has blown four in 11 tries this season. He also has a 8.49 ERA.

"I'm excited, fortunate for the opportunity," Wilson said, "but it comes at a time when one of my brothers down there is struggling.

"Frankie's done an unbelievable job with all of us down there and I just want to see him right, but for the time being, just give it what I got in the ninth and have some fun with it."

Associated Press

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

Brad Ausmus Hints Tigers Could Make Change At Closer

May 8, 2017 7:59 AM

After a pair of close losses this weekend, Brad Ausmus said the Detroit Tigers will discuss the closer situation going forward.

"We're really going to have to talk about it before we make any decisions," Ausmus said. "We're going to have to have a discussion."

Ausmus voiced support for Francisco Rodriguez after a one-run loss on Saturday, but changed his tune after the reliever gave up three runs in the ninth inning on Sunday.

Rodriguez has four blown saves in 11 opportunities.

"I can't recall going through such a bad moment like I'm going through right now," Rodriguez said. "I'm extremely disappointed. Just want to send out apologies to my team and the fans. Totally embarrassed. More embarrassed than anything else."

Justin Wilson is Detroit's eighth-inning man, making him a likely option if they make a change.

Alex Espinoza/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Miguel Sano Suspended One Game, Files Appeal

Apr 25, 2017 8:30 AM

Miguel Sano has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for what the league termed "aggressive actions" that caused benches to clear between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers last weekend.

Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Justin Haley in the third inning on Saturday. Two innings later, Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano, who yelled out at the mound. James McCann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of Sano, who reacted immediately with a right hand to McCann's mask.

The players' association appealed, allowing Sano to continue playing until the appeal is heard and decided.


Tags: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Tigers Place Miguel Cabrera On DL With Groin Strain

Apr 22, 2017 1:43 PM

The Detroit Tigers have placed star first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin.

The Tigers announced the move Saturday afternoon before their game against the Twins. Detroit recalled first baseman John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo to replace Cabrera on the roster.

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Brad Ausmus: 'Fair Game' For Fans To Fool Fielders

Apr 21, 2017 8:47 AM

Brad Ausmus is hopeful the Detroit Tigers "got it" after being fooled by a Tampa Bay Rays fan on Wednesday.

Two fly balls fell for hits in the first three innings as JaCoby Jones, Tyler Collins and Ian Kinsler were confused by the shouts from the Tropicana Field stands.

A fan in the stands yelled "I got it!"

"It's fair game, if you're a fan. I'm not the blaming [the] fan or anything. He's within his rights to do that. We have to make the adjustment," Ausmus said.

Since outfielders have the right to call off infielders on fly balls, Kinsler assumed his teammates were doing so Wednesday night and backed off.

"I just got out of the way," Kinsler said.


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Justin Verlander Makes Light Of Pitch-Tipping Talk
Justin Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs on Saturday against the Indians.


Miguel Cabrera, Terry Francona Have Shouting Match
The Tigers defeated the Indians by the score of 7-6 on Friday night.

Andrew Romine Hits Grand Slam, Tested For PEDs After Game
Andrew Romine hit a go-ahead grand slam in the Tigers' 5-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon
His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

J.D. Martinez To Miss Three To Four Weeks
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has a sprained ligament in his right foot.

J.D. Martinez Suffers Right Foot Sprain
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was taken for X-rays, which have come back negative.

T.J. House Hospitalized After Line Drive To The Head
The Blue Jays report that test results were normal, and that T.J. House would remain in the hospital overnight.

J.D. Martinez Upset Over Decline In Defensive Metrics
J.D. Martinez was a Gold Glove finalist in 2015 when he had a .993 fielding percentage and finished third among AL outfielders with 15 assists.

Jason Beck/MLB

Mets, Tigers Never Seriously Discussed Conforto, Martinez Swap
Reports surfaced during the offseason that the Mets and Tigers discussed a swap involving Michael Conforto and J.D. Martinez, but that doesn't appear to have been the case.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Justin Verlander In Favor Of Eliminating DH Entirely
In 47 career plate appearances, Justin Verlander has hit .081/.081/.081.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Mike Ilitch, Owner Of Tigers And Wings, Dies At Age 87
Mike Ilitch won praise for keeping professional sports teams in Detroit.

Dodgers Casting Wide Net In Search Of Second Baseman
The Dodgers continue to search for a second baseman and have begun to search beyond a trade with the Twins for Brian Dozier.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Verlander Happy Tigers Didn't Trade During The Offseason
Justin Verlander went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA with the Tigers in 2016.

Tigers, Andrew Romine Agree To $1.3M Deal
The Tigers have avoided arbitration with Andrew Romine by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal for 2017.

Associated Press

Yankees, White Sox Aren't Discussing David Robertson
Rumors circulated on Tuesday that the Yankees and White Sox were in talks on a trade involving Jose Quintana and David Robertson.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Tigers Bring Back Alex Avila, Agreeing To One-Year Deal
Alex Avila played in 57 games for the White Sox this year, hitting .213 with seven homers and 11 RBIs.

Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.

Tigers Haven't Put Francisco Rodriguez On Trade Block
Francisco Rodriguez isn't on the trade block as the Tigers look to shed payroll this offseason.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Tigers Have Received Calls About Victor Martinez
The Tigers have received calls about Victor Martinez as they look to get younger and shed payroll.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tigers Have Placed High Asking Prices On Veterans
The Tigers want to shed salary, but have placed high asking prices on a number of their expensive, veteran players.

Buster Olney/ESPN