Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Al Avila: 'Changes Are Coming' To Tigers

Oct 19, 2016 6:15 AM

Al Avila told reporters that the Detroit Tigers will look to shake up their approach to roster building this winter.

Avila was largely vague, but said "changes are coming" to how the Tigers do business.

"We want to get younger," he said. "We want to get leaner. We want to run the organization without having to go over our means. We want to stay competitive, but at the same time, this organization has been working way above its means for some time."

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Tigers Exercise Option To Bring Back Brad Ausmus

Oct 5, 2016 7:44 AM

The Detroit Tigers have exercised their option on the contract of Brad Ausmus for the 2017 season, according to multiple reports.

Ausmus, 47, is staying despite the team missing the postseason for the second straight year. The Tigers were eliminated from the Wild Card race on the last day of the regular season.

Ausmus replaced Jim Leyland as manager in November 2013. Overall, the Tigers are 250-234 under Ausmus.


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Tigers To Meet With Brad Ausmus This Week

Oct 3, 2016 2:06 PM

Brad Ausmus will meet with Al Avila this week to discuss his future with the Detroit Tigers.

Ausmus says the club hasn't told him whether it plans to exercise his 2017 option.

"It's going to be between me and Al," Ausmus said on Sunday. "If Al thinks he would rather have someone else, I would respect his decision. If Al would like me to do it, I would love to do it. But to speculate over it is a waste of time."

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Miguel Cabrera Gets 2,500th Career Hit

Sep 18, 2016 7:45 PM

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera singled in the third inning Sunday at Cleveland for the 2,500th hit of his career.

Cabrera, a two-time American League MVP, became the 100th player in major league history to reach the milestone with his line drive off Indians starter Trevor Bauer.

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Tigers To Give Michael Fulmer Three More Starts

Sep 14, 2016 6:11 AM

Michael Fulmer will make three more starts before the end of the regular season, Brad Ausmus has confirmed.

That means the 23-year-old won't have any starts skipped as the Detroit Tigers monitor his workload and innings. He will, however, receive extra rest.

"I'll pitch whenever they tell me to," Fulmer said. "I'm not going to argue with [Ausmus]."

Fulmer has pitched 143.2 innings so far in the majors -- on top of the 15.1 innings pitched in Triple-A prior to his recall. He pitched 124.2 innings in 2015.

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Tigers Will Skip Jordan Zimmermann's Next Start

Sep 12, 2016 6:44 AM

Jordan Zimmermann will not make his scheduled start for the Detroit Tigers on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.

Instead, Zimmermann will pitch a simulated game on Wednesday.

He has served two stints of a month or more on the disabled list since July with a neck injury. Against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, Zimmermann allowed six runs on four hits with three walks in a single inning pitched (plus four batters in the second).

"I feel good. I feel like I'm back to my old self. I just wasn't able to locate pitches and it's pretty embarrassing going one-plus innings and giving up six runs," Zimmermann said.


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Tigers Deny Foul Play On Start Time Against Red Sox

Aug 18, 2016 2:03 PM

The Detroit Tigers insist the decision to deny the Boston Red Sox's request to push back Thursday's 1:10 p.m. start time was not a vindictive one.

The Red Sox played in Baltimore on Wednesday night.

Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski, who was dismissed as GM by the Tigers last season, revealed this week that his old club declined to honor the scheduling change.

"Every team in baseball, at some point ... has some type of schedule issue. They get in late. They have another game. It happens to every team, every year," Brad Ausmus said. "It's not ideal. The baseball schedule is hard. If I were the Red Sox, would I not like it? Absolutely, I wouldn't like it. But there's nothing vindictive going on here. We've played Thursday day games all year long."

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Nick Castellanos Suffers Fractured Left Hand

Aug 7, 2016 12:33 AM

Nick Castellanos left Detroit's game against the New York Mets on Saturday with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.

Castellanos was hit by a pitch during Detroit's five-run fourth inning. He stayed in the game and came around to score, but the 24-year-old third baseman was taken out at the end of the inning.

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Tigers Monitoring Michael Fulmer's Pitch Counts, Not Innings

Aug 5, 2016 3:11 PM

The Detroit Tigers want to avoid working Michael Fulmer too hard, but they have changed the way they evaluate his workload this summer.

The Tigers are now thinking in terms of pitch counts instead of innings. In terms of pitches thrown, the team believes they can keep him in a safe range the rest of the season without having to shut him down early, or maybe even skipping a start.

"In terms of pitches thrown, he's actually in real good shape," Brad Ausmus said.

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Jordan Zimmermann Has Clean MRI, Likely To Avoid DL

Aug 5, 2016 2:57 PM

Jordan Zimmermann likely will avoid going back on the disabled list after getting positive results from his MRI, according to a source.

Zimmermann, who started Thursday for the first time since June 30, was pulled after giving up six runs in just 1 2/3 innings, which matched the shortest outing of his career.

Brad Ausmus said Zimmermann was experiencing tightness in his lat muscle and was sent for tests by the Detroit Tigers.

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Anthony Gose Has Heated Argument With Triple-A Manager
Tigers brass is currently evaluating what to do next and will huddle with Lloyd McClendon.

Edwin Encarnacion Drops Appeal Of Suspension
Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion sat out Sunday's game against the Tigers.

Tigers Place Daniel Norris On 15-Day DL
Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris is suffering from a right oblique strain.

Tigers Place Jordan Zimmerman On DL
Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman is suffering from a right neck strain.

J.D. Martinez Out 4-6 Weeks After Breaking Elbow
J.D. Martinez will be out for four to six weeks after leaving Thursday night's game with a non-displaced fracture of his right elbow.

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Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

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Francisco Rodriguez Battled Zika Virus During Offseason
The reliever, who battled the Zika virus this offseason, cautions athletes to be prepared and do their homework.

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Francisco Rodriguez Joins Rare Club With 400th Save
Francisco Rodriguez joined an elite group Tuesday night when he recorded the 400th save of his Major League career, becoming only the sixth pitcher to accomplish such a feat.

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Kevin Kiermaier Fractures Left Hand
Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will be re-evaluated on Monday in St. Petersburg.

Justin Verlander Records 2,000th Strikeout Against Twins
Justin Verlander fanned Eddie Rosario in the fourth inning on Wednesday for the 2,000 strikeout of his career.

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Brad Ausmus Suspended One Game For Tirade
Brad Ausmus was suspended one game by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for "excessive arguing and his inappropriate actions" following his ejection on Monday.

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Tigers Players Support Brad Ausmus
The Tigers have lost eleven of its past 12 games, including an ugly loss to the Orioles on Saturday night.

Max Scherzer Ties MLB Record With 20 K's
Max Scherzer defeated the Tigers on Wednesday night, the only team he'd never beaten.

Brad Ausmus Acknowledges He's 'In The Crosshairs'
Brad Ausmus is in the third and final year of his contract with the Tigers.

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Justin Verlander, Kate Upton Are Engaged
Kate Upton showed off her engagement ring at the Met Gala in New York on Monday.


Tigers Send Tyler Collins To Minor After Incident With Fans
The Tigers have sent Tyler Collins to the Minor Leagues less than 48 hours after he flipped off booing fans at Comerica Park.

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

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Victor Martinez Critical Of Detroit's Offense
Victor Martinez, 37, gave credit to Athletics pitcher Rich Hill, but was critical of his team's play as well.

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Tyler Collins Won't Be Suspended For Flipping Off Fans
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.


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

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