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Francisco Rodriguez Joins Rare Club With 400th Save

May 25, 2016 7:48 AM

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.

Rodriguez broke into the big leagues with the Los Angeles Angels in 2002.

"When I came here to the States to the big leagues, I was just a kid with a lot of dreams, but [it] never, not even crossed my mind," Rodriguez said of reaching the milestone. "One thing I want to make clear: I don't play for numbers. I play this game because I love it. I've got it in my veins, and that's the only thing that, honestly, I know how to do well. It had nothing to do with records or anything like that."

Rodriguez has 14 saves for the Detroit Tigers this season.

He joined Mariano Rivera (652), Trevor Hoffman (601), Lee Smith (478), Billy Wagner (422) and John Franco (424) as the only pitchers with 400 saves.

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Kevin Kiermaier Fractures Left Hand

May 22, 2016 3:26 AM

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier suffered two fractures in his left hand while attempting to make a diving catch in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Kiermaier, 26, left the game and will return to St. Petersburg, where he will be re-evaluated Monday.

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Justin Verlander Records 2,000th Strikeout Against Twins

May 18, 2016 4:49 PM

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

Verlander is the second pitcher in Detroit Tigers history to reach the mark. Mickey Lolich was the first.

The right-hander is the 76th Major League pitcher to reach the mark.

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Brad Ausmus Suspended One Game For Tirade

May 18, 2016 7:33 AM

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

Ausmus unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against home plate umpire Doug Eddings. He was also fined an undisclosed amount.

He served the suspension on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins. Bench coach Gene Lamont assumed managerial duties in his absence.

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Tigers Players Support Brad Ausmus

May 15, 2016 1:23 AM

Manager Brad Ausmus is not the person to blame for the Tigers' ugly downward spiral.

At least not according to some of the players after the club's 9-3 defeat to the Orioles on Saturday night, the team's 11th loss in its past 12 games.

Ausmus' job security appears tenuous as the club's decline continues, but he's not the one who should be held accountable, some say,

"I wouldn't put any of the blame on the coaching staff or Brad as the manager," catcher James McCann said. "I'd say put it back on th

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

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Max Scherzer Ties MLB Record With 20 K's

May 12, 2016 2:48 AM

Nationals starter Max Scherzer reminded us Wednesday that he's one of the premier pitchers in the game.

Facing the Detroit Tigers, his former team and the only one he'd never beaten, Scherzer fanned 20 batters, tying the major league record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Brad Ausmus Acknowledges He's 'In The Crosshairs'

May 10, 2016 8:42 AM

Brad Ausmus acknowledged his status as a lame-duck manager for the first time this season.Ausmus is in the third and final year of his contract with the Detroit Tigers.

"When you have a payroll like ours, the manager's the guy that's in the crosshairs," Ausmus said. "That's fine. I knew when I took this job, I was probably going to get fired before I walked away from it. Not this job in particular, but just managing in general.

"How many managers walk away from a job?"

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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
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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Orioles Make Offer To Kyle Lohse; Reds, Tigers Interested
The Orioles have offered Kyle Lohse a contract and the Reds and Tigers are also interested, according to a report.

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

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Tigers Re-Sign Bobby Parnell
By releasing Bobby 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
The Rangers have acquired Bobby Wilson and Myles Jaye from the Tigers in exchange for Bryan Holaday.

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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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