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Tigers Set AL Record With 24 Scoreless Innings

Apr 9, 2015 8:14 PM

The Detroit Tigers set an American League record on Thursday by opening the season with 24 shutout innings.

Detroit didn't allow a run against the Minnesota Twins until the seventh inning of the three-game series.

Minnesota scored in the seventh when Joe Mauer walked and scored on a one-out double by Kennys Vargas and an error by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The longest such streak in the majors since 1912 is 32 innings by the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.

Associated Press

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Tigers Place Verlander On DL

Apr 8, 2015 4:42 PM

The Detroit Tigers have officially placed Justin Verlander on the disabled list.

The right-hander hopes Sunday's scheduled appearance is the only start he will have to miss because of a strained right triceps.

"I think it's going to go away, for sure," Verlander said. "It seems like it's been forever and we're only on Day 11 or 12 or something right now, which is not that long for a strain."

Detroit announced last week that Verlander would go on the DL for the first time in his career, but the Tigers did not make the move official until Wednesday.

Associated Press

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Torii Hunter Confronts Umpire After Game-Ending Call

Apr 7, 2015 8:08 AM

Torii Hunter confronted umpire Joe West after a game-ending strike call when he was at the plate on Monday.

The Minnesota Twins were trailing 4-0 against the Detroit Tigers when Hunter came to bat with Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer on the bases. Hunter fell behind 1-2 in the count. He thought he checked his swing on the fourth pitch, but West called a third strike to end the game.

Hunter dropped his bat and got in West's face as the umpire left the field, asking him to check with the first-base umpire.

"You know I didn't swing. The proof is in the pudding," Hunter told reporters after the game.

"I think he had dinner reservations or a concert to play in. ... That was terrible," Hunter added. "All I ask -- everybody asks -- we come out and do our job every day. That's what I do. I come ready to play, do my job. I battle at the plate. We ask you to do your job as well. Joe West needs to do his job, and he didn't do it well."


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Tigers Trying For Extension With David Price Before Opening Day

Apr 3, 2015 7:09 AM

The Detroit Tigers are trying to come to terms with David Price on a long-term deal before Opening Day, but the two sides are believed to be far apart in talks.

Detroit agreed to extensions with Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera in the days leading up to the season in recent years.

However, three sources indicated the gap between the Tigers and the left-hander.

Price has said that he's open to an extension, going as far as to say that he'd discuss a deal into the season. The Tigers are more interested in holding onto Price than they were Max Scherzer.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Justin Verlander To Begin Season On Disabled List

Apr 2, 2015 11:59 AM

Justin Verlander will begin the season on the disabled list, but is not expected to be a lengthy stay.

Verlander has been dealing with a sore triceps and has been throwing lightly in an attempt to work out the tightness.

Verlander has never been placed on the disabled list.

Brad Ausmus said the move will be backdated to March 28, and he is "optimistic" that Verlander will be able to start the sixth game of the season on April 12 against the Indians.

"Essentially, he doesn't miss a start," Ausmus said. "His arm will let us know when he can get back on the mound. Cautiously optimistic he'll get back on the mound Saturday or Sunday."


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Verlander To Miss Spring Start, Still Hoping For April 8

Mar 31, 2015 7:42 AM

Justin Verlander will miss his scheduled spring training start Thursday because of soreness in his right triceps.

Verlander still hopes to start for the Detroit Tigers on April 8, his first turn during the regular season.

The right-hander left Friday's exhibition outing with a cramp in his right triceps. He threw Sunday but still had soreness Monday.


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Verlander Plays Catch, Status Remains Unclear

Mar 29, 2015 7:40 PM

Justin Verlander played catch briefly Sunday morning for the first time since leaving a start with a cramp in his right tricep, but it remained unclear when the Tigers ace would pitch again.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander did some light tossing at the team's spring training camp and still felt "a little bit tight," but otherwise reported some general improvement.

"He felt better today," Ausmus said before the Tigers' game Sunday with the Phillies. "Not completely better, but he feels better than he did yesterday."

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Justin Verlander's Concern About Arm 'Pretty Low'

Mar 29, 2015 1:00 AM

A day after being removed from his Grapefruit League start, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander was not worried about missing any time in his spring training preparation for the looming regular season.

Verlander admitted on Saturday morning he felt soreness similar to what forced him from Friday's start but that his level of concern about his throwing arm is "pretty low."

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Joe Nathan Will Close For Tigers

Mar 27, 2015 4:45 PM

The Detroit Tigers will use Joe Nathan as their closer this season.

Brad Ausmus shook his head 'no' when asked Thursday if there was a competition brewing for the team's closer role this spring.

Nathan had a 4.81 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 58 innings last season. He has saved 88 games over the last two games.

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Verlander Leaves Appearance With Triceps Cramp
Justin Verlander will be re-evaluated tomorrow and the Tigers do not expect him to miss his next start.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tigers, Price Begin Discussing Possible Extension
The Tigers acquired David Price, who can hit free agency after the season, via trade from the Rays last summer.

Jason Beck/MLB

Miguel Cabrera Goes 1-For-3 In Tigers' Spring Debut
Miguel Cabrera made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

Price Will Start Opener For Tigers
David Price, who went 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA last season, will start against the Twins on April 6.


Scherzer's Free Agent Advice To Price: Focus On Winning
David Price will be a free agent after this season, while Max Scherzer recently signed a $210 million deal with the Nationals.

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Mets' Harvey Throws Two Perfect Innings
Matt Harvey topped out at 99 mph with his fastball on Friday.

Cespedes Battling Lower Back Tightness
Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam on Tuesday and wasn't on the travel roster on Wednesday.

Jason Beck/MLB

Polanco '90 Percent' Retired, Open To Coaching
Placido Polanco, who didn't play baseball last season, considers himself to be "90 percent" retired.

Jorge Ebro/El Nuevo Herald

Hanrahan Needs Tommy John, Released By Tigers
The Tigers have released Joel Hanrahan, who will have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18.

Associated Press

Cespedes Wants To Remain In Detroit Over Long-Term
Yoenis Cespedes has a chance to hit free agency this offseason.

Jason Beck/MLB

Miguel Cabrera In Good Shape Despite Injury
Miguel Cabrera stayed in good shape while recovering from surgery on his right foot, putting him ahead of schedule with the Tigers this spring.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tigers To Re-Sign Joba Chamberlain
Chamberlain has already been spotted in camp with the Tigers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Miguel Cabrera Cleared To Hit, Throw
The Tigers are optimistic Miguel Cabrera will play on Opening Day after he was cleared for "non-impact exercises."


Victor Martinez Has Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks
Martinez, 36, suffered a torn left meniscus during offseason workouts.


2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Victor Martinez Has Torn Meniscus
Victor Martinez suffered a torn medial meniscus in his left knee while working out recently, according to the Tigers.


Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly
Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Source: Chamberlain Has Rejected Multiple Contract Offers
Joba Chamberlain remains unsigned because he has rejected multiple offers from teams he did not want to join, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Alburquerque, Tigers Agree On One-Year Deal
Al Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last season with Detroit.