3/11/2014 | Verlander sails through first outing without a hitch
With 3 2/3 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium, Tigers ace Justin Verlander pretty much put his rehab from core muscle surgery behind him.
3/11/2014 | Coke crafting curveball as he tries to win job
Tigers reliever Phil Coke is pitching this spring, he said, like he's trying to earn a job. He is not pitching, he cautioned, with something to prove.
3/11/2014 | Verlander sharp for 3 2/3 innings in spring debut
Justin Verlander allowed one hit, struck out two and walked two over 3 2/3 innings during a his first Grapefruit League action on Tuesday in Detroit's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium. Don Kelly hit a two-run homer.
3/11/2014 | Miggy getting into rhythm with at-bats
A day after Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs against the Cardinals in Jupiter, the two-time reigning American League MVP was back to work early in the morning in Lakeland, and back in the Tigers starting lineup.
3/11/2014 | Aggressive Rajai protecting hand with oversized mitt
Rajai Davis runs the basepaths with either reckless abandon or the courage of a cat burglar, depending on your outlook. Either way, Detroit's speedster runs them with what looks like an oven mitt on his left hand.
3/11/2014 | Verlander set for much-anticipated spring debut
Tigers ace Justin Verlander, a former American League Cy Young Award winner, is among a handful of pitchers scheduled to make their Spring Training debuts on Tuesday during an eventful slate of action in both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues.
3/10/2014 | Scherzer used to dealing with Tigers' hot bats
Max Scherzer led the Majors in run support among starting pitchers last year. It figures, then, that the biggest offensive outburst the Tigers have enjoyed all spring came with Scherzer on the mound.
3/10/2014 | Ausmus continues to size up bullpen options
The Tigers sent a procession of lefty relievers to the mound on Monday against the Cardinals with solid results, from Blaine Hardy to Casey Crosby and then Kyle Lobstein. However, manager Brad Ausmus is not married to the idea of a two-lefty bullpen.
3/10/2014 | Iglesias still working toward return to action
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias continues to work out back at the Tigertown complex in Lakeland as he tries to work past the soreness in his shins that has cost him a week and a half of action.
3/10/2014 | Tigers reviewing setup for first replay game
The Tigers are scheduled for their first trial run at baseball's new replay review system on Wednesday against the Yankees in an MLB Network broadcast. The crew in charge of replay challenges for the Tigers, however, isn't going to be there.
3/10/2014 | Tigers prospect Moya making spring statement
Tigers prospect Steven Moya is having the kind of spring that would win a job for many players, but he has yet to play a game above Class A ball. The logical jump for Moya would be to start the season at Double-A Erie, not Detroit, and he's making a big case for that.
3/10/2014 | Miggy belts two homers in blowout of Cardinals
With 10 extra-base hits, including two home runs by Miguel Cabrera and four RBIs from Steven Moya and Nick Castellanos, the Tigers thrashed the Cardinals, 17-5, on Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/9/2014 | Porcello making changeup focus of 2014 camp
Rick Porcello spent a good part of last Spring Training honing his breaking ball, and saw it pay off big. His sequel to the Camp of the Curveball appears to be the Chase for the Changeup.
3/9/2014 | With quick release, Krol on Tigers' fast track
Ian Krol pitches like he's in a hurry to get somewhere. It's not hurting his path to a full-time job in the big leagues.
3/9/2014 | Iglesias continues to miss time with shin splints
While several Tigers who make their offseason home in South Florida were on the Tigers' two-game trip that concludes in Port St. Lucie on Monday, giving them a chance for a night at home, Jose Iglesias stayed back in Lakeland to continue treating and rehabbing his shins.
3/9/2014 | Tigers dismiss Porcello trade rumors
A Sunday report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe citing Major League sources said the Tigers are still willing to listen on trade offers for Rick Porcello. No sooner did the report hit MLB Trade Rumors than team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski denied any trade talks involving any of their starting pitchers, including Porcello.
3/9/2014 | Avila's double decisive after Porcello's solid outing
Giancarlo Stanton provided the "wow factor" with his monstrous solo home run in the fourth inning. But the decisive blow was delivered by Alex Avila, who lined a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning that vaulted the Tigers to a 3-1 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/8/2014 | Coke's rough spring trend continues
Phil Coke has never been known for fast starts to Spring Training. His adrenaline usually doesn't lend itself to early spring games. That said, he might well be creating a tougher situation for himself this spring with his early struggles.
3/8/2014 | Smyly impressive in Tigers' loss to Mets
The Tigers have had the green light running the bases all spring. They almost ran their way into a victory on Saturday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium with their third double steal in eight days. But Matt Clark's pinch-hit, two-run double completed a ninth-inning comeback, sending the Mets past the Tigers for a 3-2 win.
3/8/2014 | Ausmus willing to be patient with Castellanos
So far, the offensive numbers on Nick Castellanos have given every indication he's ready to make the long-awaited jump to the big leagues. The defensive adjustment might take some more time.
3/8/2014 | Smyly works on his offspeed pitches
Drew Smyly continues to work on his entire pitching repertoire in his return to life as a starting pitcher, dusting off a changeup he never had to use in relief last year against left-handed hitters. His third start of the spring on Saturday was a continuation of that effort.
3/8/2014 | Tigers sending big names on road swing
No one will accuse the Tigers of sending a skeleton squad on their longest road trip of the spring. Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila and Nick Castellanos are scheduled to start both games of the Tigers' two-game road swing to Jupiter, on Sunday against the Marlins and on Monday against the Cardinals.
3/8/2014 | Tigers' running game on display this spring
The Tigers stole 17 bases in each of the previous two Spring Trainings. They haven't stolen 20 bases in a spring since 2006, their first under Jim Leyland. They're on a pace to blow past that standard with little trouble.
3/7/2014 | Joba escapes unscathed against old friends
Joba Chamberlain has thrown to Francisco Cervelli for years. Pitching against him was something altogether different. As Chamberlain stared toward the batter's box and saw his former teammate waiting to swing, he had his Spring Training test.
3/7/2014 | Ausmus: 'Blame the manager' for game-ending balk
On the first day of Tigers workouts, new manager Brad Ausmus had his pitchers working on pickoff throws, including the little-used pickoff to third base. Given Ausmus' focus on preparation all spring, it was surely going to come into play in a game this spring.
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