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2014 Preseason Report: The Detroit Tigers posted by Lions Fan

The Detroit Tigers went through another disappointing season last year with a 6-10 record. Many of their fans thought they would be able to reach the playoffs after a hot 6-3 start but tapered off in the end with a 1-6 finish.

Much of the blame for the late season collapse has to be placed on the Lions offense. The team sputtered in offense in their final eight contests, being limited to 21 points or fewer. Former top pick Matthew Stafford was a picture of inconsistency last year, looking unstoppable in October but becoming error-prone later in the season.

To address their inconsistencies in offense, the team drafted Eric Ebron out of North Carolina. The tight end should be able to receive passes from Stafford and other quarterbacks. They also signed another tight end, veteran Golden Tate from the reigning champions Seattle Seahawks.

One thing that the Lions did well last year was protecting Stafford as the offensive line surrendered just 23 sacks. This is expected to become even better as two key players, left tackle Riley Reiff and LaAdrian Waddle, are still young and should improve this season.

On defense, the team will again rely on former No. 2 overall pick Ndamukong Suh to lead the way. While he was also inconsistent last year, Suh was able to disrupt opponents on the interior.  But Suh and his partner Nick Fairley were heavily penalized, thus the team would like to see their 20 infractions go down this year.

The Lions have high hopes for Ziggy Ansah, the best rookie in terms of sacks last year. He’ll be joined by former college teammate Kyle Van Noy on the defensive line as well as Jason Jones who is coming off an injury.

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Miguel Cabrera posted by Tigers Fan

Born April 18, 1983 in Venezuela, Miguel Cabrera is playing MLB for Detroit Tigers since 2008. He is a batter and a right-handed pitcher as well. Currently he is mainly playing at first base, but in his career, he has mainly played at third base, and in right and left field. Cabrera has been selected for American League and National League All-Star teams.

In 1999, Cabrera was taken by the Florida Marlins as an amateur free agent, and in 2000, he started his professional career with the Gulf Coast League (GCL) as a shortstop. Promotion was given to play Class-A ball, when he managed .250 ERI and six RBIs in the last eight games with NYPL Blue Sox. By 2003, Cabrera was promoted to play with Carolina Mudcats, a Double-A team.

In June 2003, Cabrera made his MLB debut, and in his very first game managed a walk-off home run. In the postseason, he played exceptionally well, which helped the Florida Marlins reach the World Series championship against the New York Yankees. In February 2007, Cabrera was the first player of the offseason to win arbitration hearing, which netted him $7.4 million contract.

In December 2007, Florida Marlins traded Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers, and by March 2008 he had signed a eight-year contract for $152.3 million, which was the largest contract in Tigers' history, and fourth-largest in MLB history. He started playing for the Tigers at third base against the Kansas City Royals, and finished with two strikeouts, where the team lost 5-4. In April Cabrera was moved to first base by Jim Leyland the team manager. In July, heContinue reading "Miguel Cabrera"

Richard Kagan

Sox Can't Drive In Runs, Division Lead Slipping posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox can't score a runner from third base and that might be a significant reason why this team appears to have lost whatever offense it had, and as games dwindle, so does their division lead.  The Sox only lead by 3 games with 15 to it's just a matter of time as the Tigers claw their way into a tight race. 

It says here that once the Tigers catch and pass the Sox, the Tigers will pull away and win by three or 4 games.  That means, in a stretch where things can go right or wrong. the Sox might be playing .250 baseball.  That just doens't cut it in crunch time.

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White Sox Road Woes Continue posted by Richard Kagan

The Sox had won 5 in a row to get them 3 games up on Detroit with the season winding down.  Now, after losing to the lowly Royals, who own the Sox this year.  Chicago is trailing the CA. Angels, one of the better teams in the AL.  It's not looking good for Chicago.  Suddenly, they lost their mojo.  When they go on the road they do all the things that good teams don't do.  They run themselves out of innings, they fail to drive in runners on 2nd or 3rd base.    Just one run would make a difference, yet the Sox can't push that run across.  The Sox have a tenous two game lead over the Tigers.  Good thing that Detroit got rained out tonight.  The lead is in jeopardy now.  Soon, the Tigers will waltz by.  And, I am not a Tigers fan.  I'm being realistic.

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Say Good-bye To Sox posted by Richard Kagan

It's a stark reality.  Detroit is better than Chicago and should win the AL Central.  The Tigers get key hits, have smart at-bats, rarely beat themselves in the field, and their pitching is solid to very good.  Justin Verlander can be lights out and often is, and he may well be in the mix for the AL Cy Young Award again.  He already won it.  He's locked in.  He starts out at 92 mph on the gun and gets faster as the game goes on.  By the 7th inning, he's throwing bullets to off-balance hitters.  They don't know what to expect. 

The Tigers may tie up the Sox before their series is done.  And, then, it looks like Detroit by 3-4 games.

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Sox lose to Tigers, 5-3 posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox had their chances but came up short against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night and fell 5-3.  The Sox had only 6 hits, 4 in the last two innings, but could only push across one run and that was the game.  Chicago hit 2 hR's off Doug Fister, including Gordon Beckham's 15th HR of the season but came up short when Miguel Cabera hit a blast that put the Tigers up 3-2.  Chicago could not muster a hit off Fister until he was removed and Benoit came in the 8th.  The Sox had a great shot to get back in the game with 3 straight singles, Alexei Ramirez driving in the third run.  So, with runners on first and 2nd and no outs, the Sox failed to capitilize and the top of the order could not get on base.  Rally over and essentially, the game over.  Detroit now trails Chicago by 2 games with 21 to play, and the noose just got a little tighter.

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Konerko leaves bases loaded in 2nd vs. Twins posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox already had 2 runs courtesy of a Gordon Beckham two run blast and were mounting a big to score more.  The Sox had the bases loaded with two outs and Paul Konerko, their all-star power guy, grounded into a force out to end the inning.  The Sox could have scored more.  It's nice to score some runs at home.  Especially after the grueling road trip that didn't seem to end.  The Sox came back to U.S. Cellular Field tied with the Detroit Tigers who swept the Sox at Comerica Park.  The White Sox play the Tigers 4 more games in Chicago.  If Chicago wants to make it post-season, they best start hitting the ball with regularity.  Leaving runners in scoring position doesn't win games.  It will catch up with you. 

Hopefully, the Sox their turn around their mojo.

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Richard Kagan

Sox trail Tigers early 3-1, at Detriot posted by Richard Kagan

Well, the disembowelment is beginning early in the Motor City.  Jake Peavy looks eminately hittable, and Miquel Cabrera already has a 2run HR.  The Tigers has 5 hits in 2+ innings and it looks like other games that the Sox played in.  A veritable meltdown in progress.  A.J. Pierzynski clouted a HR for the Sox who come in here and play moribound.  If they lose these 3 games, that will mean a disastrous road trip of 1-6 against good teams in the Orioles and the Tigers.  In this series, as it looks like games in recent past, in fact, earlier this season, The Tigers ambushed the White Sox and demolished them.  Made them look in a minor league team had wandered in to the stadium, a kind of field of Dreams gone hay-wire.  I hope the Sox can be competitive here, can win a game or two.  They will play again.  I don't know the Sox can't play well on the road against good teams.  But they need to now.  This is the time to become road warriors, or at least, road players.  Play the game, Peavy is throwing pitches that say "Hit Me" and Cabrera, a great hitter, is obliging him. Continue reading "Sox trail Tigers early 3-1, at Detriot"

Richard Kagan

ChiSox have Slim Lead in AL Central posted by Richard Kagan

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera is amazing.  He powered his 29th HR of the year and Detroit held off the Yanks for a 6-5 win to pull a half game behind Chicago, which lost to KC 5-2 tonight.  This is shaping up to be a close race, at least till Chicago puts some win together.  The Tigers have Justin Verlander and a great hitter, and a good number starter in Rick Porcello.

The Soz have a very good lineup that can score runs.  The issue is can the team keep hitting, and can the starters go a deep 7 innings?  Can the BP close the door if gvien a lead.  These are the questions, and the answers will come in the remaining weeks.  Let's hope it is a good race.  I am sure Detriot and Chicago will play each other and let's hope Chicago plays better than the last visit to Detroit where they were simply manhandled.

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Tigers vs Rays recap posted by aj wilbur

On a cool April day with snow in the air the Tigers again railed in late innings to beat the Rays and improve to 4-0 on the season. Rick Porcello gave a strong quality start of 7 innings with 2 earned runs, 7 hits, and a walk. The sinker was working well for Porcello when he saw the rays lineup for the second and third time. The only mishap in Porcello's day was a bases loaded walk in the 3rd inning but was able to limit any more damage when he got Matt Joyce to ground out. Matt Moore went 6 2/3 innings with 2 earned runs, 4 hits, and 5 walks. Moore pitched strong with a solid fastball but was a little erratic.

The Tigers big 2 of Cabrera and Fielder once again came through in the clutch. Cabrera led off the 8th inning with a long double of the right field wall and Fielder did what he is paid to do and hit a sharp line drive single up the center to drive in Cabrera standing up for what would be the game winning run. Austin Jackson again looked strong going 1 for 2 with two walks, two runs scored and a clutch home run in the 7th inning.

The Tigers play the Rays again tomorrow at 1.05 with Justin Verlander facing James Shields

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Highlights of Thursday's MLB games (Reuters)

Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games: Tigers 5, Mariners 4 Steve Cishek's wild pitch to Ian Kinsler with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning scored pinch runner Cameron Maybin from third base to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday and a sweep of their four-game series. The first pitch to Kinsler from Cishek (2-4) was away and in the dirt, with Maybin scoring when the ball eluded catcher Chris Ianetta. [read full article]

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Weekly Rotation: David Ortiz and the five best farewell seasons (Big League Stew)

Though David Ortiz regrets disclosing that 2016 will be his final year in the major leagues, fans should be thankful he gave us ample time to appreciate his greatness. Big Papi is treating us to one of the finest farewell seasons by a hitter in MLB history. With 3.2 wins above replacement already accumulated, he’s on pace to set a career high in WAR at 40 years old. That’s absurd, but as this week’s Weekly Rotation will show, it somehow understates how legendary his final campaign could be compared to other “farewell seasons.”Using WAR as the decisive statistic and visualizations from PointAfter , I’ll rank the five best seasons since 1945 by hitters during the final year of their MLB careers. For the record, if the pre-World War II era was included, players who either had untimely deaths or participated in the infamous Black Sox scandal would comprise most of the top five. Ortiz’s 2016 campaign will then be examined in the context of the legendary goodbyes before his own. A heads-up to Red Sox fans: You should make sure to visit Fenway Park this year to catch a glimpse of a franchise icon before he retires. Somehow, he’s playing just as well as he did when he helped break the Curse of the Bambino more than a decade ago. 5. Hank Greenberg (1947), Pittsburgh Pirates Stats: 3.4 WAR, .249/.408/.478 slash line, 25 HR, 74 RBI, 104 BB in 125 games Hank Greenberg: American Renaissance Man | PointAfter A two-time MVP who had his career cut short by injury, military service and a relatively early retirement, the original "Hammerin' Hank" is one of baseball’s most underappreciated figures. Among his numerous accomplishments on the field, Greenberg was the first MLB player to volunteer for service in the Air Force. He was also the first player to return from war in 1945, and he promptly homered during his first game back with the Tigers, later accounting for two of the three total dingers hit in that year’s World Series to bring a championship to Detroit. Before the 1947 season, however, penny-pinching owners sold Greenberg to Pittsburgh. He adapted quickly to his new digs, leading the National League in walks –drawing a free pass in more than 20 percent of his plate appearances –and mashing 25 home runs for the Pirates. Greenberg retired after his age-36 season with plenty of baseball left in him –no player had previously retired directly after hitting 25 homers –to become the Cleveland Indians’farm system director. He’d proceed to build a successful post-playing career in the front office of both the Indians and Chicago White Sox before becoming an investment banker. 4. Barry Bonds (2007), San Francisco Giants Stats: 3.4 WAR, .276/.480/.565 slash line, 28 HR, 66 RBI, 132 BB in 126 games Bonds’victory lap was one for the ages, as the polarizing slugger overtook Hank Aaron on the all-time home run leaderboard, setting a new hallowed benchmark: 762. MLB All-Time Home Run Leaders | PointAfter That Bonds could still muster enough power and bat speed at age 42 to crush 28 home runs is remarkable, but perhaps even more notable is how much pitchers still feared him. Bonds led the Majors in walks, and paced the majors in on-base percentage for the sixth time in seven seasons, with the only exception being his injury-plagued 2005 campaign. Bonds certainly could have provided some value in 2008, but teams were scared away by the omnipresent cloud of performance-enhancing drugs surrounding the newly crowned home run king. After remaining unsigned for more than two full years, Bonds officially retired in December 2009. 3. Will Clark (2000), Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Cardinals Stats: 4.0 WAR, .319/.418/.546 slash line, 21 HR, 70 RBI, 136 hits in 130 games A vastly underrated lefty who notched three top-five finishes in MVP voting early in his career, Clark functioned as the ideal midseason acquisition for the Cardinals in 2000. After a crumbling Mark McGwire was lost for the season due to a knee injury, St. Louis found itself in the unenviable position of replacing a franchise icon in the middle of a playoff race. Clark was brought in following a resurgence in Baltimore during the first half, and “The Thrill”didn’t disappoint. Clark served up a pinch-hit homer in his first at-bat for the Cards, then homered in his first four starts. He ended up recording a career-high .964 OPS over the course of the regular season before going 10-for-29 with two homers and a 1.062 OPS in eight playoff games. Will Clark Career Batting Triple Slash | PointAfter St. Louisfell to the Mets in the NLCS, and the 36-year-old Clark announced his retirement that November, surprising many in the game. He told the New York Times, “The first part of my life was based on being a baseball player. The second part of my life is going to be based on being a daddy and a husband.”2. Roy Cullenbine (1947), Detroit Tigers Stats: 4.3 WAR, .224/.401/.422 slash line, 24 HR, 78 RBI, 137 BB in 142 games Cullenbine was unfortunate to play in an era when batting average was the predominant offensive statistic of the time and OPS was just a twinkle in some statistician’s eye. He was one of MLB's best all-time walk drawers –his 22 game walk-streak, set during his “farewell season,”is the longest of all time –when walks were considered “lazy”by many of Cullenbine’s contemporaries. The er, underappreciated Joe DiMaggio of walks ranked second in free passes, third in on-base percentage, fourth in home runs and eighth in OPS in the American League during his final go-round in the bigs. Nevertheless, after a year when he set a career high for home runs and a still-standing Tiger record for walks, he was gone from the Majors. Roy Cullenbine Deserved Better | PointAfter It’s kind of crazy someone with those counting stats couldn’t find a roster spot somewhere the following spring. Though Cullenbine’s defense was panned at the time, he only finished fifth in errors among AL first basemen while creating the most assists among the peers at his position. Perhaps he just wasn’t well liked? [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Today, Cullenbine’s strong on-base and power numbers would make him a valuable commodity. In that era, however, patience was apparently not the most popular of virtues. The Tigers would be the last team Cullenbine, a Detroit native, would play for. He was released by his hometown team the following offseason, and never appeared in a MLB contest again. 1. Jackie Robinson (1956), Brooklyn Dodgers Stats: 4.5 WAR, .275/.382/.412 slash line, 10 HR, 43 RBI, 12 SB in 117 games Though Robinson’s entrance into the Major Leagues was far more significant than his exit, his final season currently stands as the best “farewell tour”by a hitter in baseball history. The legendary athlete was one of the fastest players on the field until the very end, ranking third in defensive WAR (2.0), sixth in stolen bases and 16th in MVP voting. Jackie Robinson WAR by Season | PointAfter However, fans didn’t know of Robinson’s imminent retirement in 1956. Despite Robinson performing his best during his final World Series appearance (.796 OPS, 10 total bases), the Dodgers lost the 1956 title to the Yankees for the fifth time in Robinson’s 10-year MLB career. Brooklyn tried to trade the 37-year-old to the New York Giants during the offseason, but Robinson elected to retire due to an increasingly bothersome list of ailments that would eventually be diagnosed as diabetes. The disease would steal most of Robinson’s sight by middle age and likely contributed to his fatal heart attack in 1972, just more than 25 years after the iconic No. 42 broke the color barrier and changed baseball forever. Note: Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash after his age-37 season in 1972, was not included in this ranking due to the circumstances surrounding his final season. If he was included, he would rank No. 1 with 4.8 WAR. David Ortiz (2016), Boston Red Sox Stats: 3.2 WAR, .339/.421/.699 slash line, 18 HR, 59 RBI in 64 games According to some personal Baseball Reference research, Ortiz would smash the record for WAR by a hitter in his final season during the post-World War II era if he maintains his current pace. Even if we include batters from before 1945, the only hitter who’s previously equaled Ortiz’s current WAR path (pun intended) is Shoeless Joe Jackson, who totaled 7.6 WAR in 1920 at age 32 before being bannedfrom the game for his role in the Black Sox betting scandal. David Ortiz Wins Above Replacement (WAR) by Season | PointAfter All baseball fans should be wishing Ortiz’s ailing feet good health, because his revival is a rare relic of a sport that has seen the aging curve pessimistically bend for players of Ortiz’s age over the course of Big Papi’s career. The sport is more exciting when iconic veterans such as himself call back days of yore. Nearly halfway through this season, however, Ortiz isn’t just equaling his old self –he’s bettering it. This story was published in conjunction with Yahoo Sports and PointAfter , a sports visualization site that's part of the Graphiq network. [read full article]

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Tigers-Royals preview (The Associated Press)

When the Detroit Tigers take the field Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, J. D. Martinez won't be in right field, where he had started 64 of the first 66 games. In fact, Martinez may not be in the Tigers lineup again until late July or early August. Martinez fractured his right elbow while running into the wall in the second inning and immediately left the game, which the Tigers won 10-4 while blasting six home runs. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Victor Martinez puts on power show in Tigers win (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. Victor Martinez and the Detroit Tigers flexed their muscle in a big way on Thursday night. Martinez smashed three of the Tigers’ six home runs as Detroit thumped the Kansas City Royals 10-4 . A sore right knee kept Martinez out of the starting lineup for the past the three games and he had a cortisone shot before coming back for the series opener against the Royals. His return was certainly welcome. Kansas City jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning and Martinez cut it to 2-1 with a solo shot in the second. After the Royals made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning, Martinez responded with another solo shot in the fourth. Martinez’s third and final homer, also of the one-run variety, came in the ninth and confirmed the final score. Nick Castellanos, James McCann and Miguel Cabrera also went deep for Detroit and Justin Verlander went seven innings in the win. But it was Martinez who was undoubtedly the star of the show. It’s the second time the 37-year-old Martinez has had a three-homer game in his career. Adding to his impressive feat is that he did it from both sides of the plate. His first two were as a right-handed batter against Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy and No. 3 was off right-hander Chien-Ming Wang. Detroit is now 1 1/2 games back of the first-place Cleveland Indians in the American League Central and just 1/2 game behind the Royals. It wasn’t all good news for the Tigers, though, as J.D. Martinez leftthe game in the second inning with a fractured elbow he suffered crashing into the outfield wall and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. TOP PERFORMERS Colby Lewis: The Rangers’ right-hander came within four outs of a perfect game and three outs of a no-hitter, but instead settled for a complete game in Texas’ 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. Lewis’ final line: nine innings pitched, two hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts as he improves to 6-0 on the season. Tyler Wilson : Eight shutout innings against the best offense in baseball. That’s what left-hander Tyler Wilson did as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 5-1 . Wilson allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out six. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Jonathan Villar: Villar’s ninth inning home run was the difference as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-6 . The game was tied 6-6 when Villar sent a Pedro Baez offering beyond the wall in centerfield to cash himself and Ramon Flores. The Brewers’ shortstop has been exceptional this season and is now hitting .302/.390/.442 out of the leadoff spot. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT The annual Edwin Encarnacion hot-streak is here. This monster two-run home run off Aaron Nola in the first inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 13-2 dismantling of the Philadelphia Phillies made it three straight games he’s gone deep and gives him six homers in the last six games. Encarnacion added a two-RBI single in the fourth to raise his league-leading RBI total to 61. It happens every year, and it’s always a treat to watch when Encarnacion gets into these absurd grooves. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Braves 7, Reds 2 : Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a two-run home run, while Nick Markakis and Jace Peterson also drove in two runs. Mariners 6, Rays 4 : Dae-Ho Lee led the way for Seattle with three RBIs, helping recently called-up left-hander James Paxton earn his first win of the season. Mets 6, Pirates 4 : Bartolo Colon gave up two runs in 7 2/3 innings and also smacked a double and Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and Michael Conforto all homered. Yankees 4, Twins 1 : C.C. Sabathia pitched six innings of one-run ball to earn the win and Didi Gregorius had a home run and three RBIs to pace the offense. Nationals 8, Padres 5 : Bryce Harperhit a home run on a three-RBI night for Washington and Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon went deep, too. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew  on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr [read full article]

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Royals bring Eibner off DL, send Fuentes to Triple-A (The Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have reinstated outfielder Brett Eibner from the disabled list and optioned Reymond Fuentes to Triple-A Omaha before beginning a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. [read full article]

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