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.
3/7/2014 | Crosby to see game action Monday vs. Cards
Casey Crosby now has a timetable for his attempt to win a spot in the Tigers' bullpen. The lefty prospect is tentatively set to make his first outing of the spring on Monday against the Cardinals in Jupiter.
3/7/2014 | Rondon pushed back one day with minor issue
Add another injury to the Tigers' list. Bruce Rondon's back issue, however, appears to be minor, enough so that the team only pushed him back a day from the pitching schedule.
3/7/2014 | Tigers bring back Ledezma on Minors deal
The Tigers' ties with their 2003 team that lost an American League-record 119 games seemingly ended when Ramon Santiago and Jeremy Bonderman weren't re-signed, but they have been loosely renewed. Wil Ledezma, who pitched parts of five seasons in Detroit, signed a Minor League contract to pitch for Triple-A Toledo.
3/7/2014 | Anibal fans five, Tigers fall short against Yanks
Carlos Beltran hit a long two-run homer and Michael Pineda made his spring debut in an encouraging relief outing before a balk plated the winning run for the Yankees in a 3-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Tigers on Friday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
3/7/2014 | Tigers rely on smart choices, not Draft positioning
The Tigers haven't had the best Draft positioning recently because of their big league success, with just two selections in the first round proper in the past five years. But they have built a strong prospect pool with shrewd choices and a solid development system.
3/7/2014 | How do Tigers' top prospects fit Detroit's needs?
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at the Tigers' short- and long-term needs and how their top prospects may help the 2014 club.
3/6/2014 | Dirks to do 'nothing' for three weeks
Andy Dirks has no idea when his back started giving him problems, only that it had been bothering him for quite some time, back to his school days. However, he can pinpoint the play on which it flared up to the point that he had to get it checked.
3/6/2014 | Verlander gets work in as he seeks 2012 form
Justin Verlander knew on his way in to Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday morning that he probably wasn't going to be taking the mound at 1:05 p.m. ET. He was probably going to have to simulate game conditions while throwing in a cage.
3/6/2014 | Joba 'very thankful' for Yankees fans, time in NY
Joba Chamberlain already had a chance to say hello to several Yankee teammates when they sent a squad to face the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium last week. Now, Chamberlain will return to his old Spring Training home and take the mound where his career became a saga at times.
3/6/2014 | Crosby upbeat about returning to action
Left-hander Casey Crosby's bid for a spot in Detroit's bullpen might not be over yet. The converted starting prospect, sidelined for the past couple weeks with tendinitis in his triceps, is scheduled for a live batting-practice session Friday at Tigertown.
3/6/2014 | Tigers, Phils washed out by wet Florida weather
Just when Justin Verlander was ready to face opposing hitters again, he met up with one foe he was never going to beat. Heavy rains at Joker Marchant Stadium washed out Thursday's Grapefruit League game between the Tigers and the split-squad Phillies.
3/6/2014 | Iglesias, Tigers optimistic about solution to shin woes
A week after shin splints forced Jose Iglesias out of action, the Tigers do not have a timetable on his return. That's the bad news for the reigning American League Central champions and their shortstop. The good news for both is that they might finally have found a remedy for the shin issues that have bothered Iglesias for at least the last couple of years.
3/5/2014 | Hardy continues to impress out of bullpen
Blaine Hardy didn't come to camp as an oft-mentioned name among the Tigers' lefty relief candidates, but after a week in Grapefruit League play, he's doing his best to make himself into one.
3/5/2014 | Gator Hunter? Torii talks about close encounter
No, Torii Hunter didn't actually kiss an alligator. But he got close enough to make himself nervous.
3/5/2014 | Despite results, Scherzer seeks greater efficiency
Max Scherzer drew three called-third strikes within six batters in his second start of the spring on Wednesday against the Astros. His only baserunner of the day over three innings of work came on a ground ball through the left side by speedy Jose Altuve. All in all, it was another sign of Scherzer picking up where he left off last year.
3/5/2014 | Search is on to replace Dirks in outfield
The major work to replace Andy Dirks in the outfield will come for Tigers officials, from manager Brad Ausmus to the front office, who have to evaluate whether the answer to their void is in their camp right now -- or if there's a realistic solution on the market worth their time to acquire.
3/5/2014 | Forecast calls for Verlander's first spring start
The forecast has steadily improved for Justin Verlander being ready for the start of the season. The forecast for his first start of the spring, on the other hand, has grown increasingly questionable.
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