Verlander happily takes veteran mentor role Tigers reporter Jason Beck talks with Tim McMaster about Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann and Detroit’s outlook for 2016 "I actually had a really good conversation with Verlander in the offseason," Norris said last month. "He was like, ‘Obviously I can’t tell you that you’re going to make the team or not, but I remember you telling me about dead arm in April last year, and I think it would be a good idea for you to prepare for 200 innings rather than 25 in March.’" The tips continued when Norris arrived in Florida a few weeks ago to […]

Ausmus stresses smarter baserunning

MLB Network’s Sam Ryan talks to Brad Ausmus, J.D. Martinez and James McCann about the high expectations for the team in 2016 LAKELAND, Fla. — Saturday was photo day at Tigers camp, so players were dressed in full uniform long before workouts began at Tigertown. Manager Brad Ausmus took advantage of the opportunity. While players waited on photo assignments, they hit the fields for a reminder on not waiting while on base. As outfielders from Minor League minicamp fielded balls, Ausmus had baserunners read their routes and decide whether to take the extra base. "It was more about reading […]

Tigers hope tryout camp uncovers another gem

Minor League prospect Wynton Bernard talks about his 2015 Spring Training experience after coming full circle from a tryout camp last spring LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers have signed talented outfielders out of their last two spring tryout camps. They’ll look for more when they hold this year’s camp on March 7 at the Tigertown Minor League complex. The tryout is open for players ages 18-23 or players with previous pro experience with a Major League organization. Registration begins at 8 a.m. ET, with tryouts starting an hour later. There is no preregistration or participation fee. Tryout campers must […]

Tigers’ Cabrera ranks 10th among MLB Network’s Top 100

(Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, DFP) Miguel Cabrera had a struggle of a 2015 season, much like the Detroit Tigers. But he’s still considered one of baseball’s Top 10 players, according to MLB Network . The Tigers first baseman checks in at No. 10 in the network’s "Top 100 Players Right Now!", down from No. 7 in last year’s rankings. The only other first baseman ahead of him is Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is No. 1, followed by Washington Nationals rightfielder Bryce Harper and Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. The rankings […]

Tigers line up early Spring Training rotation

2016 Top Prospects: Kevin Ziomek combines solid stuff with a good feel for pitching and has posted impressive strikeout numbers LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers are setting their rotation for their first few Spring Training games next week, with the front-line guys still to come. Kevin Ziomek , the sixth-ranked Tigers prospect , will start Monday’s exhibition against Florida Southern College. If previous patterns hold, he’ll be one of nine pitchers to throw an inning apiece in the traditional leadoff game. It’ll be a familiar setting for Ziomek, the Tigers’ second-round pick from the 2013 Draft who spent […]

K-Rod arrives in camp late, but confident

Francisco Rodriguez had the best walk rate of his career in 2015 to go with a 2.21 ERA; he’ll try to continue this as the Tigers’ new closer LAKELAND, Fla. — Francisco Rodriguez pulled into the parking lot at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday morning, took his physical, put on a uniform and promptly got to work. His quick, but late report to Tigers camp kind of falls in line with the late-inning work he was acquired to do. He does not expect to need long to be ready for the closer’s role. "I’m not behind at all," he […]

Miguel Cabrera may open 2016 at third base and it’s not a crazy idea

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Ausmus: Miggy may play 3B to open season

Miguel Cabrera missed over a month in 2015 but still won his fourth batting title and is one of the game’s best overall hitters LAKELAND, Fla. — There could be a new face at third base for the Detroit Tigers when they open the 2016 season with a two-game series in Miami — Miguel Cabrera . "Yea, Miguel is an option at third base the first couple of games," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. "He is, assuming Vic’s OK at first." That’s Victor Martinez , who will serve as designated hitter for […]

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Feb. 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Major League Baseball placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on paid administrative leave while awaiting the outcome of his domestic violence case in Hawaii. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday that Section III.C.2 of MLB’s domestic violence policy gives him the right "to impose a paid suspension pending resolution of the legal proceedings or an investigation." After a ruling is handed down in the criminal case, Manfred will decide on MLB’s disciplinary action against Reyes. A trial is scheduled for April 4 after Reyes allegedly assaulted his wife last October at a hotel in […]

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hoping to play a full season

. View gallery LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — After all the batting titles and Most Valuable Player awards, Miguel Cabrera ‘s value to the Detroit Tigers this year may come down to another benchmark. ”Play 160 games,” he said. ”That’s my goal.” There were a number of reasons the Tigers fell to last place in the AL Central last season, but perhaps the most obvious factor was Cabrera’s health. The 32-year-old slugger hit .338 to win his fourth AL batting title in five seasons, but he played only 119 games. It has been a while since Cabrera had a fully […]