Greene silences Orioles in final tuneup

3/30/16: James McCann’s towering long ball to right field gives the Tigers the early 1-0 lead "Honestly, I felt a little off the first couple innings," Greene said. "I was leading my arm a little bit. I just had to slow down, and once I did that, everything started to click." Greene chases Machado with the K 3/30/16: Shane Greene strikes out Manny Machado, who argues with the umpire about the call and gets tossed from the game Detroit got on the board with James McCann ‘s opposite-field shot in the second inning off O’s starter Chris Tillman . […]

Rotation picture clears as Tigers option Boyd

3/18/16: Matt Boyd strikes out seven over five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk to earn a spring win vs. the Cardinals LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers didn’t need one last round of Spring Training starts from Shane Greene and Matt Boyd before deciding between the two. Detroit optioned Boyd to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, essentially deciding the fifth-starter competition. While the team has not finalized Greene — who starts Wednesday night against the Orioles — as its fifth starter, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Wednesday that he’ll fill the slot "barring something strange." Detroit opened […]

Verlander to host Grand Slam Adoption Event

LAKELAND, Fla. — Before Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander makes his final Spring Training tuneup for Opening Day, he’ll make his pitch for pet adoption in his offseason hometown of Lakeland on Thursday. Verlander and supermodel/actress Kate Upton will host the second annual Grand Slam Adoption Event, featuring adoptable dogs from SPCA Florida. The event, in partnership with the Detroit Tigers and Verlander’s Wins for Warriors Foundation , will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET at Joker Marchant Stadium, where the Tigers will take on the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. All proceeds will benefit SPCA Florida and […]

Defense remains Machado’s ticket to Detroit

2016 Top Prospects: Dixon Machado has improved offensively and has shown at the Major Leagues he can handle the shortstop position Machado, ranked No. 12 among the team’s Top 30 prospects , was still making his way up the Tigers’ farm system when stress fractures in both shins cost Iglesias the 2014 season. The result was a procession of replacements, from aging Alex Gonzalez to utility infielders Andrew Romine and Danny Worth to then-prospect Eugenio Suarez . When a bruised left knee knocked Iglesias out of a three-game series at Oakland last May, the Tigers called up Machado […]

Tigers re-sign Parnell, McGehee to Minors deals

3/10/16: Bobby Parnell strikes out Ryan Jackson and strands baserunners on second and third base to end the 6th inning LAKELAND, Fla. — Two days after the Tigers released Bobby Parnell, the right-handed reliever was back in the clubhouse at Joker Marchant Stadium. The team announced Wednesday it has re-signed the former Mets closer to a Minor League contract. Infielder Casey McGehee, also released on Monday, wasn’t far behind. He agreed to a Minor League deal Wednesday evening, sources told The club has not confirmed McGehee’s deal. Parnell was seen boarding the team bus to Sarasota for Wednesday […]

Tigers land catcher Wilson, righty for Holaday

9/17/15: Bobby Wilson lines a double to left field, driving in Elvis Andrus to give the Rangers a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the 8th LAKELAND, Fla. — The spring-long wait for catcher Bryan Holaday ‘s roster fate ended on Tuesday night, when the Tigers traded their former backup to the Texas Rangers for catcher Bobby Wilson and right-handed pitching prospect Miles Jaye. Holaday, a former Tigers Draft pick who backed up Alex Avila for much of 2014, was on trade watch since Detroit signed veteran Jarrod Saltalamacchia in December. Though the Tigers would’ve liked the catching depth […]

V-Mart’s return rained out, but veteran healthy

Victor Martinez bats against the Blue Jays on Tuesday before the game was rained out. (AP) LAKELAND, Fla. — Victor Martinez was a few batters away from a matchup with Blue Jays reliever Pat Venditte , which would’ve pitted switch-hitter against switch-pitcher, before rain washed out Tuesday’s Grapefruit League matchup between the Tigers and Blue Jays. It would’ve left Martinez having to decide which side of the plate to bat against Venditte. That didn’t happen, but it was a meaningful day regardless for Martinez, who returned from a left hamstring strain to play his first big league Spring Training […]

Tigers release Parnell, option Rondon to Minors

3/10/16: Bobby Parnell strikes out Ryan Jackson and strands baserunners on second and third base to end the 6th inning LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers’ bullpen competition thinned out by two relatively big names Monday. Right-hander Bobby Parnell, who faced a Tuesday deadline to be added to the 25-man roster, was granted his unconditional release, while Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Infielder Casey McGehee, who also faced a Tuesday deadline for a roster decision, was granted his unconditional release as well. The moves reduce Detroit’s camp roster to 36 players with six days before the Opening Day […]

Kinsler, Upton go back-to-back against Yankees

Justin Upton (right) congratulates Ian Kinsler in between their consecutive solo homers Monday night. (Getty Images) TAMPA, Fla. — Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the spring and Dustin Ackley delivered a key two-run double, lifting the Yankees to a 3-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Tigers on Monday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Teixeira recently identified a flaw in his timing that was prompting him to hit the ball on the ground, and his corrections produced a seventh-inning homer off Logan Kensing . Ackley’s go-ahead hit came in the eighth inning off Adam Ravenelle. "He […]

Farmer figures to find role with Tigers

Buck Farmer tossed three shutout innings Monday, holding the Yankees to two hits and lowering his spring ERA to 2.25. (Getty Images) TAMPA, Fla. — Buck Farmer considers himself a different pitcher than he was at the end of last season. The Tigers right-hander is older, wiser and more confident that his talent will help him make an impact in the Major Leagues. His education continues, but growth has been made. Farmer’s impressive development carried on Monday night in the Tigers’ 3-2 loss to the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where he allowed only two hits and a […]