V-Mart gets into swing of spring with dinger

Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez discusses his dream of winning a World Series with the club at TigerFest Former Tigers lefty Kyle Lobstein , acquired by the Pirates on waivers in December, delivered two scoreless innings despite issuing back-to-back walks to Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera in the first. Lobstein ended the threat with a double-play grounder off the bat of Martinez. A lunging grab and tumbling toss from Cole Figueroa at third base ended another threat in the fourth with an inning-ending double play. Tigers starter Matt Boyd gave up Cervelli’s homer in the first but stranded two […]

Jim Harbaugh to serve as Tigers first base coach in spring game

View photo . (AP) After a successful one-day stint as the Oakland A’s first-base coach last spring, University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is set to reprise his role again this year. Only this time, Harbaugh will be suiting for the Detroit Tigers when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates during a split-squad game on Wednesday afternoon. [ 2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now ] Harbaugh was already scheduled to be in Brandenton, Fla. with the Wolverines football team for their spring practice this week. For the most part, it’s a business trip. But […]

Detroit’s Norris taking things slower after turbulent 2015

. View photo FILE – In this Oct. 4, 2015, file photo, Detroit Tigers starter Daniel Norris (44), delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. If anyone deserves a chance to prepare for this season at his own pace, it’s Norris. His demotion to the minors in 2015 was followed by the discovery of a malignant growth on his thyroid. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File) LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Before being sent to the minors last year – and before he was diagnosed with a cancerous growth on his […]

Wicked mistake: Owner admits Red Sox ‘overly relied on numbers’

FT. MYERS, Fla. – Nobody in baseball understands the value of analytics like John Henry, a billionaire because of his fluency in numbers. Henry innately gets human fallibility, made a whole career of it, and leveraged it into a fortune trading commodities and profiting off the genius of his algorithm. Henry owns the Boston Red Sox because of one simple equation: quantitative > qualitative. To hear Henry on Wednesday afternoon, then, felt like listening to someone who had undergone a soul transplant. He doffed his Panama hat, sat for his annual spring training address and proceeded to denounce the […]

Anibal plays catch; Wilson to rest shoulder

Anibal Sanchez plays catch with pitching coach Rich Dubee on Monday morning. (MLB.com) LAKELAND, Fla. — News on the Tigers’ injury front was encouraging for Anibal Sanchez and discouraging for Alex Wilson . Sanchez, sidelined since last week with right triceps inflammation, played catch Monday morning with pitching coach Rich Dubee, stretching out to 90 feet on his throws. Sanchez said he felt fine, and manager Brad Ausmus said he looked good. Sanchez will throw from 90 feet again Tuesday, then stretch out. "He needs to get out to 120, which could happen in the next couple days, before […]

Mets Hall of Famer Piazza in camp as guest instructor

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Newly elected Hall of Famer – and car dealership owner – Mike Piazza has some advice for New York Mets star center fielder Yoenis Cespedes. ”I see he’s been working on his collection of cars,” Piazza said, referring to the parade of custom vehicles Cespedes drove to Tradition Field this past week. ”I don’t care what you drive as long as you drive in runs. That’s the key.” Piazza, who hit the most home runs of any catcher in history, was in Mets camp as a guest instructor Sunday. Piazza played with the […]

Tigers will get an at-bat, then tee off at spring training

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have a cool plan to open another week of spring training, hit the baseball and then hit the links. Manager Brad Ausmus has chosen to change things up at Tigers’ camp on Monday. He said instead of the usual spring training opener against Florida Southern, the tentative starters will bat once, then head off to a golf course. The minor league team will take their place and the game against the Moccasins will carry on. ”The guys are getting tired of mandatory drills,” Ausmus said Sunday. ”They can get an at-bat and […]

Facing Tigers thrill for Kaline, Florida Southern

Florida Southern coach Colin Kaline talks with Tigers baseball video operations assistant August Sandri during BP on Monday. (MLB.com) LAKELAND, Fla. — Colin Kaline carries the last name of Tigers royalty as the grandson of Hall of Famer Al Kaline, and he played in the farm system. Yet he’ll never forget the times he played against them as an infielder for Florida Southern College. Now a hitting and infield coach at the NCAA Division II school, he told his players the same thing as they readied for Monday’s exhibition against Detroit at Joker Marchant Stadium, which the Tigers won, […]

‘New guy’ Upton appears to fit at No. 2 spot

Justin Upton discusses how excited he is to be part of the Tigers’ impressive lineup and how welcomed he feels by the organization LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers’ lineup card had "NEW GUY" listed for the second slot in their unofficial Spring Training opener Monday against Florida Southern College, a 7-2 Tigers win. It was bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer’s way of joking with Justin Upton . Even though Upton hasn’t been a Tiger for long, there has been enough talk about where he’d hit in the order that nobody confused "NEW GUY" with Cameron Maybin or Mike Aviles . […]