McCann likely to rejoin team in Cleveland

James McCann makes a strong throw to Jose Iglesias, who tags out Gregory Polanco in time to nab him stealing second base MINNEAPOLIS — The Tigers could be close to getting their Opening Day catcher back. James McCann is scheduled to play two more games at Triple-A Toledo this weekend, and he will likely join the team for the upcoming trip to Cleveland, manager Brad Ausmus said on Saturday. McCann has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 12 because of a right ankle sprain. McCann caught Friday’s game for Toledo, and Ausmus said he will catch Saturday […]

Yoenis Cespedes’ grand slam caps off Mets’ 12-run inning against Giants

X WATCH & READ MLB Power Rankings: 4/27 1:59 Loading There were times in the first half last season when it seemed like the Mets would struggle score 12 runs in a week. On Friday night, the Mets scored 12 runs in one inning against the Giants . The inning: the third. The pitchers: Jake Peavy and Mike Broadway . The hitters: well, everyone. Here’s the play-by-play : The Mets managed to bat around before making their first out in that inning. Wowza. I’m not sure there’s a better or more appropriate way to cap off a 12-run inning […]

Top prospect Fulmer crafts strong first impression

Michael Fulmer throws five solid innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts getting the win in his Major League debut MINNEAPOLIS — Throwing a 97-mph fastball for his first pitch, Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer would have been understandably filled with adrenaline in his Major League debut. Hitting 97 on the radar gun isn’t unusual for the 23-year-old, though. In fact, Fulmer was quite composed, a trait seen from his catcher Bobby Wilson and manager Brad Ausmus well before Friday’s 9-2 win over the Twins. "I talked to him probably an hour before the game," Ausmus […]

Tigers’ bats back Fulmer, who wins solid debut

Miguel Cabrera blasts a solo home run to right-center field, extending the Tigers’ lead to 4-1 in the top of the 5th inning "I can’t really give enough credit to [catcher Bobby Wilson ] behind the plate," Fulmer said. "I basically relied on him quite a bit. I didn’t ever disagree with him and obviously everything worked out. We got a team ‘W’ and you can’t argue with a three-run head start before you even take the mound. Michael Fulmer throws five solid innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts getting the win in his […]

Verlander, power hitters lift Tigers over A’s, 9-4

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — Brad Ausmus shook up the lineup and Detroit responded with its highest-scoring game of the season. Just a coincidence, perhaps, but the Tigers and their manager will take it. ”You only have so much at your beck and call as a manager, things you can do when an offense is struggling,” Ausmus said. ”Not that it was a huge shock with the lineup change, but you hope it’s some type of shock to the lineup system that maybe has some positive effect.” J.D. and Victor Martinez both homered, and Justin Verlander pitched impressively […]

Tigers-Twins Preview

The Detroit Tigers are hoping to get a glimpse of what’s in store for the future by sending Michael Fulmer to the mound, and he’d like to make enough of an impression to remain in the majors. The Tigers turn to their top pitching prospect for a spot start Friday night when they try to match a season-high three-game winning streak against the Minnesota Twins . A blister on Shane Greene ‘s right middle finger forced him to leave in the fourth inning of Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Cleveland, eventually landing him on the disabled list. That created an […]

Astros-Athletics Preview

The Houston Astros have been waiting for things to fall in place behind leadoff hitter Jose Altuve. If Wednesday’s rare victory was any indication, they might be in line for their first winning streak. After finally finding some offensive balance, the Astros look to continue putting the pieces together Friday night when they visit the Oakland Athletics to open their AL West series. Things look solid at the top of Houston’s lineup with Altuve’s slash line of .330/.422/.659. The three-time All-Star has six home runs, 11 doubles, 13 RBIs and nine stolen bases to go with 20 runs scored. […]

Tigers say Tyler Collins’ demotion ‘not linked’ to obscene gesture

View photo . (AP Images) Detroit Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins received good news on Tuesday when he learned he wouldn’t face a suspension for an obscene gesture made toward fans during Monday’s game at Comerica Park. He was only fined an undisclosed amount. Any relief he may have felt was probably short-lived though, because Wednesday afternoon brought news that he was demoted to Triple-A Toledo , thus concluding a brief and unproductive two-week stint that will only be remembered for said gesture. [Related: Tyler Collins makes obscene gesture toward fans after misplay ] For those who missed what happened […]

Tigers desperately need Justin Upton’s bat to wake up soon

View gallery . (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton was seen as one of the jewels of free agency this offseason. It wasn’t just his incredibly consistent track record, it was also the fact that Upton would be reaching free agency at a young age compared to most players. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] As a 28-year-old Upton was entering, or had just started, what many consider to be the prime of his baseball career. Hitters peak around 27 or 28, and typically produce their best seasons in the majors […]

Anthony Gose doubles, homers to lead Tigers over A’s 7-3

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez thinks he is getting closer to finding the mechanics that deserted him last year. The 2013 ERA champion had a 4.99 ERA last season and was at 7.00 through four starts this year. Despite control problems, he was good enough to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Thursday. Going back to the rotating motion that sees him turn his back on the hitter, Sanchez (3-2) scraped through 5 2/3 innings, throwing 114 pitches. He allowed two runs and three hits while striking out nine, but walked seven – […]