Tigers rally to complete sweep of Twins

Jarrod Saltalamacchia sends a fly ball double to left field to score Justin Upton and give the Tigers a 6-5 lead in the top of the 8th "This is baseball," said Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez , who had three hits on Sunday. "We just make sure that we show up ready to play and see what happens. Things are going pretty good right now and we just hope to keep this rolling." The Twins held a three-run lead heading into the sixth, when Ricky Nolasco served up the game-tying three-run blast to Castellanos. Nolasco had pitched well to […]

Nick the stick: Castellanos maturing as hitter

Nick Castellanos launches his fourth home run of the year to left field, scoring Victor Martinez and Justin Upton and tying the game MINNEAPOLIS — Through his first two full seasons in the Major Leagues, Nick Castellanos didn’t always show the advanced hitting approach that helped him fly through the Minors and reach the Tigers at 21 years old in 2013. Settling in during his third season in Detroit, Castellanos is becoming the hitter the Tigers expected. Castellanos’ three-run home run tied the game in the sixth inning and Detroit swept the Twins with a 6-5 victory on Sunday. […]

Move to fifth in order paying off for Upton

Justin Upton hammers a three-run shot to left field to open scoring for the Tigers in the top of the 1st inning MINNEAPOLIS — When Tigers outfielder Justin Upton connected on a Tyler Duffey pitch in the first inning, there was no doubt he was clearing the fence for a home run. Manager Brad Ausmus said the only question was whether it would land in the second deck. Upton’s three-run homer provided an early lead in Detroit’s 4-1 win over the Twins on Saturday. The 429-foot shot, according to Statcast™ , left little doubt to anyone. Upton didn’t realize […]

J-Up’s homer keeps Zimmermann undefeated

Justin Upton hammers a three-run shot to left field to open the scoring for the Tigers in the top of the 1st inning Zimmermann is the sixth pitcher to finish April with five-plus wins, zero losses and a sub-1.00 ERA. He joins Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Zack Greinke (2009), Ubaldo Jimenez (2010), Randy Johnson (2000) and Cliff Lee (2008). "I’m pitching probably the best I’ve ever pitched in my career," Zimmermann said. "I’m able to get out of some jams, like I said all along. I was in one and I got the double-play ball in the seventh there, which […]