MLB documentary ‘The Bird’ debuts in Detroit

MLB Network Presents: The Bird, a TV documentary about Mark Fidrych, debuted in Detroit on Wednesday. (AP) DETROIT — Forty years ago Tuesday, a tall, lanky 21-year-old from a small town in Massachusetts took center stage on ABC’s "Monday Night Baseball." While Mark "The Bird" Fidrych had already begun making a name for himself around Tiger Stadium and the city of Detroit, he officially took the country by storm, throwing a complete game against the New York Yankees, the eventual American League Champions. Around 200 Tigers fans turned out Wednesday at the MotorCity Casino to view the exclusive Detroit […]

Norris gets big K’s when needed

Daniel Norris limits the Marlins to two runs over five innings of work, tallying a career-best eight strikeouts against the Marlins DETROIT — The Tigers sapped 46 pitches out of Marlins starter Tom Koehler in the first inning of Wednesday’s 10-3 win . Daniel Norris has been there. Norris threw 54 first-inning pitches at Texas last September. And after the Tigers’ run support earned him a four-run lead early Wednesday, he looked at different times like he could go there again. Whenever Norris needed to make a pitch, however, he had one. That encapsulates Detroit’s talented 23-year-old lefty’s game […]

Rondon finding role in Detroit’s bullpen

Bruce Rondon strikes out three during his two frames against the Royals in extra innings DETROIT — Bruce Rondon made the slow walk back to the dugout Tuesday night, having struck out Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the seventh inning, and heard a noise he couldn’t have counted on finding again at the Comerica Park. He left to the sound of applause. The way last season ended for him, as he was sent home in mid-September for effort level after struggling in his stint as the Tigers’ closer, he couldn’t have counted on getting that reception ever again in […]

Marlins-Tigers preview

DETROIT — Daniel Norris battled cancer, fought through a back injury and spent an extended period in the minor leagues. He’s finally in the place he expected to be this season — the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation. Norris makes his second start for the Tigers in the finale of a nine-game homestand Wednesday afternoon against Miami. Detroit is 5-3 on the homestand after defeating the Marlins 7-5 on Tuesday. The second-year left-hander got a no-decision against Seattle on Thursday, allowing three runs — all solo home runs — in five innings with five strikeouts. He’s trying to solidify a […]

Cabrera, Tigers homer 3 times in 7-run 5th, beat Marlins 7-5

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera ‘s three-run homer highlighted a seven-run fifth inning for Detroit, and the Tigers went on to beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 on Tuesday night. Pitching Details Win Mike Pelfrey #37, 2-7 Loss Adam Conley #61, 4-5 Save Francisco Rodríguez #57, SV: 21 Jose Iglesias and Nick Castellanos also homered during Detroit’s big inning, which came after Adam Conley (4-5) had been dominant through four. Mike Pelfrey (2-7) allowed four runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings, and that was enough for the win. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for Miami. Conley struck […]

Losses to Cleveland leave Tigers in a hole

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — When the Detroit Tigers won the AL Central every year from 2011-14, the title often seemed to come down to a handful of head-to-head matchups between the champions and their closest challengers. The Tigers consistently won those games during that impressive stretch, but so far this year, the roles are reversed. Detroit’s 9-3 loss to Cleveland on Sunday dropped the Tigers to 0-9 against the first-place Indians this season. Cleveland has outscored the Tigers 60-20 in those games, and because of that ineptitude against the AL Central’s top team, Detroit was seven games […]

Royals take on Cardinals in MLB Free Game of the Day

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Miggy’s go-ahead HR gives him one vs. every team

Miguel Cabrera hammers a three-run home run into the left-field seats in the 5th to give him a big fly against all 30 MLB teams "They got the lead in the inning, and we hit home runs," Cabrera said. "It was more special because we were down in the inning." The fifth-inning blast was also Cabrera’s 425th career home run, moving him within one of Billy Williams for 48th all time. After striking out in his first two at-bats against Conley, Cabrera said he was just trying to make contact and make something happen against the lefty’s full-count 83-mph […]

After one start, Anibal heads back to bullpen

Anibal Sanchez gets Jason Kipnis to go down on strikes for the Indians’ second out in the 5th inning DETROIT — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Tuesday that Anibal Sanchez is moving back to the bullpen after the veteran right-hander allowed four runs over five innings in Detroit’s 6-0 loss to Cleveland on Saturday. That was Sanchez’s first start in nearly a month, after Ausmus and his staff decided to move the struggling starter to the bullpen to work out some kinks. "It was just trying to do what we think is best to help the baseball team," Ausmus […]

Kinsler’s All-Star-caliber season not reflected by votes

Ian Kinsler gets things started early for the Tigers when he tees up on the second pitch of the game for a leadoff homer DETROIT — Ian Kinsler turned 34 years old last Wednesday. He’s playing a position where the mid-30s is usually a time to retreat to other spots on the field or plan for retirement. At this point, Kinsler would not be out of line to plan an All-Star Game trip. Going by the latest results with a few days left to vote, it will not be a starting role. Yet while Kinsler has fallen out of […]