Brad Ausmus returning as Detroit Tigers’ manager in 2017

View photosMore Detroit Tigers pinch hitter Victor Martinez is greete at the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Tonkin during the ninth inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Tigers won 9-2. At left is Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers weren’t about to make a change for the sake of change. Brad Ausmus will return next year for a fourth season as Detroit’s manager after the team announced Wednesday it was exercising the 2017 option on […]

Long-suffering Cubs fans wondering if this is the year

View photos In this 1945 photo, fans rest as they camp out overnight for bleacher tickets for the World Series baseball games between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Some fans used tubs and baskets to keep the rain off their face. It has been 108 years since the Cubs last won the World Series, beating the Detroit Tigers in five games in 1908. Now one of the best Cubs teams in decades is looking to pour champagne on one of sports’ most famous droughts, and its longest-suffering fans are watching with […]

ALDS preview: Indians, Red Sox get a sequel nine years later

It was 2007 the last time the Cleveland Indians won the AL Central. They went to the playoffs and faced the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, the whole series coming down to a Game 7 in which Indians pitching disintegrated on the mound, allowing eight runs in the last two innings. The Red Sox were on their way to another World Series win while the Indians had a tough few years ahead of them. They meet for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, and it’s clearly time for a sequel. The Red Sox bet on pitching last […]

Tigers end speculation, pick up Ausmus’ option

GM Al Avila has praised manager Brad Ausmus, who will return for his fourth season. (Paul Sancya/AP) DETROIT — Brad Ausmus will be back for a fourth year as the Tigers’ manager. The team is picking up the option for the final season on his original contract, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Tigers have not confirmed the move, first reported by Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Though Ausmus said more than once over the final week of the season that he wasn’t worried about his status, even having some fun about the speculation, […]

Blue Jays, Orioles control their wild-card prospects heading into final day

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a look the playoff race in the American League. Those hoping for complete chaos in the American League wild-card race were most definitely disappointed by Saturday’s results. Rather than entering the season’s final day with more scenarios than solutions, we enter with two straight-forward resolutions: If the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles win, they are in. As of Sunday morning, Toronto and […]

New York Mets seal MLB playoff berth with victory over Phillies

View photosMore James Loney of the New York Mets is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning of their MLB game, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2016 (AFP Photo/Rich Schultz) New York (AFP) – The New York Mets defied a welter of injuries to secure a return to the Major League Baseball playoffs with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies . Although the Mets were runners-up in the World Series last season, a return to the playoffs looked unlikely in August, when the injury hit […]

Braves damage Tigers’ playoff hopes with 5-3 win

View photosMore Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera strikes out with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. The last-place Braves damaged the Tigers’ playoff hopes with a 5-3 victory Saturday night. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ATLANTA (AP) — Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers no longer control their own playoff destiny. Now they need some help. Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis homered, rookie Aaron Blair had a career-high 10 strikeouts and the last-place Atlanta Braves damaged Detroit’s postseason hopes with a 5-3 victory Saturday night. Trying to […]

Francona faces former team, Indians see Red Sox in playoffs

View photosMore Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez is hit by a pitch from Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Terry Francona once brought a lot of joy to Boston, guiding the Red Sox to a pair of World Series championships. Starting soon, he hopes it doesn’t go so well for them. Now managing the Cleveland Indians , Francona will face his former team in the best-of-five AL Division Series. The matchup begins […]

With solid core, Tigers eye deep run in ’17

Justin Verlander throws seven one-run innings while striking out eight against the Braves in the last game at Turner Field DETROIT — As the Tigers smarted from their disappointing loss on Sunday, Ian Kinsler ‘s mind was already turning to what could’ve been done differently. "We have some time to think about it and figure out what we need to do next year to stop that from happening, to be more of a consistent team," Kinsler said. "Right now I don’t have an answer for you. … "We have a lot of talent in this room, and we have […]

Tigers fall short of postseason despite 12-game improvement

View photosMore Detroit Tigers players react in the dugout as the Tigers’ Justin Upton strikes out in the ninth inning to fall to the Braves 1-0 at Turner Field, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) DETROIT (AP) — When the Detroit Tigers spent millions last offseason to sign Jordan Zimmermann and Justin Upton , it appeared they extended their window of opportunity to challenge for a championship for another couple of years. One of those chances went by the wayside in 2016. The Tigers were eliminated from the AL wild-card race on the final […]