Justin Verlander and Kate Upton talk proposal and superstitions on ‘Tonight Show’

Back from their wedding in Italy, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton traveled to New York for an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Friday night and ended up stealing the show. The happy couple had plenty to talk about, including their whirlwind week that saw them go from celebrating a World Series championship in Los Angeles to exchanging wedding vows in Tuscany, Italy three days later. Verlander talked about being taken around the wedding venue on FaceTime while preparing to potentially pitch in Game 7. The discussion naturally turned to Verlander’s proposal. […]

Tigers looking for lefty bats to balance lineup

Alex Presley crushes a ball off the right-field wall for an RBI triple that gets the Tigers on the board in the 1st inning DETROIT — The Tigers have evolved from fielding a young lineup to a veteran lineup to now a rebuilding lineup. Through that whole time, they have had a heavily right-handed hitting lineup. Thus, as general manager Al Avila heads into the heart of the Hot Stove season looking for help for a revamped roster and a new approach, part of his search should sound familiar. "We’re very right-handed, so left-handed anything — infield and outfield […]

Why Zach Britton no longer makes sense for Cubs team going in different direction with bullpen

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Cubs executives who checked out of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando on Wednesday had to ask the Baltimore Orioles again about Zach Britton . But any standard due diligence during the general manager meetings doesn’t mean Britton will follow Aroldis Chapman and Wade Davis as the next All-Star rental closer at Wrigley Field. Whatever window that might have been open probably closed right before the July 31 trade deadline, sources said, when the Cubs found Baltimore’s asking price to be too high, wondered if internal issues might prevent the Orioles from actually going through with a […]

Mientkiewicz named Tigers’ Triple-A skipper

Doug Mientkiewicz guided the Twins’ Class A Advanced team to the Florida State League postseason this year. (Joshua Tjiong/MiLB) DETROIT — The Tigers are turning to a Toledo native and a Ron Gardenhire product to manage their Triple-A squad in the Glass City. Doug Mientkiewicz, who roughed up Tigers pitching as a Twins first baseman as part of a 12-year Major League career, is the new manager of the Mud Hens. The hire was officially announced on Thursday, completing a round of Minor League managerial moves that began last week. Andrew Graham will manage Double-A Erie after a year […]

Tigers’ plan is to stock up on pitching

Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio expresses his excitement to work with the power arm of Michael Fulmer and the pitching staff This is the time of year when former Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had an oft-repeated phrase: You can never have enough pitching. These days, his former assistant and current Tigers GM Al Avila is repeating it. "You can never have enough pitching," Avila told reporters at the GM Meetings in Orlando, Fla., this week. "If I have 20 pitchers and I can get 21, I’m going to get 21. That’s kind of the way we’ll be going […]