Blue Jays-Tigers Preview

DETROIT — Jose Bautista might be the majors’ unusual leadoff hitter. The Toronto Blue Jays plan to keep him there a little while longer. The Blue Jays have an 11-6 record since manager John Gibbons elevated the 35-year-old slugger to the top spot in the order. Bautista, who is two home runs shy of 300 for his career, has hit five home runs and walked 10 times while hitting safely in 12 of those 17 games. Bautista will likely be the first batter when the Blue Jays wrap up a three-game series at Detroit on Wednesday. Toronto dropped the […]

Behind a resurgent Victor Martinez, the Tigers offense is rolling

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Tigers downed by Jays in rough start for Zimm

Nick Castellanos drives a deep fly ball into the left-field seats, bringing in two runs to tie the game at 2 in the bottom of the 1st inning DETROIT — The Toronto bats showed signs of life Wednesday as the Blue Jays totaled nine hits to avoid a three-game sweep with a 7-2 win at Comerica Park. The Tigers had outscored the Blue Jays, 14-2, in the first two games of the series, but it was a role reversal in the series finale as Detroit’s five-game winning streak came to an end. R.A. Dickey got the win with the […]

Tigers prepare for unpredictable Draft’s Jonathan Mayo gives his thoughts on who the Tigers may take in the upcoming 2016 Draft Complete Draft coverage Draft Central Top 200 Draft prospects Signing bonus pools 2016 Draft order Draft database Top 20 profiles "It’s not one of those years where [Bryce] Harper or [Stephen] Strasburg’s out there, where you say, ‘Hey, you know what? That guy’s going No. 1,’" Pleis said Wednesday. "The domino effect is you’re going to figure out who likes who, and as you go through, it’s very uncertain. "As you always do, you see what you really want to happen, but […]

Donaldson’s homer and triple lead Jays past Tigers 7-2

. View photo Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson throws out Detroit Tigers’ Ian Kinsler at first base … DETROIT (AP) — For the first time since last summer, R.A. Dickey won consecutive starts. On a day when Dickey couldn’t consistently do anything with his knuckleball, his Toronto teammates scored seven runs in the first five innings Wednesday in a 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers . ”That was a gift,” he said. ”I’m not sure I can remember the last time I had that little on the knuckleball, but the guys gave me enough support that I […]

Zimmermann’s ERA has tripled in a month

DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann ‘s ERA has tripled in a month. The Detroit Tigers pitcher gave up seven runs for the second time in four outings, a 7-2 loss Wednesday to the Toronto Blue Jays . ”Every pitcher is going to have a clunker once in a while, and to be quite honest, I was pretty bad today,” Zimmermann said. ”This is a team that takes some big swings, and if you leave stuff over the middle you’re gonna get hurt.” Zimmermann (8-3) gave up seven runs and eight hits. His ERA has risen to 3.30 from 1.10 […]

Blue Jays no match for Fulmer, Tigers in 11-0 loss

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — On a night when they were shut down by Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer, the Toronto Blue Jays made things difficult for themselves. Fulmer allowed two hits over six innings in another outstanding performance, and Justin Upton and James McCann homered to lift the Tigers to an 11-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday. It was a sloppy game from almost the very start for Toronto, which threw three wild pitches and made some glaring defensive mistakes. ”I’m not sure how much I can dissect that game,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ”We […]

JD Martinez, Pelfrey beat Sale, Chisox; Coats hurt

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — When manager Brad Ausmus told Mike Pelfrey that he was finished after six innings, the Detroit pitcher resigned himself to yet another winless outing. At the time, the Tigers were trailing Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox by a run. ”I knew coming into the game that I was going to have to do a good job to give us a chance, especially against Chris,” Pelfrey said. ”When Skip told me I was done after six, I figured that was probably the end of my shot.” But with one out in the […]

White Sox-Tigers Preview

James Shields is returning to the AL Central. The Chicago White Sox may wish they could leave. One day after acquiring the veteran pitcher, slumping Chicago tries to stop an eight-game losing streak in division play Sunday against the Detroit Tigers . Mired in a near month-long tailspin that’s negated a 23-10 start, the White Sox made an effort to bring a needed spark by obtaining Shields from San Diego on Saturday in exchange for Triple-A pitcher Erik Johnson and 17-year-old prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. The 34-year-old Shields went 27-17 with a 3.18 ERA with Kansas City from 2013-14, […]

Daily Dose: Profar, So Good

. View photo Jesse Pantuosco discusses Jurickson Profar’s resurgence and Houston’s bullpen shakeup in Monday’s … Jurickson Profar knew he’d get another shot at the big leagues. He just didn’t know that opportunity would come with Texas. “Maybe I have to go to another team,” said Profar a month ago when he was stuck in Triple-A. “I have no problem with that. I know I’m going to be in the big leagues pretty soon.” Not that long ago, Profar was considered the best prospect in all of baseball. He played sparingly in his first two seasons but was headed […]