Ausmus relieved Tigers avoided serious injury

3/31/16: Brad Ausmus discusses having Victor Martinez in the lineup, Lendy Castillo on the mound and this season’s pitching staff LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Tigers will put a half-dozen players on the disabled list when they set their Opening Day roster on Sunday. And yet, as manager Brad Ausmus packed up camp, he could justifiably breathe a sigh of relief. It doesn’t make sense until one looks at the disabled list. The Tigers entered camp with many injury concerns about veterans, from Miguel Cabrera to Victor Martinez to Anibal Sanchez , but none of those players ended […]

Power Ratings: SportsLine projects and ranks all 30 teams

The National League seems to be very top heavy heading into 2016, while SportsLine sees the Astros as the cream of the crop in the American League. How loaded is the National League? The Mets, who made the World Series last year and return MLB’s best rotation, aren’t among the NL’s top four teams. MLB Power Ratings explained … Rank: Numerical rank based on Power . Power: Each team’s neutral win% determined when each team plays every other team on a neutral field. Each team is actually made up of 5 versions based on their #1 to #5 starters. […]

Gose, Castellanos homer in Anibal’s final tuneup

Nick Castellanos hit a tiebreaking home run in the fourth inning. (AP) LAKELAND, Fla. — Nick Castellanos clubbed a tiebreaking solo home run after Anthony Gose hit an earlier three-run shot, helping the Tigers close out their home Spring Training schedule with a 9-4 win over the Rays on Friday afternoon. The final game at Joker Marchant Stadium before the Tigers open up a renovated ballpark next spring saw a trio of parting shots to the left-field berm. Tim Beckham began the procession with a two-run homer off Anibal Sanchez , who made his final start to stretch out […]

JD Martinez’s 3 homers power Tigers past Yankees squad

. View gallery LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit three home runs, one to each part of the ballpark, to lead the Detroit Tigers past a New York Yankees ‘ split squad 10-6 on Thursday. Martinez entered the game with a .213 batting average and raised it to .255 on his three hits. ”I’m finally starting to hit the ball well,” he said. ”It’s just about time to start locking in.” Martinez, who had 38 homers and 102 RBIs for the Tigers last year, is looking to cut down on his strikeouts. He has struck out a team-high […]

Joyce, Cervelli, Rodriguez homer for Pirates against Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Matt Joyce, Francisco Cervelli and Sean Rodriguez homered in the first two innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Tampa Bay Rays 13-8 at spring training on Thursday. Joyce capped a five-run first with a three-run shot off former teammate Jake Odorizzi . Cervelli led off the second with a towering shot off the Rays’ No. 3 starter, who lasted only two batters beyond that drive. Rodriguez hit a grand slam off Steve Geltz , capping a five-run second that put Pittsburgh up 10-1. Odorizzi said he simply had a poor outing that he […]

MLB season preview: Will the Giants’ even-year success continue?

Editor’s Note: With the arrival of baseball season we’re previewing each MLB team, from worst to best. We’ll look at their key offseason moves, projected lineup, best and worst possible outcomes plus examine the team’s fantasy implications with the help of friends from Roto Arcade. Our daily series continues with No. 4: The San Francisco Giants . Some teams wait decades (and even a century) for the stars to align just once. For the San Francisco Giants, it’s happened three times in the last six years. In 2010, 2012 and 2014, San Francisco hosted a World Series championship parade, […]

Avila settling in as GM and putting his stamp on Tigers

. View gallery LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — When Al Avila first started working in a major league front office, he wasn’t sure the lifestyle was for him. Avila was hired by the expansion Florida Marlins in 1992 as the assistant director of Latin American operations. Before that, he’d been a college athletic director and baseball coach, and the transition was a tough one. ”You were now not dealing with a team, you’re just in an office, and when you went scouting, you went by yourself,” Avila said. ”I traveled by myself, and when you get to a ballfield to […]

Dickey roughed up for Blue Jays in win over Tigers

. View gallery DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was roughed up for four runs in five innings Thursday, and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4. After quickly retiring the Tigers in order in the first, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner allowed two runs in the second on a single by James McCann and a throwing error by center fielder Kevin Pillar . Jose Iglesias hit an RBI single against Dickey in the fourth. Nick Castellanos homered in the fifth. The 41-year-old Dickey yielded eight hits, walked one and struck out five on […]

The Astros-Braves game was postponed due to the apocalypse

View photo . (AP) It’s not often that Mother Nature imposes her will on spring training. When she does though, her presence is most definitely felt. One of those rare instances took place on Friday. With the Astros and Braves locked in a 1-1 game in the seventh inning, the storm clouds rolled into Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and baseball as we knew it ceased to exist. For the rest of the afternoon that is. Seriously though, you have to check out some of these images that were captured at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. For a few minutes […]

MLB season preview: As always, don’t sleep on the Cardinals

Editor’s Note: With the arrival of baseball season we’re previewing each MLB team, from worst to best. We’ll look at their key offseason moves, projected lineup, best and worst possible outcomes plus examine the team’s fantasy implications with the help of friends from Roto Arcade . Our daily series continues with No. 8: The St. Louis Cardinals. By now, all of us should know better than to bet against the St. Louis Cardinals. They are closest thing baseball has to a model of consistency. They’ve won more than 85 games each year since 2009, made the playoffs in five […]