Upton does his part to get Tigers back in game

Justin Upton cranks a clutch three-run homer against the left-field foul pole, cutting the Tigers’ deficit to 6-4 in the top of the 8th MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Upton ‘s fingerprints were all over Saturday’s game at Target Field. The Tigers left fielder practically did it all. On the defensive end, he made catches at the wall and threw runners out. He paced the offense as well, sparking a late rally with the game’s only homer. Detroit was unable to reward Upton for his efforts, however, in the 6-5 loss to the Twins, who evened the three-game weekend set. Still, […]

Martinez goes deep twice, Tigers top Twins 6-3

Detroit Tigers’ Mikie Mahtook, center, scores ahead of Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana, right, on a wild pitch in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 21, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Martinez has called Detroit home for the last six seasons. He looks just as comfortable hitting at Target Field. Martinez hit two home runs and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Friday night. His 11 career homers at Minnesota’s ballpark are tied for the third-most by a visitor, just three behind Salvador Perez and Jose Bautista. […]

Ausmus willing to use Greene in variety of ways

Shane Greene forces Bradley Zimmer to strike out swinging to end the Indians’ scoring threat in the bottom of the 7th inning MINNEAPOLIS — When Detroit’s bullpen phone has rang this season, more often than not it’s been for reliever Shane Greene . Greene was the second Tigers reliever called upon during Friday’s 6-3 victory over the Twins at Target Field. He was tasked with getting the final two outs in the seventh frame, which he accomplished in eight pitches. It marked Greene’s American League-leading 47th appearance, one more than Bryan Shaw of the Indians. "I don’t think everyone […]

Red-Hot Dodgers Consider Bullpen Upgrade

The Dodgers have had plenty to celebrate in 2017. The Los Angeles Dodgers (66-29) have been red-hot since losing three straight games in early June, winning 31 of their last 35 games to take an 11-game lead on the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in the National League West. The Dodgers’ success has come from just about everywhere. Manager Dave Roberts boasts a squad with the best ERA in baseball (3.07), the fifth-best offense (822 runs) and No. 12 in fielding percentage (.984). Clayton Kershaw is in the mix to capture another Cy Young, Kenley Jansen might be the […]

Gordon’s sac fly in 9th gives Royals 4-3 win over Tigers

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander, left, talks with catcher Alex Avila during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Everything you need to know about Brandon Moss ‘s season could be summed up by the way he greeted a pack of reporters that gathered around his locker after a crucial hit in the ninth inning helped lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers . ”This is really […]

Tigers’ home hosts international soccer game

The meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and AS Roma was the first professional soccer match at Comerica Park, which opened in 2000. (AP) DETROIT — Comerica Park underwent quite a transformation over the past week, from a concert venue to a baseball stadium to a soccer pitch. In its latest form, the park hosted a 2-1 win (penalty kicks) for Paris Saint-Germain over AS Roma in an exhibition game on Wednesday. It was the first professional soccer match in the history of Comerica Park, which opened in 2000, and part of the fifth-annual International Champions Cup, a tournament of preseason […]

Baseball: Astros send prospects to Tigers for J.D. Martinez

FILE PHOTO: Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates after he hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters (The Sports Xchange) – The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right fielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in exchange for three prospects, getting a jump on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline market. Martinez provides a right-handed power bat for the Diamondbacks, who sent minor league infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King to the Tigers. […]

Tigers OF J.D. Martinez traded to Diamondbacks for prospects

The? Arizona Diamondbacks ?have acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers for three prospects. The?Tigers?will receive infield prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King from Arizona.?Lugo was the fourth-ranked prospect in the Diamondbacks’ system, according to MLB.com. Headfirst slides have injured multiple MLB stars Lugo (SS/3B), 22, is hitting .282 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs at Jackson (Double-A); Alcantara (SS/2B), 21, is hitting .279 with three home runs and 28 RBIs at Visalia (high Class A); and King (SS/2B), 18, is hitting .261 with no home runs and nine RBIs for the Diamondbacks’ rookie league […]

Tigers trade J.D. Martinez to Diamondbacks

DETROIT (WJBK) – The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday afternoon they have traded outfielder J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospects. #Tigers press release on J.D. Martinez trade pic.twitter.com/PzLEc5j9xm — FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) July 18, 2017 Martinez, 29, is in the final season of a two-year, 18.5 million dollar contract. The seven-year veteran is hitting .305 in 57 games this season with 16 home runs, 39 RBI and an on-base percentage of .388. The Tigers will receive infield prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara & Jose King from the Diamondbacks. Lugo, 22, is ranked by Baseball America as the […]

Diamondbacks acquire All-Star OF JD Martinez from Tigers

J.D. Martinez had been the subject of trade speculation for weeks, and it reached such a crescendo Monday night that even his mom texted to ask if Detroit’s star outfielder had been dealt when he left a game in Kansas City with a sore back. Turns out she was only off by a day. The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Martinez for a trio of prospects on Tuesday, hoping to solidify a trouble spot in the outfield with a sorely needed right-handed bat for a run at the playoffs. "I don’t think he was surprised," Tigers general manager Al Avila said. […]