Spring debut has Fulmer feeling back to normal

SARASOTA, Fla. — The sign from Tigers catcher James McCann called for a slider down, over home plate. Fulmer delivered it on the plate, forcing McCann to block it with his arm. McCann grumbled as home-plate umpire Will Little stepped out to give him a minute to gather himself. "The umpire comes out," Fulmer said, "and I said, ‘Tell [McCann] don’t complain about that ball in the dirt, because that’s where he asked for it.’ He pointed on the plate. I got it down there. I made the adjustment." View Full Game Coverage And with that, everything was back […]

MLB rumors: J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox are reportedly nearing revised deal

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Ex-Rule 5 pick Stumpf holds critical ‘pen role

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers signed Francisco Liriano to compete for a rotation spot, but with the understanding he’s willing to slot into the bullpen if that doesn’t work out. Even so, he might not be the reigning left-hander in the club’s relief corps, thanks to a young southpaw who qualifies as a veteran in this rebuilt bullpen. A year ago, Daniel Stumpf was in Tigers camp as a Rule 5 Draft pick trying to prove he warranted a shot in the big leagues. As he begins his second spring in Lakeland, he’s potentially one of the core members […]

Liriano embraces opportunity to start for Tigers

Tigers, Liriano come to terms LAKELAND, Fla. — Francisco Liriano spent the first half of his career tormenting the Tigers, one of the bright, young hopes on the Twins. That changed over the last five years, as the innings piled up, Liriano bounced around and surgeries sapped some of the strength from his left arm. Still, the sight of Liriano wearing the Olde English D on Saturday morning — having signed a one-year contract to bolster Detroit’s rebuilt pitching staff — was an odd sight. View Full Game Coverage "It feels a little bit different," Liriano admitted. It’s a […]

Jen Pawol, one of two women umpires in professional baseball, calls first MLB action

The Detroit Tigers played their first exhibition game of the spring on Thursday, besting Florida Southern by a 6-1 score. The contest’s most notable aspect had less to do with the result or the players and more to do with the home-plate umpire. That’s because Jen Pawol, a 41-year-old who spent last season umpiring in the minors, got her first taste of big-league action. Here’s more on Pawol, courtesy of Chris McCosky of the Detroit News : It’s been a long, hard journey for Pawol, a native of New York state. She spent more than a decade umpiring Division […]

Perez leads revamped Tigers Top 30 Prospects list

Top Prospects: Perez, DET There’s a new era in Detroit, focused on something not seen in recent memory: rebuilding. The Tigers made the playoffs four years in a row, from 2011-14, playing in the World Series back in 2012. But they haven’t been to the postseason since, and when they sank to the bottom of the American League Central en route to finishing with baseball’s worst record, the reset button was firmly pushed. Veterans Justin Verlander , Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez were traded before the season’s end, as was reliever Justin Wilson . Ian Kinsler followed during the […]

Tigers pitchers welcome Gardenhire with prank

Tigers aim to grow young staff LAKELAND, Fla. — Ron Gardenhire addressed Tigers pitchers and catchers prior to his first Spring Training workout as Detroit manager and warned them that he might take a while to learn their names. "So, if I call you buddy," Jordan Zimmermann recalled Gardenhire saying, "when you go running off, I’ll look at the back of your jersey and know who you are." • Tigers’ Spring Training information That got Zimmermann’s mind working. More importantly, it got his subtle sense of humor going. For the Tigers’ first full-squad workout, he figured, he should wear […]

Catching prospect Rogers brings a lot to like

Top Prospects: Rogers, DET LAKELAND, Fla. — The news came in a hurry for Jake Rogers , just as he was wrapping up his season in the Astros’ organization. A midnight phone call to say you’ve been traded will do that. "There were a lot of emotions going on," he said. "It was very last-minute and when it happened, it was crazy when everything went down." Rogers’ boss, on the other hand, had been weighing it for a while. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow knew the team would have to give up good talent to convince the Tigers to […]

Tigers renew agreement with Triple-A Toledo

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers had a lot of traffic going between Detroit and Toledo last year, and figure to have at least as many moves back-and-forth between the Major Leagues and Triple-A this season. As the organization prepares to rebuild through the farm system over the next few years, it will keep the Glass City as the final step on the developmental path to Comerica Park. The Tigers and Mud Hens announced a two-year extension to their player development agreement on Friday, keeping Toledo as Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate through at least 2020. "The relationship between the Tigers and […]

Tigers skipper Gardy battles nerves on Day 1

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers have plenty of first-time arrivals to their Major League camp, many of whom are likely battling nerves as workouts begin and they try to make an impression. Their manager can relate; he’s one of them. As Ron Gardenhire talked with Tigers pitchers and catchers on Wednesday morning prior to their first official workout, describing the club as a family, he realized his nerves were getting to him as he addressed a team as its manager for the first time since 2014. "Honestly, I kind of had the jitters when I walked in there," Gardenhire […]