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2017 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: Detroit Tigers

2017 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: Detroit Tigers

An underwhelming start to 2017 has the club in seller mode as July approaches. As we approach July 31, we will preview what each team is projected to do in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline. For a complete listing of our previews, click here. Detroit Tigers: 32-42, 4th in AL Central The Tigers headed into 2017 with intentions of competing for a division title, despite a relatively quiet offseason that included only minor acquisitions of veteran catcher Alex Avila and Mikie Mahtook. Led by veterans Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, and J.D. Martinez, Detroit has avoided falling...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 24, 2017
Tigers, Padres lineup: Nicholas Castellanos starting at 3rd

Tigers, Padres lineup: Nicholas Castellanos starting at 3rd

Castellanos experienced lower back or hip tightness but entered the game late as a pinch-hitter on Friday. SAN DIEGO -- Detroit Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos is back in the lineup after being scratched just before game time on Friday night. Castellanos experienced lower back or hip tightness but entered the game late as a pinch-hitter. The Tigers will use their regular lineup Saturday night against San Diego Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet. Tigers lineup 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Alex Avila, C3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4. J.D. Martinez, RF5. Justin Upton,...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 22, 2017
Tigers, Mariners lineups: Daniel Norris vs. M's rookie

Tigers, Mariners lineups: Daniel Norris vs. M's rookie

The Tigers will use their normal lineup against right-handed pitchers, with former Mariner John Hicks serving as designated hitter while Alex Avila catches. SEATTLE -- The Detroit Tigers will face a rookie pitcher Thursday night as they try avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. Right-hander Andrew Moore will make his Major League debut for the M's. The Tigers will use their normal lineup against right-handed pitchers, with former Mariner John Hicks serving as designated hitter while Alex Avila catches. The full lineups are below: Tigers...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 18, 2017
Tigers, Rays lineup: Alex Avila to DH, Jose Iglesias gets day off

Tigers, Rays lineup: Alex Avila to DH, Jose Iglesias gets day off

This is the finale of a four-game series between Detroit and Tampa Bay. DETROIT -- Alex Avila will bat second and DH for the Detroit Tigers in today's series finale with the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. Avila leads the Tigers with a .319 batting average. Jose Iglesias is getting the day off and Dixon Machado will start at shortstop. With Avila at DH, James McCann will catch. Tigers lineup 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Alex Avila, DH3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4. J.D. Martinez, RF5. Justin Upton, LF6. Nicholas Castellanos, 3B7. Alex Presley, CF8. James McCann, C9. Dixon...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 17, 2017
Tigers, Rays lineups: J.D. Martinez at DH, Mikie Mahtook in right field

Tigers, Rays lineups: J.D. Martinez at DH, Mikie Mahtook in right field

Mahtook has an eight-game hitting streak dating to May 31. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are using their newly freed-up designated hitter spot to give J.D. Martinez a day off his feet. Martinez will be the DH on Saturday, while Mikie Mahtook will play right field. Mahtook has an eight-game hitting streak dating to May 31. Andrew Romine will play third to give Nicholas Castellanos a day off. Castellanos is 4-for-17 with nine strikeouts in his career against Archer. Tigers lineup 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Alex Avila, C3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4. J.D. Martinez, DH5. Justin...
Washington Times Jun 17, 2017

Tigers GM, catcher among fortunate father-son duos in sports

DETROIT (AP) - Alex Avila was the best player available on the Detroit Tigers' board when it was their turn to select a player in the fifth round of the 2008 amateur draft. His dad suggested the Tigers pick someone else. "I didn't want people to think it was a ...
Washington Times Jun 16, 2017

Castellanos leads Tigers to 13-4 rout of Rays

DETROIT (AP) - Nicholas Castellanos doubled, tripled and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers routed the Tampa Bay Rays 13-4 on Friday night. Justin Upton drove in three runs for the Tigers, while Ian Kinsler and Alex Avila homered. Daniel Norris (4-4) got the win, giving up three ...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 16, 2017
Tigers lineup vs. Rays: Miguel Cabrera at DH with Victor Martinez on DL

Tigers lineup vs. Rays: Miguel Cabrera at DH with Victor Martinez on DL

Ausmus said hed like to use the now-open DH spot to get Cabrera and J.D. Martinez a few days off their feet. DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera will get the start at designated hitter on Friday night after the regular DH, Victor Martinez, was placed on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat.  Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he had to convince Cabrera to take the assignment. "Why can't Alex DH?" he asked, referring to Alex Avila, who is playing first base. Ausmus said he'd like to use the now-open DH spot to get Cabrera and J.D. Martinez a few days off their...
Washington Times Jun 15, 2017

Cabrera's game-ending homer gives Tigers 5-3 win over Rays

DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. The game was tied at three entering the ninth, but Alex Avila singled off Tommy Hunter (0-2) with one out. Andrew ...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 15, 2017

Tigers lineup vs. Rays: Alex Avila catching Justin Verlander

The Tigers will use their regular lineup against right-handed pitchers when they open a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
Grand Rapids Press Jun 14, 2017
Tigers lineup vs. Diamondbacks: Andrew Romine starting in CF

Tigers lineup vs. Diamondbacks: Andrew Romine starting in CF

The Tigers are facing right-hander Taijuan Walker, who is coming off the disabled list after missing time with a blister on his throwing hand. DETROIT --Andrew Romine will start in center field for the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. That's the only change from Tuesday's lineup.  The Tigers are facing right-hander Taijuan Walker, who is coming off the disabled list after missing time with a blister on his throwing hand. Tigers lineup 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Alex Avila, C3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4....
Grand Rapids Press Jun 13, 2017

Tigers lineup vs. Diamondbacks: Alex Avila catching, Buck Farmer on mound

Avila didnt play against over the weekend in Boston because the Red Sox started three consecutive left-handed pitchers.
numberFire Jun 12, 2017
Daily Fantasy Baseball: Batted-Ball Positive Regression Candidates for Week 11

Daily Fantasy Baseball: Batted-Ball Positive Regression Candidates for Week 11

Alex Avila has squared up right-handed pitchers lately, but isn't seeing great results. Who else is due for some positive regression?
Grand Rapids Press Jun 12, 2017
2017 MLB Draft day: Will Tigers target another pitcher with their 1st pick?

2017 MLB Draft day: Will Tigers target another pitcher with their 1st pick?

I cant tell if were going to go for position players or pitchers, GM Al Avila said. What I can tell is when its our turn to pick at 18, we will pick who we think is the best player on the board at that time. Members of the Detroit Tigers brain-trust will huddle at Tiger Town in Lakeland, Fla., this week for the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft. General manager Al Avila has said that the Tigers, as most teams do, will target the best available player with their first selection, the No. 18 overall pick. In the Tigers case, that always seems to be a pitcher.  But...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 10, 2017
Tigers lineup: Same 9 against Red Sox lefty Chris Sale

Tigers lineup: Same 9 against Red Sox lefty Chris Sale

Justin Verlander will pitch for the Tigers. BOSTON -- The Detroit Tigers will use a lineup identical to Friday with another left-hander on the mound for the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. This time, however, the Tigers will be facing ace Chris Sale instead of rookie Brian Johnson. Justin Verlander will pitch for the Tigers. Tigers lineup 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Nicholas Castellanos, 3B3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4. Victor Martinez, DH5. J.D. Martinez, RF6. Justin Upton, LF7. Mikie Mahtook, CF8. James McCann, C9. Jose Iglesias, SS Bench: C Alex Avila, IF/OF Andrew Romine,...

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