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Anibal Sanchez returning to Tigers' bullpen after getting roughed up by Indians

Anibal Sanchez returning to Tigers' bullpen after getting roughed up by Indians

Sanchez allowed four earned runs, five hits, two home runs and two walks while striking out three in five innings against Cleveland last week. DETROIT - Anibal Sanchez's return to the Detroit Tigers' rotation lasted one start. Manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday the veteran right-hander will return to the bullpen, where he spent more than three weeks before getting a start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. Against the Indians, Sanchez allowed four earned runs, five hits, two home runs and two walks while striking out three in five innings. It was his first...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 27, 2016
Tigers notes: Anibal Sanchez still waiting to hear what's next

Tigers notes: Anibal Sanchez still waiting to hear what's next

Mike Pelfrey and Daniel Norris are scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, and Jordan Zimmermann is likely to start Thursday at Tampa Bay. DETROIT -- The decision on what happens next with Anibal Sanchez is going to have to wait. Sanchez, who went five innings Saturday in the Detroit Tigers loss to the Cleveland Indians, is an option to make another start later this week at Tampa Bay, if that's what Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants. "We haven't gotten into it yet," Ausmus said Sunday before the Tigers were swept by the Indians, 6-0. As...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 26, 2016
Did Anibal Sanchez do enough to stay in the Tigers' starting rotation?

Did Anibal Sanchez do enough to stay in the Tigers' starting rotation?

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus played coy Saturday after a 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. DETROIT -- All things considered, Anibal Sanchez was satisfied. In his first start in nearly a month Saturday, Sanchez gave the Detroit Tigers five innings and ended on a strong note in their 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. But was it enough to stay in the mix for the fifth spot in the starting rotation? "I don't know," Sanchez said after his five-hit, four-run outing. "It's not my call." The decision will have to wait at least another day after Tigers manager Brad Ausmus...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 25, 2016
Tigers notes: Mike Pelfrey's bullpen stint could alter rotation schedule

Tigers notes: Mike Pelfrey's bullpen stint could alter rotation schedule

Pelfrey threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief Friday in a 7-4 loss to the Indians. DETROIT -- Mike Pelfrey did his team a solid Friday when he came out of the bullpen to throw four-plus innings. It kept the Detroit Tigers in the game, a 7-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians, despite a poor outing from starter Jordan Zimmermann and saved manager Brad Ausmus from tapping into his already fatigued pen. But it could also mean an altered starting rotation come next week. Pelfrey was scheduled to start Tuesday in the first of two games against the Miami Marlins at...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 24, 2016
Michael Fulmer to start next week in Tampa, plus other Tigers pitching notes

Michael Fulmer to start next week in Tampa, plus other Tigers pitching notes

Fulmer is 7-2 with a 2.40 ERA but exited his last start early with dehydration. DETROIT -- We already know Michael Fulmer won't be starting Tuesday when the Detroit Tigers host the Miami Marlins. But he's penciled in to start in the four-game series next week against the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Friday. What day still remains unconfirmed, but it's likely to happen Saturday, July 1, or Sunday, July 2. Jordan Zimmermann, the Tigers' scheduled starter Friday in their series opener against the Cleveland Indians, is tapped to start again Wednesday...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 24, 2016
Tigers notes: Kyle Ryan, bullpen find their footing in sweep of Seattle

Tigers notes: Kyle Ryan, bullpen find their footing in sweep of Seattle

Ryan tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in the four-game sweep of the Mariners. DETROIT -- The two-faced bullpen struck again this week, and this time Brad Ausmus likes what he sees. Detroit Tigers relief pitchers bounced back nicely in a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners, tossing more than 18 innings while giving up just two runs, 10 hits and striking out 17. They allowed one of those runs Thursday in their 5-4 walk-off win at Comerica Park. "This four-game series is as probably good of a stretch we've seen from the bullpen," Ausmus said. Kyle...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 24, 2016
Next on the Tigers' to-do list: solve the unbeatable Cleveland Indians

Next on the Tigers' to-do list: solve the unbeatable Cleveland Indians

Detroit is 0-6 against the Indians, a team they open a three-game series with Friday at Comerica Park. DETROIT -- A binder full of scouting reports sat on Brad Ausmus' desk Thursday morning with a different logo on it than that of the team his Detroit Tigers were due to face that afternoon. Normally, Ausmus doesn't like looking ahead. He prefers to keep the conversation in the here and now, especially with a game still to be played. But this time, it was different. "Can we talk about the Cleveland series at all?," a reporter asked. Ausmus, often not willing to...
Bless You Boys Jun 23, 2016

The Tigers got their 'swag' back after rough record, injures

It’s been an uphill battle but the Tigers are firing on all cylinders. DETROIT — No one wants to recall the rough patch that the Detroit Tigers went through. The seven-game losing streak, the period of baseball where fans were calling for manager Brad Ausmus’ head, or when the team dropped 10 of 12 games. This team looks nothing like the team from a month ago, and it’s because they’ve finally meshed as a team. The Tigers appeared listless at times, especially with regards to baserunning. Silly mistakes were made early on and injuries piled on the frustration. The list of whom the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 22, 2016
Tigers notes: Mike Pelfrey to be available out of bullpen for next few days

Tigers notes: Mike Pelfrey to be available out of bullpen for next few days

Pelfreys next start was moved to Tuesday so manager Brad Ausmus said he could see an inning of relief duty if needed. DETROIT - With Mike Pelfrey's next scheduled started being moved back three days, manager Brad Ausmus said that will allow the Detroit Tigers to use him out of the bullpen for the next few days if needed. Pelfrey (1-7) was scheduled to start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park but the Tigers have shuffled their rotation to get Anibal Sanchez back into it while limiting rookie Michael Fulmer's innings. So Sanchez (4-7) will...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2016
Anibal Sanchez going back into Tigers' rotation, Daniel Norris to start Thursday vs. Seattle

Anibal Sanchez going back into Tigers' rotation, Daniel Norris to start Thursday vs. Seattle

Manager Brad Ausmus, who didnt want to go into detail about the rotation shakeup, said Mike Pelfreys next start will be moved to Tuesday, indicating rookie Michael Fulmer will miss a start. DETROIT - Anibal Sanchez pitched well enough in six relief appearances to regain a spot in the Detroit Tigers starting rotation and Daniel Norris will be recalled from Triple A Toledo to join him, at least for one game. Manager Brad Ausmus said after Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Seattle that Sanchez, who was banished to the bullpen June 1, will start Saturday against the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2016
Tigers not saying who will be starting pitcher Thursday in series finale vs. Seattle

Tigers not saying who will be starting pitcher Thursday in series finale vs. Seattle

Daniel Norris appears to be the likely candidate. DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers' starting pitcher for Thursday's series finale against the Seattle Mariners is still a mystery. With Matt Boyd in Toledo after getting shelled in last week's 16-5 loss at Kansas City, the Tigers need to fill his vacant spot in the rotation. But if manager Brad Ausmus knows who will get the nod, he's not saying. "Nothing yet," was all Aumsus would said when asked Tuesday if a decision had been made. Ausmus apparently doesn't want to tell the media who will start before informing the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2016
Tigers' beleaguered bullpen sparkles in 12-inning win over Mariners

Tigers' beleaguered bullpen sparkles in 12-inning win over Mariners

Five Tigers relievers allowed one run in seven innings after starter Mike Pelfrey struggled. DETROIT - The last thing Brad Ausmus wanted to do Monday night was dip too deeply into the Detroit Tigers' bullpen. The Tigers used four relief pitchers Saturday in Kansas City and four more in Sunday's 13-inning marathon against the Royals, leaving the short-handed bullpen gassed. Ausmus knew his relievers needed some rest during the opener of a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Unfortunately for the Tigers, starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 19, 2016
'You've got to find a way to win,' Brad Ausmus says after Tigers bats fall silent

'You've got to find a way to win,' Brad Ausmus says after Tigers bats fall silent

Detroit totals just five hits in a 13-inning loss to the Royals. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The bullpen eventually leaked, but the silent bats sure didn't help matters. The Detroit Tigers totaled just five hits and advanced past second base once Sunday in a 2-1 extra-innings loss to the Kansas City Royals. Their only offense came on a Steven Moya solo home run in the third, spoiling a superb start from Jordan Zimmermann. "You've got to find a way to win the game," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's the way I feel, really. "Zimmermann gives us eight innings. The...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 17, 2016
Tigers notes: Steven Moya talks filling shoes; Drew VerHagen placed on DL

Tigers notes: Steven Moya talks filling shoes; Drew VerHagen placed on DL

Moya is expected to see a bulk of the playing time in right field with J.D. Martinez out. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brad Ausmus did his best job Friday in trying to diffuse the attention, and perhaps, pressure on recent call up Steven Moya. "I just said, 'Welcome back' and told him he was hitting seventh," Ausmus said. Moya returned to the Tigers clubhouse and will play the better part of the next four to six weeks in right field for the injured J.D. Martinez, who suffered a broken elbow Thursday in a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. It's more than he's ever...
Bless You Boys Jun 15, 2016

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