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Grand Rapids Press May 26, 2017
James McCann placed on DL; John Hicks recalled

James McCann placed on DL; John Hicks recalled

McCann received five stitches in his bloodied left hand. HOUSTON -- Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann will be placed on the 10-day disabled list after being hit by a pitch Thursday night. McCann received five stitches in his bloodied left hand. Manager Brad Ausmus said he's hopeful that McCann will require only the minimum 10 days out of action. John Hicks will replace McCann and catch one of the Tigers' two games Friday in Chicago, Ausmus said. This will be Hicks' third stint with the big-league club. Hicks, 27, is hitting .318 (28-for-88) in 23 games with...
Grand Rapids Press May 25, 2017
James McCann leaves game after being hit by pitch

James McCann leaves game after being hit by pitch

Backup catcher Alex Avila entered the game as a pinch-runner and came around to score when Jose Iglesias doubled. HOUSTON -- Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch on his left hand. McCann's hand was covered in blood as he was led off the field by manager Brad Ausmus and athletic trainer Doug Teter. There were two outs in the fourth inning when McCann was hit by Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers. Backup catcher Alex Avila entered the game as a pinch-runner and came around to score when Jose Iglesias doubled. The Tigers...
Grand Rapids Press May 25, 2017
Buck Farmer given Tigers' 1st spot start of 2017 on Friday

Buck Farmer given Tigers' 1st spot start of 2017 on Friday

Farmer has struck out 54 and walked 10 in 54 2/3 innings with the Mud Hens this year. HOUSTON -- The Detroit Tigers are turning to Buck Farmer for their first spot start of the season. Farmer will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to start the first game of a doubleheader Friday against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed the move Thursday before the Tigers' series finale against the Houston Astros. Farmer spent one day with the Tigers last week, serving as an emergency bullpen option. He did not pitch before being optioned back to...
Grand Rapids Press May 24, 2017
Tigers lineup: Nicholas Castellanos getting 2 days off to 'reset'

Tigers lineup: Nicholas Castellanos getting 2 days off to 'reset'

J.D. Martinez, who has started every game since returning from an eight-week stint on the disabled list, is also getting a night off. HOUSTON -- Nicholas Castellanos will miss his first start of the season on Wednesday night. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he plans to give him another day off on Thursday, giving him a chance to "reset" and start fresh after slumping at the plate and struggling in the field. J.D. Martinez, who has started every game since returning from an eight-week stint on the disabled list, is also getting a night off. Mikie...
Grand Rapids Press May 24, 2017
Tigers unworried about quiet bats: 'I can promise you, we'll hit'

Tigers unworried about quiet bats: 'I can promise you, we'll hit'

You ask people around baseball if the Detroit Tigers are going to hit. It will be a unanimous yes. We are going to hit; we just havent hit in the last few days, manager Brad Ausmus said. HOUSTON -- Take away Mikie Mahtook and the Detroit Tigers have gotten just two hits out of the infield since arriving at Minute Maid Park on Monday. They've lost the first two games of the series and several players are scuffling at the plate: * Tyler Collins, who got the night off on Tuesday, homered twice in Detroit on May 17 to break out of an 0-for-30 slump. In six games...
Grand Rapids Press May 24, 2017
With 2 more errors, Nicholas Castellanos' defensive struggles persist

With 2 more errors, Nicholas Castellanos' defensive struggles persist

He works his butt off, said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Unfortunately tonight, a couple of errors cost us there. HOUSTON -- Almost every afternoon, several hours before game time, Detroit Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos can be found on the infield dirt, a bucket of balls beside him. He's taking grounders from Tigers defensive coordinator Matt Martin and trying to shake his reputation as a shaky defender. The 2017 season began with optimism, but it has so far gone much like the rest. Castellanos has nine errors, tied for second-most in baseball,...
Grand Rapids Press May 23, 2017
Tigers lineup: Mikie Mahtook getting another start

Tigers lineup: Mikie Mahtook getting another start

Mahtook had the Tigers only hit in their 1-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday night. HOUSTON -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Mikie Mahtook, who typically only starts against lefties, will make his second consecutive start against a right-handed pitcher on Tuesday night. Mahtook had the Tigers' only hit in their 1-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday night. Manager Brad Ausmus also tweaked the batting order. Nicholas Castellanos is once again batting second. Justin Upton has dropped down to No. 6. J.D. Martinez is batting sixth. The first, third and fourth...
Blue Bird Banter May 23, 2017
Tuesday Bantering: Anthony Gose continues conversion to pitcher

Tuesday Bantering: Anthony Gose continues conversion to pitcher

Your morning update for everything Blue Jays. Former Blue Jay outfielder Anthony Gose is set to make his professional pitching debut with the Detroit Tigers’ single-A affiliate, taking the next step on his conversion to becoming a full-time pitcher. He is now officially listed as a left-handed pitcher and “is not playing centerfield anymore,” Anthony Fenech of the Free Press tweets. Gose first threw a bullpen session at the end of March for Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I was very impressed,” Ausmus said to the Detroit Free Press. “His delivery was good. Smooth. Not a lot of...
Grand Rapids Press May 23, 2017
Even in a loss, Michael Fulmer keeps delivering consistency for Tigers

Even in a loss, Michael Fulmer keeps delivering consistency for Tigers

He has picked up in 2017 right where he left 2016 off. Hes been outstanding. We couldnt ask for more from him, manager Brad Ausmus said. HOUSTON -- The stat is simple: Six innings or more, three earned runs or fewer.  A Quality Start. Critics say that a 4.50 ERA is mediocrity, not quality, but they can't deny that such an outing typically gives many teams -- and especially the Detroit Tigers' slugging offense -- a real shot at winning. Michael Fulmer, who has delivered nine consecutive Quality Starts to start the 2017 season, did it again on Monday. He allowed...
Grand Rapids Press May 22, 2017
Anibal Sanchez, struggling with Tigers, accepts demotion to Toledo

Anibal Sanchez, struggling with Tigers, accepts demotion to Toledo

The Tigers could not have been optioned Sanchez without his permission. Manager Brad Ausmus said Sanchez accepted the move out of a desire to pitch on a consistent schedule as a starting pitcher. HOUSTON -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Toledo after struggling during a six-week stint in the bullpen.  The Tigers could not have been optioned Sanchez without his permission. Manager Brad Ausmus said Sanchez accepted the move out of a desire to pitch on a consistent schedule as a starting pitcher. The Tigers recalled...
MLB Trade Rumors May 22, 2017

Tigers Option Anibal Sanchez

The Tigers have optioned veteran righty Anibal Sanchez to Triple-A, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters including Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links). Sanchez, who would’ve had the right to reject any minor-league assignment, will return to working as a starter at Toledo. The move was driven by Sanchez himself, per Ausmus. He…
Grand Rapids Press May 22, 2017
K-Rod working way back into late-inning mix following another scoreless outing

K-Rod working way back into late-inning mix following another scoreless outing

Francisco Rodriguez hasnt allowed a hit or a run in four of his past five appearances. DETROIT - Detroit Tigers reliever Francisco Rodriguez is gaining back some of manager Brad Ausmus' trust. Rodriguez pitched a one-two-three eighth inning in a 5-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday. He hasn't allowed a run or a hit in four of his five appearances since being removed from the closer's role following a blown save May 7 against Oakland. "I would like to get him back in the (late-inning) mix, probably," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said following Sunday's game. "If...
Grand Rapids Press May 22, 2017
Victor Martinez reinstated from paternity list after missing 3 games

Victor Martinez reinstated from paternity list after missing 3 games

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is expected to be in Mondays lineup against the Houston Astros. DETROIT - Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has been reinstated from the paternity list and is expected to be back in the lineup Monday against the Houston Astros. The team optioned catcher/first baseman John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Martinez, who will "probably" be back in his traditional clean-up spot against Houston, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Sunday's game. Martinez has missed the past three games so he...
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2017
Tigers want John Hicks dabbling at several positions to get his bat to big leagues

Tigers want John Hicks dabbling at several positions to get his bat to big leagues

With Victor Martinez on paternity leave, Hicks will provide an extra option for manager Brad Ausmus at catcher, first base, designated hitter, pinch-hitter or maybe even third base or the outfield. DETROIT -- John Hicks will probably only be with the Detroit Tigers through Sunday, but he was told to bring enough clothes to take him through the road trip that ends June 1. Just in case. The catcher/first baseman is accustomed to uncertainty. He was initially told Thursday night that he would be recalled on Friday. Instead, the Tigers opted for right-handed...
KFFL May 20, 2017

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Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he would be surprised if 1B Miguel Cabrera (oblique) ...

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