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Grand Rapids Press 12 hours ago
Has the Tigers' playoff chase begun? Depends on who you ask

Has the Tigers' playoff chase begun? Depends on who you ask

The Tigers won their fourth straight game Friday, routing the Houston Astros 14-6 at Comerica Park. DETROIT -- It's only late July, with 59 games left on the schedule, but it's beginning to feel like a playoff chase around these parts. Even if the players, or Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, don't want to admit it. The Tigers routed the Houston Astros, 14-6, Friday behind 16 hits and three home runs keep pace with the American League-Central leading Cleveland Indians. The Indians still hold a 4 1/2-game lead on the Tigers after scoring four runs in the bottom...
Grand Rapids Press 22 hours ago
Tigers notes: J.D. Martinez could be back by end of home stand

Tigers notes: J.D. Martinez could be back by end of home stand

Martinez is currently rehabilitating his broken elbow at Triple-A Toledo. DETROIT -- You might see J.D. Martinez back playing for the Detroit Tigers this time next weekend. That remains a big if, dependent upon his rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Toledo, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday Martinez could re-join the team near the club by the end of the team's nine-game home stand. Detroit hosts the Houston Astros for a three-game weekend series, welcomes in the Chicago White Sox for a mid-week series, then closes out the home slate next weekend with a...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 29, 2016
Tigers window shopping before trade deadline, 'but asking prices are so high'

Tigers window shopping before trade deadline, 'but asking prices are so high'

Detroit is reportedly out of the running for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. DETROIT -- Simple economics may end up hurting the Detroit Tigers' chances at making a deal at this year's trade deadline. This comes as little surprise to those following the market, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Friday that demand continues to outnumber supply ahead of the 4 p.m. Monday cutoff. Tigers general manager Al Avila is looking, Ausmus said, but Detroit seems likely at this point to stand pat. The Tigers are coming off a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox and...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 27, 2016
With Francisco Rodriguez out, Tigers' stretched bullpen delivers in late innings

With Francisco Rodriguez out, Tigers' stretched bullpen delivers in late innings

I wouldnt have gotten the opportunity without Miggy hitting that oppo homer. Its a pretty special moment, Justin Wilson said of his first career save. BOSTON -- When the Detroit Tigers took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning on a home run by Miguel Cabrera, it was strange not to see Francisco Rodriguez quickly pop out of his seat, take off his sunglasses and start loosening up. Justin Wilson was in K-Rod's usual role on Wednesday and, upon closer inspection of the bullpen, Rodriguez was nowhere to be seen. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus revealed after...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 27, 2016
Brad Ausmus: David Ortiz a 'great ambassador for baseball'

Brad Ausmus: David Ortiz a 'great ambassador for baseball'

Ausmus said he expects Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera to get a similar sendoff one day. BOSTON -- Every David Ortiz at-bat, home or away, has become an event. The buzz is evident even at Fenway Park, where Red Sox fans still have a few months left before saying goodbye to Ortiz for the final time. On Tuesday night, Ortiz had a thunderous three-run home run; in the ninth, with the crowd on its feet, he grounded into a double play to end the game. There has been far more of the former than the latter in 2016, as Ortiz is having one of the best seasons of his...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 26, 2016
J.D. Martinez will begin rehab as DH, could move to outfield on Friday

J.D. Martinez will begin rehab as DH, could move to outfield on Friday

Manager Brad Ausmus said Martinez was borderline adamant about getting his rehab assignment started, even if it meant he could only DH. BOSTON -- J.D. Martinez will start his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens as a designated hitter. If all goes well, the Detroit Tigers right field could be playing in the outfield by Friday. Martinez was in the lineup for the Mud Hens Tuesday in Durham, N.C. They'll play there again on Wednesday before having an off day on Thursday and returning to Toledo on Friday. "We're playing it by ear," Ausmus said. "He's...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 26, 2016
Live scoring, stats: Tigers start Mike Pelfrey against Red Sox (chat)

Live scoring, stats: Tigers start Mike Pelfrey against Red Sox (chat)

Tonights game is at Fenway Park. Please join the conversation in the comments section. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (52-48) at Boston Red Sox (55-42)When: 7:10 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 26Where: Fenway Park, BostonTV: Fox Sports Detroit Radio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Evan Woodbery Detroit's Mike Pelfrey (3-9, 4.78 ERA) gets the start tonight against Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright (12-5, 2.67 ERA). The Tigers will be shorthanded in the outfield again. Cameron Maybin is still out with a back...

Game 2016.101: Tigers at Red Sox

Ausmus pulled the right strings last night – resulting in a 2 run HR by the #2 hitter, and a 4 out save by F-Rod. Verlander was great again, and we know he can be even better on some nights. Maybin still out with a back sprain (is he old enough to get those?). Baseball-Reference […]
Grand Rapids Press Jul 26, 2016
As 'stars align' Monday night, Tigers turn to Francisco Rodriguez for extra out

As 'stars align' Monday night, Tigers turn to Francisco Rodriguez for extra out

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the stars have to align for him to bring in closer Francisco Rodriguez before the ninth inning. BOSTON -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the "stars have to align" for him to bring in closer Francisco Rodriguez before the ninth inning. On Monday night in Boston, with the Tigers in danger of dropping their third consecutive game in the final innings, he decided the time was right. Rodriguez helped the Tigers escape a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning, then retired the side in order in the ninth to preserve a 4-2...
Bless You Boys Jul 26, 2016

Tigers need more aggressive bullpen management from Brad Ausmus

This means more four-out saves from Francisco Rodriguez, Brad. Throughout his tenure in Detroit, Tigers fans have been quick to criticize manager Brad Ausmus. While we fans cannot speak to Ausmus’ leadership qualities in the clubhouse — by far the most important aspect of a manager’s performance, in my opinion — his in-game decision-making has been extremely frustrating. Bad bullpen management, questionable lineup decisions, you name it. He hasn’t been dealt the greatest hand in top-heavy rosters with little depth, but he also hasn’t made the most of it. He got one right on...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 25, 2016
Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris not yet ready for return from DL

Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris not yet ready for return from DL

Ausmus said the rotation has not yet been set beyond the Boston series and there could be some adjustments because of upcoming off days on Thursday and Monday. BOSTON -- Both Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris will get an additional rehab start in the minor leagues, meaning the Detroit Tigers pitching rotation is likely to remain intact for at least another week. The decision means Matt Boyd will almost certainly get another start this week; Anibal Sanchez might get another turn in the rotation depending on how the Tigers juggle two upcoming off...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 25, 2016
Tigers lineup: Cameron Maybin missing game with back injury

Tigers lineup: Cameron Maybin missing game with back injury

Ausmus said Maybin felt much better on Monday and his injury is not thought to be serious. BOSTON -- Cameron Maybin will miss his second consecutive game after suffering a mild back injury on Sunday, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Maybin hadn't missed a start in a month when he sat out the series finale Sunday in Chicago. Andrew Romine will again start in center field in place of Maybin for the series opener Monday night at Fenway Park. Ausmus said Maybin felt much better on Monday and his injury is not thought to be serious. The full Tigers lineup is...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 24, 2016
Late losses leave Tigers with 0-for-2 Sunday in Chicago

Late losses leave Tigers with 0-for-2 Sunday in Chicago

Detroit closer Francisco Rodriguez didnt pitch in either game Sunday, and Brad Ausmus defended the decision to turn to Rondon in the ninth. CHICAGO -- The Detroit Tigers entered the day with a chance to sweep their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. They left the Windy City with only a split after two one-run losses decided in the ninth inning. The final loss of the series might have been the most painful because it followed an unlikely comeback. The Tigers hit three home runs in the ninth inning -- two by pinch-hitters -- to tie the game. But Tigers...
Bless You Boys Jul 24, 2016

Chicago White Sox 5, Detroit Tigers 4: Sox blow game, Tigers return the favor

The Tigers looked awful, then they didn't. Then they did. While the Cleveland Indians were getting swept in Baltimore, the Detroit Tigers’ offense laid down and died for eight innings and the game looked out of reach. Miraculously, that master of the pinch-hit situation, Brad Ausmus, brought Tyler Collins and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in to launch solo shots off of David Robertson in the top of the ninth, tying the game. Brad Ausmus, Bruce Rondon, and especially Nick Castellanos then combined to give it away, and the Tigers lost 5-4 to split the series. With Anibal Sanchez on tap to start,...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 23, 2016
Tigers GM: Don't call Brad Ausmus a 'lame-duck manager'

Tigers GM: Don't call Brad Ausmus a 'lame-duck manager'

Nobodys saying Brad is on his way out. And as the manager of a baseball team, he has the freedom to play whoever he wants to play, do whatever he wants to do, Al Avila said. CHICAGO -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn't signed beyond this season. But that doesn't mean he's a lame duck. Tigers general manager Al Avila finds the characterization so offensive that he paused during a question-and-answer session with reporters to address it. "I just want to say one thing for the record, because I hear sometimes 'lame-duck manager,'" Avila said. "That doesn't...

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