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Grand Rapids Press May 3, 2016
James McCann back from DL, in starting lineup for Detroit Tigers

James McCann back from DL, in starting lineup for Detroit Tigers

McCann will start at catcher and bat seventh tonight. CLEVELAND -- James McCann is back with the team and back in the starting lineup. McCann will start at catcher and bat seventh tonight in the first game of a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Here are the lineups: Detroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. J.D. Martinez, RF3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4. Victor Martinez, DH5. Justin Upton, LF6. Nick Castellanos, 3B7. James McCann, C8. Anthony Gose, CF9. Jose Iglesias, SS Cleveland Indians1. Carlos Santana, DH2. Jason Kipnis, 2B3. Francisco Lindor, SS4. Michael...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 27, 2016
J.D. Martinez to hit second, Justin Upton fifth in Tigers lineup

J.D. Martinez to hit second, Justin Upton fifth in Tigers lineup

Brad Ausmus has made a change. DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus has made a change. Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez will swap spots in the starting lineup for the game Wednesday night against the Oakland Athletics. Martinez will hit second for the Tigers. Upton will hit fifth. Here are the lineups: Oakland Athletics1. Coco Crisp, CF2. Chris Coghlan, 3B3. Josh Reddick, RF4. Khris Davis, LF5. Jed Lowrie, 2B6. Billy Butler, DH7. Yonder Alonso, 1B8. Josh Phegley, C9. Marcus Semien, SS Detroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. J.D. Martinez, RF3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4. Victor Martinez,...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 26, 2016
Ian Kinsler, Anthony Gose back in starting lineup for Tigers

Ian Kinsler, Anthony Gose back in starting lineup for Tigers

Kinsler is back in the leadoff spot and at second base for the Tigers. Gose will start in center field. DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler was ill Monday night. Anthony Gose did not start. Both are back in the lineup for the Detroit Tigers in the second game of their four-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Kinsler is back in the leadoff spot and at second base for the Tigers. Gose will start in center field. Here are the lineups:  Oakland Athletics1. Billy Burns, CF2. Chris Coghlan, 3B3. Josh Reddick, RF4. Jed Lowrie, 2B5. Stephen Vogt, C6. Coco Crisp, DH7. Khris...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 25, 2016
Jose Iglesias to bat in leadoff spot; Ian Kinsler scratched from lineup

Jose Iglesias to bat in leadoff spot; Ian Kinsler scratched from lineup

Iglesias moved up from the ninth spot in the order to the leadoff spot. Mike Aviles will replace Kinsler at second base and will hit ninth. DETROIT -- Jose Iglesias has never batted in the leadoff spot. That streak will end tonight. Iglesias will hit in the leadoff spot for the Detroit Tigers tonight in the series opener against the Oakland Athletics. The Tigers made the lineup adjustment about 90 minutes before first pitch when they scratched second baseman Ian Kinsler from the lineup due to flu-like symptoms. Iglesias moved up from the ninth spot in the order...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 20, 2016
Victor Martinez knocks in Ian Kinsler for 1,000th career RBI

Victor Martinez knocks in Ian Kinsler for 1,000th career RBI

A base hit to left field gave Victor Martinez a milestone. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A base hit to left field gave Victor Martinez a milestone. Martinez singled to the opposite field in the sixth inning Wednesday night for his 1,000th career run batted in. Ian Kinsler scored from second base on the play to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Martinez is the 279th player in big-league history to knock in 1,000 runs. He has 362 RBIs with the Tigers to go with 518 with the Cleveland Indians and 120 with the Boston Red Sox. Martinez is the fifth Venezuelan-born player to reach...
Bless You Boys Apr 19, 2016

Why Ian Kinsler can continue his powerful start to 2016

Ian Kinsler's approach has him back to hitting for serious extra base power. During the offseason, Rob noted how declining exit velocity made Ian Kinsler a good bet to trend downward at the plate this year. Boy, have we been dead wrong so far. Through the first 11 games of the season, Kinsler has a .407 wOBA and a 174 wRC+. For context, Miguel Cabrera had a .413 wOBA and 165 wRC+ in 2015. Kinsler already hit four home runs after not reaching that mark until July 20 last season. Combine his hot start at the plate with his elite defense, and Kinsler is one of nine players in the majors with...
Bless You Boys Apr 19, 2016

Mike Pelfrey’s stuff is better suited for the Tigers bullpen

Pelfrey has multiple pitches, but their effectiveness is limited. Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey is the typical sinker ball, ground ball pitcher. He has thrown his sinker about 73 percent of the time between 2015 and his first two starts of 2016. The results haven’t been great -- he posted a 4.26 ERA in 30 starts in 2015 -- but the improved infield defense of the Detroit Tigers was supposed to help. Pelfrey only gave up one earned run against the Houston Astros in six innings of work in his last start, but he looked shaky throughout the game. He surrendered 11 baserunners, including six...
Bless You Boys Apr 19, 2016

AL Central roundup: White Sox' rotation, Royals' bullpen look strong early

A quick tour around the rest of the division after the first two weeks of the season. The American League Central is already shaping up to be one of baseball's strongest divisions top to bottom, with four teams playing .500 or above and three of those .615 or higher in the standings. The World champion Royals lead the way at 8-4, but the fourth place Indians are a mere two games away, as we enter the third week of the season. So with the Tigers returning to action against the Royals on Tuesday night and set to battle the Indians beginning Friday at Comerica Park, here's what you need to...
Bless You Boys Apr 19, 2016

Game 12 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals

Shane Greene takes on Yordano Ventura in the Tigers' first AL Central matchup of the season. The Detroit Tigers have downplayed the importance of this week's series against the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians, and for good reason. The Tigers posted one of the best intradivisional records in baseball last season, including an 11-7 mark against the Tribe, but struggled against the rest of baseball in their freefall to last place. However, you can almost feel them lying through their teeth as you read their quotes on your screen. The Tigers know the importance of winning games within...
Bless You Boys Apr 19, 2016

Jose Azocar, Cam Gibson lead Whitecaps offense to big win

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Monday, April 18, 2016. Indianapolis Indians 4, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box) The Indians scored four runs in the sixth inning to hand Matt Boyd his second loss of the young season. Pirates top prospect Josh Bell struck the big blow off Boyd, with a two-run double in the sixth. The Mud Hens out-hit the Indians 9-8, but were a dismal 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Former Tigers prospect Guido Knudson picked up the win for Indianapolis. Bernard: 3-5, R, 2 SO, SBHuffman: 2-3, 3B, BBMcGehee: 2-5, RBI, 2 SOBoyd (L): 5.0 IP, 6...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 18, 2016
Tigers' Ian Kinsler, artist Jack White invest in Warstic bat company

Tigers' Ian Kinsler, artist Jack White invest in Warstic bat company

Jack White is a baseball fan. Ian Kinsler is a baseball player. Now they are business partners. Jack White is a baseball fan. Ian Kinsler is a baseball player. Now they are business partners. White and Kinsler are partners and co-investors in Warstic, a sporting goods company that makes, among other things, stylish wooden bats. The partnership was discussed in a Rolling Stone story from earlier Monday. Warstic was founded in 2011 by Ben Jenkins, a former minor league baseball player. Kinsler has been using the bat all season.  "I was drawn to Warstic not only by...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 15, 2016
Check out tonight's Tigers lineup, and some Jackie Robinson tributes

Check out tonight's Tigers lineup, and some Jackie Robinson tributes

The Tigers play in Houston tonight. Everyone's wearing No. 42 tonight. It's Jackie Robinson Day, and teams honor it with everyone donning the uniform number of Major League Baseball's first black player. Check out the Detroit Tigers lineup for Friday night's game in Houston, followed by a few social media posts about the legendary Robinson, who broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947 playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Tigers lineup, facing Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel : 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2, Justin Upton, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Victor Martinez,...
Bless You Boys Apr 15, 2016

Detroit Tigers Links: Tigers' hot start fueled by unlikely sources

We definitely saw all of this coming. What if, on April 1, I told you that eight games into the season Ian Kinsler would be leading team in home runs, Jarrod Saltalamacchia leading in RBIs, Justin Verlander's ERA was 8.71, and no starter outside of Jordan Zimmermann had gone more than 6 innings? First, you would punch me. And then you would assume the fetal position. Yet here we are, 6-2, with all of my hilariously cherry-picked stats above being true. The Detroit Tigers are still getting some production from their stalwarts. Zimmermann has been great and J.D. Martinez has moved from...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 14, 2016
Bobby Wilson, Andrew Romine in Detroit Tigers lineup for series finale

Bobby Wilson, Andrew Romine in Detroit Tigers lineup for series finale

The Tigers promoted Wilson from Triple-A Toledo after James McCann suffered an ankle sprain earlier this week. PITTSBURGH -- Catcher Bobby Wilson will make his Detroit Tigers debut this afternoon as the Detroit Tigers wrap up a four-game home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Andrew Romine will make a rare start at shortstop for the Tigers. Tyler Collins is in center field. The Tigers promoted Wilson from Triple-A Toledo after James McCann suffered an ankle sprain earlier this week. Here are the starting lineups. Detroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler,...

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