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Grand Rapids Press Jul 23, 2016
Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia starts 3rd straight game

Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia starts 3rd straight game

Saltalamacchia has essentially become the personal catcher for Matt Boyd, catching every one of his starts in 2016. CHICAGO -- Detroit Tigers backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will make his third start in a row Saturday against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Saltalamacchia has essentially become the personal catcher for Matt Boyd, catching every one of his starts in 2016. Mike Aviles will start in right field instead of Tyler Collins with tough left-hander Chris Sale on the mound for Chicago. The Tigers (51-46) have won the first two games of...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 22, 2016
Tigers lineup: Tyler Collins in RF, Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching

Tigers lineup: Tyler Collins in RF, Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching

The Tigers (50-46) play the White Sox (46-49) at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. CHICAGO -- Tyler Collins will start in right field for the Detroit Tigers Friday night, two days after he was scratched from the lineup with neck spasms. The Tigers (50-46) play the White Sox (46-49) at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get another start behind the plate The Tigers won the rain-shortened opening game of the series on Thursday night. Detroit Tigers 1. Ian Kinsler 2B 2. Cameron Maybin CF 3. Miguel...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 21, 2016
Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles starting vs. White Sox

Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles starting vs. White Sox

Aviles will get another start in right field after Tyler Collins was scratched from the lineup Wednesday with neck spasms. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will start for the Detroit Tigers in the series opener Thursday night at Chicago. Mike Aviles will also get another start in right field after Tyler Collins was scratched from the lineup Wednesday with neck spasms. The Tigers' Mike Pelfrey (2-9, 4.95 ERA) will try to bounce back from a bad start last week against James Shields (4-11, 5.10 ERA), who has struggled since being acquired by the White Sox from San...
Bless You Boys Jul 20, 2016

Tigers should have used Jarrod Saltalamacchia in 9th inning vs. Twins

Seeing James McCann hit in the ninth inning left Tigers fans feeling salty. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been a lightning rod for criticism ever since he took over for former skipper Jim Leyland in 2014. He has been maligned for his in-game decision-making from day one, and his job has seemingly been in jeopardy for nearly a full calendar year. Decisions like Tuesday’s are a big reason why. With two runners on base and one out in the ninth inning of the Tigers’ eventual 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Ausmus allowed Mike Aviles to bat against Twins closer Brandon Kintzler....
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2016
Jarrod Saltalamacchia appears to have become Matt Boyd's personal catcher

Jarrod Saltalamacchia appears to have become Matt Boyd's personal catcher

Saltalamacchia has started all seven of Boyds starts in 2016. Theres a comfort level there, Ausmus said. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn't use the phrase, but it appears increasingly likely that backup Jarrod Saltalamacchia has become Matt Boyd's personal catcher. Saltalamacchia was in the starting lineup for Monday's series opener with the Minnesota Twins. But it wasn't because he hit a game-winning home run on Sunday afternoon. Nor was it because regular catcher James McCann is slumping at the plate. "It's strictly about Boyd and Salty," Ausmus said....
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2016
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles, strong vs. Ricky Nolasco, starts in RF

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles, strong vs. Ricky Nolasco, starts in RF

Aviles typically only starts against left-handed pitchers, but he may have gotten the start against the right-handed Ricky Nolasco because of his .571 career average (8-for-14) against him. DETROIT -- Mike Aviles will start in right field Monday as the Detroit Tigers open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Aviles typically only starts against left-handed pitchers, but he may have gotten the start against the right-handed Ricky Nolasco because of his .571 career average (8 for 14) against him.  Backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is starting again...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2016
Michael Fulmer shows calm confidence in longest outing: 'What he has is poise'

Michael Fulmer shows calm confidence in longest outing: 'What he has is poise'

I think the situation doesnt rattle him, which often for a young pitcher is a hurdle, manager Brad Ausmus said. Michael Fulmer was in the training room going through his normal post-start treatment when he heard a thunderous roar and glanced up at a television just in time to see Jarrod Saltalamacchia's game-winning home run land in the seats. He hurried downstairs to join the celebration.  "It was awesome," Fulmer said. The 4-2 victory on Sunday gave the Tigers the series win over Kansas City and a jolt of momentum heading into the three-game series...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 17, 2016
Expecting to bunt, Jarrod Saltalamacchia launches 415-foot game-winner

Expecting to bunt, Jarrod Saltalamacchia launches 415-foot game-winner

I think he lulled them to sleep with his strikeouts and then came out with the thunder, said manager Brad Ausmus. Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked to home plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday planning to bunt the ball a few feet. Instead, given the freedom to swing away, he launched a 415-foot shot to right field for the second walk-off home run of his career. The 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals gave the Tigers (48-44) their first series victory over an AL Central opponent in six weeks.  In the ensuing celebration, Saltalamacchia...
Bless You Boys Jul 17, 2016

Tigers 4, Royals 2: Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s walk-off home run delivers series win

Saltalamacchia and Michael Fulmer combined to give the Tigers a much-needed 4-2 win on Sunday. Jarrod Saltalamacchia launched a massive two-run home run into the right field bleachers off former Tigers closer Joakim Soria to deliver a huge walk-off win over the Royals on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. Michael Fulmer blew the Royals away on just seven pitches in the first inning, and looked well on his way to doing so again in the second. However, Paolo Orlando reached base on a two-out bunt single, and Christian Colon doubled over Tyler Collins’ head in right field to put the Royals...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 17, 2016
Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk-off homer gives Tigers win over Royals

Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk-off homer gives Tigers win over Royals

Manager Brad Ausmus chose not to use a pinch-hitter or call for a bunt and Saltalamacchia drove a 93 mph fastball from Joakim Soria into the stands for the walk-off win. DETROIT -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia smashed a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tigers a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals Sunday at Comerica Park. Tyler Collins led off the inning with a single. Manager Brad Ausmus chose not to use a pinch-hitter or call for a bunt, and Saltalamacchia rewarded that decision by driving a 93-mph fastball from Joakim Soria...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 17, 2016
Detroit Tigers lineup: Justin Upton in left, Tyler Collins in right

Detroit Tigers lineup: Justin Upton in left, Tyler Collins in right

Backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is getting the start for the Sunday afternoon game. DETROIT -- Justin Upton is back after missing two games on bereavement leave, and Tyler Collins has taken what might now be a semi-regular spot in right field in the Detroit Tigers' lineup Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. Backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is getting the start for the Sunday afternoon game. The Royals lineup is unchanged from Saturday. Detroit Tigers 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Cameron Maybin, CF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Nick...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 7, 2016
Tigers lineup: Slumping James McCann catching series opener vs. Blue Jays

Tigers lineup: Slumping James McCann catching series opener vs. Blue Jays

McCann did not start in Wednesdays 12-2 win over the Indians. TORONTO -- The Detroit Tigers are sticking with their normal lineup for their series opener north of the border. And that includes James McCann. McCann is back catching and hitting eighth Thursday as the Tigers open a four-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (7:07 p.m., FSD). He did not start Wednesday in Detroit's 12-2 win over the Cleveland Indians - Jarrod Saltalamacchia did, normal for a day game after a night game - but made a pinch-hit appearance.  McCann (.204, .575 OPS) is...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 6, 2016
Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching series finale in Cleveland

Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching series finale in Cleveland

The Tigers are looking to avoid their fourth straight sweep to the Indians. CLEVELAND -- No surprise here, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the lineup today for the Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers play a day game, and an early one at that, to close out their series with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field (12:10 p.m., FSD). Saltalamacchia is hitting eighth, filling the usual spot occupied by James McCann, as the Tigers look to avoid losing a 12th time to the American League Central-leading Indians. Miguel Cabrera is back hitting third and playing first...

Game 2016.81: Tigers at Rays

Half-way point after today. Miggy sitting. Baseball-Reference game preview here.  Ian Kinsler, 2B Cameron Maybin, CF Victor Martinez, DH Nick Castellanos, 3B Justin Upton, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B Mike Aviles, RF James McCann, C Jose Iglesias, SS  
Grand Rapids Press Jun 30, 2016
How about that comeback? Tigers' 8-run ninth stuns Rays in rally for the ages

How about that comeback? Tigers' 8-run ninth stuns Rays in rally for the ages

Detroit trailed 7-2 entering the ninth inning. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cameron Maybin capped a dramatic eight-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking three-run double, and the Detroit Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7 on Thursday night. Detroit trailed 7-2 entering the ninth and opened the inning with four consecutive hits off Ryan Garton, including Victor Martinez's RBI single. Erasmo Ramirez (7-7) replaced Garton and allowed Justin Upton's run-scoring single, Steven Moya's sacrifice fly and an RBI single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia...

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