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Sep 20, 2014
Rotoworld
Joe Nathan had another shaky ninth inning on Saturday, but was able to close out the Royals and protect a one-run advantage.
Rotoworld Sep 20, 2014

Joe Nathan shaky, but closes out Royals - Joe Nathan (R) Detroit Tigers

Joe Nathan had another shaky ninth inning on Saturday, but was able to close out the Royals and protect a one-run advantage.
Bless You Boys Sep 17, 2014

Twins 4, Tigers 3: Joe Nathan, Ezequiel Carrera combine to serve up a walk-off loss

The Twins walked off despite blowing a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth. After last at-bat, home run heroics from J.D. Martinez gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead, Joe Nathan and Ezequiel Carrera combined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Detroit Tigers had been riding high, winners of four straight and 7-of-8. Behind an uncharacteristically strong eight innings from Ricky Nolasco, the power bat of Kennys Vargas, along with the Tigers' own Ezequiel Carrera and Joe Nathan, the Minnesota Twins knocked off Detroit 4-3. The game came down to a wild ninth inning, the two teams combining...
Detroit News Sep 16, 2014

Tigers' Joe Nathan unravels in ninth, wastes J.D. Martinez's heroic homer

Martinez's three-run shot into the right-field loft in the ninth had with one dramatic cut, saved the Tigers from a 2-0 rubout and put them on top, 3-2. But the closer role that has been Detroit's problem child for two years is again officially in crisis mode.
Grand Rapids Press Sep 16, 2014
Twins 4, Tigers 3: Minnesota rallies against Joe Nathan after clutch home run by J.D. Martinez

Twins 4, Tigers 3: Minnesota rallies against Joe Nathan after clutch home run by J.D. Martinez

Rick Porcello threw eight strong innings and was in line for the loss until Martinezs home run. MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers did nothing for eight innings against starter Ricky Nolasco. Then J.D. Martinez hit a clutch three-run home run in the ninth against closer Glen Perkins to put the Tigers in the lead. But it wasn't over yet. The Minnesota Twins rallied for two runs in the ninth inning off closer Joe Nathan on Tuesday night to pull out a 4-3 walk-off win over the Tigers. Trevor Plouffe drew a one-out walk from Nathan, who then surrendered a line...
Detroit News Sep 16, 2014

Tigers Mailbag: Joe Nathan shouldn't be closing on back-to-back days

When Nathan pitches without a day off, opponents are batting .400 against him, with a .448 OBP. When Nathan gets at least one day off, he's been much better.
Grand Rapids Press Sep 14, 2014

Video: Tigers closer Joe Nathan talks about drop in velocity: 'I'm really not worried about that'

Said Nathan: "I'm not all about reading the (radar) gun anymore. It used to be, I could get it up there. Now, it's about location and pitching ahead."
Grand Rapids Press Sep 14, 2014
Analysis: The numbers might be ugly, but closer Joe Nathan continues to get job done for Detroit Tigers

Analysis: The numbers might be ugly, but closer Joe Nathan continues to get job done for Detroit Tigers

Tigers closer Joe Nathan, despite putting another giant scare into the home crowd, got the save Saturday night. And this one was the biggest this season for the first-place Tigers. Detroit Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis celebrates the team's win over the Cleveland Indians after the ninth inning in Detroit on Saturday.AP Photo  DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus doesn't care how his closer, Joe Nathan, gets his saves -- just as long as Nathan actually gets the save. Despite putting another scare into the home crowd Saturday night, Nathan nailed down another...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 11, 2014
Column: Bat goes cold, but Ian Kinsler's glove could be gold for Detroit Tigers

Column: Bat goes cold, but Ian Kinsler's glove could be gold for Detroit Tigers

Manager Brad Ausmus agreed with Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain. He said Kinsler “is a Gold Glove second baseman. DETROIT - They say turnabout is fair play and Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers illustrated the lesson in consecutive innings over two nights. On Tuesday against Kansas City, in the ninth inning at Comerica Park, Kinsler schemed with closer Joe Nathan to pick off Jarrod Dyson at second base to help insure a 4-2 Tigers’ victory. But on Wednesday night, Kinsler led off the bottom of the first inning with a base hit before getting picked off first...
Detroit Free Press Sep 11, 2014

Jeff Seidel: Tigers closer Nathan helps out Detroit Fire Dept.

Joe Nathan was in his car in Arizona, heading to a workout, when the world changed on 9/11.
Grand Rapids Press Sep 10, 2014

Video: Tigers closer Joe Nathan spoils Royals' rally with key pickoff: 'It was a huge out for us there'

Tigers closer Joe Nathan gave up back-to-back infield singles before closing out the game with two strikeouts sandwiched around a picked-off runner.
Bless You Boys Sep 9, 2014

Joe Nathan's sweet chest-bump with Ian Kinsler

Sometimes you make a play so awesome you gotta slam your pecs into another dude Trying to close out Tuesday night's game against the Royals with a two-run lead, Joe Nathan saw the first two batters of the inning reach base on super-bad luck infield hits. Seen this one before? Yep, but this time, Nathan took matters into his own hands, and after striking out Alex Gordon, he then proceeded to team up with Ian Kinsler to execute a major pick-off that nailed Jarrod Dyson at second base. That's when this happened (thanks to @Detroit4lyfe for the original Vine): Can I get a Bud Light-fueled...
Detroit News Sep 9, 2014

Tigers' closer Joe Nathan gets Royals' baserunner to bite on crucial pickoff play

Nathan made one bluff at a pickoff move and before he got set again, he got a signal from second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Bless You Boys Aug 28, 2014

Joe Nathan sees (and reads) your angry tweets

Watch Joe Nathan read some of the most critical tweets about himself. This is easily one of the best videos you'll see this week. At the prompting of Jeff Riger, Joe Nathan reads some of the most critical tweets aimed at him on Twitter during the past few weeks. We'll give him this much: I doubt Jose Valverde would have done anything like this.
Bless You Boys Aug 27, 2014

Tigers closer Joe Nathan on right track on the mound, building trust with fans

It's a work in progress but Joe Nathan is pitching well and slowly earning back the fans' trust. DETROIT — Tigers fans have cheered on their closer, Joe Nathan, by name just once this season. Tuesday night was that one time and it's the first time they've cheered him in any capacity since the incident with Nathan's gesture towards fans on August 13. Nathan hadn't recorded a 1-2-3 inning, let alone on nine pitches, since August 5 in New York against the Yankees when he retired all three batters on the same number of pitches. Nathan has been relatively steady for over two months now,...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 27, 2014
Little by little, Detroit Tigers fans appear willing to forgive embattled closer Joe Nathan for mistake

Little by little, Detroit Tigers fans appear willing to forgive embattled closer Joe Nathan for mistake

Joe Nathan took a giant step towards regaining the trust of Tigers fans when he threw a perfect ninth inning Tuesday night en route to his 28th save this season. Watch video DETROIT -- Fans at Comerica Park have cursed Joe Nathan's name for much of the season. On Tuesday night, they finally chanted it. Nathan took a giant step towards regaining the trust of Tigers fans when he threw a perfect ninth inning Tuesday night en route to his 28th save this season. And for the first time since Nathan angered a large mass of Tigers fans by making a...

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