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Bless You Boys Feb 23, 2017
Tigers crush Florida Southern Mocs 8-0 in 1st game of spring training

Tigers crush Florida Southern Mocs 8-0 in 1st game of spring training

The annual exhibition game went exactly as anticipated, because if it didn’t, we’d have to worry. This is it, the moment we’ve been waiting for all winter. Baseball is back, and today the Tigers played a real game. Now, before you come at me in the comments suggesting that the annual game against the Florida Southern Mocs isn’t “real,” let’s just take a look at what the game provided in terms of actual information for the season. For starters, we got our first glimpse at who might fit second in the Tigers batting order. No, it probably won’t be Victor Martinez, in spite of...
Bless You Boys Feb 23, 2017
GameThread: Florida Southern at Detroit Tigers, 1:05 p.m.

GameThread: Florida Southern at Detroit Tigers, 1:05 p.m.

Florida Southern Mocs at Detroit Tigers Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Joker Marchant StadiumMedia: MLB GameDay, No TV/radio DETROIT TIGERS Ian Kinsler - 2B Victor Martinez - DH Miguel Cabrera - 1B J.D. Martinez - RF Justin Upton - LF Nick Castellanos - 3B James McCann - C Mikie Mahtook - CF Jose Iglesias - SS SCHEDULED TO PITCH Myles Jaye, Sandy Baez, Victor Alcantara, Joe Jimenez, Adam Ravenelle, Ruben Alaniz, William Cuevas
Grand Rapids Press Feb 23, 2017
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Finally, time to 'play ball'

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Finally, time to 'play ball'

The Tigers play an exhibition against Florida Southern College at 1:05 p.m. LAKELAND, Fla. -- OK, it's just an exhibition game before an a long series of exhibition games to come. But after nearly two weeks of practice, it still counts. It's the first game at the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. GAME INFORMATION Who: Detroit Tigers vs. Florida SouthernWhen: 1:05 p.m.Where: Joker Marchant StadiumTV: NoneRadio: None STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRHP Myles Jaye  STARTING LINEUP Detroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Victor Martinez,...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 22, 2017
Tigers spring training: Victor Martinez will bat 2nd in opener, but after that?

Tigers spring training: Victor Martinez will bat 2nd in opener, but after that?

Myles Jaye will be the starting pitcher, while Mikie Mahtook is in center. LAKELAND, Fla. -- The lineup is out for Thursday's exhibition opener at Joker Marchant Stadium against Florida Southern College. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has already cautioned fans not to freak out about his early-spring lineup card, as he tries to get at-bats for players who are participating in the World Baseball Classic. That's why Victor Martinez is batting second on Thursday. Right-handed pitcherr Myles Jayes will start the game. He might go two innings, but no other...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 21, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Expect unusual lineups for early games

Tigers spring training notebook: Expect unusual lineups for early games

You guys will have a field day with the some of the lineups I put out there, Ausmus said. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Do not, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, read anything into the lineups he writes down in the games that occur before the World Baseball Classic. He'll do what he can to maximize the opportunities for players who want and need at-bats, and that includes Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, who are playing for Team Venezuela. Could that mean Miggy or Victor hitting lead off? Perhaps, although Ian Kinsler is also bound for the WBC, playing for Team...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 20, 2017
Check out photos from Monday's spring training workout in Lakeland

Check out photos from Monday's spring training workout in Lakeland

The Detroit Tigers held their third full-squad workout Monday at the team practice facility in Lakeland, Fla. LAKELAND, FLA. - The Detroit Tigers held their third full-squad workout at the team practice facility in Lakeland, Fla., Monday. The team held their annual photo day Sunday morning. Be sure to check out our favorite 20 portraits by MLive.com sports photographer Mike Mulholland. As we all understand, the Tigers' window is closing for another World Series, but the players are hoping for one more shot in 2017. Victor Martinez says that many Venezuelan...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 20, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Joe Jimenez gets tips from Victor Martinez after live BP

Tigers spring training notebook: Joe Jimenez gets tips from Victor Martinez after live BP

Youd be surprised how often players are more willing to listen to their teammates than coaches, Ausmus said. LAKELAND, Fla. -- As Joe Jimenez threw a live batting practice on Monday, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus watched carefully from behind the cage. One of the batters, Victor Martinez, was watching, too. Afterwards, they compared notes: Jimenez needed to do a better job of disguising his slider. "Victor saw the same thing that I saw," Ausmus said.  Catchers often chat with the pitcher after a live BP or bullpen session, but hitters can be an...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 19, 2017
Victor Martinez, other Venezuelans feel pressure of WBC expectations

Victor Martinez, other Venezuelans feel pressure of WBC expectations

Martinez is concerned that its unrealistic and possibly risky to have such adrenaline-filled games so early in the season. LAKELAND, Fla. -- No one's saying that the Americans playing in the World Baseball Classic next month won't be playing hard or won't be proud to represent their country. But if the United States loses, it will not be a national crisis. In fact, some sports fans will scarcely notice. Not so in Venezuela.  The pressure to win, as described by Victor Martinez and other Venezuelans on the Detroit Tigers, is intense. "This is all they have, all...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 19, 2017
Victor Martinez says injury responsible for 2016 slowdown

Victor Martinez says injury responsible for 2016 slowdown

The fans have all the right to get frustrated, he said. But trust me, there was no one more frustrated than me. I was hitting balls in the gap and to the wall and barely getting to first base. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Victor Martinez has never been a speed demon on the base paths. But the Detroit Tigers designated hitter wants fans to know that he's not normally as slow as he was during the final months of the 2016 season. "The fans have all the right to get frustrated," he said. "But trust me, there was no one more frustrated than me. I was hitting balls in the gap...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Victor Martinez, Alex Avila are options to give Miggy an occasional rest at 1st

Victor Martinez, Alex Avila are options to give Miggy an occasional rest at 1st

Im hoping (Martinez) can play some first base this year, because Miggy could use some more days off his feet DH-ing, manager Brad Ausmus said. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera used to scoff at his old coach in Venezuela who predicted he would one day be a first baseman -- and a good one. With three full seasons under his belt since he moved to first for good, he's happy with his home on the right side of the infield. "When the time came and I played first, everybody called me and said, 'You see. I told you!,'" Cabrera said on Saturday. "So right now, I'm...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Jaws drop when Miggy arrives

Tigers spring training notebook: Jaws drop when Miggy arrives

Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton all participated Saturday in the first full-squad workout. LAKELAND, Fla. -- The biggest stars are frequently the last to arrive to spring training camp, and there is no bigger star on the Detroit Tigers than Miguel Cabrera. "I think for young guys, especially the first time in big-league camp, there's a little bit of a dropped jaw," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "'Oh, there's Miguel Cabrera.' He's pretty recognizable." Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton all participated Saturday...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers hit the field: Live updates from 1st full workout Saturday

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers hit the field: Live updates from 1st full workout Saturday

Tigers beat reporter Evan Woodbery, columnist David Mayo and photographer Mike Mulholland will be on hand at the Tiger Town complex. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- The pitchers and catchers have had the place to themselves for the last five days, but Tiger Town is about to get a lot more crowded. Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton, Victor Martinez and the rest of the veterans are expected to hit the field for the first time today.  Practice should begin between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Tigers beat reporter Evan Woodbery, columnist David...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Straight talk from Brad Ausmus about Tigers' defense, base-running

Straight talk from Brad Ausmus about Tigers' defense, base-running

If someone thinks that were going to turn Victor Martinez into a base-stealing threat, theyre off their rocker. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- It will happen soon enough.  An outfield error will cost the Tigers the lead. Or Victor Martinez will be unable to advance from first to third on a ball hit to the wall.  Or the Tigers will get five hits in an inning but score only one run because the base paths are clogged with slow-footed runners. "Everybody wants to talk about, 'What are you going to do about base running?'" manager Brad Ausmus said...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 2, 2017
ESPN writer wonders if Victor Martinez is MLB's worst baserunner -- ever

ESPN writer wonders if Victor Martinez is MLB's worst baserunner -- ever

Martinez has always been slow, Sam Miller writes. But the fact that hes setting new marks for slowness is, in one way, a testament to his career. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez was on second base 13 times when a single was hit to the outfield. If you watched Detroit Tigers baseball games in 2016, you probably don't have to guess how many times Martinez scored. Zero. It's numbers like that that prompted ESPN writer Sam Miller to wonder if Martinez is the worst baserunner in modern baseball history.  Miller's study convinced him that Martinez probably cost Justin...
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Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez Underwent Offseason Hernia Surgery

The Detroit Tigers’ aging designated hitter is coming off of another offseason surgery, but is reportedly at full health. This week, the Detroit Free Press reported that Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez played through a minor hernia last season. The injury required offseason surgery. According to the Detroit Free Press, Martinez was able to […] Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez Underwent Offseason Hernia Surgery - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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