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Grand Rapids Press 18 hours ago
Justin Verlander conjures up playoff mentality before dominant start

Justin Verlander conjures up playoff mentality before dominant start

Verlander had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings and ultimately allowed only one run on two hits and one walk in eight dominant innings against the Dodgers. DETROIT -- Unless the Detroit Tigers pull off a shock trade in the next 10 days, Justin Verlander won't be pitching in the playoffs this year. But the Tigers ace tried his best to manufacture a playoff atmosphere in his mind on Sunday as he went up against the best team in baseball. The results were impressive. "If Justin Verlander's pitching well, it doesn't matter (who it is)," said Tigers manager Brad...

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Grand Rapids Press 3 hours ago
Young Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner gets strong endorsement from someone who should know

Young Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner gets strong endorsement from someone who should know

I think he can catch in the big leagues -- right now, to be perfectly honest with you, said Erie manager Lance Parrish. ERIE, Pa. -- When catcher Grayson Greiner wraps up his first full season at the Double-A level with the Erie Seawolves in two weeks, he'll go back home with a ringing endorsement. "I think he can catch in the big leagues -- right now, to be perfectly honest with you," said Erie manager Lance Parrish. The opinion of Parrish, an eight-time All-Star who spent nearly two decades in the big leagues, should carry some weight. Greiner, a 24-year-old...
Grand Rapids Press 20 hours ago
Justin Verlander pitches 2-hit gem as Tigers beat Dodgers, snap losing streak

Justin Verlander pitches 2-hit gem as Tigers beat Dodgers, snap losing streak

The Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak; the Dodgers saw their six-game winning streak end. DETROIT -- There was no history made on Sunday, but the beleagured Detroit Tigers will happily settle for a win. Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of two-hit ball as the Tigers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 at Comerica Park. Verlander's bid for a no-hitter was broken up with two outs in the sixth inning when former Tiger Curtis Granderson homered off the right field foul pole. But Verlander retired the seven of the next eight batters and left to a loud...
Grand Rapids Press 21 hours ago
Tigers' Justin Verlander has no-hitter through 5 innings vs. Dodgers

Tigers' Justin Verlander has no-hitter through 5 innings vs. Dodgers

Verlander had a perfect game through 4 1/3 innings, but he walked Yasiel Puig on a 3-2 pitch. DETROIT -- Justin Verlander hasn't allowed a hit to the Los Angeles Dodgers through five innings Sunday at Comerica Park. He has company. Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda has retired all 12 Tigers he's faced through four innings. The game is tied 0-0 in the middle of the fifth. Verlander had a perfect game through 4 1/3 innings, but he walked Yasiel Puig on a 3-2 pitch. Verlander has eight strikeouts -- two each by Curtis Granderson, Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley and Logan...
Grand Rapids Press 22 hours ago
No umpires wearing white wristbands in Tigers-Dodgers game on Sunday

No umpires wearing white wristbands in Tigers-Dodgers game on Sunday

A release by the union said they would wear the wristbands until the league took their concerns seriously. DETROIT -- No umpires at Comerica Park were wearing wrist wristbands on Sunday, a day after their union said they were protesting escalating "verbal attacks." The World Umpires Association said the comments by Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler that "publicly and harshly impugned the character and integrity" of umpire Angel Hernandez were a catalyst for the protest. "It's 'open season' on umpires and that's bad for the game," the union said in its...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 20, 2017
Tigers, Dodgers lineups: 3 starters getting off days for Detroit

Tigers, Dodgers lineups: 3 starters getting off days for Detroit

Dixon Machado will start at shortstop, Andrew Romine will play third and JOhn Hicks will catch Justin Verlander for the second consecutive start. DETROIT -- Regular Detroit Tigers starters Jose Iglesias, Nicholas Castellanos and James McCann will get off days on Sunday, the finale of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dixon Machado will start at shortstop, Andrew Romine will play third and JOhn Hicks will catch Justin Verlander for the second consecutive start. Tigers lineup 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Alex Presley, RF3. Justin Upton, LF4. Miguel...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2017
Brad Ausmus fumes at 'petty' umpire protest; Ian Kinsler refuses to back down

Brad Ausmus fumes at 'petty' umpire protest; Ian Kinsler refuses to back down

I hope they wear the white wristbands for the remainder of their careers. I dont care, Kinsler said after the game. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn't notice the white armbands worn by two umpires on Saturday, nor did he know there was a league-wide union protest prompted by comments from Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler. But when he found out after the game, he was furious, summoning reporters back into his office to call out the Major League umpires for what he called a "petty" display. "To single out one player as a union is completely...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2017
Error ruins Michael Fulmer's shutout as Tigers lose 6th in a row to Dodgers

Error ruins Michael Fulmer's shutout as Tigers lose 6th in a row to Dodgers

The Tigers have lost six in a row and 12 of their last 14. They are now 16 games under .500 for the first time since 2005, when they finished 71-91. DETROIT -- After a one-game hiccup, Michael Fulmer is back to normal. That's the only good news that came out of the Detroit Tigers' 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. Five days after struggling in his first start since coming off the disabled list, Fulmer threw seven strong innings and allowed only one unearned run. Fulmer had retired the first two batters of the seventh...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2017
Umpires union blasts MLB for lack of response to Ian Kinsler's recent comments

Umpires union blasts MLB for lack of response to Ian Kinsler's recent comments

Umpires are wearing white wristbands on Saturday to protest escalating verbal attacks. DETROIT -- Umpires are wearing white wristbands to protest "escalating verbal attacks" and the lack of response by Major League Baseball. The World Umpires Association announced the protest in a statement released Saturday. The catalyst appears to be comments made by Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler about umpire Angel Hernandez earlier this week in Texas. After being ejected for arguing a strike call, Kinsler said Hernandez, a 26-year veteran, "needs to find...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2017
JaCoby Jones understands why Tigers sent him to Toledo: 'Strikeouts were coming in bunches'

JaCoby Jones understands why Tigers sent him to Toledo: 'Strikeouts were coming in bunches'

It started out as a rehab assignment. It ended up being a three-month stay in Triple-A Toledo for Jones. DETROIT -- It started out as a rehab assignment. It ended up being a three-month stay in Triple-A Toledo for JaCoby Jones. Back with the Detroit Tigers for the first time since he was hit in mouth by a fastball and sent to the disabled list, Jones harbors no bitterness about his demotion. "I was scuffling. Strikeouts were coming in bunches and I wasn't helping the team offensively," he said Saturday. Strikeouts were still an issue in Toledo, which is one...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2017
Watch Justin Upton retrace steps on home run trot -- just in case

Watch Justin Upton retrace steps on home run trot -- just in case

I knew I clipped the bag with the side of my foot, but with replay you never know, he said. DETROIT -- Justin Upton was pretty sure that the side of his foot clipped the side of first base. But this is the replay era, and Upton was concerned about how his near-miss might look on video. So after hitting the first of his two home runs on Friday night, the Detroit Tigers left fielder decided to err on the side of caution. Upton put up one finger to third base coach Dave Clark, as if to say, "Give me just a second. I need to do something." Then he retraced his steps...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2017
Tigers, Dodgers lineups: JaCoby Jones making 1st start since April

Tigers, Dodgers lineups: JaCoby Jones making 1st start since April

Jones will play center field, while Mikie Mahtook will move to right. DETROIT -- JaCoby Jones will make his first start for the Detroit Tigers since April on Saturday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jones will play center field, while Mikie Mahtook will move to right. Alex Presley will get the day off with left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu pitching for the Dodgers. Jones was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Friday. Tigers lineups 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Mikie Mahtook, RF3. Justin Upton, LF4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B5. Nicholas Castellanos, 3B6. Victor Martinez, DH7....
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2017
After trade to Dodgers, Curtis Granderson will pay unexpected visit to Detroit

After trade to Dodgers, Curtis Granderson will pay unexpected visit to Detroit

Granderson, who has openly contemplated retirement as hes struggled through a subpar 2017 season, will get a chance to say goodbye to Comerica Park DETROIT -- Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson, who has openly contemplated retirement as he's struggled through a subpar 2017 season, will get an unexpected chance to say goodbye to Comerica Park. Granderson, 36, was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers late Friday night. The New York Mets received a player to be named later or cash considerations in return. Granderson was drafted by the Tigers in 2002...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2017

Tigers, Dodgers preview: Can Michael Fulmer snap Detroit's 5-game losing skid?

The Tigers and Dodgers play Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Comerica Park.
Grand Rapids Press Aug 18, 2017
Justin Upton's big blasts not enough for Tigers to overcome MLB-best Dodgers

Justin Upton's big blasts not enough for Tigers to overcome MLB-best Dodgers

With the loss, the Tigers are now 15 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 24, 2008. DETROIT -- On Friday night, Justin Upton hit a 420-foot double and a 340-foot home run. He had three hits that bounced off defender's gloves. He had a home run trot interrupted when he realized he forgot to touch first base. And, for good measure, he finished the night with another 433-foot bomb in the ninth inning. Upton continued to be a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for the Detroit Tigers, who lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Friday night at...

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