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Bless You Boys 5 hours ago

Alex Avila makes a diving catch into the stands

Alex Avila takes a tumble. But he’s all good: http://t.co/3szKrpQB6X pic.twitter.com/Q4fgzVuxo7 — MLB (@MLB) July 4, 2015 Alex Avila has played four times at first base in his career. Including today. For six total innings. Your browser does not support iframes. Fortunately he was already an expert at catching things.
Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

Josh Turley ties career high with 8th victory for Erie SeaWolves

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Friday, July 3, 2015. Toledo Mud Hens 4, Indianapolis Indians 1 (box) The Mud Hens (36-45) welcomed the Indianapolis Indians (45-33) back to Fifth Third Field for the their series finale on Friday evening in front of a sellout crowd. An offensive surge by the Mud Hens gave Shane Greene (1-1, 3.47 ERA) the offensive support he needed to work through the Indians lineup for six innings. Greenw held the Indians to one run off six hits, tossing six strikeouts into the mix. Toledo was sparked by a typical clutch evening from Mike...
Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

Detroit Tigers' 4th of July jerseys are fire

At least everyone will look great while mourning Miggy. Tough start to the day, but these babies should help everyone feel (ever so slightly) better. Justin Verlander is a fan. A photo posted by Justin Verlander (@justinverlander) on Jul 4, 2015 at 6:23am PDT Andddd #merica. Sweetest July 4th Unis I've ever seen!! Happy Independence Day to everyone #merica A photo posted by JD Martinez (@jdmartinez20) on Jul 4, 2015 at 7:50am PDT DL stints are temporary, but the stars and stripes are forever. Enjoy your 4th of July!
Bless You Boys 8 hours ago

Could the Tigers be sellers at the trade deadline with Miguel Cabrera sidelined?

With Miguel Cabrera on the disabled list for six weeks and the Tigers looking up at the Royals and Twins in the AL Central, could they start looking towards 2016? It has been a long time since the Detroit Tigers were considered sellers at the July trade deadline. The team has been contending at the end of July, with a .500 record or better every season for the past 10 years. Only once in that span has the team made deadline deals that did not improve their chances of winning that season. With Miguel Cabrera out of action for the next several weeks, the playoff picture got considerably...
The Detroit Tiger Weblog 8 hours ago

Game 2015.80: Blue Jays at Tigers

The diagnosis is in: Miguel Cabrera has a grade 3 calf strain, and is expected to miss 6 weeks. The good news is that Cabrera has no achilles damage and won’t require surgery; the bad newses are most of the summer without Cabrera and no real Plan B to replace him. The Tigers have called […]
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 9 hours ago

Who will play 1st base with Miguel Cabrera on the disabled list?

In past years, Victor Martinez would have grabbed his glove. This year, the answer isn't so simple. After pulling up lame while running the bases in Friday night's win over the Toronto Blue Jays, Miguel Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain. The Tigers are still waiting for a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson, but the initial prognosis is that Cabrera will be out for at least six weeks. Commence panicking... Now. Losing Cabrera is a big blow to a Tigers lineup that has already struggled to score runs this year, but the timing of his injury really...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 10 hours ago

Jefry Marte will provide infield depth for Tigers organization in 2015

An athletic young player who has not been able to crack the big leagues with the Mets or Athletics, Marte has very long odds of making the Tigers' Opening Day roster. Compared to baseball's formative years, the amount of turnover on an average Major League Baseball roster nowadays is quite astounding. For instance, three of the four players in the Tigers' infield on Opening Day in 2013 are no longer with the organization. The fourth is now playing a different position and, at this moment, is not a lock to be healthy for Opening Day in 2015. However, previous updates on his offseason surgery...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 10 hours ago

Tigers place Miguel Cabrera on 15-day disabled list, call up Jefry Marte

Cabrera's timetable for return is still uncertain. The Detroit Tigers placed Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain Saturday morning, just hours after Cabrera left Friday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in significant pain. Cabrera was running from first base to second when he pulled up suddenly. Limping visibly as he walked off the field, Cabrera underwent an MRI on his calf, but the results have not been reported at this time. Losing Cabrera is a serious blow to the Tigers, as he has put up MVP-caliber numbers this year. Cabrera is batting...
Bless You Boys 12 hours ago

Detroit Tigers June 2015 approval poll: GM Dave Dombrowski

The Tigers haven't performed to their expectations thus far, having lost as many games as they've won. How do you feel about the overall state of the franchise? Another month, another approval poll. The last time we asked your opinion of Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers had dropped to 28-24 after an 8-1 start. As of Thursday afternoon, they had dropped even further, down to 39-39 and six and half games behind the first place Royals. This is the third time in the last month that they've brushed against the .500 barrier, and each of the last two were immediately followed by a three-game...
Bless You Boys 20 hours ago

Tigers' Anibal Sanchez, Alex Avila prime example of pitcher-catcher chemistry

Even the most valuable pitchers aren't their best without a trustworthy catcher who can read him like a book. DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez has now given the Detroit Tigers seven straight starts of going at least seven innings deep. In that time he's given up no more than four runs and four of his starts Sanchez has allowed three or fewer runs, including a two-hit shutout. On the nine-year anniversary of his only no-hitter, Sanchez took another one into the eighth and looks reminiscent of his dominant self once again. Sanchez's efforts weren't without help, though. Alex Avila, freshly...
Bless You Boys 22 hours ago

Tigers 8, Blue Jays 6: Backed by run support, Anibal Sanchez takes no-hitter into 8th for slim win

Backed by several runs with a rearranged lineup, Sanchez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before the bullpen imploded. DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez was Sanchezing again. While his final line won't reflect it, he was outstanding. With a new lineup to back him, the Detroit Tigers offense peppered 13 hits against the Toronto Blue Jays, taking a slim 8-6 win after Alex Wilson imploded in the eighth. Nine years after tossing his first no-hitter as a major leaguer, Sanchez twirled a gem. He faced just one batter over the minimum through six, as a result of a leadoff walk in the second. When...
Bless You Boys 23 hours ago

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera exits game with left calf strain, will undergo MRI

Cabrera pulled up while attempting to take second base in the fourth and was pulled from the game. DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera was pulled in the fourth inning after an apparent injury to his left leg on Friday night at Comerica Park. The Detroit Tigers later announced that Cabrera suffered a left calf strain and will undergo an MRI. Cabrera was 2-for-2 with an RBI up to that point. Following a leadoff single to start the fourth, Cabrera took off during Victor Martinez's at-bat. While the ball was fouled off, Cabrera suddenly pulled up lame, grabbing at his left calf and waved for the...
Bless You Boys Jul 3, 2015

Joba Chamberlain's time with the Detroit Tigers was 'very special'

Chamberlain said he will take DFA "with stride" and grow from it. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers clubhouse was abuzz. Seated at a table were Andrew Romine and Joakim Soria, deeply engrossed in a game of chess played on a glass base, with frosted pieces. Miguel Cabrera was busy shouting "We've got to win!" at everyone. Ian Kinsler and Rajai Davis, among others, echoed Cabrera's sentiment. And in the back corner, near the lockers of Anibal Sanchez and Soria, was Joba Chamberlain, freshly designated for assignment after a year and a half with the team. It's not easy to get the news that a team...

Game 2015.79: Blue Jays at Tigers

Well, us fans aren’t the only ones who feel like something has to be done with this team. The front office started off by shaking up the bullpen. It couldn’t hurt, right? The Tigers brought up converted starters John Ferrell from Toledo and Drew VerHagen from AA Erie, and gave the boot to Joba Chamberlain […]
Bless You Boys Jul 3, 2015

The Tigers can win the division with a bad starting rotation

The Royals have the worst starting rotation in their division, and the White Sox have one of the best. Confused? The answer lies in the bullpen. There are a lot of ways to rank the five teams in the American League central that are fighting it out for a division title this year. You can rank them by offense, by starting pitching, by a combination of several statistical factors, by betting odds, by Pythagorean Expectation, and so on. The following table shows how each of those teams ranks according to a few different metrics. Not surprisingly, the Royals lead the pack by the majority of...
Bless You Boys Jul 3, 2015

Tigers DFA Joba Chamberlain, Tom Gorzelanny, activate Alex Avila from DL

The Tigers got some fresh arms for their bullpen while shaking it up by designating two struggling relievers. DETROIT -- Friday afternoon the Detroit Tigers made a series of moves, designating relievers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment as first reported by BYB's own Kurt Mensching and Catherine Slonksnis. As well, the team also activated catcher Alex Avila from the disabled list, optioning catcher Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo. With Chamberlain and Gorzelanny being DFA'd, the the team also called up right-handed pitcher Jeff Ferrell from Triple-A Toledo, as well as...

Tigers square off against hot-hitting Toronto Blue Jays

A beleaguered Tigers pitching staff faces a stiff test in the Toronto Blue Jays, who boast baseball's best offense. The Detroit Tigers are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the numbers aren't pretty. The Tigers pitching staff allowed 22 runs in the three-game series, dropping the team back to .500 once again. The Tigers bullpen has worked 16 1/3 innings in the last three days, including five yesterday when starter Kyle Ryan departed after just four innings. Now, that tired pitching staff has to deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays have had one of baseball's...
Bless You Boys Jul 3, 2015

Tigers have gotten little value from international free agent signings

The Tigers have not struck it big in the international free agent market in recent years. The signing period for Major League Baseball’s international free agent players began on Thursday, July 2. Most of the players eligible to sign with major league clubs are 16 years of age and will have their 17th birthday over the course of the next year. Almost every player in Major League Baseball who came to the game from outside of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico was at one time signed by a club as an amateur free agent. The Detroit Tigers currently have Miguel Cabrera, Victor...
Bless You Boys Jul 3, 2015

Detroit Tigers links: Tigers need to make a big move, maybe even two

Contrary to what the Rolling Stones have told you, time is not on our side. No matter how you analyze the numbers, no matter what set of numbers you decide to inspect, the ugly truth is that Tigers' chances of playing even a single playoff game this October are shrinking rapidly. The latest implied odds out of Vegas (Bovada, specifically) give the Tigers a 22 percent chance of winning the division, and that's the highest percentage of any team in the division not named the Royals (currently at 72 percent). There may be hope at the trade deadline, but not every agrees that the Tigers should...
Bless You Boys Jul 3, 2015

Tigers call up right-handed pitcher Jeff Ferrell for bullpen help

But... who is Jeff Ferrell? The Detroit Tigers will call up right-handed pitcher Jeff Ferrell before Friday's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to John Wagner of the Toledo Blade. The move has not been made official by the Tigers yet, and a corresponding move is still unknown. Coming out of a 3-3 final season and a 4.97 ERA with Pitt Community College, the 2010 26th round selection (793rd overall) for Detroit didn't exactly come tearing out of the gate with his start in the Tigers' affiliate system. Following his signing in 2010, Ferrell split his time between the Gulf...

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