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Bless You Boys 6 hours ago

Tigers’ Mike Pelfrey had his best outing of the year ... as a reliever

Pelfrey thinks he’ll be fine for Tuesday’s start, too. DETROIT — It was, by all accounts, the best outing of the season for Mike Pelfrey. The oft-struggling starter was called on Friday night to pitch in relief of Jordan Zimmermann’s bombed start. With little time to warm up, he lasted longer than his teammate and delivered an effortless performance. “I think adrenaline kicked in, and I probably threw eight fastballs and told them I was good,” Pelfrey said with a laugh. “I didn’t throw any offspeed pitches (warming up). I don’t know if I wasn’t planning on throwing any...
Bless You Boys 8 hours ago

Indians 7, Tigers 4: Jordan Zimmermann’s not back, yet

DETROIT — Jordan Zimmermann got lit up and the offense couldn’t dig out of an early hole. The bullpen didn’t allow a run but it didn’t matter, and the Detroit Tigers lost 7-4 to the Cleveland Indians. They have yet to win a game versus them this year. What was meant to be a Zimmermann start soon became Mike Pelfrey’s game when the former couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning -- and he did surprisingly well. In fact, Pelfrey gave up just three hits in 4 1/3 innings, all on weak contact. He had easy outs and by the end of the eighth had thrown just 48 pitches, 33 for...
Bless You Boys 8 hours ago

The Tigers' bullpen has been a quiet force for Detroit this season

Mark Lowe has been the only negative core contribution for the bullpen. DETROIT -- For as good as the starting rotation has been, the Detroit Tigers' bullpen has been the strength of the pitching staff in the last 30 days. Awful defense and one reliever have skewed the numbers unfavorably, but that masks just how dependable the team's relievers have been recently, and this year as a whole. The last month has been kind to the bullpen, despite their workload, but in reality they've been relatively dependable throughout the season. Their only dark moment came during the Tigers' two-week...
The Detroit Tiger Weblog 12 hours ago

Game 2016.74: Indians at Tigers

The angry(?) Tigers, winners of 4 in a row, are set to host the first place, and streaking (as in winning streak, not JR Smith streaking) Indians, winners of 6 in a row. The Tigers have yet to win against Cleveland this year. That’s going to change soon Fangraphs ran a very interesting post on […]
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 17 hours ago

Game 74 Preview: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers

Jordan Zimmermann and the Tigers go for their first win of the season against the Indians. Earlier this season, I scoffed at the Tigers for not juggling their rotation to get a start against the Cleveland Indians. The start instead went to rookie Michael Fulmer -- this was before he was Michael Fulmer -- and the Tigers lost their sixth in a row to the Tribe. Zimmermann was in the middle of an epic scoreless streak at that point, and pitched well enough to win the following night on an extra day's rest. While it didn't take any juggling to get Zimmermann a matchup with Cleveland this time,...
Bless You Boys 20 hours ago

Detroit Tiger Links wishes it didn't have a real job

Adulting is difficult. Abbreviated links due to real life getting in the way. Don't get a job kids, it's not worth it. The Tigers have won 13 of their last 16 home games. On to the links. Talking Tigers Anibal Sanchez will return to the rotation Saturday, and he has looked good in relief. Is Michael Fulmer the next Justin Verlander? Uh.. yes please. Three Michael Pelfrey trade ideas if you would like to reside in fantasy land for a bit. James McCann signs a deal with Detroit start up Lawrence Hunt dress shirts. Buy local! More White Sox sadness I've never seen more negative articles...
Bless You Boys Jun 23, 2016

Daniel Norris’ back injury gave him the chance to work on his stuff in Toledo

Norris still has occasional back tightness, but at least now it’s manageable. DETROIT — They seem to come in bunches for Daniel Norris: dead-arm, thyroid cancer, fractured back. At the risk of sounding repetitive, he is healthy. Again. His injury ended up being a blessing in disguise for him, even though he said it was “frustrating” at times. But on Thursday, he finally made his first start of the season for the Detroit Tigers. “I’ve been through a lot in my life, that’s one thing that’s — every day I get to wake up and work hard,” he said after Thursday’s win....
Bless You Boys Jun 23, 2016

The Tigers got their 'swag' back after rough record, injures

It’s been an uphill battle but the Tigers are firing on all cylinders. DETROIT — No one wants to recall the rough patch that the Detroit Tigers went through. The seven-game losing streak, the period of baseball where fans were calling for manager Brad Ausmus’ head, or when the team dropped 10 of 12 games. This team looks nothing like the team from a month ago, and it’s because they’ve finally meshed as a team. The Tigers appeared listless at times, especially with regards to baserunning. Silly mistakes were made early on and injuries piled on the frustration. The list of whom the...
The Daily Fungo Jun 23, 2016

Box scores from the Tigers’ last 4-game sweep of the Mariners in Detroit

Aug. 1, 1980 – Tigers 1 – Mariners 0 | W: Morris L: Bannister Aug. 1, 1980 – Tigers 5 – Mariners 2 | W: Petry L: Dressler Aug. 2, 1980 – Tigers 9 – Mariners 3 | W: Robbins L: Beattie Aug. 3, 1980 – Tigers 4 – Mariners 3 | W: Rozema L:...
Bless You Boys Jun 23, 2016

Tigers 5, Mariners 4 (10): Seattle swept

DETROIT — For the second time in their four-game series, the Tigers and Mariners needed extra innings to decide the winner. It didn’t take long, though, for Detroit to come out on top again, with Cameron Maybin scoring on a wild-pitch for the 5-4 victory and sweep Thursday at Comerica Park. When a one-out walk by Steven Moya (for whom Maybin pinch ran) and a single by Victor Martinez put runners on second and third following a throwing error, the Tigers were in prime position to come away with the victory. Seattle elected to intentionally walk Jarrod Saltalamacchia and managed to strike...

Game 2016.73: Mariners at Tigers

Daniel Norris has motored his van to town and joins the starting rotation, backed by a lineup Brad might have made out after a long night of celebrating the Tigers 3rd win. Not sure how Aviles got left out of this one. Fuller started out well last night, then just sort of lost it. After […]

Game 73 Preview: Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers

Daniel Norris makes his first major league start of the season against Adrian Sampson and the Mariners. It's nice to have depth, isn't it? With the Detroit Tigers searching for answers in their starting rotation, they no longer have to plunge the depths of their minor league system for an arm. With apologies to Buck Farmer, gone are the days that the Tigers need to call up a prospect from Single-A to make a spot start. Dark days, indeed. Instead, the Tigers made the call to Triple-A Toledo, where former top-20 overall prospect Daniel Norris was biding his time. Norris was originally...

Tigers prospect Joe Jimenez continues scoreless streak in Erie SeaWolves victory

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 1, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box) Chad Bell and former Tigers prospect Chad Green went toe-to-toe for six innings, and it wasn’t until Preston Guilmet entered the game in the seventh that the scoreless tie was snapped. Guilmet allowed the lone run of the game, a home run to Tyler Austin, and suffered his first loss of the season. Bell was able to limit the RailRiders to three hits in six innings, but he was out-dueled by Green, who went seven innings and struck out nine....

Tigers are right to limit Michael Fulmer’s workload early in 2016

The Tigers are skipping Fulmer’s next start, and not a moment too soon. This is an easy post to write after Wednesday night. Stud rookie Michael Fulmer wasn’t so studly in his latest outing, falling apart in the fifth inning of a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Fulmer hit two batters in a row, the last one with the bases loaded, before being lifted after just 74 pitches. Fulmer’s shortest outing of the season comes just after the Tigers announced that they are juggling their starting rotation over the next week in order to limit his season-long workload. To no surprise, this...

Game 2016.72: Mariners at Tigers

Last night the Tigers got their 2nd good win in a row. Maybe this could become a thing. Tonight Michael Fulmer gets the rare treat of facing 8 left-handed batters. That Seattle can do this is as good a reason as any to bring up Daniel Norris to fill in for Boyd tomorrow. Fulmer himself […]
Bless You Boys Jun 22, 2016

Happy Birthday, Ian Kinsler!

Kinsler turns 34 today. Ian Kinsler came to Detroit at the end of 2013 in a trade with the Texas Rangers for Prince Fielder. Since that point he has been a beloved figure in Detroit for his brash demeanor, high socks, and sparkling defensive play. The exact moment of endearment for me came when he trolled Chris Sale into oblivion by mocking Sale's suggestion that the Tigers were somehow stealing signs from the outfield. Long live the binocular celebration. In fact, the Tigers are still taking part in this celebration. Sure, they are indicating it's has to do with the champagne goggles...
The Daily Fungo Jun 22, 2016

June 14, 1983: Gibby hits one over the roof

I was at this game with my Dad.
Bless You Boys Jun 22, 2016

MLB draft 2016: Matt Manning will reportedly sign with Tigers on Thursday

The Tigers will sign their first-round pick at slot value. The Detroit Tigers will sign first-round pick Matt Manning on Thursday, according to Elk Grove Citizen's John Hull. The 18-year-old will travel to Lakeland, Fla for a physical before signing with the organization for the No. 9 overall slot value, which comes in at $3,505,800. Manning, a high school flamethrower out of Sheldon High School in Elk Grove, Calif., carried a high price. Doubly talented in both baseball and basketball, the Loyola Marymount commit was reportedly looking for a higher signing bonus, so as to deter him from...
Bless You Boys Jun 22, 2016

Detroit Tigers Links still doesn't understand Mike Aviles

Please be better. When the Detroit Tigers signed Mike Aviles in the off season, the general consensus was, "Huh?" I mean, sure, he has defensive flexibility. And he's not... slow. But, those were the nicest things we could come up with. We're three months into the season and those are still the nicest things to be said about the 34-year-old utility man. He doesn't excel at any one position and his bat is a negative, no matter how you try to spin it. So the question remains, if you have Andrew Romine, what would you say you do here? With J.D. Martinez injured, the short comings of the...

Whitecaps’ Kyle Dowdy earns save in Midwest League All-Star Game

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. In the only semblance of victory the Detroit Tigers’ minor league farm system had last night, the West Michigan Whitecaps’ All-Star contingent helped the East team beat the West in an 11-10 barnburner. Will Maddox started the game as the East’s designated hitter and drove in a pair of runs, while infielder David Gonzalez reached base and scored a run after entering the game later on. On the pitching side, Matt Hall did not make an appearance. Reliever Gerson Moreno did, and struck out one of the...

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