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Bless You Boys 1 hour ago

Miguel Cabrera steals Phillie Phanatic's ATV keys

Your browser does not support iframes. Miguel Cabrera managed to find himself in possession of the keys to Phillie Phanatic's ATV. (Why does the Phanatic need an ATV? We can only assume it's to get around his mobile-home park in Florida like everyone else.) Fifteen minutes of fun ensued. He-e-e-e-re Phillie, Phillie, Phillie. Too slow! Let's try fetch instead. The Phanatic appealed for help, but found no luck there either. Eventually the Phanatic gave up and fetched his own keys. Final score: Miggy 1, Phanatic 0.
Bless You Boys 3 hours ago

Detroit Tigers player preview: Can Shane Greene build on his breakthrough season?

In 2014, Shane Greene dominated the Tigers. Now, the Tigers hope he'll dominate on their behalf. Most Detroit Tigers fans got their first glimpse of Shane Greene on August 7, 2014, and weren't happy with what they saw. Greene carved up the Tigers over eight shutout innings for the win. For many, it seemed a case of an unheralded young starter stepping in for a beleaguered New York Yankees rotation to throw the game of his life against the vaunted Tigers offense. Three weeks later, the Tigers looked for revenge as they faced Greene again at Comerica Park. This time they were able to post two...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 4 hours ago

Spring Training GameThread: Tigers vs. Phillies

Today's fun topic: Anibal Sanchez will hit against Aaron Harang and the Philadelphia Phillies. Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Bright House Field SB Nation blog: The Good Phight Media: MLB Network (delay), MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.93 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Harang (0-0, 1.80 ERA) Also scheduled to pitch: LHP Blaine Hardy, RHP Angel Nesbitt Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, CF Tyler Collins, RF Miguel Cabrera, 1B Yoenis Cespedes, LF James McCann, C Jefry Marte, 3B Hernan Perez, SS Josh Wilson, 2B Anibal Sanchez,...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 5 hours ago

2015 team preview: The Los Angeles Angels have World Series aspirations

Fresh off an early playoff exit, the Angels are hungry for more in 2015. For two years, fans of the Los Angeles Angels watched their team struggle despite the Herculean efforts of Mike Trout. The two-time AL MVP runner-up put up 20.8 WAR in 2012 and 2013, but the Angels finished in third place in both seasons, denying baseball's best young player a chance at postseason glory. That all changed in 2014. Trout put up another superhuman season, and finally took home the MVP award. The supporting cast came up big, as the Angels led the league in runs scored. The big difference, however, was the...
Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

Which left-handed relief pitchers will be on the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day roster?

Five relief pitchers are battling for the last spots in the Tigers bullpen. Which ones will make the team? As Opening Day draws near and the Detroit Tigers' roster is taking shape, there are five relief pitchers -- four of them left handed -- vying for the final spots in the bullpen. Here are the candidates, and a look at their chances of making the team. Tom Gorzelanny is the lone veteran in the group, and the one with the best shot of making the team. The Tigers signed the seven-year veteran to a one year, $1 million contract in January. He is the only one in the group who would have to...
Bless You Boys 9 hours ago

Detroit Tigers player preview: Can Blaine Hardy repeat his 2014 success this year?

Blaine Hardy is one of five pitchers vying for a spot in the Tigers' Opening Day bullpen. For a period of time after making his major league debut in June, 2014, Blaine Hardy was arguably the most effective pitcher in the Detroit Tigers' bullpen. Through August 22, Hardy posted a 1.84 ERA over 29 innings, giving up just one home run, and striking out 25 while walking just 12 batters. Hardy had replaced Phil Coke as the primary left-handed pitcher in the bullpen, and was given the ball in some key situations. His 1.39 WHIP and 3.49 fielding independent pitching ratio (FIP) were not nearly as...
The Detroit Tiger Weblog 16 hours ago

Flipping through the SI 2015 Preview…

Some thoughts as I flip through this weeks Sports Illustrated MLB Preview ’15… (projections by Rotowire.com) - Salvador Perez and Greg Holland are on the cover for my regional issue. SI picks the Royals to finish 4th in the AL Central. Says a lot about the state of baseball in Texas. - SI is choosing […]
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 23 hours ago

2015 team preview: Who are the 2015 Oakland A's?

After a topsy-turvy offseason -- even by their standards -- what should we expect from the Oakland A's in 2015? The Oakland A's have a reputation, and it goes beyond drawing lots of walks before it was cool. Athletics Nation, SB Nation's excellent A's blog, titled their season preview "Same island, new misfit toys." However, the franchise is nowhere near as dysfunctional as the distant land Rudolph visits. The A's are coming off their third consecutive postseason berth, though they still have yet to advance a round. In fact, under GM Billy Beane, the A's have won just one postseason series...
Bless You Boys Mar 28, 2015

Soreness lingering for Justin Verlander, Triple-A discussed for Bruce Rondon

Justin Verlander's triceps 'cramp' isn't a concern for the Tigers and Bruce Rondon may see time in Toledo. After being pulled from his start against the Toronto Blue Jays for a triceps cramp, Justin Verlander is still experiencing soreness. Verlander said he is not worried about missing his next start, nor does he expect it to be a long-term issues. The soreness may be a strain, but even if it is the Detroit Tigers and Verlander aren't concerned about it. Which is to say they'll take it one day at a time but they don't expect it to be an issue. "We kind of all assumed I'd be sore today,"...

2015 team preview: The Seattle Mariners might be the best team in the American League

The Mariners broke out with an 87-win season in 2014, but that was only the beginning for this young, talented ball club. Some people will look at the Seattle Mariners' 16-win jump from 2013 to 2014 and blindly conclude that the M's were a one-year wonder. While Mariners fans may agree with this assessment -- they seem rather uncomfortable with all the hype their team is getting this preseason -- there is reason for more than cautious optimism. The Mariners missed the playoffs by one game last season, and likely would have caught the Oakland Athletics were the season a few games longer. The...
Bless You Boys Mar 28, 2015

Tigers player preview: Can J.D. Martinez maintain his 2014 gains?

J.D. Martinez debuted his new swing with a new team last year -- the Tigers -- but whether he can keep up his progress will be a key to the Tigers' success in 2015. The J.D. Martinez story is familiar now. An unorthodox swing led to failure in his major league career in Houston. He completely rebuilt his mechanics following the 2013 season, but the Astros didn't even give him a chance to show them that he was a changed batsman. The Detroit Tigers did, and they were rewarded. You can only ask yourself where they'd have been last season without him. But there's another nagging question: Can...
Bless You Boys Mar 28, 2015

Detroit Tigers player preview: Can Joe Nathan bounce back in 2015?

Joe Nathan was not the "shutdown closer" that the Tigers had hoped he would be in 2014. Can he rebound in 2015? When the Tigers signed Joe Nathan, proven closer, to a two-year, $20 million contract, he was expected to be a "bullpen savior" of sorts. It seemed necessary given what the Tigers had been through in the two years prior. Jose Valverde self-destructed late in the 2012 season, leaving the Detroit Tigers without a closer heading to the playoffs. Bruce Rondon never materialized into a savior in 2013, and Joaquin Benoit left after the season as a free agent. Nathan was supposed to be...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

Justin Verlander leaves Tigers-Jays game with right triceps cramp

The Tigers' starter came out of the game in the third inning after pointing at his right biceps. Justin Verlander was removed in the third inning of the Tigers' game against the Blue Jays on Friday in Dunedin after suffering an injury. The Tigers say it was a "cramp" in his right triceps. He will be further evaluated in Lakeland later in the day. The Tigers do not anticipate him missing his next start. But for the team and fans both, the injury had to be frightening for a few minutes. Verlander came off the mound to cover first base on a ground ball hit by Ryan Goings. He showed a bit of...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

Spring Training GameThread: Tigers at Blue Jays

Alex Avila starts at first base as Justin Verlander faces the Blue Jays' lineup on the road. Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Florida Auto Exchange Stadium SB Nation blog: Bluebird Banter Media: RSN-Sportsnet, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP Justin Verlander (15-12, 4.54 ERA in 2014) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (11-13, 4.48 ERA in 2014) Also scheduled to pitch: Ian Krol, Bruce Rondon, Kyle Ryan Tigers lineup: Anthony Gose, CF Alex Avila, 1B J.D. Martinez, RF Tyler Collins, LF Nick Castellanos, 3B Jason Krizan, DH James McCann, C Hernan Perez,...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

'Who's your Tiger?' March Madness bracket: Championship

We've finally reached our championship match, and it looks to be a slugfest. We've eliminated every player on the Detroit Tigers 40-man roster, except for two. One of these men will be named the Bless You Boys "Who's your Tiger?" bracket champion, and the other will simply continue to exist in awesomeness. Your choice today is simple in the sense that there's only one decision to make. We're just going to present two names, and you just have to pick one. But it's not going to be simple in the sense that the decision will be an obvious one. Your options are Miguel Cabrera and Victor...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

Detroit Tigers player preview: Can Alex Avila remain healthy in 2015?

Coming off an injury-hampered 2014 season, can Alex Avila remain healthy and bounce back to his career norms in 2015? Alex Avila is a 28-year-old veteran catcher entering his seventh year in MLB with the Detroit Tigers. Although widely considered one of the best backstops currently playing the game, Avila has struggled with multiple health issues. With free agency entering the equation after the 2015 season, Avila will need to remain healthy regardless of whether he remains with Detroit or pursues other options. Recently, Avila made changes that would hopefully reduce the impact of foul...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

Why would the Detroit Tigers keep 2 reserve infielders?

The last position battle for a roster spot on the Tigers’ Opening Day roster comes down to how many backup infielders will be on the team. As spring training draws to a close, the Detroit Tigers have just a couple of roster decisions to make before Opening Day on April 6. They need to formally select a backup catcher, there looks to be at least one opening in the bullpen, and the competition to be the last man on the bus heading north appears to be down to a three-way race for two spots. Outfielder Tyler Collins is battling with infielders Hernan Perez and Andrew Romine for that spot. I...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

Detroit Tigers player preview: Was Alfredo Simon just lucky in 2014?

Alfredo Simon made the National League All-Star team in 2014, but he was awful after the break. Was it a matter of luck, or is there cause for concern in 2015? Immediately after trading Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes, the Detroit Tigers acquired Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds for shortstop Eugenio Suarez and former first-round draft pick Jonathan Crawford. Simon, who transitioned to a starter role in 2014 and struggled in the second half, was named to the Tigers rotation and fans were left wondering which pitcher they would see in 2015. Simon is a...
Bless You Boys Mar 26, 2015

Detroit Tigers player preview: Joba Chamberlain at the crossroads

The Detroit Tigers saw the tale of two Joba Chamberlains play out in 2014. Which version will manager Brad Ausmus have at his disposal in 2015? For the first half of the 2014 campaign, Joba Chamberlain was a rare bright spot in the Detroit Tigers bullpen. He compiled a 2.63 ERA and looked every bit the part of a dominant relief pitcher. His Yukon Cornelius beard and fun-loving personality quickly made him a favorite of fans, contrasting sharply with Joe Nathan's struggles with both hitters and fans in the closer role. But as the dog days of summer set in, the season quickly went sour for...
Bless You Boys Mar 26, 2015

Detroit Tigers franchise valued at $1.12 billion

Forbes has released their annual Major League Baseball team valuation report, and the Detroit Tigers come in worth $1.12 billion. The values of Major League Baseball franchises continue to soar, and the Detroit Tigers are no exception. One year ago, the Tigers franchise was valued at $680 million. Now, Forbes estimates the franchise value at $1.12 billion, an increase of $440 million, or 65 percent in just one year. Baseball has never been more profitable. The New York Yankees are the most valuable franchise, estimated at $3.2 billion, tied with the Dallas Cowboys for tops among U.S....

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