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Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 4 hours ago

Tigers spring training schedule: Games broadcast on radio and television

Tigers fans will get to see as many as 16 games on TV this spring, with only three completely devoid of any television or radio coverage. It was not long ago that spring training games were not broadcast. Smaller stadiums and travel costs led most teams to leave their television and radio crews behind. Without them or Twitter, fans were left to read through box scores to determine how their team was shaking out for the upcoming season. That sounds exhausting. Thankfully, demand for spring training games has never been higher. While you can't see every minute of the action like you can...
Bless You Boys 9 hours ago

Tigers 12, Moccasins 2: Three players plate two runs each in exhibition game vs. FSC

Detroit batted around in the fourth inning, plating six runs en-route to a 12-2 win over Florida Southern in the annual exhibition opener. LAKELAND, Fla. — It's an annual tradition that pits the Detroit Tigers against Florida Southern College the day before the first Grapefruit League game of spring training. Monday the Tigers won 12-2, with the Tigers putting up multiple runs in two innings in preparation of Tuesday's home opener against the Baltimore Orioles. Right-handed pitcher Tim Melville started for the Tigers and he turned in two innings of 1-2-3 work, striking out three in the...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 14 hours ago

Spring Training GameThread: FSC Mocs vs. Tigers

The Tigers kick off their spring training schedule today with their annual scrimmage against Florida Southern College. Florida Southern Mocs at Detroit Tigers Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Joker Marchant Stadium Media: Florida Southern Athletics Pitching Matchup: TBD vs. RHP Tim Melville (2-11, 5.50 ERA at Double A in 2014) Back in February, we profiled Melville, who is a non-roster invitee in his first big league camp with the Tigers. Melville spent six years with the Kansas City Royals, where he allowed a 4.79 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 517 innings. I thought that Melville would be moved to the...
Bless You Boys 15 hours ago

Joel Hanrahan will travel to see Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday

With no progress made after nearly two years, Joel Hanrahan will travel to Texas for some answers on Tuesday. LAKELAND, Fla. — Right-handed pitcher Joel Hanrahan hasn't thrown a baseball since February 22. It's been nearly two years since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2013. After his latest setback, Tuesday Hanrahan will travel to Texas to see elbow specialist Dr. Keith Meister for some answers. The Tigers initially signed Hanrahan to a one-year deal in 2014, before re-signing him to a low-cost deal for the 2015 season with the knowledge that he had little chance to pitch in...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 16 hours ago

2015 team preview: The Colorado Rockies are exactly the same as last year

The Rockies have been relying on the same roster for several years with little to show for their efforts. Will 2015 be any different? If you thought the Arizona Diamondbacks had problems in yesterday’s team preview, then you are probably going to feel really bad for the Colorado Rockies. The Diamondbacks finished 2015 with 64-98 record, but were plagued by several key injuries along the way. The Rockies also suffered injuries to their stars en route to a fourth place finish, but their problems run deeper than the fluke instances that doomed the D-Backs (Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 17 hours ago

Tigers player preview: Dixon Machado needs to prove that 2014 was not a fluke

Machado had a breakout season last year, but were his improvements for real? Dixon Machado has never been highly thought of as a prospect. His wiry, slight frame impeded him from putting any sort of power on his swing, hampering his offensive numbers to the point that they would keep him and his impressive glove from seeing the field at the highest levels of competition. However, a career-best season at Double-A Erie has some curious if things could be turning around for the 23-year-old shortstop. Originally signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela in 2009, Machado came stateside...
Bless You Boys 18 hours ago

Tigers catchers hold light-hearted competition before first spring game

It wasn't so much the points that mattered, but the camaraderie and fun among teammates. And bragging rights for one Tigers catcher. LAKELAND, Fla. — The game didn't necessarily accomplish anything of particular importance for the upcoming season, but a competition between the catchers at Joker Marchant Stadium still had its uses. And it provides a measure of fun for the backstops while building rapport between each other. Under the cloudless, humid, 82 degree weather, the last batting practice sessions finished up and players made their way back from the practice fields. While most went...
Bless You Boys 19 hours ago

Should the Detroit Tigers sign Phil Coke?

Veteran left-handed relief pitcher Phil Coke is still a free agent who could be signed to a minor league contract. Should the Tigers bring him back? Phil Coke has been both a fan favorite and one of the greatest sources of controversy on the Detroit Tigers’ roster for the past five seasons. From his famous "glove slam" when he closed out the 2012 ALCS against the New York Yankees, to sprinting in from the bullpen when called into the game, to the series-ending run allowed in the 10th inning as the Tigers were swept out of the 2012 World Series, memories of Phil Coke are ingrained in the...

2015 team previews: How will the Tigers' competition stack up?

Rob breaks down the other 29 teams in baseball as they get ready for the 2015 season. Last season, I went out on a limb for the Arizona Diamondbacks, saying "it’s hard to imagine this roster being a sub.-500 team in the AL West." The D-Backs finished the season with the worst record in baseball. While I got that prediction horribly wrong, I did point out the haphazard wheeling and dealing that then-GM Kevin Towers was relying on to shape the roster. That endless tinkering – combined with "hilariously regressive ideas about baseball" cited by David Raposa in the 2015 Baseball Prospectus...

A look at the 2015 Detroit Tigers' 40-man roster

It's that time of year again! Here are the players that will be helping the Tigers seek their fifth consecutive AL Central crown. Jose Valdez is one of those players that you feel like has been toiling around the Tigers' minor league system for an eternity. In reality, the 25-year-old Valdez was signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2009. He spent three years in the Dominican Summer League before finally coming stateside in 2012, where he allowed two earned runs in 22 innings in the Gulf Coast League. After a solid 2013 season pitching for West Michigan and...

Tigers player preview: Jose Valdez will likely make his major league debut in 2015

For the second year in a row, birthday boy Jose Valdez kicks off our player preview series. Jose Valdez is one of those players that you feel like has been toiling around the Tigers' minor league system for an eternity. In reality, the 25-year-old Valdez was signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2009. He spent three years in the Dominican Summer League before finally coming stateside in 2012, where he allowed two earned runs in 22 innings in the Gulf Coast League. After a solid 2013 season pitching for West Michigan and Lakeland, Valdez spent the entire 2014...
Bless You Boys Mar 1, 2015

Bless You Boys Podcast 139: Meet Joe Mantiply

HookSlide talks with relief pitcher and Tigers spring training invitee Joe Mantiply In this episode of the Bless You Boys podcast, HookSlide talks with former West Michigan Whitecaps relief pitcher Joe Mantiply, who has joined the Detroit Tigers for Spring Training in 2015. We'll be talking about Joe's journey to the major leagues, life in the minor leagues, and much more. Click the link below to listen live at 3:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 1. Check back later for the archived and dowloadable version of the program. Listen live!
Bless You Boys Mar 1, 2015

Tigers lineup for Monday vs. Florida Southern, first week's rotation announced

J.D. Martinez will bat third and Jose Iglesias will get an inning of work in Monday's game. The Tigers' rotation for the first week of spring training games was also released. LAKELAND — The first lineup of the season was released Sunday morning, as well as the starters for the first week of spring training. After a rainy day drowned out any possibility of outdoor baseball activities, Tigers players also took to the fields for drills in preparation of the first game of 2015. Monday's exhibition game against Florida Southern will feature Tim Melville, who will get the start on the mound....

White Sox ace Chris Sale fractures foot, out for 3 weeks

Sale injured himself at home last week, and his status for Opening Day is up in the air. Many people have referred to Chris Sale as a "ticking time bomb" of sorts. No, Sale isn't a hot-head prone to spouting off at the slightest provocation, despite what last September's "binoculargate" game might suggest. Sale's unconventional and violent pitching motion has left pundits wondering when -- more so than if -- Sale will injure himself and require Tommy John surgery. Well, Sale finally injured himself last week, but his left elbow is fine. Sale suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot...

2015 team preview: The Arizona Diamondbacks are a bad team with a lot of talent

Unlike your typical "worst team in baseball," the Diamondbacks have some great pieces on their roster. Last season, I went out on a limb for the Arizona Diamondbacks, saying "it’s hard to imagine this roster being a sub.-500 team in the AL West." The D-Backs finished the season with the worst record in baseball. While I got that prediction horribly wrong, I did point out the haphazard wheeling and dealing that then-GM Kevin Towers was relying on to shape the roster. That endless tinkering – combined with "hilariously regressive ideas about baseball" cited by David Raposa in the 2015...
Bless You Boys Feb 28, 2015

Rajai Davis works on his (golf) swing

LAKELAND, FLORIDA -- A lot goes on at spring training -- some of it baseball. But it's not just about getting your work in on the back fields. There's fun to be had, too, and that fun tends to follow Rajai Davis wherever he goes. Friday, a cool morning with wind blowing off Lake Parker onto the practice fields, Davis took a few minutes to show Bryan Holaday a thing or two about his swing -- golf swing, that is. From the look of it, Holaday can use all the help he can get. (Photos by Kurt. Duh)
Bless You Boys Feb 28, 2015

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on player splits and slowing down speedy baserunners

The Tigers manager speaks about what a players' yearly splits are worth -- not much! -- and how pitchers and catchers deal with speedy baserunners. LAKELAND, FLORIDA -- It's no secret that fans, media and players do not always agree about the game of baseball. A glance at Twitter any time a team bunts is enough to confirm that notion. A glance at a comments section -- DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS EXCEPT MAYBE OCCASIONALLY AT BYB, WE GUESS, BUT NEVER AFTER BUNTS -- would confirm it as well. Yet listening to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, with 23 years of professional experience (18 at the major...
Bless You Boys Feb 28, 2015

Victor Martinez 'trying to get more involved' in activities, will join team Monday

A rainy day eliminated most Tigers activities on Saturday, and Victor Martinez will move his rehabilitation to Joker Marchant Stadium on Monday. LAKELAND — Tigers players hit and threw in the cages on Saturday since a deluge of rain prevented them from doing any meaningful baseball activities outside. Players did, however, play catch and partook in one over the shoulder drill for a short time in the rain. And at this point the players are anxious to get some real games in, even if they're just exhibition ones. With just one day until the March 2 exhibition game against Florida Southern...
Bless You Boys Feb 28, 2015

Amount of relievers gives Tigers, Brad Ausmus greater options for bullpen

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has all but locked in his relievers for the 2015 season, leaving six players to compete for the final bullpen spot. LAKELAND — Last year the Detroit Tigers bullpen was lacking depth even in spring training, and without enough arms available in the minors the team was at a disadvantage throughout the season. Detroit's bullpen is anything but depth-deprived this season, so much so that there aren't enough relief spots on the team to go around. Naturally, any reliever who hasn't been guaranteed a spot for the season would like a shot at filling a place in the...
Bless You Boys Feb 27, 2015

Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila sit out for Friday workouts

Miguel Cabrera's foot is "cranky" and Alex Avila has a case of the day-to-day's. Meanwhile, Jose Iglesias is "full go, really." LAKELAND — It's nothing to be concerned about, especially since it seems to be a yearly tradition for Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila. Both he and Miguel Cabrera did not participate in workouts on Friday, but manager Brad Ausmus isn't concerned with either player. Avila was held out of team activities for back tightness and is listed as day-to-day. But as anyone knows, Avila is more or less tied to that status no matter what time of the year it is. During the...

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