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Grand Rapids Press 6 hours ago
Check out photos from Monday's spring training workout in Lakeland

Check out photos from Monday's spring training workout in Lakeland

The Detroit Tigers held their third full-squad workout Monday at the team practice facility in Lakeland, Fla. LAKELAND, FLA. - The Detroit Tigers held their third full-squad workout at the team practice facility in Lakeland, Fla., Monday. The team held their annual photo day Sunday morning. Be sure to check out our favorite 20 portraits by MLive.com sports photographer Mike Mulholland. As we all understand, the Tigers' window is closing for another World Series, but the players are hoping for one more shot in 2017. Victor Martinez says that many Venezuelan...
Grand Rapids Press 7 hours ago

Tigers spring training notebook: Joe Jimenez gets tips from Victor Martinez after live BP

Youd be surprised how often players are more willing to listen to their teammates than coaches, Ausmus said. LAKELAND, Fla. -- As Joe Jimenez threw a live batting practice on Monday, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus watched carefully...
MLB Trade Rumors 7 hours ago
Minor MLB Transactions: 2/20/17

Minor MLB Transactions: 2/20/17

Here are today’s minor transactions throughout the game: The Tigers have announced that they’ve signed infielder Danny Muno and corner outfielder Matt Murton to minor-league contracts. The 28-year-old Muno appeared in the high minors with three organizations in 2016, posting a line of .223/.328/.307 while mostly playing second and third. He does, however, have a career .385 minor-league…

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Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Victor Martinez, Alex Avila are options to give Miggy an occasional rest at 1st

Victor Martinez, Alex Avila are options to give Miggy an occasional rest at 1st

Im hoping (Martinez) can play some first base this year, because Miggy could use some more days off his feet DH-ing, manager Brad Ausmus said. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera used to scoff at his old coach in Venezuela who predicted he would one day be a first baseman -- and a good one. With three full seasons under his belt since he moved to first for good, he's happy with his home on the right side of the infield. "When the time came and I played first, everybody called me and said, 'You see. I told you!,'" Cabrera said on Saturday. "So right now, I'm...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Projecting the Tigers' 25-man roster: 1st prediction has plenty of tough calls

Projecting the Tigers' 25-man roster: 1st prediction has plenty of tough calls

The first thing you might notice is this: For all the hand-wringing about the tough decisions to be made on the bench, there are also a lot of tough ones in the bullpen. LAKELAND, Fla. -- The full squad arrived in Tiger Town Saturday for the first day of full workouts, which means there's no better time to unveil our first 25-man roster projection. We'll be updating the roster every several days, as needed, throughout the camp. Standard disclaimer: There are six weeks until Opening Day, so this is merely a very early best guess (although feel free to give me...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Jaws drop when Miggy arrives

Tigers spring training notebook: Jaws drop when Miggy arrives

Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton all participated Saturday in the first full-squad workout. LAKELAND, Fla. -- The biggest stars are frequently the last to arrive to spring training camp, and there is no bigger star on the Detroit Tigers than Miguel Cabrera. "I think for young guys, especially the first time in big-league camp, there's a little bit of a dropped jaw," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "'Oh, there's Miguel Cabrera.' He's pretty recognizable." Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton all participated Saturday...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Check out photos from the first day of Tigers spring training practice

Check out photos from the first day of Tigers spring training practice

The Detroit Tigers are in Lakeland, Florida for their 2017 season spring training. LAKELAND, FLA. - The Detroit Tigers 2017 season is officially underway, as the team hosted their first official workout Saturday, February 18. There are some familiar faces in the crowd this year, with infielder Omar Infante back on the team after a stint with the Kansas City Royals.  Don Kelly is back. Though you won't see him in all nine positions this time around. Instead, he has been signed as a scout and assistant to player development. Check MLive.com throughout February...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Don Kelly rejoins Tigers as scout, assistant to player development

Don Kelly rejoins Tigers as scout, assistant to player development

Kelly was spotted with coaches on the field at the start of Saturdays first full-squad workout. The team confirmed his hiring shortly thereafter. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Longtime Detroit Tigers utility man and fan favorite Don Kelly is rejoining the organization as a pro scout and assistant to player development. Kelly, 37, played for the Tigers from 2009-2014. He was most recently with the Miami Marlins. Kelly was spotted with coaches on the field at the start of Saturday's first full-squad workout. The team confirmed his hiring shortly thereafter. Kelly officially...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers hit the field: Live updates from 1st full workout Saturday

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers hit the field: Live updates from 1st full workout Saturday

Tigers beat reporter Evan Woodbery, columnist David Mayo and photographer Mike Mulholland will be on hand at the Tiger Town complex. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- The pitchers and catchers have had the place to themselves for the last five days, but Tiger Town is about to get a lot more crowded. Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton, Victor Martinez and the rest of the veterans are expected to hit the field for the first time today.  Practice should begin between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Tigers beat reporter Evan Woodbery, columnist David...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Straight talk from Brad Ausmus about Tigers' defense, base-running

Straight talk from Brad Ausmus about Tigers' defense, base-running

If someone thinks that were going to turn Victor Martinez into a base-stealing threat, theyre off their rocker. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- It will happen soon enough.  An outfield error will cost the Tigers the lead. Or Victor Martinez will be unable to advance from first to third on a ball hit to the wall.  Or the Tigers will get five hits in an inning but score only one run because the base paths are clogged with slow-footed runners. "Everybody wants to talk about, 'What are you going to do about base running?'" manager Brad Ausmus said...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 17, 2017
Anthony Gose arrives in Lakeland as long shot in crowded CF race

Anthony Gose arrives in Lakeland as long shot in crowded CF race

I like Anthony a lot, Brad Ausmus said. I want to see him be successful. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Even if Anthony Gose has at times tested the patience of the Detroit Tigers organization, manager Brad Ausmus is still in his corner. "I like Anthony a lot," Ausmus said. "I want to see him be successful." Gose arrived at Tiger Town on Friday as a non-roster invitee and probably at least fifth in the pecking order for the team's vacant center field job. It's a far cry from 2015, when Gose played 140 games for the Tigers in an everyday role. Last year's frustrations have...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 17, 2017
J.D. Martinez, perplexed by poor defensive grades, enters 2017 with something to prove

J.D. Martinez, perplexed by poor defensive grades, enters 2017 with something to prove

Ive spent more time on it than I have in the past just for this reason alone, he said. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- The defensive metrics that loved J.D. Martinez in 2015 hated him in 2016, something that left the Detroit Tigers right fielder feeling both perplexed and motivated. "I've spent more time on it than I have in the past just for this reason alone," said Martinez, shortly after he arrived in Tiger Town and donned his familiar Tigers jersey for a photo shoot. Martinez was considered the Tiger most likely to be traded this winter. An...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 17, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Focus on small improvements on base paths

Tigers spring training notebook: Focus on small improvements on base paths

A roundup of all the news, notes, photos and video from Friday at Tiger Town. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus recently asked one of the team's analytics staffer about how the team could improve its outfield defense. "Have faster players," the unnamed staffer replied. Defense and base running will be points of emphasis this spring, as they have the last three, but the Tigers are constrained by the way the team was built. The Tigers will never be a great base-running team, Ausmus said, but there is room to make small...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 17, 2017
Tigers spring training: Live updates as position players arrive in Lakeland

Tigers spring training: Live updates as position players arrive in Lakeland

Most position players will report today in advance of the first full-squad workout on Saturday. Follow the live updates, including video and photos, in the comment stream below. Watch video LAKELAND -- The fourth day of pitcher-catcher workouts could have some new faces. Most position players will report today in advance of the first full-squad workout on Saturday. Veterans Andrew Romine and J.D. Martinez arrived on Thursday. They joined a host of younger players including Nick Castellanos, Tyler Collins and every other player competing for the...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 17, 2017
Tigers GM Al Avila says he and Chris Ilitch 'get along as well as brothers'

Tigers GM Al Avila says he and Chris Ilitch 'get along as well as brothers'

Thats one of the things about the Ilitch family: They bring you in and youre family, Avila said. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila, back in Florida after attending services for late team owner Mike Ilitch, remembered his boss as a tough competitor who also cared for his employees and had a good sense of humor. "He was a tough guy and a tough competitor that wanted to win, but he brought humor to everyday life," Avila said Thursday night.  Avila said he has a good relationship with Ilitch's son Chris, the designated successor who had...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 16, 2017
Watch 7 Tigers bullpen sessions -- and find out what Brad Ausmus is looking for

Watch 7 Tigers bullpen sessions -- and find out what Brad Ausmus is looking for

Some guys that have been here have made adjustments, new grips on certain pitches, he said. So Im looking to see what the action on a new grip would be. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Every day this week, a group of pitchers and catchers line up and fire off 25 to 40 pitches in the large bullpen beyond the fence of a practice field in Tiger Town. When a mound comes available, another pitcher steps up. Roughly a dozen or so Tigers per day go through the routine. So what is Tigers manager Brad Ausmus looking for as he observes the routine? "Some...

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