Player News - Tigers

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Justin Verlander worked eight innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Tigers' 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

Verlander was in vintage form against the best team in baseball, yielding just two hits and one walk while striking out nine Los Angeles batters. The one run against him came on a solo shot by new Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson in the top of the sixth inning. Verlander, 34, now stands 9-8 on the season with a 3.96 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 159/64 K/BB ratio over 159 frames. He'll face the White Sox in Chicago next.
Aug 20 - 3:53 PM

Justin Upton launched a two-run homer Sunday in the Tigers' defeat of the Dodgers.

It was a part of a four-run bottom of the sixth inning. Upton now has 26 home runs and 90 RBI for the year along with a sparkling .912 OPS. The 29-year-old outfielder can opt out of his contract with Detroit this offseason, but he'd be leaving $88.5 million on the table.
Aug 20 - 3:51 PM

Nicholas Castellanos is absent from the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a day off. Jose Iglesias and James McCann are also sitting out, as the Tigers have Andrew Romine at third base, Dixon Machado at shortstop and John Hicks at catcher.

Justin Upton said he hasn't decided if he'll opt out of his contract at the end of the season.

"I would feel like I was lying to you guys if I gave you a realistic answer right now, because I haven't really even thought about it," he said. "It's so far away, a couple months." If Upton's preference is to play for a contender, opting out would be the right move. But if Upton chooses to stay, he'll earn $88.5 million over the next four seasons, which might be more than he can get on the open market. It feels like Upton's been around forever but he's still just 29.
Aug 19 - 9:37 PM

Ian Kinsler went 1-for-2 and drew a pair of walks in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

The Tigers as a team gathered only four hits in the shutout loss, and Kinsler's double was the only one that went for extra bases. The veteran second baseman's line is up to .247/.330/.399 with 12 home runs, 35 RBI, 71 runs and 11 steals in 103 games.
Aug 19 - 7:28 PM

Michael Fulmer allowed one unearned run in seven innings and took a tough-luck loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

He struck out six batters, walked two and surrendered just three base hits in the premium outing. He burned through the first six innings without allowing a run. In the seventh frame, third baseman Nicholas Castellanos missed an easy infield popup for a two base error that led to an unearned run being charged to Fulmer. His record falls to 10-11 with a fine 3.60 ERA in 23 starts. He has 108 strikeouts and 36 walks in 152 1/3 innings.
Aug 19 - 7:24 PM

Justin Upton had a monster day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Dodgers, going 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three RBI.

Upton opened the scoring in the ballgame with an RBI double off of Rich Hill in the first inning. He then smacked a solo homer that scraped the wall in left field in the third inning, pulling the Tigers to within a run at 4-3. Upton provided a special encore in the ninth, blasting a no-doubter off of Dodgers' star closer Kenley Jansen. He's enjoying a fantastic season overall, slashing .285/.368/.545 with 25 homers and 88 RBI.
Aug 18 - 10:33 PM

Jordan Zimmermann was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Dodgers, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits over his 5 1/3 innings of work.

The right-hander punched out five on the night while walking two. The Dodgers pushed across four runs against him in the second inning then tacked on another pair in the fourth to take control. Zimmermann owns a woeful 5.87 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 135 innings on the year. He'll look for better when he takes on the Yankees at home on Thursday.
Aug 18 - 10:33 PM

Michael Fulmer has been moved up in the Tigers' rotation and will start on Saturday against the Dodgers.

That will give Matt Boyd a few extra days of rest, with Justin Verlander moving up to pitch in Sunday's series finale. Fulmer struggled in his first start back with the Tigers, allowing five runs over five innings in Monday's loss to the Rangers.
Aug 18 - 9:27 PM

Tigers recalled OF JaCoby Jones from Triple-A Toledo.

Jones has hit only .137/.228/.255 in the big leagues this year. He doesn't figure to play much.
Aug 18 - 4:29 PM

Tigers placed RHP Anibal Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 17, with left hamstring tightness.

Sanchez tweaked the hammy during Wednesday's start against the Rangers. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Daniel Norris (groin) could be ready to return from the DL to take Sanchez's rotation spot.
Aug 18 - 4:28 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he was "a little curious" why Joe Jimenez's velocity was down in his last appearance Wednesday.

Jimenez was sitting at 93 mph against the Rangers, down from the mid- to high-90s that he usually throws. He was charged with three runs -- two earned -- over just one-third of an inning in the appearance. The Tigers and Jimenez insist the reliever is healthy, although it will be interesting to track his velocity moving forward. Jimenez is viewed as the team's closer of the future, but he's posted a 12.54 ERA over 11 appearances in the majors and now is having velocity issues. That, combined with Shane Greene pitching well, probably means it's safe for those stashing Jimenez in deeper formats to go ahead and drop him.
Aug 18 - 10:16 AM

Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-2 and worked a pair of walks in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

He singled and doubled in the contest before being replaced by a pinch-hitter when the game was out of reach. Miggy has not been fully healthy at any point this season and it shows in his diminished stats. The perennial MVP candidate has no chance at any awards this year. He has a .255/.343/.408 slash line with 13 home runs and 53 RBI in 432 plate appearances.
Aug 17 - 1:13 AM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-3, walked twice, scored twice, stole a base and hit a solo home run in a loss to the Rangers.

He started the game with a bang by taking Cole Hamels deep leading off the first inning. He walked and rode home on a Mikie Mahtook dinger in the third. The aging second baseman is no longer a fantasy stud but can still fill up a box score on occasion. He owns a .248 batting average with 12 homers, 70 runs, 35 RBI and nine steals in 101 games.
Aug 17 - 1:09 AM

Aníbal Sanchez left Wednesday's game against the Rangers with left hamstring tightness.

He lasted just 47 pitches, allowing five hits and four runs over 2 1/3 innings of lackluster work. The severity of his injury is unknown. Sanchez probably won't be missed if he lands on the disabled list. He's compiled a miserable 6.95 ERA over 22 appearances including 11 starts this season.
Aug 16 - 9:47 PM


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