Player News - Tigers

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Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI to spearhead a 5-0 win over the Red Sox.

He laced a double that plated Victor Martinez and Jeimer Candelario in the second inning. He cracked a two-run home run off reliever Tyler Thornburg in the sixth frame. It was his third round-tripper of the season. Iglesias is known more for his shortstop's mitt than his stick, but he was the hero at the plate today. He has a .269 batting average with three homers and 38 RBI in 350 plate appearances. His best fantasy asset is his speed -- he has 12 stolen bases on the season, which is already a career high.
Jul 21 - 9:54 PM

Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's defeat of the Red Sox.

He singled in the second inning and came home on a Jose Iglesias double. He drove in a run of his own with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. The young third baseman has been a roughly average major league hitter so far this year, slashing .230/.326/.428 with 13 home runs, 36 RBI and 45 runs in 85 games. In fantasy terms he doesn't really cut the mustard though, largely because he plays on such a low-scoring team, which deprives him of RBIs and runs scored. He is also one of the slowest players in the league and has just one steal in his career.
Jul 21 - 9:44 PM

Mike Fiers shut down the Red Sox for 6 1/3 scoreless innings to earn a win on Saturday.

It was a very impressive outing against the highest-scoring team in baseball. Fiers scattered seven base hits -- all singles -- while striking out six and walking three in the gem performance. The veteran hurler has rejuvenated his career with the struggling Tigers this year. He improves to 7-6 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 19 starts. He's accumulated 82 strikeouts and 24 walks in 111 innings of work.
Jul 21 - 9:35 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Red Sox are among the teams evaluating Mike Fiers as a possible trade target.

Fiers had a decent 3.70 ERA heading into Saturday's start against those same Sox, so the audition, so to speak, was a live one for the right-hander. Flipping Fiers for literally anything would be a coup for the Tigers, who signed the 33-year-old to a one-year, $6 million contract this past December. Olney says "a bunch" of teams are showing interest, so the likelihood of Fiers being dealt before the end of the month seems high.
Jul 21 - 7:10 PM

James McCann is not in the Tigers' starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Red Sox.

McCann worked behind the dish on Friday night, so he'll get a breather on Friday with John Hicks doing the catching for Mike Fiers.
Jul 21 - 2:50 PM

Tigers' manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday that Michael Fulmer (oblique) could be out a while.

Fulmer suffered the injury in his bullpen session prior to Friday's game. It doesn't sound like it's just going to be one or two starts that Fulmer misses. The timing of this couldn't be worse for the Tigers, who had seemingly been shopping the right-hander around in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. At this point, with their playoff hopes already in the rearview mirror, they'll take every possible precaution not to rush Fulmer back.
Source: Detroit News
Jul 21 - 8:13 AM

Matthew Boyd took the loss despite tossing five innings of one-run ball Friday against the Red Sox.

Boyd gave up an RBI double to Steve Pearce in the first inning, but he settled down nicely after that. He gave up just three hits on the night while walking a pair and striking out six. He was pulled after throwing 98 pitches, 64 of them for strikes. While Boyd took the loss, this qualifies as progress after his recent struggles. He’ll bring a 4.62 ERA into a favorable matchup against the Royals next week.
Jul 21 - 12:14 AM

Leonys Martin (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Tigers.

Martin was back in center field on Friday after sitting out the entire month due to a left hamstring strain. He still has about a week and a half to prove his health leading into the trade deadline.
Jul 21 - 12:11 AM

Tigers recalled RHP Victor Alcantara from Triple-A Toledo.

Alcantara has tossed three scoreless innings in the majors this season. He'll be used in middle relief.
Jul 20 - 5:40 PM

Tigers placed RHP Michael Fulmer on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

This should officially put to bed any rumors that the young right-hander might be traded this season. Fulmer suffered the injury during his regular between-starts bullpen session on Friday. He surely won't be back before the end of the month.
Jul 20 - 5:39 PM

Tigers optioned OF Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Toledo.

Mahtook has hit an ugly .200/.239/.257 this season. Victor Reyes, JaCoby Jones and Niko Goodrum will see starts in left field.
Jul 20 - 3:30 PM

Tigers activated OF Leonys Martin from the 10-day disabled list.

Martin has been on the disabled list twice this season with a left hamstring issue but is ready to play again following three rehab games. The veteran outfielder is a viable deep league fantasy option, although it's possible he could be traded later this month and he'd likely be looking at a reduced role on his new club.
Jul 20 - 3:28 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Tigers are "focusing their efforts" on trading Francisco Liriano, Mike Fiers and Leonys Martin and Michael Fulmer and Nicholas Castellanos "are more on the back burner."

Crasnick adds that general manager Al Avila "will listen, but a team will have to make a big push to land" Fulmer or Castellanos. Fulmer is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, while Castellanos will become a free agent after next season. It's hard to imagine Detroit getting much, if anything, for Liriano, Fiers or Martin.

Tigers RHP prospect Alex Faedo hurled seven scoreless innings on Monday for Double-A Erie.

Faedo struck out four while allowing just three hits against the Double-A Richmond lineup. The 2017 first-round pick lowers his season ERA to 3.28, and it's 3.83 since he was promoted to the Eastern League last month. Faedo has one of the best sliders in the minors, and he can touch 96 mph with his sinking fastball. He needs to show his change more often and improve his command, but the stuff is here for Faedo to pitch at or near the top of a rotation.
Jul 17 - 1:01 PM

Jeimer Candelario belted a solo homer Sunday in the Tigers' win over the Astros.

Candelario picked up his first RBI of the day on a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning before taking Justin Verlander deep to right-center in the top of the fifth. It was one of four home runs Verlander gave up. Candelario finishes the first half with a .225/.325/.428 batting line, 13 home runs, and 35 RBI in 83 games.
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