Player News - Tigers

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Jeimer Candelario went 0-for-1, but walked three times and scored a run in a win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Candelario continues to show an impressive approach at the plate, and now has 30 walks on the season. That puts him on pace to walk 67 times this year and his on-base percentage now sits at .352 on the season. He's also slugging .474, so he's showing an ability to walk and hit for power in his first full year as a 24-year-old. There are certainly worse things than that.
Jun 17 - 6:01 PM

Joe Jimenez struck out the side while not allowing a hit against the White Sox on Sunday to record his second save of the season.

This was the version of Jimenez we saw as one of the best relief prospects in baseball the past couple of years, and the version we've seen -- for the most part -- in 2018. He's now struck out at least one hitter in seven straight appearances, and four of those have had at least two. He's still just 23-years-old, and the future is very bright for Jimenez as long as he continues to command his arsenal the way he has over the past few eeks.
Jun 17 - 5:57 PM

Blaine Hardy allowed one run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Hardy didn't walk anyone, and he struck out three. The only real blemish for the right-hander was a solo shot by Matt Davidson. Outside of that the White Sox were able to threaten rarely, and he made the key pitches when necessary. Hardy's ERA drops to 3.32 on the season, and he could make another start on Sunday when Detroit faces the Indians on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 5:53 PM

Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a homer in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

Castellanos also walked. The homer was a two-run shot off of James Shields in the first inning, and it gave Blaine Hardy and the Tigers pitching staff all the run support it would need. It's been a strong season for the infielder-turned-outfielder, and he now has nine homers to go along with a .310/.353/.502 line on the 2018 season over 70 games.
Jun 17 - 5:50 PM

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday that the team is considering using a six-man rotation up until the All-Star break.

That would mean Blaine Hardy, who is starting Sunday, would remain in the rotation even after Jordan Zimmermann returned from the disabled list on Saturday. Hardy holds a 3.67 ERA over six starts for Detroit.
Jun 17 - 11:57 AM

Nicholas Castellanos blasted a pair of home runs and drove in five on Saturday, powering the Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the White Sox in Chicago.

Castellanos opened the scoring in the ballgame with a three-run blast off of White Sox' starter Lucas Giolito in the third inning. He added onto that advantage his next time up, tagging Giolito for a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He also singled, finishing the day 3-for-5 to raise his season slash to .310/.351/.493 to go along with eight homers and 39 RBI.
Jun 16 - 6:36 PM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 as the Tigers topped the White Sox in Chicago on Saturday afternoon.

All three of the veteran slugger's hits were singles. He has picked it up a bit at the plate in recent weeks, but is still hitting for very little power overall, slashing .251/.309/.350 with four homers and 26 RBI on the season.
Jun 16 - 6:34 PM

Shane Greene retired all three hitters that he faced in the ninth inning on Saturday, preserving a two-run lead against the White Sox to nab his 19th save of the season.

You would have thought that Greene would have been unavailable after recording saves in each of the previous three games, but manager Ron Gardenhire trotted him right back out there with the game on the line on Saturday. He's now 19-for-22 in save chances on the season while posting a 3.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 40/10 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings.
Jun 16 - 6:32 PM

Jordan Zimmermann had mixed results in his return from the disabled list on Saturday, allowing four runs on four hits over his five innings.

Zimmermann struck out four and didn't walk a batter in the contest. He started the game by retiring the first 12 hitters that he faced, but ran into a buzzsaw in the fifth inning as the White Sox rallied for four runs. Still, he left in line for a victory, though the Tigers' bullpen was unable to hang on for him. He remains a middling fantasy option at best for Saturday's start against the Indians in Cleveland.
Jun 16 - 6:28 PM

Tigers activated RHP Jordan Zimmermann from the 10-day disabled list.

Zimmermann will make his return to the Tigers' rotation on Saturday against the White Sox. He has been sidelined since May 7 due to a right shoulder impingement. Prior to landing on the disabled list, he registered a 4.88 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 32/9 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings across his seven starts.
Jun 16 - 9:50 AM

Tigers optioned RHP Artie Lewicki to Triple-A.

The 26-year-old hurler posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 18/9 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings with the Tigers. He's being sent out to make room on the active roster for Jordan Zimmermann who will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.
Jun 16 - 12:55 AM

John Hicks clubbed his sixth home run of the season on Friday, helping to power the Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the White Sox.

Hicks got the scoring started on Friday with a solo shot off of Reynaldo Lopez in the second inning. He also singled on the first pitch of the eighth inning and came around to score the go-ahead run on a ground ball by Victor Reyes. Hicks finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now hitting .301/.339/.472 with six taters and 23 RBI on the year.
Jun 15 - 11:39 PM

Victor Martinez went 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI on Friday, helping to lead the Tigers to victory over the White Sox.

Martinez contributed a two-run double off of Reynaldo Lopez in the third inning that increased the Tigers' early lead to 3-0. He has been a shell of his former self at the plate this season, hitting .242/.302/.342 with four homers and 26 RBI. It's hard to justify continuing to use him in mixed leagues, even though he remains locked into the cleanup spot in the Tigers' lineup.
Jun 15 - 11:37 PM

Shane Greene worked a scoreless ninth inning against the White Sox on Friday, protecting a one-run advantage to earn his 18th save.

Greene allowed a two-out single to Jose Abreu, but battled back to get Trayce Thompson on a weak pop out to end the game. He has now converted 18 of his 21 save chances on the season while compiling a 3.67 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Jun 15 - 11:35 PM

Mike Fiers wasn't at his best on Friday, giving up three runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday.

Fiers walked one and struck out four on the evening. He started the game with five scoreless innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. That's where Daniel Palka and Matt Davidson delivered back-to-back one-out singles then rode home on a three-run blast by light-hitting catcher Omar Narvaez. The right-hander now owns a 4.09 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 54/15 K/BB ratio over 72 2/3 innings on the season. He'll try again for his elusive sixth victory when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Friday.
Jun 15 - 11:35 PM


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