Player News - Tigers

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Nick Castellanos finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Tigers' loss to the Astros on Monday.

The third baseman is now batting .225/.302/.391 over 43 games this season. He has just one extra-base hit since May 7. So much for that promising production in early April.
May 22 - 11:44 PM

Michael Fulmer took a loss Monday despite throwing seven innings of one-run ball against the Astros.

Fulmer got zero help from the Detroit offense in this one. He struck out five, issued just one walk, and scattered eight hits over seven solid frames against a dangerous Houston offense. The 2016 American League Rookie of the Year stands 5-2 with an excellent 2.55 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 50/14 K/BB ratio through 60 innings (nine starts) in 2017. A road start against the rebuilding White Sox comes next.
May 22 - 11:36 PM

Tigers optioned C/1B John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo.

Hicks was up for the weekend while Victor Martinez was on paternity leave. He's hit .423/.444/.654 in seven games with the big club this season.
May 22 - 5:24 PM

Tigers activated DH Victor Martinez from the paternity leave list.

V-Mart was away for a few days following the birth of his third child. He's in the DH spot and batting cleanup Monday against Brad Peacock and the Astros.
May 22 - 5:23 PM

Justin Upton is not in the Tigers' lineup Monday.

It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Mikie Mahtook will cover left field in Upton's place.
May 22 - 5:18 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Warwick Saupold from Triple-A Toledo.

Saupold has allowed three runs over two relief appearances with the big club this season. He'll be used in the middle innings.
May 22 - 5:16 PM

Tigers optioned RHP Anibal Sanchez to Triple-A Toledo.

Sanchez had to agree to the move given his big league tenure, and it was actually his idea, as he wants to be stretched out to start again. The veteran right-hander has posted a 9.00 ERA and 2.05 WHIP over 11 relief appearances this season, although he did strike out 22 over 21 innings. He could get another shot to start with the Tigers if Matt Boyd's struggles continue.
May 22 - 5:15 PM

Anthony Gose, now a pitcher, has been assigned to High-A Lakeland.

Gose, a .240/.309/.348 career hitter in the major leagues, has been working on the switch for a few weeks in extended spring training and is now ready to test himself in a real game. The 26-year-old is said to throw hard from the left side and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus recently gave high praise to his curveball. It will be an interesting story to follow.
May 22 - 3:35 PM

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Tigers fell to the Rangers in Sunday's series finale at Comerica Park.

Cabrera's RBI single off of Yu Darvish pulled the Tigers even at 2-2 in the second inning, but that would be the extent of their offense. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .265/.352/.442 with five homers and 18 RBI on the season.
May 21 - 11:47 PM

Matt Boyd struggled in a losing effort against the Rangers on Sunday night in Motown, surrendering four runs on 12 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Boyd struck out three on the night and didn't issue a walk. He played with fire through the first four innings, allowing nine hits, but only a pair of runs. The Rangers added on solo homers by Mike Napoli in the fifth and Pete Kozma in the sixth to complete the damage. Boyd now sits at 2-4 on the season with a disappointing 5.36 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. He'll hope for better results when he takes on the White Sox in Chicago on Friday.
May 21 - 11:47 PM

Alex Avila finished 3-for-3 with a double, a solo home run, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Saturday's win against the Rangers.

Avila continues to scorch at the plate, driving in nine runs across 10 games in the month of May. He continues to hit for high average and he is slashing an amazing .382/.488/.706 overall on the season. Avila has a .243 career average and .751 OPS, so this type of production isn't likely to be sustainable. Avila is a great sell-high candidate in most fantasy formats.
May 20 - 11:28 PM

Nick Castellanos finished 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 9-3 win against the Rangers.

Castellanos is starting to show some signs of life after slumping hard over the past couple of weeks. He entered 4-for-32 (.125) with no extra-base hits and an RBI while striking out nine times to drop his average from .254 to .228 since May 9. However, he has hit safely in three in a row and perhaps this game will jump-start his bat.
May 20 - 11:21 PM

Justin Verlander allowed three earned runs, four hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts over seven innings in a win Saturday against the Rangers.

Verlander outclassed A.J. Griffin to snap the 10-game winning streak of the Rangers while throwing 69 of his 109 pitches for strikes. The Tigers ace improved to 3-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts in the month of May. He has walked 25 batters in just 55 1/3 innings, including 12 in 26 innings in May. However, the Tigers offense has helped him with 25 runs of support in his four May outings to mask those free passes.
May 20 - 11:16 PM

Ian Kinsler left Saturday's game against the Rangers with left hamstring tightness.

Andrew Romine replaced him at second base to begin the fifth inning. The Tigers are calling his exit precautionary. Kinsler sat out five games with a similar injury earlier this month and it's possible he never healed properly. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles before exiting.
May 20 - 9:15 PM

Miguel Cabrera (oblique) returned to the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday.

Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus said after Friday's game that Cabrera would be in the lineup on Saturday. The slugger hasn't played since Tuesday due to a Grade 1 oblique strain. He's serving as the designated hitter while Alex Avila starts at first base.
May 20 - 3:43 PM


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