Player News - Tigers

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Miguel Cabrera blasted a three-run homer on Tuesday, powering the Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Royals.

Cabrera tagged Royals' starter Matt Strahm for the three-run shot in the third inning, giving the Tigers a 4-3 lead and proving to be the difference in the ballgame. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. The 34-year-old slugger is having a down year by his standards, hitting .261/.358/.440 with nine homers and 37 RBI. He generally heats up as the weather gets warm though, so perhaps this is the start of his breakout.
Jun 27 - 11:19 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a homer and a triple as the Tigers bested the Royals on Tuesday.

Martinez got the Tigers on the board with a solo shot off of Matt Strahm in the second inning. He also drew a walk in the ballgame, reaching base safely three times in four plate appearances. He has been a monster since returning from the disabled list, slashing .301/.388/.658 with 13 homers and 28 RBI in only 170 plate appearances.
Jun 27 - 11:18 PM

Justin Wilson slammed the door on the Royals in the ninth inning on Tuesday, protecting a two-run advantage to earn his seventh save of the season.

Wilson got Alex Gordon to line back to him then whiffed Whit Merrifield and Jorge Bonifacio to end the ballgame. While he has been one of the few consistent performers in the Tigers' bullpen all season, that makes him a very attractive trade commodity and he's likely to be on the move prior to next month's trade deadline.
Jun 27 - 11:18 PM

Justin Verlander gutted out his fifth victory of the year on Tuesday, giving up three runs on nine hits over seven frames against the Royals.

Verlander struck out six and walked one on the night. The Royals jumped on him for three runs in the first inning, with the first five hitters reaching base safely. He settled in masterfully though, keeping them off the board for the next six innings which allowed the Tigers' offense to come back. He'll carry a 4.47 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 92/44 K/BB ratio into Sunday's start against the Indians.
Jun 27 - 11:18 PM

Alex Presley will go through a full concussion test Thursday.

How he fares will determine whether he can resume baseball activities. Presley has been out for nearly a week with concussion symptoms.
Source: Detroit News
Jun 27 - 7:23 PM

Jim Adduci (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.

Adduci has been out since mid-May with a strained oblique. He should be back with the Tigers early next month.
Source: Detroit News
Jun 27 - 7:22 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Mikie Mahtook "might get a few more looks against right-handed pitching."

Mahtook is hitting .357 with a .595 slugging percentage and a .952 OPS in 16 games since May 31. Almost all of his starts have come against lefties, but it sounds like that could change soon.
Source: Detroit News
Jun 27 - 7:19 PM

Tigers prospect Christin Stewart homered twice on Sunday for Double-A Erie.

It's homers 17 and 18 for Stewart, respectively. The 2015 compensation-round selection hasn't shown the hit tool he did in 2016, but he still is showing the plus power, and he's also drawn 32 walks to help balance out the contact issues. At 23-years-old, it makes sense to give Stewart a chance to face Triple-A pitching before the end of the year to give Detroit a better understanding of when he'll be ready to contribute at the highest level. It could be next summer if things go well.
Jun 26 - 2:07 PM

Tigers prospect Matt Manning hurled five shutout innings on Sunday for short-season Connecticut.

Manning allowed just three hits and two walks in those five innings, and he struck out five. It's only his second start of the season, but he's yet to give up a run, and he's struck out 14 batters in just over nine innings. There's a lot of work to be done, but the Tigers first-round pick from 2016 has tremendous upside, and could be a top of the rotation starter if everything goes to plan.
Jun 26 - 1:33 PM

Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Mahtook picked up an RBI triple in the fourth inning, just an appetizer for his big go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning. That two-run knock snapped a 5-5 tie and sent the Tigers on their way to picking up a hard-earned victory in which they had to overcome an early 3-0 deficit. For his part, Mahtook is hitting .253/.282/.444 with four homers and 14 RBI in limited playing time (99 at-bats).
Jun 25 - 8:39 PM

Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Castellanos knotted up the score at 5-5 with his two-run homer off Jordan Zimmermann in the sixth inning. This was his first home run since he went deep against the Red Sox on June 11. He is up to nine homers for the year. While the 25-year-old third baseman looks to be on his way to his third consecutive season of at least 15 homers, he has had his struggles in terms of average and is hitting just .237/.306/.421 overall.
Jun 25 - 8:37 PM

Jordan Zimmermann allowed five runs on six hits over four innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Zimmermann walked three, struck out five and surrendered a pair of home run in the unsettled outing, with Wil Myers and Erick Aybar cracking solo shots in the first and second innings, respectively. This outing is made all the more disappointing by the fact that Zimmermann had allowed just five runs in his last two starts (covering 14 2/3 frames) before hitting a wall against the Padres on Sunday. He will carry a 5.53 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a home start against the Indians next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 25 - 8:28 PM

Alex Avila picked up a single and a double across four at-bats in Saturday's loss in San Diego.

Avila accounted for two of the team's six hits in the road loss. He has four multi-hit games over his past nine outings to raise his average from .310 to .320 just since June 15. He should continue to see a regular role either at catcher, first base or as the designated hitter with Victor Martinez (heart) on the mend.
Jun 25 - 3:29 AM

Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs - one earned - and two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision in San Diego on Saturday.

Sanchez has posted a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings in two outings since being summoned from Triple-A Toledo on June 18. He has re-emerged as a useful fantasy option if you need help in the back end of your rotation in deeper AL play. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Indians at Comerica Park.
Jun 25 - 3:26 AM

Nicholas Castellanos (back) returned to the lineup Saturday against the Padres, finishing 1-for-4.

Castellanos was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a tight back, but he didn't show any ill effects of the injury Saturday and was able to go the distance. With Castellanos back in the mix, Dixon Machado was back to a reserve role.
Jun 25 - 3:23 AM


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