Player News - Tigers

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Nicholas Castellanos went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in a loss to the Royals on Sunday.

One of the three hits was a double for Castellanos, and he also scored a run in the loss. It's been a strong start to the 2018 season for 26-year-old outfielder, and he now owns a .309/.364/457 line to show for it. There aren't many Detroit players worth fantasy consideration. Castellanos is one of them.
Apr 22 - 4:51 PM

Francisco Liriano gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no decision against the Royals on Sunday.

Liriano cruised through the first five innings, striking out six and allowing no hits through those first five. Things quickly went downhill in the sixth, as he gave up a solo shot to Whit Merrifield to open the season, and two more runs came in. The southpaw still owns a solid 3.13 ERA for his efforts on the year, and he's at least earned the right to stay in the Detroit rotation for the foreseeable future. His next start will come on Saturday against Baltimore, and you might want to look elsewhere considering how right-handed the Orioles' lineup is.
Apr 22 - 4:41 PM

Nicholas Castellanos went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 12-4 thrashing of the Royals.

He kicked off the scoring by lacing an RBI-single to right field in the first inning. He topped that by homering off starter Danny Duffy with Miguel Cabrera aboard in the third frame. The dinger was his first of the season to go with a .286 batting average and nine RBI. He better pick up the pace if he wants to match last year's career highs of 26 bombs and 101 RBI.
Apr 21 - 5:08 PM

Warwick Saupold snared his first career save by pitching the last 2 1/3 innings of a win over the Royals on Saturday.

Protecting a huge lead, the Tigers let Saupold get the last seven outs of the game for the save. He retired all seven batters he faced and finally notched his first strikeout of the season. The Tigers' closer situation is a mess right now but Saupold is not in the running despite getting the save today. He has yet to allow a run in 5 2/3 innings of work this season.
Apr 21 - 5:03 PM

Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's defeat of the Royals.

He drove in a run the easy way by walking with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, then plated two more runners with a single in the seventh. Miggy's stats took a tumble last year as he played through multiple nagging injuries but this year he is bouncing back. He will likely never be an MVP candidate again now that he is 35 years old and not exactly in the best of shape of his life. He has a .299 batting average with two homers, 13 RBI and eight runs scored in 79 plate appearances.
Apr 21 - 4:54 PM

Mike Fiers allowed four runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings to earn a win over the Royals on Saturday.

It wasn't one of his better outings but luckily he was facing the light-hitting Royals so he got away with it. He failed to strike out a single batter and surrendered 10 knocks. Two of the runs were unearned thanks to an error by catcher James McCann. Fiers wasn't at his best today but he has been pretty good on the whole so far this year. He improves to 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through three starts.
Apr 21 - 4:48 PM

JaCoby Jones is once again starting in left field and batting sixth for the Tigers on Saturday.

Jones was the club's offensive star in both games of Friday's doubleheader against the Royals. It looks like he'll have an opportunity to function in an everyday role as long as he continues to hit. Given his combination of power and speed, he's worth a look in deeper mixed leagues.
Apr 21 - 10:06 AM

Tigers optioned OF Mike Gerber to Triple-A Toledo.

Gerber was only up as the 26th man for Friday's doubleheader against the Royals. He made his major league debut in the nightcap, pinch running for Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning.
Apr 21 - 8:40 AM

JaCoby Jones had a solid night at the plate in the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader as well, going 1-for-2 with a triple and a run scored in a losing effort.

After serving as the hero in Game 1 on Friday, Jones tripled, scored a run and drove in another with a sacrifice fly in Game 2. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to lead the Tigers to victory and they had to settle for a split. He's now hitting .313/.395/.500 on the year and should continue to see increased playing time.
Apr 20 - 9:49 PM

Daniel Norris pitched well in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday, allowing just one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings of work.

The left-hander walked three and struck out five on the night. He was one out away from firing five shutout innings until Whit Merrifield's solo shot with two outs in the fifth. He'll likely head back to the bullpen now, but should remain the first man up the next time the need for a spot starter arises in Detroit.
Apr 20 - 9:46 PM

Michael Fulmer limited the Royals to two runs over seven innings of work in Friday's 3-2 extra-innings victory.

Fulmer served up a solo bomb to Mike Moustakas in the sixth inning and a game-tying RBI single to Jon Jay in the seventh. There were two of eight hits he permitted on the day, and he walked one and struck out four. It was a nice bounce-back performance after the right-hander was pummeled by the Indians his last time out. Fulmer goes up against the Pirates in Pittsburgh next.
Apr 20 - 5:31 PM

JaCoby Jones ripped a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday versus the Royals.

Poor Jason Hammel had to settle for a no-decision after allowing just two runs over nine innings, and reliever Brad Keller then retired just one batter before serving up Jones' walk-off shot. Jones also had a double and stole his third base of the season. The 25-year-old has tallied three straight multi-hit games.
Apr 20 - 4:08 PM

Tigers recalled OF Mike Gerber from Triple-A Toledo.

Gerber was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster over the winter. He'll be the 26th man for Friday's doubleheader and will be making his major league debut if he gets into a game.
Apr 20 - 8:47 AM

Tigers recalled RHP Warwick Saupold from Triple-A Toledo.

Saupold has four scoreless appearances this season for the Tigers. He was starting at Toledo and thus will offer the Tigers' bullpen some length.
Apr 20 - 8:45 AM

Tigers optioned LHP Chad Bell to Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers want a fresh bullpen arm after Bell pitched 1 2/3 innings Thursday. He'll be back up later this summer.
Apr 20 - 8:28 AM


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