DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers haven't given their fans much to cheer about at home this season.
Playing in front of 26,818 fans — their biggest crowd since opening day — the Tigers...
Detroit Tigers (19-30, fourth in the AL Central) vs. New York Mets (25-26, third in the AL East)
Flushing, Queens; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Tigers: Spencer Turnbull (2-3,...
NEW YORK (AP) — Needing to play catch-up yet again, the New York Mets got their biggest swings from backstops Tomás Nido and Wilson Ramos in another dramatic win.
Detroit Tigers (19-29, fourth in the AL Central) vs. New York Mets (24-26, third in the AL East)
Marlins look for series sweep over Tigers
Miami Marlins (15-31, fifth in the NL East) vs. Detroit Tigers (18-28, fourth in the NL Central)
Detroit; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Trevor Richards (1-5, 4.44...
Tigers go with Farmer after mix-up
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Tigers had to change their starting pitcher for their game at Minnesota after a mix-up with Jacob Turner.
The Tigers had planned to go with Turner, but the right-hander hadn't met a required 10-day waiting period since being designated for assignment on Aug. 10.
Instead, Detroit recalled left-hander Daniel Stumpf from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday and Buck Farmer made his first start of the season. Farmer went 5-5 with a 6.75 ERA in 11 starts for the Tigers last year.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ramon Laureano reached his hands out to each side and knew he had his first major league hit at last, a big one at that to end the game.
Laureano somehow forced himself to relax with the game on the line and two outs in the 13th inning, having already failed at the plate four times in his big league debut.
He came through this time as he singled home the winning run for his first major league hit, sending the Oakland Athletics past the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Friday night.
Detroit – The Tigers on Sunday went from chasing a no-hitter to falling into a pair of three-run holes, ultimately dropping the finale of the four-game series to the Royals, 8-5.
They fought back once – erasing a three-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning. But the Royals put up three more in the top of the seventh – walks and towering home runs proving a fatal combination.
Moustakas, Almonte slug Royals past Tigers 8-5
DETROIT (AP) — Buck Farmer kept throwing changeups to Mike Moustakas, and the Kansas City slugger eventually adjusted.
"After the first three or four, I was starting sitting on it," Moustakas said. "Finally, he ended up leaving one up, and I was able to get a good swing on it."
Moustakas hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals outlasted the Detroit Tigers 8-5 on Sunday to earn a split of their four-game series.
Detroit — On the plus side, no one froze to death.
And, yes, there was that ninth-inning ruckus that spurred thoughts of Friday's craziness and rallies that might deliver a minor Motown miracle.
But it all ended glumly for the winless Tigers as they lost both games of their Easter doubleheader against the Pirates at ice-cold Comerica Park.
Detroit — The Tigers Wednesday night took care a few housekeeping items ahead of submitting their 2018 roster to the league office. They were moves that had previously been expected and reported.
They placed right-handed pitchers Mike Fiers (lumbar strain) and Johnny Barbato (forearm strain) on the 10-day disabled list – both retroactive to March 26.
Both would be eligible to return on April 5.
Also, the Tigers added utility man Niko Goodrum to the roster. He was a non-roster invitee this spring.
Lakeland, Fla. — Two players on the roster bubble showed well in the Tigers 9-3 spring win over the Yankees Saturday before a full house and berm at Publix Field (10,077, largest crowd of the spring).
Utility man Alexi Amarista seems close to securing one of the two available bench roles. He tripled into the right-center gap off Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning scored ahead of Leonys Martin, who banged his third home run of the spring.
Tampa, Fla. — General manager Al Avila always has left the door open to signing another veteran starting pitcher.
He made his move on Friday. According to a report by FanRagSports.com, the Tigers signed veteran Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4-million contract. It was initially uncertain if that salary was conditional on him making the big-league roster.
Lakeland, Fla. — The odds look stacked against him, but when was that ever not the case for Buck Farmer?
Farmer has pitched in parts of the last four seasons with the Tigers, finishing last year in the starting rotation. But he made the opening day roster just once. That was as reliever in 2016, filling in for injured mainstays Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy.
Detroit — Seemingly one of the Tigers more set position groups heading into spring training was the starting rotation.
Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Fiers, Matthew Boyd and Daniel Norris seemed, at the very least, penciled in, barring injury or subsequent ineptitude.
MLB rules no intent on Tigers pitch that hit plate umpire
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has ruled that the Detroit Tigers did not intend to throw a pitch that struck the plate umpire in the shoulder and knocked him to the ground.
MLB said Friday that Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre reviewed the play and found no wrongdoing and no cause for disciplinary action.
21 club: Indians set AL record with 21st straight win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Making history almost every time they take the field, the Cleveland Indians won their 21st straight game on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to set an American League record and join only two other teams in the past 101 years to win that many in a row.
21 club: Indians set AL record with 21st straight win
CLEVELAND (AP) — For more than 100 years, American League teams have gone on winning streaks of varying lengths — short ones, long ones, double-digit ones.
Nothing, though, like the one the Cleveland Indians have pieced together.
A streak for the ages.
Moving past the "Moneyball" Oakland Athletics, the Indians set the AL record with their 21st straight win on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to join only two other teams in the past 101 years to win that many consecutive games.
DETROIT (AP) — Buck Farmer made his big league debut nearly three years ago but has never pitched well enough to hold down a consistent spot in Detroit's rotation.
The Tigers hope he's finally ready to make a significant contribution.
CHICAGO (AP) — The first game of a doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain.
The start of Friday's second game was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes.
It was baseball's 26th postponement, one more than all of last season, according to Major League Baseball. Detroit and Chicago will make up the rainout on Saturday as part of a doubleheader starting at 1:10 p.m. The second game will begin shortly after the opener ends.
Tigers tap Zimmermann to start Friday against Braves
DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann is set to pitch Friday night for the playoff-chasing Detroit Tigers in what would be his first start in nearly three weeks.
Zimmermann has been trying to regain his effectiveness after missing significant time with neck issues. He allowed six runs in one inning Sept. 10 in his most recent start. The right-hander has pitched only once since then, allowing a run in three relief innings this past Sunday.
Tigers lose 7-4 to Indians as Cleveland clinches division
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have been losing to Cleveland all season, so it was fitting that the Indians celebrated their AL Central title at Comerica Park.
It's hard to explain the one-sided nature of this series this year. All the Tigers know is that they'll be in real trouble if it doesn't change soon.
Twins, Tigers rained out; plan doubleheader on Thursday
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Tigers gained ground in the American League wild card race on Wednesday night, even though they were rained out in Minnesota.
Thursday's doubleheader gives Detroit another big opportunity to climb in the wild card standings.
Wednesday's game was delayed by rain in the bottom of the third inning with the two teams scoreless and was postponed 90 minutes later leading to a split doubleheader on Thursday.