Moore awaiting birth of baby as Tigers open camp
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore's mind isn't just on spring training.
He traveled to Tampa, where his wife his due to give birth any day now, then returned to Lakeland for the Detroit Tigers' first workout.
"Everything's OK," the 29-year-old left-hander said Wednesday. "It's our first baby."
Tigers’ Zimmermann, wife give UW-Stevens Point $500K
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and his wife are donating $500,000 to the baseball program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where both were student athletes.
The university said Thursday that the donation from Zimmermann and his wife, Mandy, marks the largest gift of its kind to a Pointers athletic program. The school says it plans to use the money to upgrade University Field with a new scoreboard, backstop and batting cages.
Detroit’s Zimmermann, Stewart have core muscle surgery
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and outfielder Christin Stewart had core muscle repair surgery Thursday but are expected to be ready for spring training.
The Tigers said the operations took place in Philadelphia and were performed by Dr. William Meyers.
Zimmermann went 7-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 25 starts this season.
Jordan Zimmermann, Tigers beat light-hitting Cubs 2-1
DETROIT (AP) — It didn't look or sound like a rebuilding team, holding on for a win against a contender.
Shane Greene had a game-ending strikeout against Jason Heyward — with fans roaring on their feet — to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Davidson, Abreu homer as White Sox hold off Tigers, 6-5
DETROIT (AP) — The Chicago White Sox haven't had much success against the Detroit Tigers this season.
It isn't because of Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson.
On Wednesday, Abreu and Davidson each hit two-run home runs, combined for six hits and drove in five of Chicago's runs in a 6-5 win.
Abreu is hitting .336 with 17 homers in 84 games against the Tigers in his career, while Davidson is at .370 with seven homers in 23 games.
DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann knew two things when he took the mound against Bartolo Colon on Friday night.
He was going to have to be good to keep Colon from making history, and the game wasn't going to take long.
Zimmermann came through, outdueling Colon as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a game that ended four minutes after sunset at Comerica Park.
TORONTO (AP) — Stuck in an 11-game losing streak, the Detroit Tigers cleared the air with a pregame meeting. Then Nick Castellanos went out and cleared the bases with an important home run that helped stop Detroit's slide.
Castellanos hit his fourth career grand slam, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 on Sunday.
Hardy pitches Tigers to 3-2 win over White Sox
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire knew he was going to have to make some pitching decisions Sunday with long reliever Blaine Hardy on the mound.
He didn't expect the call would be whether Hardy should stay in for the eighth inning.
Hardy pitched a career-high seven innings, leading the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the lowly Chicago White Sox.
Tigers put Candelario on DL with wrist issue
DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers have put third baseman Jeimer Candelario on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist tendinitis.
Detroit announced the move Monday and made it retroactive to Sunday. Infielder Dawel Lugo was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Candelario is hitting .272 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. He joins Miguel Cabrera, Leonys Martin, Jordan Zimmermann, Alex Wilson and Daniel Norris on the DL for the Tigers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was hot on the field, and Jordan Zimmermann had been sick for two days. And still the Royals were no match for the Tigers right-hander.
Zimmermann allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, Nicholas Castellanos had three extra-base hits and Detroit beat Kansas City 3-2 on Saturday.
Zimmermann (2-0) improved to 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts, against the Royals. This shut-down performance came while battling flu-like symptoms.
Pittsburgh — Rain can be a pain.
So, too, can cold, and snow, and all the other elements Mother Nature has tossed at the Tigers in 2018.
Cleveland — Experience gained.
It's one of the primary aims of this season for the rebuilding Tigers, and left-hander Daniel Norris got a fistful of experience Wednesday night.
He was cold-called into the game after seven pitches when starter Jordan Zimmermann was felled by a line drive to the face.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is expected to make his next start after being hit on the jaw by a line drive against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Zimmermann said Thursday that the swelling in his jaw had gone down and he didn't have a headache, and he planned on beginning his usual routine between starts. The right-hander's next scheduled start would be Tuesday against Baltimore.
Cleveland — This is Doug Teter's first full season as the Tigers' head trainer, but he handled a tough situation Wednesday night like a seasoned vet.
"Teeter did a really nice job calming everything down," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He handled it very well."
Tigers’ Zimmermann bruises jaw when hit by Kipnis’ liner
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann was back in Detroit's clubhouse a few hours after being hit in the face by Jason Kipnis' line drive in the first inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians and felt fortunate to come away with only a bruised jaw.
"Obviously it could've been worse," Zimmermann said. "It could've been a break, but it still didn't really feel that great. I'm sure it'll be worse tomorrow. I'll be good to go next time around."
Cleveland — It started with starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann taking a line drive off his face and ended, for all intents and purposes, with a flurry of fourth-inning singles.
Cleveland – Detroit Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann left Wednesday night's game in the first inning after he was struck on the right side of his face by a line drive from the Indians' Jason Kipnis.
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Tigers, Pirates must move on from last year’s aces
DETROIT (AP) — For a decade, opening day for the Detroit Tigers belonged almost exclusively to Justin Verlander.
Times have changed.
Verlander is with Houston now, and Detroit is set to start Jordan Zimmermann in Thursday's opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's a nice honor for Zimmermann, who has battled injuries and ineffectiveness during two seasons with the Tigers.
Here was the Tigers' roster four years ago, in 2014, when they piled into a charter jet headed for Detroit and for Opening Day against the Royals at Comerica Park.
The starting rotation was Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Anibal Sanchez and Drew Smyly.
Bob Wojnowski and Lynn Henning take a look at the 2018 Tigers heading into Thursday's season opener against the Pirates at Comerica Park.
Here are some of the highlights from The Detroit News' Detroit Tigers TV Show.
► 1:45: Lynn Henning on the end of spring training in Lakeland
Lakeland, Fla. — Nobody remembers the dress rehearsal.
Jordan Zimmermann, whose next start will be Opening Day at Comerica Park Thursday against the Pirates, will be glad of that.
Lakeland, Fla. — Jordan Zimmermann knew there was a chance he might be the Tigers' Opening Day starter. At least, he was told there was a chance.
Still, given that Michael Fulmer started the home opener last season and given his own struggles the last two years, it seemed like a longshot.
Lakeland, Fla. – You kept waiting for the punch line. You kept waiting for manager Ron Gardenhire's face to crack into that impish grin of his. But it never happened.
"I am not kidding you," he said. "I'm being serious."
Lakeland, Fla. — We're getting down to it now. Ten days left in spring training and still unsolved are the Tigers starting rotation, the final two or three bullpen spots and the final two bench jobs.
Tampa, Fla. – Maybe it was throwback Tuesday here at Steinbrenner Field.
Because it sure felt like April of 2016 the way Jordan Zimmermann was throwing the baseball.
Tampa, Fla. – The Detroit Tigers reassigned 11 players on Tuesday, but for a couple of them, it was more like, "goodbye for now."
Left-handed starter Ryan Carpenter and outfielder Mike Gerber, both assigned to Triple-A Toledo, have a good shot at playing for the Tigers at some point this season.
Gardenhire: Francisco Liriano has Tigers rotation spot if he’s healthy
Lakeland, Fla. – Two left-handed pitchers at two very different career stages, essentially fighting for one spot in the Detroit Tigers' rotation. Or so we thought.
Lakeland, Fla. — Rays outfielder Denard Span and Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann were teammates for a few years in Washington and no doubt they've had their encounters on the back fields in live batting practice.
Lakeland, Fla. — Jordan Zimmermann's buzzword this spring has been tempo. His mission is to get back to working quicker and being quicker to home plate.
Tampa, Fla. — General manager Al Avila always has left the door open to signing another veteran starting pitcher.
Trio of Tigers pull ‘Buddy’ prank on Ron Gardenhire
Lakeland, Fla. — This had Alex Wilson's imprints all over it; except it wasn't him. Not this time.
When the Tigers hit the field for the first official full-squad workout Monday, the nameplates on the backs of Wilson, Jordan Zimmermann and Michael Fulmer each read, "Buddy."
Lakeland, Fla. — You couldn't accurately say he was wide-eyed about any of it.
Lakeland, Fla. — Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann went back to Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas last week expecting to get another nerve-blocking injection in his neck. He needed two of them in the span of a year (one in November 2016, one in September) to relieve the pain and stiffness in his neck and shoulder.
Detroit — Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio saw it right away. Watching video of Jordan Zimmermann from last season, it didn't look anything like the pitcher he'd seen be dominant for a four-year stretch in Washington.
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.
Detroit – The Tigers checked off the first item on their winter shopping list late Thursday night, signing veteran right-handed starting pitcher Mike Fiers.
Detroit — Late Thursday night, the Tigers checked off the first item on their winter shopping list, signing veteran right-handed starting pitcher Mike Fiers.
Jordan Zimmermann is probably untradeable. Probably. But it might be for the best.
Rockies strand 11, fall to Castellanos and Tigers 4-3
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado tossed his bat to the ground in repulsion when his hard-hit liner disappeared into the glove of second baseman Ian Kinsler to start the ninth.
Just the latest frustrating night at the plate for the Colorado Rockies.
Nicholas Castellanos had three hits, including a two-run triple , and Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from early trouble to help the Detroit Tigers beat Colorado 4-3 on Monday.
Zimmermann leads Tigers to soggy 2-0 win over Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) — After a downpour that caused flash-flood warnings led to the afternoon's second lengthy delay, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus met in center field with crew chief Jerry Layne. There was about an inch of standing water dampening their cleats, down from pond-like areas a short time earlier.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann threw just about every pitch against Kansas City for a strike Monday night.
Except the one that plunked Alcides Escobar.
The Tigers' veteran starter pounded the zone in a dominant performance against the Royals, and backed by long home runs from Nicholas Castellanos and Mikie Mahtook, he helped Detroit to a 10-2 rout to open a four-game series between AL Central rivals.
DETROIT (AP) — In the final inning of a grueling doubleheader, Bradley Zimmer still had plenty of energy.
Zimmer's spectacular catch in left-center field punctuated Cleveland's 4-1 victory over Detroit in Saturday's nightcap. Jose Ramirez homered to cap a four-run rally in the sixth inning, and the Indians earned a split of the doubleheader after the Tigers took the opener 7-4.