Thursday, June 30, 2011

TIGERS TODAY-THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011- 1:05 p.m.

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RHP Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.38)
RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 4.78)

Record: 43-38 / Streak: W1

Game #82 / Home #43
Home: 25-17 / Road: 18-21
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The Tigers suffered a 16-9 loss to the Mets last night. Phil Coke (1-8) took the loss for Detroit after allowing eight runs (seven earned) in four innings of work. Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in four runs for the Tigers, while Andy Dirks, Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn all homered. The Tigers continue a 10-game homestand today with the final game of a three-game series versus the Mets. The homestand continues with a three-game series against the Giants beginning tomorrow night.

Following last night’s game, the Tigers optioned the contract of lefthanded pitcher Daniel Schlereth to Triple A Toledo. Detroit today recalled the contract of righthanded pitcher Brayan Villarrealrom Toledo. Villarreal posted a 0-5 record and 4.41 ERA (32.2IP/16ER) in seven outings (five starts) with the Mud Hens in 2011.
Detroit has won 31 of the club’s last 52 games dating back to May 3, a .596 winning percentage. The Tigers are second among all American League clubs with a .596 winning percentage during that stretch. The Boston Red Sox have compiled a 32-19 record during the stretch, a .627 winning percentage.

The Tigers are batting .297 (280x942) with 139 runs scored, 44 doubles, nine triples and 34 home runs in 27 games during June. Detroit is tops among American League clubs with a .297 batting average, 34 home
runs and a .471 slugging percentage during the month, while the club is second with 139 runs scored.

Victor Martinez is hitting .373 (44x118) with nine doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI over his last 31 games dating back to May 27. He is fourth among all American League players with a .373 batting average during that stretch.

Brennan Boesch enters today’s game versus the Mets hitting .390 (39x100) with eight doubles, six home runs and 13 RBI over his last 25 games dating back to June 3. He is tied for the lead in the American League with 39 hits during that stretch, while he is third with a .390 batting average, sixth with a .650 slugging percentage and tied for ninth with six home runs.

The Tigers belted five home runs last night against New York to mark the seventh time the club has connected for five-or-more runs at home during the 12-year history of Comerica Park. Detroit last belted five-or-more home runs at Comerica Park on September 25, 2008 versus Tampa Bay.

Today’s game ball will be delivered by Staff Sergeant Dominic Prankienas of the United States Army from Bay City, Michigan. Staff Sergeant Prankienas has served one tour in Iraq and is currently home on leave
while deployed to Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Prankienas has proudly served the United States Army for five years.

During today’s game against the Mets, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander will host a group of Veterans from the John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Detroit and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System in his private luxury suite. These Veterans sustained injuries or illnesses in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

• Today’s national anthem will be performed by the Saline Area Summer Band.
• Today’s first pitch will be thrown out by a Tigers suite holder, and representatives from CBS Radio and the Tigers Fantasy Experience.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tigers retire Sparky's number, win 8-3

By Matt Harding

The ceremony

The Tigers picked up the final game of the three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning 8-3. However, the focus before the game would be on the number retirement ceremony for George "Sparky" Anderson, longtime Detroit manager. Many former Tigers were on hand to celebrate the occasion including: Al Kaline, Willie Horton, Lou Whitaker, Dan Petry, Ernie Harwell's old broadcasting partner Paul Carey, and Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell, whose team was in town for the series. (Gibson is the manager of the team while Trammell is his bench coach; a reversal of roles from their days on the Tiger's coaching staff).

Sparky fans came out in droves to watch the ceremony.
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

The Sparky flag will be given
to the Anderson family after the 2011 season.
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

The jersey presented to the Anderson family.
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

The unveiling of Sparky's #11.
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

The game

Brad Penny pitched 6.2 innings for the Tigers, allowing two runs on eight hits, walking only one and striking out two batters. Al Alburquerque gets the win, his fifth of the year, pitching 1.1 innings giving up two hits and no runs.

The contest was 2-1 after the seventh inning, in favor of the D-Backs. But, in the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers pounced, scoring a whopping seven runs. The Diamondbacks, with two more hits than the Tigers, lose by five runs, 8-3.

Take a look HERE for more photos from the ceremony and photos of the game itself.

Friday, June 24, 2011


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WHAT:         Gloves for Kids Autograph Signing

WHEN:         Saturday, June 25, 2011 (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

WHERE:         ABC Warehouse
                7215 E. 10 Mile
                Centerline, MI 48015        
WHY:         Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit’s youth with the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball. During select dates in May, June, July and August, Detroit Tigers players will make appearances along with representatives from WXYT and WWJ AM (CBS Radio) at various Metro Detroit ABC Warehouse locations. Tigers players will sign autographs during each visit in exchange for donations of new or gently used baseball and softball equipment such as gloves, cleats, bats, balls, shin guards etc. Monetary donations are also accepted.

        As part of the Gloves for Kids program, Tigers catcher Alex Avila and Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer will sign autographs tomorrow at ABC Warehouse in Centerline.


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Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early for
Ceremony Slated to Begin at 12:45 p.m.

DETROIT – Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson will be given the Tigers’ highest honor on Sunday afternoon as his number 11 jersey will be retired by the team in a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park. Anderson’s number 11 is just the seventh to be retired in the club’s 111-year history and the first since Willie Horton had his number 23 jersey retired during the 2000 season. Along with Horton, Anderson joins Hal Newhouser (16), Hank Greenberg (5), Charlie Gehringer (2) and Al Kaline (6) in having jersey numbers retired by the Tigers. Jackie Robinson’s number 42 has also been retired by all 30 major league clubs.

Anderson will be represented by his three children and their spouses, two grandchildren, a nephew, former players and other dignitaries for a ceremony on the field. Tigers Owner Michael Ilitch and Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski will represent the Tigers during the ceremony, which will be emceed by Tigers’ radio play-by-play voice Dan Dickerson.

“Sparky was truly one of the great managers in baseball,” said Tigers Owner Michael Ilitch. “He had a tremendous impact on the Detroit Tigers and our community. We’re proud to honor Sparky by adding his number 11 to the list of Tigers greats on the brick wall at Comerica Park.”

Anderson managed at the major league level for 26 seasons, including 17 with the Tigers from 1979-95. He recorded 1,331 victories as the Tigers manager and led the club to a World Series title during the 1984 season. He remains the Tigers all-time leader with 1,331 victories and 2,579 games managed. He was named American League Manager of the Year in both 1984 and 1987 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

In addition to his 17 seasons as Tigers manager, he left a lasting impact on the community through CATCH, a children’s charity he founded in 1987. CATCH raises funds to provide a current and future source of revenue to help improve the quality of life for sick, injured and at-risk pediatric patients who receive care from Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tigers Roster Move Update

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Following yesterday's game against the Dodgers, the Tigers optioned the contract of lefthanded pitcher Adam Wilk to Triple A Toledo. Today, the club has optioned the contract of infielder Danny Worth to Toledo and recalled the injury rehabilitation assignment of Brandon Inge from Toledo and reinstated him from the disabled list. Prior to tomorrow night's game against the Diamondbacks, the club will recall the contract of righthanded pitcher Ryan Perry from Triple A Toledo.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


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Club Statement from the Detroit Tigers on the Passing of Jim Northrup:

"The Detroit Tigers organization was saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Northrup. Jim dedicated 21 years with the Tigers, parts of 11 seasons as a player, and 10 in the Tigers television booth. Jim was instrumental in the Tigers 1968 World Series championship season. His significant contributions with the bat and the versatility he demonstrated in the outfield will always be remembered as one of the greatest World Series performances in Tigers history. The entire Tigers organization extends their heartfelt condolences to his wife, Patty, his children Kamil, Azaria, Jim, Paige and Kate, and the entire Northrup family."

The Tigers are planning to have a moment of silence in memory of Jim Northrup prior to tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Player Profile: Brennan Boesch

By Matt Harding
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Brennan Boesch has played for the Detroit Tigers since April 23, 2010. Fittingly, Boesch made that debut against the team that the Tigers are playing tonight, the Texas Rangers. In his debut, Boesch had two hits in four at-bats. Since then, Boesch has a .258 batting average accompanied with 19 home runs and 94 RBI.

The stats aren't stellar, but still, they're impressionable and Boesch has become a fan favorite in Detroit. As a matter of fact, in tonight's game, Brennan dressed to impress, going 5 for 6 with two home runs, five RBI, and three runs scored. Boesch's five hits is a career high. His home runs were both to right field and were both hit on 1-0 counts.

Of course, as I mentioned earlier, he's only been in the Motor City for a year now. So, where did Brennan Philip Boesch come from exactly?

Boesch's smooth swing
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

Brennan Boesch was born in Santa Monica, California. He went to Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles where he graduated in 2003, later (2009) being inducted into their Hall of Fame.

From there, the Tigers outfielder went to the University of California, Berkeley to play for the Bears. His bio at U-Cal calls him "a talented left-hander who can hit for both power and average...has developed into a solid outfielder as well."

Boesch was selected by the Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2006 Amateur Draft. He spent 2007 with the Single-A West Michigan White Caps and 2008 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, another Detroit affiliate. In '09, he played for the Erie SeaWolves (AA) where he led the Eastern League in home runs.

Alex Avila congratulates Boesch after #26 crosses the plate
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

Finally, in 2010, after a starting the season in Toledo with the Mud Hens (Triple-A), Brennan Boesch became a Detroit Tiger. So, tonight, against the same team he played in his debut, Boesch was destined to have a stellar game. And, ironically, after all of tonight's hits to right field, it would only be fitting that his first hit was a double to left field on the very first pitch he ever saw in the big leauges.

Brennan signs autographs for Detroit fans
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


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RHP Rick Porcello (4-3, 3.93)
RHP Scott Baker (2-3, 3.65)

RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers knocked off the Twins 8-7 last night at Comerica
Park. Al Alburquerque (3-1) picked up the win in relief for Detroit, while Joaquin
Benoit recorded his second save of the season. Jhonny Peralta doubled twice and
drove in two runs, while Victor Martinez collected two doubles and an RBI. The
Tigers conclude a nine-game homestand tonight with the final game of a three game
series versus Minnesota. Following an off day tomorrow, Detroit heads to
Chicago and Texas for a six-game road trip.

each of the club’s last eight games against the Twins dating back to September 2,
2010. It marks the longest winning streak by the Tigers over the Twins since the
club also posted an eight-game winning streak June 5-August 19, 1981. The last
time the Tigers recorded a winning streak longer than eight games over the club
was a nine-game winning streak when the Twins were the Washington Senators July
27, 1949-May 6, 1950.

WINNING WAYS: Detroit has won 16 of the club’s last 25 games dating back to
May 3, a .640 winning percentage. The Tigers are tops among all American League
clubs with a .640 winning percentage during that stretch.

HAPPY AT HOME: The Tigers have compiled a 119-70 record at Comerica Park
since the start of the 2009 season, a .630 winning percentage. Detroit is second
among all American League clubs with a .630 winning percentage at home during
that stretch, trailing a .656 winning percentage by the New York Yankees.

EXTRA, EXTRA: The Tigers collected five extra-base hits last night versus
Minnesota and have now collected at least one extra-base hit in all 54 games this
season. The 54-game streak to begin the season is the longest streak to begin the
season by a Tigers team since at least 1919. It marks the longest streak to begin a
season by an American League club since Tampa Bay collected an extra-base hit in
77 games to begin the 2007 season. The Tigers are the only team to collect an
extra-base hit in each game this season.

BULLISH BEHAVIOR: Tigers relievers have compiled a 2.59 ERA (31.1IP/9ER) and
33 strikeouts over the club’s last nine games dating back to May 22. During the
nine-game stretch, club relievers have limited opponents to a .200 batting average

scheduled to start for Triple A Toledo as part of an injury rehabilitation assignment
on Friday night at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Coke has been sidelined since May 24
with a right foot bone bruise.

scheduled to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Toledo on Friday
night at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has been sidelined since May 11 with right ankle

GAME BALL DELIVERY: Tonight’s game ball will be delivered by Sargeant William
Vance of the United States Army from Luna Pier, Michigan. Seargeant Vance has
served for 12 years, including time as the Section Sergeant of Transportation and
has served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

• Tonight’s national anthem will be performed
by Lori Adams.
• Tonight’s first pitch will be thrown out by
Tigers fan, Ray Deegan