Saturday, July 30, 2011


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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired righthanded pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for lefthanded pitcher Charlie Furbush, third baseman Francisco Martinez, outfielder Casper Wells and a player to be named later on or before August 20.

Fister, 27, started 21 games for the Mariners this season, posting a 3-12 record and 3.33 ERA (146.0IP/54ER). He fanned 89 batters with Seattle this season, while surrendering 139 hits and issuing 32 walks. Fister is tied for seventh among all American League pitchers with 2.0 walks per nine innings.

In three seasons at the major league level with the Mariners (2009-11), Fister has compiled a 3.81 ERA (378.0IP/160ER) in 60 appearances (59 starts). He is third among all American League pitchers since the start of the 2009 season with 1.88 walks per nine innings.

Pauley, 28, has appeared in 39 games with Seattle in 2011, compiling a 5-4 record and 2.15 ERA (54.1IP/13ER). He has limited opponents to a .200 batting average (38x190) this season, while fanning 34 batters and issuing 16 walks. Pauley is tied for the lead among all American League relievers with five wins.

In four seasons at the major league level with the Boston Red Sox (2006, 2008) and Mariners (2010-11), Pauley has posted a 4.36 ERA (173.1IP/84ER) in 67 outings (20 starts).

The Tigers will announce corresponding roster moves when Fister and Pauley report to the club.

Furbush, 25, compiled a 1-3 record and 3.62 ERA (32.1IP/13ER) in 17 appearances (two starts) with the Tigers this season. He finished 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA (54.0IP/19ER) in 10 outings (nine starts) with Triple A Toledo in 2011. Furbush will join the Mariners at the major league level.

Martinez, 20, saw action in 91 games with Double A Erie in 2011, batting .282 (98x348) with 14 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 46 RBI. He will be assigned to Double A Jackson by the Mariners.

Wells, 26, hit .257 (29x113) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI in 64 games with the Tigers in 2011. He batted .370 (10x27) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and six RBI in seven games with Triple A Toledo this season. Wells will join the Mariners at the major league level.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired third baseman Wilson Betemit from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for lefthanded pitcher Antonio Cruz and catcher Julio Rodriguez.

Betemit, 29, batted .281 (57x203) with 15 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 27 RBI in 57 games with the Royals in 2011. He has primarily played third base for the Royals this season, seeing action in 47 games at the position. Additionally, Betemit saw action at first base (three games) and second base (one game) with Kansas City.

A veteran of nine seasons at the major league level with the Atlanta Braves (2001, 2004-06), Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-07), New York Yankees (2007-08), Chicago White Sox (2009) and Royals (2010-11), Betemit has posted a .268 batting average (434x1622), 100 doubles, five triples, 58 home runs and 224 RBI in 657 games during his career.

The Tigers will announce a corresponding roster when Betemit reports to the club.

Cruz, 19, posted a 2-6 record, 3.11 ERA (75.1IP/26ER), one save and 58 strikeouts in 22 outings (10 starts) with Single A West Michigan in 2011.

Rodriguez, 21, saw action in 66 games with Single A Lakeland this season, hitting .283 (64x226) with 11 doubles, a triple, home run and 27 RBI.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


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DETROIT – The Tigers begin the second half of the season this Friday as they host their division-rival Chicago White Sox (July 15-17) and Oakland Athletics (July 19-20) during a five-game homestand at Comerica Park. The White Sox series begins with a 7:05 p.m. start on Friday, continues with a 4:10 p.m. start on Saturday, and concludes with a 1:05 p.m. start on Sunday. Tuesday and Wednesday’s contests against Oakland will both begin at 7:05 p.m.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Guillen's Injury Rehab Assignment Transferred to Erie

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The Tigers today announced the club has transferred the injury rehabilitation assignment of second baseman Carlos Guillen from Triple A Toledo to Double A Erie. Guillen will join the SeaWolves to play tonight with the club at Akron. Toledo begins the club's all-star break today and returns to action on Thursday versus Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Guillen is scheduled to have his injury rehabilitation assignment transferred back to Toledo by the Tigers on Thursday.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rick Knapp Relieved of Duties as Tigers Pitching Coach

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Mike Rojas Joins Staff as Bullpen Coach,

DETROIT --- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has named Jeff Jones the club’s pitching coach and Mike Rojas will join the major league coaching staff as the team’s bullpen coach. Rick Knapp has been relieved of his duties as the club’s pitching coach.

Jones has served as Detroit’s bullpen coach since being named to the position by Jim Leyland on November 9, 2006. He began his professional coaching career with the Tigers organization in 1989, serving as a pitching coach at the minor league level throughout the years with Single A Fayetteville (1989), Double A London (1991-92), Double A Jacksonville (1996) and Triple A Toledo (1990, 1993-94, 1997-98, 2000-06). Jones worked as the bullpen coach in Detroit in 1995, the final month of the 1998 season and all of 1999, in addition to joining the major league staff to serve the remainder of the season in that role on both September 7, 2000 and April 9, 2002.

Jones was selected by Oakland in the 13th round of the June 1977 draft and his pitching career spanned 11 seasons (1977-87). He saw action at the major league level during five seasons with Oakland (1980-84).

Rojas joined the Tigers organization in 2004 to serve as the manager at Single A Oneonta. He spent two seasons as the manager at Single A Lakeland (2005-06) and one as the manager at Triple A Toledo (2007) before he worked three seasons as the organization’s minor league field coordinator (2008-10). Rojas was named Detroit’s Director of Player Development on August 6, 2010, a role he held until being named to the major league coaching staff today.

Rojas will join the club in Anaheim on Monday as the Tigers begin a seven-game road trip leading up to the all-star break. Tigers Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila will continue to oversee the organization’s player development operation, receiving additional assistance from the club’s Vice President, Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager David Chadd and Avila will continue working directly with Kevin Bradshaw (minor league field coordinator) and Jon Matlack (minor league pitching coordinator).

Knapp joined the Tigers as the club’s pitching coach on October 17, 2008. Prior to joining the Tigers, he served 12 seasons as the minor league pitching coordinator with the Minnesota Twins (1997-2008).

Tigers win final game in Giants series, 6-3

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Rick Porcello had been less than stellar coming into today's game against the San Francisco Giants. That'd change today. In seven innings, Porcello gave up three runs on five hits, striking out six batters. No -- not the best outing, but certainly not the worst. Joaquin Benoit would relieve him in the eighth, getting out of the inning with a spectacular diving catch by Ryan Raburn in left field.

Rick Porcello warms up in between innings
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Closer Jose Valverde, in his first outing after being voted a 2011 All-Star, received his 20th save of the season. Papa Grande gave up a base hit, walked one, and struck out the final batter.

Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run to get things started for the Tigers in the fourth inning. At that point the game was tied 1-1. Magglio Ordonez knocked a 2-RBI single up the middle in the seventh inning making the game 4-3 in Detroit's favor.

Boesch hive-fives Gene Lamont after his home run
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In the eighth, Brandon Inge gave the Tigers some insurance runs with his 2-RBI triple. Those runs, scored by Alex Avila (voted as the starting catcher for his first All-Star Game today) and Ramon Santiago, would be the final runs of the game for either team.

All-Star Alex Avila
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Before the All-Star Break, the Tigers start a three game set in Anaheim against the Angels (Mon-Wed) and a four game series in Kansas City against the Royals (Thurs-Sun). Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby and All-Star Game will be the following Monday and Tuesday, respectively.


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Record: 44-40 / Streak: L2
Game #85 / Home #46
Home: 26-19 / Road: 18-21
FSD/AM 1270 & 97.1 FM

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011- 1:05 p.m.
RHP Rick Porcello (6-6, 5.06)
RHP Ryan Vogelsong (6-1, 2.09)

Comerica Park. Max Scherzer (9-4) took the loss for Detroit after allowing nine runs
(six earned) in two innings of work. Jhonny Peralta and Brennan Boesch both belted
solo home runs for the Tigers, while Ryan Raburn finished with a single, double and
an RBI. The Tigers conclude a 10-game homestand today with the final game of a
three-game series versus the Giants. Following this afternoon’s game, the club hits
the road for a seven-game trip to Anaheim and Kansas City.

The Tigers suffered a 15-3 loss to the Giants last night at
contract of lefthanded pitcher Adam Wilk from Triple A Toledo. Wilk has started 10
games for the Mud Hens in 2011, posting a 4-5 record and 3.75 ERA (60.0IP/25ER).
Detroit optioned the contract of righthanded pitcher Brayan Villarreal to Toledo following
last night’s game versus San Francisco.

The Tigers today have recalled the
May 3, a .582 winning percentage. The Tigers are third among all American League
clubs with a .582 winning percentage during that stretch. The Red Sox have
compiled a 35-19 record during the stretch, a .648 winning percentage,
while the Yankees have posted a 33-22 record, a .600 winning percentage.
Detroit has won 32 of the club’s last 55 games dating back to
of the club’s 18 games during interleague play in 2011. Since interleague play
started in 1997, the Tigers have compiled a 140-124 record. The Tigers are 68-39
in interleague games at Comerica Park. Detroit is 6-11 during interleague action in

Today’s contest against the Giants is Detroit’s last
scored, 48 doubles, nine triples and 36 home runs over the club’s last 29 games
dating back to June 3. Detroit is tops among all American League clubs with a .298
batting average during that stretch, while the club is tied for the lead with 36 home
runs, is second with a .470 slugging percentage and third with 146 runs scored.

The Tigers are batting .298 (302x1012) with 146 runs
home runs and 21 RBI over his last 34 games dating back to May 27. He is tops
among all American League players with a .381 batting average during that stretch.

Victor Martinez is hitting .381 (48x126) with 10 doubles, two
seven home runs and 14 RBI over his last 28 games dating back to June 3. He
leads the American League with 44 hits during that stretch, while he is second with
a .400 batting average, fourth with a .673 slugging percentage and tied for ninth
with seven home runs.

Brennan Boesch is hitting .400 (44x110) with nine doubles,
Griswold of the United States Army from Edmore, Michigan. Specialist Griswold
recently returned from his first tour of duty in Iraq.

Today’s game ball will be delivered by Specialist Adam
will receive an “Every Kid Every Sunday” Justin Verlander Superhero Cape, courtesy
of Little Caesars. Kids can also enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or
the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel courtesy of Red Robin, free face painting at Gates A and B
and free hair spray painting courtesy of Great Clips. Additionally, there is a chance
for all kids to win a bicycle, compliments of Meijer. After the game all children are
invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases, courtesy of Pepsi.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. Today all kids
• Today’s national anthem will be performed
by Lori Adams.
• Today’s first pitch will be thrown out by a
Kids Club Raffle Winner.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Giants closer Brian Wilson throws tantrum

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If you happened to be watching the Tigers play this evening against the San Francisco Giants, you saw Brian Wilson get knocked around by Tigers hitting. He only got two outs, one in the eighth and one in the ninth. He blew a save opportunity in the eighth inning on a base hit by Magglio Ordonez, and, in total, gave up four hits, two earned runs, and one walk.

When manager Bruce Bochy pulled him for Jeremy Affeldt, he proceeded to go to the dugout and act like a child, throwing a tantrum. Wilson threw a Gatorade cooler at the bench and then threw a bat, which he would soon pick up, running across the dugout to show us all his best Happy Gilmore swing. He finished up by punching what appeared to be a plastic gum and seeds container.

When does Major League Baseball step in and clean up inexcusable acts such as this one? They won't. Sure, they (or the club) may fine him. However, the number will be like pocket change to a big leaguer. I don't care how big of a superstar you are or how many saves you have, on my team, wouldn't be on my team.

Oh, by the way, the Tigers lost on a line drive double play off the bat of Brennan Boesch.

Tiger Roster Moves - Friday July, 1

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ALBURQUERQUE PLACED ON DL, OLIVEROS RECALLED: The Tigers have placed righthanded pitcher Al Alburquerque on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 30 with right forearm flexor mass inflammation. The club today has recalled the contract of righthanded pitcher Lester Oliveros from Triple A Toledo. Oliveros is 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA (22.2IP/11ER), five saves and 22 strikeouts in 17 outings with Toledo this season.

GUILLEN’S INJURY REHAB TRANSFERRED TO TOLEDO: Carlos Guillen’s injury rehabilitation assignment will be transferred from Single A Lakeland to Triple A Toledo today. He joined Lakeland to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment on Monday. He hit .200 (3x15) with two doubles and two RBI in three games with Lakeland.