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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

VIDEO: Watch J.D. Martinez take Max Scherzer deep on a tape-measure shot

J.D. Martinez, who hit a tape-measure home run Tuesday, already had one that ranked among the longest in Comerica Park history.

On May 15, 2013, when Martinez was still a member of the Houston Astros, he hit a two-run blast off Max Scherzer that went 464 feet, off the honor wall in left-center field, under the Willie Horton and Ty Cobb signs.

It's ranked as the longest home run by a visiting player in the park's history.

Here's the video:

VIDEO: Watch J.D. Martinez blast a homer that ties for the longest in Comerica history

J.D. Martinez hit a 466-foot blast to the top of the camera well in center field, tying Miguel Cabrera for the longest home run in Comerica Park history.


Watch the home run below: 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

VIDEO: Watch Ian Kinsler get ejected for the first time as a member of the Tigers

Ian Kinsler was ejected by home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez in the third inning of Sunday's game.

Read more about it here.

Watch video of his ejection here:

Friday, July 17, 2015

VIDEO: J.D. Martinez robs Chris Davis of a home run

J.D. Martinez came to the Tigers with a reputation as not being a great defensive outfielder, but he's worked hard to turn that around.

"I just don't want to be the guy in the outfield that's a hazard," he said recently.

He was anything but a hazard in right field Friday night, robbing Chris Davis of a home run to end the third inning, then leaping to catch a sharp liner off the bat of Jimmy Paredes to end the fourth.

Here's video of the homer-robbing catch:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

VIDEO: Watch Alex Avila dive into the stands to catch a foul ball

Alex Avila has played at first base before — mostly as an underclassman in college — but very little as a professional.

"It’s a little different, because I hadn’t played there regularly since college. There’s a different aspect, there’s a different angle to field. You’re more used to looking at everybody," he said before Saturday's game.

"Obviously, there’s different fundamentals to go along with that, which I have the basics of. I’m not going to be amazing over there, by any means. I’m going to be adequate."
He looked like an old pro on this play in his first career big-league start at first, robbing Toronto's Russell Martin with a catch on a foul ball in the fourth inning.

Watch the video here:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

VIDEO: Watch Gorkys Hernandez's baserunning gaffe here

Former Tigers prospect Gorkys Hernandez was called upon as a pinch runner in Tuesday's 14-inning affair between the Pirates and Tigers, but it didn't go like he'd planned.

He ended up getting confused about whether a fly ball to right-center field was caught or not, missed second base on his way back by, and was called out on appeal.

That play eventually was the basis for a scoring change that charged Tigers reliever Alex Wilson with the loss.

You can watch the play here:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

VIDEO: Miguel Cabrera issues severe weather warning to baseball, pulverizes another home run

"It’s not often you see a home run hit to center that you know is gone off the bat at Comerica Park," manager Brad Ausmus said. "And I think everyone knew it was gone off the bat."

Ausmus said that about Miguel Cabrera's home run that hit the camera well in center field Friday night, measured at 454 feet.

It was just as applicable to Sunday's fourth-inning home run, clocked at 450 feet, according to ESPN Stats and Info, that made it into the second row of shrubbery in center field, just right of the flag pole.

It got out fast enough to beat the deluge of rain that would suspend the game after the fifth inning.

As James McCann said Friday, "It's not right. It's not fair."