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A sometimes-irreverent look at Detroit's Boys of Summer, the Tigers, as they try to defend their back-to-back American League Central titles.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Evan Reed makes voluntary statement to Detroit Police Department


DETROIT — Evan Reed has not spoken with the media about his inclusion in the Detroit Police Department’s ongoing investigation into the allegations of a sexual assault, but he has now spoken with the police.

His attorneys released the following statement on Thursday:

“Evan Reed and his attorneys, David Gorcyca and Ben Gonek, have been fully cooperating with the Detroit Police Department since the inception of the investigation. Although Evan was under no legal obligation to make a statement, Evan voluntarily appeared at the Detroit Police Department and told the investigators what exactly transpired on March 29th and 30th.”

Reed was on the road with the Tigers on their West Coast swing when the allegations surfaced 10 days ago.

At the time, the pitcher had not yet spoken to his attorneys, but met with both, as well as investigators since the team returned from the trip.

Lineups for Verlander's start vs. Indians, Salazar


Neither team made any changes to the players in their lineup after Wednesday night's game, with the exception of the Indians subbing Carlos Santana in the field.

DETROIT TIGERS (6-5):
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Torii Hunter, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Austin Jackson, CF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Alex Gonzalez, SS
Rajai Davis, LF

Pitcher: Justin Verlander (1-1, 2.57 ERA)

CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-7)
Michael Bourn, CF
Nick Swisher, 1B
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Carlos Santana, 3B
Michael Brantley, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
David Murphy, RF
Yan Gomes, C
Lonnie Chisenhall, DH

Pitcher: Danny Salazar (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fender introduces Tigers-themed Stratocaster guitar


When Major League Baseball teamed up with Fender to produce collectible, baseball-themed guitars, it made sense that Detroit Tigers — who play home games just a handful of miles from the original Motown studio — would be one of the teams involved.

The Tigers are one of 12 MLB teams included in the initial group to be featured on the Stratocaster guitars, which feature artwork from the city on the body.

“Fender and Major League Baseball are all-American originals,” Fender marketing vice president Justin Norvell said in a press release. “Through this relationship, we’re excited to ‘team up’ to provide one-of-a-kind collectibles for musicians and baseball fans alike. The connections are intrinsic — baseball bats and guitars are both made from maple and ash, and tons of ballplayers are guitar players. We’ve had more casual or informal connections with players and teams for years, so this further solidifies a relationship we’ve long valued and enjoyed.”

The guitars cost $799, and are available on www.shopMLB.com and www.Fender.com/mlb.

Tigers lineup for Wednesday vs. Tribe, as they open nine-game homestand


The Detroit Tigers have played fewer games than any other team in baseball (10 coming in), but finally get to play their 11th on Wednesday (after Tuesday's weather postponement), facing the Cleveland Indians.

The Jackie Robinson Day celebration carries over from Tuesday, thanks to the postponement.

DETROIT TIGERS (6-4):
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Austin Jackson CF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila C
Alex Gonzalez SS
Rajai Davis LF

Pitcher: Anibal Sanchez

CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-7):
Michael Bourn CF
Nick Swisher 1B
Jason Kipnis 2B
Carlos Santana DH
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
David Murphy RF
Yan Gomes C
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

Pitcher: Zach McAllister

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tigers SNOWMYGOSH live chat


With the Tigers and Indians essentially snowed out for Tuesday evening, why not have a live chat? We'll convene at 5 p.m. to chat Tigers.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Dombrowski to appear for 'Mondays with Bernie' Q&A


It’s only an off day for the players.

While the Detroit Tigers are returning home, getting ready for a 10-game homestand, resting up on Monday, team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski will be a guest at the Mondays with Bernie event.

Dombrowski will join host and WDIV broadcaster Bernie Smilovitz from 7-8 p.m. for a question-and-answer session in front of a live audience at the TAP sports pub’s main dining room in the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit tonight (April 14).

Mondays with Bernie is a weekly event. Admission is free to the public.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Justin Verlander gets his first two career hits



Ben Verlander may have missed the opportunity to tease his older brother, Justin.

After all, now there might be TWO hitters in the family.

Justin Verlander got his first two career hits in Saturday’s game, after coming into the contest 0-for-26 in his career.

Little brother should’ve taken his shots when he had the chance.

Last spring, when Ben went on a home run tear at Old Dominionpart of what eventually got him drafted by the Tigers — Justin knew that he might get teased by his sibling about the difference in their respective hitting prowess.

“No, not yet. I’m sure I’ll get it,” Justin Verlander wryly admitted at the time, recalling the phone conversation with his father during his brother’s three-homer game last spring. “I was getting updates from my dad. ... So I call, and I’m like ‘What the (heck)? This has to be a different experience for you, rooting for home runs.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, no kidding. This is totally different.’ ”

The family hasn’t had the opportunity to cheer for hits by Justin, not for a long time.

“I was all right (at hitting) in high school,” he said.

He’d never reached base in 35 plate appearances over 10 years of interleague play, going hitless, with nine sacrifices to his credit.

Then came Saturday against Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Verlander singled right back through the box — rolling it over the mound, between Kennedy’s legs — with two outs in the second inning. (CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO)

"A hit! A HIT! JUSTIN GOT A HIT!" Ben Verlander tweeted.

His very next plate appearance, in the fourth, Verlander singled to right with one out in the fourth (and was nearly thrown out by Padres right fielder Chris Denorfia, who was playing shallow.)

"He's a hitting MACHINE! #TipsFromLittleBro" tweeted Ben Verlander, who is hitting .270 in nine games at Class A West Michigan.

In his fourth at-bat, Verlander grounded out to second base.