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

Sunday, May 24, 2015

VIDEO: Tigers win pregame anthem standoff with Astros

During the national anthem on Sunday, four members of the Detroit Tigers won a showdown with several members of the Houston Astros, a stare down to see which group would leave the field first.

Technically, the Tigers' group — which included Joba Chamberlain, Shane Greene, Angel Nesbitt and Tyler Collins — won by default, as home plate umpire Bob Davidson shooed the Astros off the field.

Watch the video here:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jose Iglesias leaves game with left knee contusion

DETROIT >> Another lower-body injury.

Jose Iglesias left Saturday’s game with a left-knee contusion, after appearing to bang knees with Astros first baseman Chris Carter trying to beat out an infield single in the sixth inning.

He is day to day.

Iglesias missed all of the 2014 season with shin splints that developed into stress fractures, and missed time earlier this season with a groin injury.

VIDEO: Kinsler and Iglesias perform ballet on dirt, with pretty double play

Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias have turned the act of turning a double play into an art form, as they did with their pretty twin killing in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Astros.

Watch the video here:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Still time to sign up for Justin Verlander's Memorial Day Wins for Warriors 9K

DETROIT >> There’s still time to sign up for the Wins for Warriors 9K.

Online registration for the race — which will be held in downtown Detroit and finish at home plate at Comerica Park — goes through noon on Saturday, but participants can register the day of the race, on Memorial Day.

Partnering with Opportunity Detroit, Justin Verlander’s Wins for Warriors program, which provides mental health support for veterans an their families, set up the race as another way to raise money for the benefit of servicemen and women.

And it’s a program is close to Verlander’s heart, having gone to college in Norfolk, Va., near the largest U.S. Navy facility in the world.

“It means a lot. I’m really passionate about our veterans, and what they do for us, and this is my way to give back,” Verlander said recently. “If you’re in the area, we’ve got a 9-K on Memorial Day, so go sign up for that, help support a good cause.”

You can sign up here:

Click here to see the race route:

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

VIDEO: Watch James McCann hit his first professional game-winning home run

James McCann's first career home run was an inside-the-park job.

His second career home run — the first over-the-fence homer — was a game-winner in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday afternoon, his first walk-off homer since college in 2011.

What will he do for an encore?

"I'd like to play for a good long time. That would be a good encore," he said.

You can watch him talk about the home run here:

And you can watch him hit it here:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

VIDEO: Avila has trained his padawan, James McCann, very well ...

There are some things that James McCann does very differently from Alex Avila.

And some he does quite the same.

Wednesday night, he took a page out of Avila's book to retire Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, jumping onto the backstop netting to catch the foul fly. Avila did the same thing, last September.

Here's the video:

It's not a dream — Tigers pick up on Ausmus T-shirt meme

There have been any number of Brad Ausmus memes since he took over as the manager of the Tigers, but not many have made their way into the team's clubhouse.

Now one has.

Every locker had a T-shirt in it by Wednesday afternoon, and all of them had Brad Ausmus' face on them, along with the word "Dreamy," spelled with an Olde English D.

 The T-shirts, made by Big Water Apparel, were apparently ordered by hitting coach Wally Joyner. [UPDATE: Joyner said he didn't order the shirts. "I wish I had. That would've been a good one for Brad."] [UPDATE II: Another potential culprit, Joba Chamberlain, the man behind the Zubaz suits, has been ruled out.]

"I don’t really have one," Ausmus said with a sheepish grin, when asked if he had a reaction. "Well, Alex (Avila) walked in with it on, to show me, like he had a question to ask. I haven’t walked through the clubhouse, to see if they’re all wearing them."

He won't ask for one, necessarily. But he won't avoid them, either.

"If it starts a winning streak, I’ll wear one," he joked.

There are any number of products with various Ausmus memes, including tote bags with Ausmus' face, and a "Hey Girl" quote.

"I know there’s a tote bag," Ausmus grudgingly admitted. "I’ve signed them, but I don’t know if there’s a relation."

UPDATE III: Process of elimination has settled on Alex Avila as the probable culprit. "I think it was Alex. That’s my guess," Ausmus said, admitting the catcher, currently on the disabled list, has the most time on his hands. "He boldly walked into the room the other day, wearing it in front of me. I assume that was his way of bragging."
Ausmus did say his wife, Liz, found out about the shirts on the internet.
"Somebody must’ve tweeted it, because she said ‘Who bought the T-shirts?’ She asked me last night," he said. "No, she doesn’t want one. Instead of 'Dreamy,' hers would say ‘Nightmare.’"