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Big league teams appreciate the value of versatility

Mar. 29, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — In his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers, Niko Goodrum spent time at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots. The next logical step was to try him in center field, and manager Ron Gardenhire did just that during spring training this month....

Zimmermann to start opening day for Tigers

Mar. 24, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is going to make his second consecutive opening-day start. The Tigers announced the decision on Sunday. They begin the season on Thursday at Toronto. Zimmermann has struggled during his three years with the Tigers after arriving as a free...

Florida city dismantles, relocates Confederate statue

Mar. 23, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A statue of a Confederate soldier is being removed from a Florida park. The statue had stood at the center of Lakeland's Munn Park for 109 years. City officials began dismantling the monument Friday. City commissioners voted in December 2017 to start the process to move the statue...

Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery

Mar. 19, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery. The Tigers said Tuesday that surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow has been recommended following an MRI exam and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Fulmer, who experienced elbow...

Dodgers' Seager plays SS for first time since Tommy John

Mar. 14, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, three innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a minor league exhibition. The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year had surgery May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery...

Pearce breaks out of slump in hometown of Lakeland

Mar. 14, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce needed a trip home to find his swing. The Lakeland High School product ended an 0-for-12 spring training start with two homers as the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers tied 4-4 on Thursday. "It just feels good to finally get a rhythm," Pearce said. "For...

Fulmer won't pitch in near future, to work on mechanics

Mar. 14, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer will not pitch in games in the near future, focusing on lower-body mechanics. "He took a step back to refine his lower-body mechanics," Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said after Thursday's 4-4 tie with Boston. "We have no timetable when he's...

C Cameron Rupp acquired by the Tigers from Giants for cash

Mar. 8, 2019 7:58 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Catcher Cameron Rupp has been acquired by the Detroit Tigers from the San Francisco Giants for cash. The 30-year-old, a veteran of five major league seasons, spent last year at Triple-A and hit .223 with 11 doubles, 15 homers and 44 RBIs for Round Rock (Rangers), Rochester (Twins) and...

Even in nice weather, spring training can be a grind

Mar. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Earlier this week, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire left several of his top players out of the starting lineup. It was a rainy morning, but that wasn't the only reason. Gardenhire said some were dealing with aches and pains. "I talked to a number of our guys," Gardenhire said Tuesday....

Tigers send top draft pick Mize to minor league camp

Mar. 5, 2019 5:36 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was impressed with Casey Mize's brief stint with the major leaguers. "The kid was awesome. He had a ball here," Gardenhire said. "Having him pitch yesterday and seeing him out there was impressive." Mize, the No. 1 selection in last year's draft,...