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Still rebuilding, Tigers hoping for growth in 2019

Mar. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Al Avila is known for his candor, and the Detroit general manager has remained pretty straightforward about what the future holds for the Tigers. Yes, they're still rebuilding. "The only reason I'm being honest is because: How do you hide this?" Avila joked earlier this offseason. "I'm...

Harper gets 1st hit after 0-for-9 start in spring training

Mar. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper finally got his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start. The slugger lined a 97-mph fastball to center on a 2-1 pitch from Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game. He jokingly gestured...

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...

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,...

Fulmer feeling healthy, hopes to rebound from tough 2018

Mar. 4, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — When Michael Fulmer arrived in the major leagues in 2016, his impact was impressive and immediate. Now, the Detroit right-hander will settle for steady progress. Three years after that sparkling debut season, Fulmer is at a bit of a crossroads. He won AL Rookie of the Year honors in...

Norris struggles against hard-hitting Yankees

Mar. 3, 2019 5:43 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Norris got a taste of the powerful New York Yankees lineup in just six pitches That's all it took for lead-off hitter Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge to hit consecutive homers in the first inning of the Detroit Tigers 7-1 loss Sunday. Gardner added a second homer off the...

Unhurried starter Tanaka has no pitch-clock violations

Mar. 3, 2019 4:49 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka got along just fine with baseball's new 20-second pitch clock in his first spring training start. Tanaka is one of the majors' slowest workers, but he didn't have any violations while working three scoreless innings in New York's 7-1 win over a...