Detroit News "The Tigers were about to run onto the field to start the game against the Indians Saturday when manager Brad Ausmus nudged Alex Avila. "He's like, 'Man, Simon looks nervous,'" Avila said. Of course he was being sarcastic. As Ausmus said after the game, Tigers starter Alfredo Simon is a cool..." April 26
Detroit News "Justin Verlander may be inching closer to resuming his throwing regimen – though inching is the operative word. Manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday morning that Verlander, on the DL with triceps strain, will accompany the Tigers on their 10-game road trip that starts Monday in..." April 25
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Maybe it was the extra round of batting practice early Friday afternoon. Maybe it was the crisp, "Pure Michigan" air at Comerica Park. Maybe it was just time. Whatever the reason, the Indians (6-9) erupted for a season-high 13 runs in their series opener against the Tigers. An offensive..." April 25
"I am preparing myself to be a major league player again," Nathan said. "That is my goal."
New York Post "Having dominated the best team in the American League, the Yankees aren’t about to wilt in front of the hottest team in baseball when the Subway Series opens Friday night in The Bronx. While the Yankees turned what sure looked like a miserable first month around on the road, the Mets have..." April 24
ESPN.com "Tigers closer Joe Nathan will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow. Nathan tore his ulnar collateral ligament Wednesday while pitching on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Toledo. Hoping to show that he was ready to come off the disabled..." April 24
New York Post "When David Price hits free agency following the season, a person who knows him from his time with Tampa Bay said the former Rays pitcher will prefer signing with an NL team because he loves to hit. Another thing making the NL attractive to the stud lefty is that the Yankees won’t leave the..." April 23
Joe Nathan has torn UCL and tendon. Season over #Tigers
Detroit News "The Tigers apparently know the fate of closer Joe Nathan; but after the 13-4 loss to the Yankees Wednesday, manager Brad Ausmus wasn't ready to disclose it. "We're going to hold off before we make any announcement on that," he said. Nathan had to leave his rehab appearance in Toledo after..." April 23
That's it for Joe Nathan. He tried to throw a warm-up pitch, but immediately exited after his first warm-up throw.
Michigan Live "Luke Putkonen is back. The Detroit Tigers have re-signed Putkonen to a minor league deal, a source close to the subject confirmed early Wednesday. Putkonen's arrival comes less than a month after the Tigers released the 28-year-old, who missed nearly all of last season with a right elbow..." April 22
New York Daily News "If you were wondering how Nathan Eovaldi would fare against some of the American League’s toughest lineups, he helped answer that question Tuesday night. Eovaldi followed CC Sabathia’s lead, producing a strong effort against arguably the most powerful lineup in the AL to lift the Yankees to a..." April 22
Michigan Live "Joe Nathan's rehab appearance has been cut short. Nathan, the Detroit Tigers reliever, exited his rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo earlier than planned Wednesday after suffering an apparent injury. Eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Nathan was scheduled to throw..." April 22
Detroit News "Alfredo Simon struck out Alex Rodriguez as a birthday present to his mother, and also nearly beaned him twice. Jose Iglesias made a play in the sixth inning that no shortstop has made around here in decades. Joba Chamberlain, who has been less than dominant in the early going this season, induced..." April 21
Michigan Live "Turns out Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander recently underwent additional tests on his throwing arm. And one of those tests was an MRI exam. Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand confirmed Monday that Verlander had an MRI exam last Thursday, and said the results of the test..." April 20
Detroit News "Left-hander Jose Quintana was at 40 pitches, and yet, amazingly, he was one strike away from getting out of the first inning unscathed. It would have been a rare feat, but the problem for him and the White Sox was that Yoenis Cespedes was at the plate. Quintana had faced him six times..." April 20
Verlander had an MRI exam Thursday, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. Results confirmed triceps strain.
The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20
SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20
Brad Ausmus doesn’t think Justin Verlander is throwing today, he said.
Victor Martinez is “certainly not 100%,” Ausmus said, but he doesn’t anticipate Martinez missing any starts soon vs. right-handers.
Michigan Live "Victor Martinez has no problem hitting from the right side of the plate. The 36-year-old made that absolutely clear the last two days when he launched ball after ball over the left-field wall during batting practice at Comerica Park. But can he do it from the left side, too? That remains to..." April 19
Chicago Sun-Times "A Jose Abreu grand slam, an Adam LaRoche tiebreaking three-run homer and a career-high four hits for Melky Cabrera – all in the first five innings of a 12-3 White Sox rout – was pretty much everything Robin Ventura could have asked for on a splendid, 68-degree afternoon in the Motor City. And,..." April 19
The Tigers are going to slow Justin Verlander down, Brad Ausmus said. He's not going to pick up a baseball until Sunday.
Detroit News "Hey, when you're hot, you're hot. It doesn't matter when you strand two runners in the first, and two more in the third, and two more in the fifth. You'll score enough. It doesn't even matter when the ball beats you to the bag by several feet in the ninth inning of a tie game. You'll be..." April 18
Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander was a long shot to start Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees. Now, he has no shot. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus officially ruled out Verlander for Tuesday's start and announced early Friday that left-hander Kyle Lobstein will start in..." April 18
Lineup vs. CWS: Gose 8, Kinsler 4, Cabrera 3, J. Martinez 9, Cespedes DH, Castellanos 5, Avila 2, Iglesias 6, Davis 7. Price starts.
Detroit News "The Tigers went into Cleveland over the weekend and hit the cover off the ball in a three-game sweep. The offense didn't make the trip to Pittsburgh — it scored three runs the last two games — yet, the winning continued. With another sterling pitching performance, this time from Alfredo..." April 16
Justin Verlander said his bullpen was short due to fatigue. Triceps muscle "achy" and some fatigue, but it never grabbed on him.
Detroit News "From his position in center field, Rajai Davis had a pretty good look at Shane Greene's pitches Tuesday night. "The balls that he throws, they look like strikes," Davis said. "They start out strikes and they stay strikes for a long time and then they go out of the zone. He gets a lot of swings..." April 15
Detroit News "It's not what Justin Verlander wanted because what he wanted was perfection. He truly hoped that after not throwing off a mound to hitters for 20 days because of a triceps strain, he'd throw 35 pitches in the bullpen and then throw four innings of a simulated game, some 60 more pitches, and be..." April 15
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Several members of the media stood along the wall of the PNC Park news conference room, space being tighter than usual after Monday’s home opener. Tucked behind them in the corner, almost out of sight, was Gerrit Cole, waiting for his turn to speak. There was not much he could say, though, to add..." April 14
Brad Ausmus told us they will make a decision on Thursday on whether to reinstate Justin Verlander #Tigers
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers will play in their third home opener of the season. Victor Martinez will not start for the third time though. As expected, Martinez is not in the starting lineup today as the Tigers play the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener at PNC Park. This is the first game of an..." April 13
Detroit News "The Tigers' 9-6 win over AL Central Division rival Indians Saturday was a beauty. It had all the twists and turns, subplots, and heroes — unlikely and likely — you could want for the fifth game of the season. Yet, when the dust settled, the Tigers remain undefeated in the young season, and in..." April 13
Justin Verlander is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
Michigan Live "Victor Martinez is going to multiple days off next week. But he doesn't plan to observe Sunday as a day of rest. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus expects that Martinez will be back in the lineup Sunday afternoon after he left the game early Saturday night due to an issue with his surgically..." April 12
V-Mart felt a pinch in back of left leg, Tigers announce. He's feeling better supposedly, and is listed as day-to-day.
Detroit News "The Tigers' 9-6 win over AL Central Division rival Indians Saturday was a beauty. It had all the twists and turns, subplots, and heroes — unlikely and likely — you could want for the fifth game of the season. Yet, when the dust settled, the Tigers remain undefeated in the young season, and in..." April 12
Ausmus on V-Mart: "He won't play in the field in Pittsburgh. He'll be a pinch-hitter, probably the best pinch-hitter in the game."
Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers continue to beat up on American League Central foes. After completing a three-game sweep of the Twins in Detroit, the Tigers pounded out 13 hits and five runs off Indians starter Zach McAllister on a windy afternoon today at Progressive Field, going on to beat the Indians,..." April 11
Justin Verlander threw 30 pitches off a mound today. All his pitches but his curveball. Said it went really well.
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
Detroit News "They waited. And they waited. And they waited some more. And let's be honest — if you were the Tigers and you were playing the way they're playing, and the Twins were playing the way they're playing, well, you'd wait, too. When the long day was over — nearly four hours of rain delay, and..." April 10
The Score "Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Nathan says his sore right elbow is improving, but he doesn't expect to pick up a baseball for at least another week. Nathan, who was placed on the disabled list after Wednesday's 11-0 win over the Minnesota Twins, confirmed to reporters Friday the injury is a Grade..." April 10
Detroit Free Press "Justin Verlander is day to day. And Thursday, the Detroit Tigers' right-hander threw long-toss and pitches from flat ground. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career Wednesday. Left-hander Kyle Lobstein was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and will start in..." April 10
Detroit News "Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez had a very clever strategy for staying warm on a wet and chilly Wednesday afternoon where the temperature barely climbed to 40 degrees. Work fast, throw strikes and get off the field as quick as possible. The Minnesota Twins more than accommodated the strategy,..." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers were confident Justin Verlander wouldn't need to miss his final spring training start last month. But he did. They were equally as optimistic Verlander would be able to make his first regular season start April 8 against the Minnesota Twins. But he didn't. And the Tigers..." April 09