Jordan Zimmermann had been waiting for this since last October. As good as his balky neck felt all offseason after an adjustment, as good as he felt while he was throwing in his side sessions, the right-hander knew his first big test wouldn't happen until he could face a hitter wearing a different uniform, the adrenaline of a game pumping through him.
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Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann took a step toward putting an injury-plagued 2016 season behind him with two solid innings in his first Grapefruit League start this spring before an eight-run eighth inning sent the Tigers to a 10-7 win over the Braves on Monday at Joker Marchant Stadium.
While Jordan Zimmermann took a big step toward putting last season's struggles behind him with his outing in the Tigers' 10-7 win over the Braves on Monday afternoon, Anibal Sanchez has more work to do.
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Ever since he was the Tigers' top prospect, Tony Clark has been coming to the club's Spring Training complex for most of the last quarter-century. Monday was the first time he got lost.
Matt Boyd fought off butterflies and his high school friend and former college roommate in a two-inning stint during the Tigers' 5-2 loss to the Mets on Sunday at First Data Field.
Few regulars made the two-and-a-half-hour bus ride on Sunday to the east coast of Florida, where the Tigers took on the Mets at First Data Field. And despite a 5-2 loss, manager Brad Ausmus took away some positives from the game.
Michael Conforto's white-hot start to spring continued with another home run on Sunday, part of a two-hit effort in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Tigers at First Data Field.
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Justin Verlander began his 12th Major League season trying to figure out when he was supposed to hit the field.
The Tigers needed 11 innings to put up their first run of Grapefruit League play at remodeled Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Once they finally crossed the plate they kept swinging for the fences, hitting three consecutive home runs off Astros reliever Edison Frias in the third inning Saturday.
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On the day the Tigers officially opened their new-look Spring Training ballpark, they bid farewell to the beacon who guided the franchise to such lofty heights.
Andrew Romine, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez powered the Tigers' offense out of an early slump with back-to-back-to-back home runs in a four-run third inning, sending Detroit to an 11-4 win over the Astros on Saturday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
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Amidst the procession of players remembering late Tigers owner Mike Ilitch on Friday, one prominent Tiger was missing. Anibal Sanchez had a good reason, though: He was becoming an American citizen.
American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer opened his year with a scoreless inning, but the Orioles squeaked out a pitching duel in both teams' Grapefruit League opener. Ryan Flaherty's second-inning sacrifice fly put Baltimore on top for good as Tyler Wilson and a slew of relievers shut down Detroit for a 2-0 O's win Friday afternoon.
Christopher Ilitch grew up watching his father become one of the most competitive owners in professional sports. He also grew up around baseball at all levels, coaching his children's teams. On the day Tigers players paid their last respects to late owner Mike Ilitch, Christopher let them know he feels the same way about the club as his father did.
Michael Fulmer came to Spring Training last year looking for a spot on the Tigers' pitching staff. This year, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year took the mound in the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener looking for the outside corner with his fastball. He didn't quite command it in his 2017 debut Friday, but with a scoreless inning against the Orioles during the Tigers' 2-0 loss at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, he began his sophomore season smoothly.
The Tigers' first injury in camp has taken Tyler Collins out of the center-field race for the early part of the Spring Training schedule. But neither Collins nor manager Brad Ausmus expects a lengthy absence.
Myles Jaye wasn't at Spring Training with the Tigers last year. The Tigers couldn't keep catcher Bryan Holaday, who was out of Minor League options, so they traded him to the Rangers and picked up Jaye in return. Perhaps it was fitting, then, that Jaye pitched the first two innings of the Tigers' Spring Training schedule this year.
Detroit celebrated the life of Mike Ilitch on Wednesday by bringing together a congregation of the town's most respected sports figures at the historic Fox Theatre, an apt venue given the late Tigers and Red Wings owner's impact on the city and its restoration efforts.
While the Tigers try to fill the void in center field created by Cameron Maybin's trade to the Angels, there's another opening Maybin left. Somebody has to hit second between leadoff man Ian Kinsler and All-Star slugger Miguel Cabrera.
In the wake of Jim Joyce joining fellow longtime Major League umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck and Tim Welke in retiring since last season ended, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus reflected on a run-in with Joyce early in his managerial career.
Never an organization afraid to go after high-ceiling pitchers, Detroit was able to draft and sign Matt Manning, a two-sport star in high school who has frontline starter potential. He immediately jumps to the top of the system as the No. 1 prospect and is the lone representative on the Top 100. Beyond Manning, it does thin out fairly quickly, though Christin Stewart hitting 30 homers and getting to Double-A in his first full year was certainly an encouraging sign.
The rain limiting the Tigers' Spring Training practice Wednesday morning to indoor activities likely meant the same for the 22nd Annual Major League Scramble that afternoon at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland.
The Tigers will spend Spring Training trying to figure out their center-field void with the young outfielders they have in camp. If it wasn't clear before camp started, it's clear now that the market has cleared.
When A.J. Achter had interest from Detroit in his first chance at free agency, the right-handed reliever jumped at the chance. As he competes for a job this Spring Training, he has the chance to jump-start his career where his roots are planted.
Ian Kinsler will never have a video post on Twitter performing feats of strength. For one, he's not a big social media fan. For another, he doesn't train that way. When it comes to baseball training, he has realized that extremes mean little for him.
In a normal offseason, slick-fielding shortstop prospect Dixon Machado would have come into Spring Training in game shape following winter ball in Venezuela. This winter, for the first time, he stayed away. The situation in his home country is too dangerous, his worries for his family too great. Even for players who aren't superstars, it's a risk.
Joe Jimenez has been waiting to face Major League competition since last summer. The Tigers' closer of the future's first look Monday included Victor Martinez, who made his big league debut in 2002 -- when Jimenez was seven years old.