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    As the first week of the season has finished for the Detroit Tigers, the boys from Motown have started off 4-2, exposing some weaknesses in games at Seattle and against division rival Cleveland, but flexed some muscle in games against a highly talented Blue Jays and Royals squad.

    Miguel Cabrera has been red hot, batting nearly .500 and leading the team in nearly every statistical offensive category, while quieting a lot of doubters about his defensive abilities on the hot corner.

    Justin Verlander has continued where he left off of his MVP/Cy Young season, starting the 2012 campaign at 2-0.

    The biggest news of the week was Mike Illitch opening up his check book again, and inking SP Roy Oswalt to a one year, $8.5 million deal. Illitch is clearly sending a message to the team and team leadership that he expects a World Series win this season.

    The time is now in Detroit.
     
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    Detroit drops a tough one in Seattle in Roy Oswalts debut as a tiger, 1-0.

    Oswalt when over 7 innings giving up one unearned run due to a throwing error in the first.

    Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 9 games with another double.
     
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    The Tigers rebounded nicely in Comerica Park in the first rematch with the 2011 AL Champion Texas Rangers.

    The game started slowly for both offenses, until the bottom of the 3rd when Ramon Santiago roped a ball at Josh Hamilton and it trickled to the wall. Rangers SP Derek Holland was clearly rattled but escaped the inning with no further damage.

    In the bottom of the 4th, it was more Tigers. Prince Fielder started the inning off with a double and was advanced to 3rd on a ground out by Victor Martinez. Playing the odds, Ron Washington called for the intentional walk of Delmon Young to have the lefty pitch to left handed hitting Alex Avila. On Holland's first pitch, Avila sat on Holland's change piece and sent it deep into the seats in right field, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

    Delmon Young would add a 2 run HR later in the game.

    Rick Porcello was able to show good control and keep the Rangers aggressive bats guessing, going 7 innings, striking out 7 and only giving up 6 hits.


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    After not getting any bites on the trade market for troubled 3B/2B Brandon Inge, the Detroit Tigers GM has designated Brandon Inge for assignment and has been placed on waivers.

    Mostly as a cost cutting move, but Inge's future with the Tigers looks like there isn't much left.

    In other news, the Tigers have met terms with Roy Oswalt on a contract extension. Details will come later.

    Jose Valverde and Delmon Young have also been offered contract extensions, but are holding out to provide feedback to the Tigers front office.
     
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    Detroit has made some considerable moves in recent days...

    • Signed SP Roy Oswalt to a 3 year extension, totalling $38.5 million
    • Signed LF Delmon Young to a 3 year, $21 million extension
    • Signed CP Jose Valverde to a 6 year extension
    • Signed 16 year old, Cuban defector SP Manny Herrara to a minor league contract (1.5 * potential)
    • Signed 23 year old, CP Ryan Cook to a minor league contract (2.5 * potential)
    • Signed 17 year old, Puerto Rican MR Armando Gonzales to a minor league contract (2.5 * potential)
    Some under the radar signings should be able to free up some decisions for the Tigers in time for the 1st year player draft coming up soon.
     
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    As the first year player draft is wrapping up, the Tigers were able to fill some future gaps in the farm system, assuming the front office can come to terms with the prospects.

    Highlights:
    1st round: 2B Chris Easton
    http://www.mlbtheshowfranchise.com/tcbl/tcblreports/players/player_32163.html

    Chris projects to be a Dan Uggla type hitter, with exceptional ability to swipe a bag. If the Tigers can ink Easton, he may not be long from joining the big league squad.

    2nd round: CL Ben Taylor
    http://www.mlbtheshowfranchise.com/tcbl/tcblreports/players/player_32962.html

    Ben throws straight heat and has potential for some nasty stuff. Scouts say he needs some development on his secondary pitches, but the Tigers front office was ecstatic to land him in the second round to eventually replace Valverde.

    3rd round: SS Carlos Correa
    http://www.mlbtheshowfranchise.com/tcbl/tcblreports/players/player_37041.html

    Scouts were mixed on Correa, with some evaluations ranking him as high as a 4.5 * prospect. He's sure handed, and has potential for some pop in his bat.

    4th round: LF Richard Clark
    http://www.mlbtheshowfranchise.com/tcbl/tcblreports/players/player_32104.html

    This corner outfield prospect is another solid offensive prospect. Very solid defensively, with plus power, but hitting for average is something that Clark will need to work on.

    5th round: SP Larry Brown
    http://www.mlbtheshowfranchise.com/tcbl/tcblreports/players/player_32241.html

    This crafty southpaw may be a serviceable back of the rotation starter with some work. A hard worker, throws in the low nineties with a good slider and curveball.

    6th round: LF Nick Williams
    http://www.mlbtheshowfranchise.com/tcbl/tcblreports/players/player_37053.html

    A pure LF prospect, Nick is more of a gap hitter. He's got some speed too, but his baseball intelligence may turn him into a future gold glover in the outfield.

    7th round: SP Brent Fish
    http://www.mlbtheshowfranchise.com/tcbl/tcblreports/players/player_32711.html

    This RH pitcher is a pure developmental prospect. Straight out of high school, he doesn't throw very hard, but has some potential to develop a pretty good changeup. He has a knack for some pretty nice movement on his pitches.

    8th round: RF Steve Clark
    http://www.mlbtheshowfranchise.com/tcbl/tcblreports/players/player_33851.html

    Steve is a pure speedster on the base paths. Top of the charts running ability, with some potential for high .200 hitter, Clark maybe the Tigers' diamond in the rough in regard to a future lead off hitter.
     
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    3rd rounder Richard Clark and 4th rounder Carlos Correa finally reached an agreement with the Tigers late last night.

    All draft picks are currently in the Tigers farm system, as high as with the Western Michigan White Caps.
     
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    The Tigers are heading into the home stretch of the season, up a half game on the rival Indians with 4 games to play.

    A home series with the Twins and an away series with the White Sox will prove to be huge in deciding the central division championship.

    Pitching is turning around and becoming a strong point for the Tigers, but the bats are starting to falter a bit, as Jhonny Perralta has been the only power source for Motown the past 4 games. Hitting 3 HR's in the past 3 games, Perralta has been carrying the offense.

    Remaining games rotation:
    RHP Max Scherzer​
    RHP Roy Oswalt​
    RHP Rick Porcello​
    RHP Justin Verlander​
     
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    With the Tigers 1 game up on the 2nd place Cleveland Indians, with 3 games to go, the fate of the Tigers is in their own hands. 1 game left versus the White Sox with 2 remaining against the Twins, the magic number for Detroit is 2.

    A loss by the Indians versus the Twins will shrink that magic number down to 1.

    Big games coming up this week in the AL Central.

    Remaining starting pitching rotation is: RHP Roy Oswalt, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Justin Verlander. These guns need to be blazing to solidify the post season for the Tigers.

    Offensively, the big bats of the order have faltered lately. Cabrera and Prince have been wiffing far too much lately, but luckily, unsung heroes like Brennan Boesch, Delmon Young, and Jhonny Perralta have been able to pick up the slack.
     
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    The Tigers celebrated last night in Chicago as they clinched the 2012 AL Central Division Championship, behind stout pitching from Roy Oswalt and Phil Coke, and Prince Fielders 2 HR and 4 RBI's. ​
    The Tigers look to give right handed SP phenom a spot start to finish off the season against the Twins to save Justin Verlander for the playoffs now that the division is clinched. ​
     
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    The 2013 Tigers have started off a little sluggish with a 5-3 record and are still making moves.

    For their upcoming series, Dan Uggla will join the team at 2B.

    To make room for Uggla, Delmon Young, Jose Valverde, and Roy Oswalt have all been placed on waivers.
     
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    2013 has started pretty kindly for the Tigers and their pitching staff as they are out to a blazing hot 13-5 start, thanks to the arms of the starting rotation.

    The bullpen is still a little shaky top to bottom, with the exception of Al Albuquerque.

    Offensively, Andy Dirks has lead the team through the year. Hitting over .500 for most of the season until recently, he's been huge out of the 2 spot.

    Defensively, the Tigers are vastly improved as well, with Emilio Bonifacio and Placido Polanco manning SS and 2B.

    Dan Uggla is coming in to join the Tigers sooner or later, and baseball experts Buster Olney and Tim Kurkijan expect Polanco to move to his more natural 3B position to make room for Uggla at 2B. This means a move to DH for Miguel Cabrera or Prince Fielder and making Delmon Young even more expendable.
     
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    Tigers lose a heartbreaker in New York to close out the intraleague series with the Mets, 5-4.

    Prince Fielder gave the Tigers a 4-2 lead in the top of the 9th with a 2 run homer to right field.

    Jose Valverde was brought in to close up shop, but blew the save, giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth.

    The final run was the killer, as it was a routine ground ball to third, picked up easily by Miguel Cabrera, who promptly threw the ball into the stands to allow for the game to get tied up.

    The Tigers had plenty of opportunities to finish up the sweep of the Mets, but regardless, there are plenty of things for the Tigers to look to improve in that bullpen.

    Really looking forward to suring up that defense by allowing Polanco to move to 3B and Uggla come in at 2B.

    BobJr, he's still not available, and I'm 19 games into the season. Emmdotfrisk, is there no way I can get him on my squad now?

    Not trying to rile things up, but I'm at the point of not even wanting him now.
     
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    hmm I thought you already had him? I pushed through the trade last week.
     
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    In OOTP I've got him... The Show... Nothin...
     
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    Sitting at 17-7, the Detroit Tigers and their fans are pleased with their performance to this point of the season. Andy Dirks, Alex Avila, and Prince Fielder have carried the team offensively, and the arms of James McDonald and Justin Verlander have paced the pitching staff.

    A recent trade with the Houston Astros figures to clear a ton salary for the Tigers, and give a shot to rookie RF Jerad Head to get more playing time. Leaving Detroit were fan favorite Roy Oswalt, Delmon Young, and 4* potential and former 5th round pick Larry Brown. In exchange, the Tigers take on SP Wandy Rodriguez. Wandy will give the Tigers another lefty in the rotation or in the bullpen. His contract isn't exactly desirable, but has a team option to buy him out after this season, so there is a very good chance that even more money may be freed up to allow for Detroit to sign Justin Verlander for life.

    Dan Uggla has joined the Tigers and has come out swinging, launching 2 HR's in his 3 games with the Tigers. With the addition of Uggla and subtraction of Delmon Young, the Tigers lineup and pitching rotation will look something like this:

    vs. RHP
    1. SS Emilio Bonifacio
    2. LF Andy Dirks
    3. 3B Miguel Cabrera
    4. 1B Prince Fielder
    5. DH Dan Uggla
    6. C Alex Avila
    7. RF Brennan Boesch
    8. 2B Placido Polanco
    9. CF Austin Jackson
    vs. LHP
    1. CF Austin Jackson
    2. LF Jerad Head
    3. 3B Miguel Cabrera
    4. 1B Prince Fielder
    5. DH Dan Uggla
    6. C Alex Avila
    7. RF Brennan Boesch
    8. 2B Placido Polanco
    9. SS Emilio Bonifacio
    Starting Rotation

    1. RH Justin Verlander
    2. RH Max Scherzer
    3. RH Jacob Turner
    4. RH James McDonald
    5. LH Andy Oliver
    Spot Starter
    1. LH Wandy Rodriguez
    Middle Relief
    1. LH Adam Wilk
    2. RH Octavio Dotel
    3. RH Chris Hatcher
    Set up
    1. Jouquin Benoit/Valverde
    2. Al Albuquerque
    Closer

    1. Jose Valverde/Benoit
     
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