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Adam is a history teacher in Dallas, TX that grew up in Michigan and loves all things Detroit Sports. He has four books that will be published in 2016 (amazon.com/authors/ajreilly). He is also a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and when he has free time he enjoys a nice cigar and a great book. Contact him at ajreilly@detroitsportsnation.com

UPDATE: Kerry Hyder injury “significant”

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions
It didn't take long for the Detroit Lions to lose one of their key pieces in their first preseason game. Defensive end Kerry Hyder went down with a leg injury and never returned to action. After the game, head coach Jim Caldwell addressed the media to update...

GAME DAY PREVIEW: Detroit Lions @ Indianapolis Colts

Detroit Lions (0-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-0) Football is back! The Detroit Lions head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in their first preseason matchup of the 2017 season. Usually, preseason football is an extended tryout for the younger guys, but at least we...

WATCH: Justin Upton destroys baseball with walk-off home run

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Justin Upton has been nothing short of remarkable for the Detroit Tigers this season. He leads the team in home runs and stolen bases and for a team that has had nothing to hold their heads high about, Justin Upton has been a bright...

2 Detroit Tigers roster scenarios for 2018

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
It is no secret that the 2018 Detroit Tigers may look a lot different than this year's current club. With 2017 as disappointing as it has been the talk around town is that the team will be going through a much-needed rebuild. The stated goal of...

Matthew Stafford and Detroit Lions have “substantial gap” between them

The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have been working toward a contract extension for the 28-year-old gun slinger, but nothing has happened yet. In fact, while it was reported they were close to a deal a week ago, now according to Tom Pelissero there is a "substantial...

Getting to know your newest Tigers: Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes

Late Sunday night news broke that the Tigers had made a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The Tigers sent LHP Justin Wilson and back up catcher Alex Avila to the north side of the Windy City for two prospects and either a player to be named later or...

Justin Wilson to Chicago Cubs trade “close”

The big trade news in the twitter-phere is that the Chicago Cubs have been in talks with the Detroit Tigers for closer Justin Wilson. Those talks apparently are getting very close, according to baseball insiders. https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/891853186654449664 https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/891854319531601920 https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/891856924878229505 UPDATE: The Tigers and the Cubs did make a deal involving...

What is going on!? Adduci called up, is Miguel Cabrera injured?

Immediately after Friday night's loss to the Astros, outfielder Jim Adduci was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. The club has not yet confirmed. Aducci was sent down on Sunday, as the Tigers elected a three man bench in lieu of having more arms in the bullpen. Given the...

Section 313 Podcast, Episode 2: Justin Verlander’s legacy as a Tiger

https://soundcloud.com/aj-reilly-563444199/section313ep2 This weeks episode of Section 313 deals with the trade deadline, Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer's comments about rebuilding, and Brad Ausmus. (0:00-13:40): Justin Verlander and the trade deadline have been a rumored couple for months at this point. There is no secret that Tigers are...

WATCH: Adrian Beltre ejected for sense of humor

There are moments in sports that make you scratch your head. Most of the time it is when umpires start to take matters into their own hands. Last night, in a game that was decided long before the last out of the ninth inning,...

Warning: Detroit Pistons jersey ad may cause your eyes to bleed

The Detroit Pistons announced today that Flagstar Bank will be the sponsor represented on their jerseys this coming season. https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/890187457270079488 The NBA decided to put sponsors on the jerseys this season as a way to boost revenue. However, there are some regulations on how the patches...

Trade Deadline: Justin Verlander to LA?

It is no secret that the Major League Baseball trade deadline is looming and the Detroit Tigers will (hopefully) be right in the middle of it. However, this year, unlike years past, they will be the ones giving away top talent in order to...

JUST IN: Barry Sanders returns to Detroit Lions

Yes, it is true, Barry Sanders is coming back to the Lions. However, though the greatest running back in the history of the team, Sanders won't be scoring touchdowns but rather serving as the teams brand ambassador, according to the Detroit News. Sanders left the Lions abruptly...

LOOK: Tigers Daniel Norris tweets out cryptic message

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
This time of year with the trade deadline looming everything gets scrutinized. Every interview, every instagram page, and especially every tweet. Daniel Norris's name has been linked to the Cubs, back when they were asking about Michael Fulmer too, but other than that rumor there hasn't been...

The Section 313 Podcast: Tigers trade J.D. Martinez, who’s next?

https://soundcloud.com/aj-reilly-563444199/section313ep1 Show Highlights: J.D. Martinez Trade (:27-13:07) Who's next to go? (13:08-23:40) Tigers August Outlook (23:41-29:31) Welcome to the inaugural Section 313 podcast. We have taken our typical Section 313's, which will still exist, and added a podcast to them. It will be hot takes and...

3 Players who could replace Justin Wilson as Tigers closer

With the trade deadline two weeks away, and reports coming out that Tigers closer Justin Wilson is drawing legit interest from other teams, it's time to start thinking who could replace him. For decades the Tigers bullpen has been atrocious. Mostly because we've never had a strong anchor...

Report: Justin Wilson drawing ‘legit’ trade interest

Detroit Tigers closer, Justin Wilson, has been pretty damn good for the Tigers this season. After taking over the role as closer from Francisco Rodriguez, Wilson has been nothing but steady. The man hasn't even allowed a run since June 20th. All of that to say...

Why Michael Fulmer trade talks are just a bunch of hot air

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
The news came down yesterday that the Chicago Cubs were no longer interested in Justin Verlander, but were interested in listening to offers involving Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris. When I read that I thought, "Theo Epstein, of course, you want to listen in on deals for Michael Fulmer,...

Section 313, Seat No. 12 – 5 Biggest surprises from the first half

Section 313 Seat No. 12   Hello and welcome back to Section 313, today we're in Seat No. 12. It's been a few weeks since we last got together, but it isn't without good reason. However, since we last spoke the Tigers season has spun out of...

Hold your horses, this rebuild for the Tigers won’t be as bad as you think

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. It's...

Why I’ll Always Be A Tiger

There is no doubt the Detroit Tigers have been a major disappointment this season. You could point to Al Avila, Brad Ausmus, or a number of under performing stars as the culprit of their demise and you would be right in your assumption. But...

Brad Ausmus, Al Avila continue to add fuel to the fire under their seats

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. The...

Section 313, Seat No. 11 – Phrase of the day: concerned optimism

Section 313 - Seat No. 11 Welcome to Section 313, Seat No. 11 -- I'm glad you're here this week. As the weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays has already kicked off, the Tigers find themselves four games back of the division and only...

UPDATE: Victor Martinez hospitalized, place on 10-day DL; John Hicks recalled

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
News just came down that the Tigers designated hitter, Victor Martinez, spent the night in the hospital and is expected to stay another night. According to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, Ausmus said on the radio that whatever was ailing Martinez, presumably a virus, was...

Game Day Thread: Verlander, Tigers looking to right the ship against the Rays

Tampa Bay Rays (35-33) vs. Detroit Tigers (30-34) First Pitch: 7:10 EST Weather: 78°F • Drizzle • 19% PoP Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI Media: Fox Sports Detroit | 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup: 1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 2. Alex Avila (L) C 3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B 4. Victor Martinez (S) DH 5....

Series Preview: Tigers looking for retribution against Tampa Bay Rays

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays (35-33) vs. Detroit Tigers (30-34) Game 1 Alex Cobb (5-5. 4.29 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (4-4, 4.68 ERA) Thursday, June 15 @ 7:10 EST TV: Fox Sports Detroit | Radio: 97.1 The Ticket Justin Verlander has been looking for answers for a month now. After gritting his...

Game Day Thread: Zimmermann, Tigers looking to get back in the win column

Arizona Diamondbacks (40-26) vs. Detroit Tigers (30-33) First Pitch: 7:10 EST Weather: 78°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI Media: Fox Sports Detroit | 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  Ian Kinsler (2B) Alex Avila (C) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) J.D. Martinez (RF) Justin Upton...

Game Day Thread: Tigers host Diamondbacks in inter-league play

Arizona Diamondbacks (39-26) vs. Detroit Tigers (30-32) First Pitch: 7:10 EST Weather: 80°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI Media: Fox Sports Detroit | 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  Ian Kinsler (2B) Alex Avila (C) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) J.D. Martinez (RF) Justin Upton...

Series Preview: Tigers welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks to Comerica Park

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Arizona Diamondbacks (39-26) vs. Detroit Tigers (30-32) Game 1 Zach Greinke (8-3, 3.20) vs. Buck Farmer (2-0, 0.00 ERA) Tuesday, June 13 @ 7:10 EST TV: Fox Sports Detroit | Radio: 97.1 The Ticket The Detroit Tigers head home from their quick three-game series in Boston to take on one...

JUST IN: Tigers select RHP Alex Faedo with 18th overall pick

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
Today Major League Baseball hosted their first-year player draft. Three high school players were taken with the first three picks, followed by eight collegiate players, and five other high schoolers. The Tigers picked at spot 18 and with that selection, they chose right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo...

Game Day Thread: Detroit Tigers looking to avoid being swept in Fenway

Detroit Tigers (29-32) vs. Boston Red Sox (34-27) First Pitch: 8:05 EST Weather: 80°F • Clear • 0% PoP Stadium: Fenway Park - Boston, MA Media: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 2. Nicholas Castellanos (R) 3B 3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B 4. Victor Martinez (S) DH 5. J.D....

Game Day Thread: Battle of the aces as Verlander takes on Sale

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers (29-31) vs. Boston Red Sox (33-27) First Pitch: 7:10 EST Weather: 75°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP Stadium: Fenway Park - Boston, MA Media: Fox / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 2. Nicholas Castellanos (R) 3B 3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B 4. Victor Martinez (S) DH 5. J.D. Martinez (R)...

Game Day Thread: Jordan Zimmermann looking to build off last start

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Detroit Tigers (29-30) vs. Boston Red Sox (32-27) First Pitch: 7:10 EST Weather:  71°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP Stadium: Fenway Park - Boston, MA Media: Fox Sports Detroit and MLB Network (out of market) / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor...

Series Preview: Detroit Tigers head to Beantown to take on Red Sox

Detroit Tigers (29-30) vs. Boston Red Sox (32-27)  Game 1 Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 5.98 ERA) vs. Brian Johnson (2-0, 2.57) Friday, June 9 @ 7:10 EST TV: Fox Sports Detroit & MLB Network (Out of Market only) | Radio: 97.1 The Ticket The Tigers send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound...

Section 313, Seat No. 10 – Red Sox series a defining moment for Tigers

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Section 313 Seat No. 10 Welcome to Section 313, Seat No. 10 -- I'm glad you're here. As we gather in the section this week, we come to a series that seems insignificant for the Detroit Tigers but will tell us a lot about the team....

Game Day Thread: Fulmer and Tigers eyeing third straight series win

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels (30-32) vs. Detroit Tigers (29-29) First Pitch: 1:10 EST Weather: 75°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI Media: MLB Network (out of market only) / Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  Ian Kinsler (2B) Alex Avila (C) Miguel Cabrera (1B) ...

Game Day Thread: Buck Farmer called on to even series with Angels

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angeles (30-32) vs. Detroit Tigers (29-29) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 7:10 EST Weather: 71°F • Clear • 0% PoP Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Alex Avila (C) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) J.D....

Game Day Thread: Detroit Tigers look to Daniel Norris to keep up winning ways

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Angels (29-31) vs. Detroit Tigers (28-28) First Pitch: 7:10 EST Weather: 65°F • Mostly Cloudy • 1% PoP Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  Ian Kinsler (2B) Alex Avila (C) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) J.D. Martinez (RF) Justin Upton...

SERIES PREVIEW: Tigers eye third straight series win as Angels visit Comerica

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
LOS ANGELES ANGELS (29-31) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (28-28) Game 1 Jesse Chavez (4-6, 4.68 ERA, 50 K) vs. Daniel Norris (2-3, 4.47 ERA, 48 K) Tuesday, June 5 @ 7:10 p.m. ET TV: Fox Sports Detroit | Radio: 97.1 The Ticket Oh, how sweep it is! The Tigers earned...

Game Day Thread: Tigers look for first sweep of season behind Justin Verlander

Chicago White Sox (24-30) vs. Detroit Tigers (27-28) First Pitch: 1:10 EST Weather: 81°F • Partly Cloudy • 14% PoP Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup: Dixon Machado (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) J.D. Martinez (DH) Justin Upton (LF) John...

Game Day Thread: Tigers bats earn third straight victory

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Chicago White Sox (24-30) vs. Detroit Tigers (27-28) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 4:10 EST Weather: 80°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  Andrew Romine (2B) Alex Avila (C) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) J.D. Martinez...

WATCH: Al Kaline takes on Hammerin’ Hank Aaron in Home Run Derby

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If you're anything like me, when I would come home from school there was an old baseball program on television called "Home Run Derby." It isn't like what we witness each July during the All-Star festivities; it featured two ball players, competing head-to-head for...

Game Day Thread: Zimmermann and offense bad, Tigers lose 7-3 to White Sox

Detroit Tigers (23-27) vs. Chicago White Sox (23-26) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 2:10 EST Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field - Chicago, IL Weather: 72°F • Drizzle • 49% PoP Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  Andrew Romine (2B) Alex Avila (C) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) J.D. Martinez...

Game Day Thread: Tigers and White Sox Saturday twin bill

Game 1: Detroit Tigers (22-26) vs. Chicago White Sox (22-25) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 2:10 EST Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field - Chicago, IL Weather: 71°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  Andrew Romine (2B) Alex Avila (c) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor...

Game Day Thread: Detroit Tigers kick off series with Chicago White Sox

Detroit Tigers (22-24) vs. Chicago White Sox (20-25) Game 1:  First Pitch: 5:10 EST Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field - Chicago, IL Weather: 65* / 90 % chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup:  Jose Iglesias (SS) Alex Avila (c) Victor Martinez (DH) J.D. Martinez...

Section 313 – seat no. 9: A breakdown of the Detroit Tigers offense

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Section 313 -  seat no. 9 Welcome to Section 313, I'm glad you're here. If you've been around the Section the last couple of weeks you know we've been hammering the pitching pretty hard. So this week we're going to take a different approach. Over...

LOOK: Michael Fulmer to appear on future segment of ‘Play Ball

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Michael Fulmer is having himself the type of season that earns one "Ace" status. With the rest of the rotation looking more like a ride at Cedar Point than a Major League pitching staff, Fulmer has been the consistent cog in the Tigers wheel. The Tigers...

Game Day Thread: Tigers bats good enough to get win 6-3 against Astros

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers (22-23) vs. Houston Astros (31-16) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 8:10 EST Stadium: Minute Maid Park - Houston, TX Weather: 81 degrees and sunny according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Alex Avila (C) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) Justin...

Section 313 – seat no. 8: ESPN’s Buster Olney talks Tigers with DSN

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Section 313  seat no. 8   Welcome to Section 313, seat no. 8; I'm glad you're here. This week I had the pleasure of talking to Buster Olney of ESPN in preparation for the Sunday Night matchup with the Texas Rangers. Coming into the series with the Rangers the...

WATCH: The funniest baseball bloopers you will see

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Baseball is a game of poetry. It has given us smoothing fielding shortstops like Joes Iglesias, Derek Jeter, and Ozzie Smith just to name a few. But for how graceful these players can be, sometimes it's not as enchanting and becomes downright hilarious. Watch and enjoy...

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