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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

INJURY UPDATE: Joe Jimenez injury worse than first expected

A week or so ago, Joe Jimenez went to the disabled list with a back injury. Initially, the reports were that it wasn't as serious as it could have been and that the right-handed flamethrower would only miss a few days. Now, the injury seems...

WATCH: Desmond Howard Highlights

May 15th is Desmond Howard's birthday. In honor of that here is a highlight video of one of the most exciting football players to ever wear the winged helmet. Happy Birthday Desmond, and many more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XFK4p5WMlo

WATCH: 1968 Detroit Tigers began the process of mending a broken city

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
1967 was a devasting year for the city of Detroit. With riots plaguing the streets, armed guard lining the streets, and a martial-law-type rule governing the streets, the city was broken. When the 1968 baseball season rolled around, the Tigers kept winning. Their heroics on...

Section 313, seat no. 7 – It’s time to cut the dead weight

Welcome to Section 313, seat no. 7 -- I'm glad you're here this week. Last night the Tigers took their 16-16 record into Angels Stadium to take on a team that has had their number since 2000. It's been a week of turmoil, of...

Section 313 – seat no. 6: Baseball, Racism, and America

 Section 313 Seat no. 6 Welcome to Section 313, seat no. 6. I'm glad you're here. Normally we limit the discussion to just the Detroit Tigers, so if you want my thoughts on them watch the video above. However, this week we're going to take a...

Section 313 – seat no. 5: Pitching. Pitching. Pitching. And more, pitching.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Section 313 -- Seat no. 5 Welcome to Section 313 - seat no. 5 this week. Glad you could stop by. This week we're going to focus solely on the most important aspect of any baseball club -- their pitching staff. Usually, we have more than...

Game Day Thread: Fulmer strong, bats come alive in 13-4 win over the Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers  (10-8) vs. Minnesota Twins (8-10) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 2:10 EST Stadium: Target Field, Minneapolis Weather: 62°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Tyler Collins (CF) Nicolas Castellanos (3B) Victor Martinez (DH) Justin Upton...

JUST IN: Miguel Cabrera placed on DL; Tigers add John Hicks to active roster

As if losing four games in a row, to teams arguably you should have beaten, the Tigers announced this morning that slugger Miguel Cabrera is being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a groin strain. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/855826045651615744 The injury occurred during the disastrous sixth inning last night,...

Game Day Thread: Tiger’s drop fourth game in a row, 6-3 to the Twins.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers  (8-8) vs. Minnesota Twins (8-8) Box Score from MLB.com First Pitch: 8:10 EST Stadium: Target Field, Minneapolis Weather:  Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) Justin Upton (LF) Mikie Mahtook (RF) James McCann...

Section 313 – seat no. 4: Some burning questions I can’t figure out

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Section 313 seat no. 4 Welcome to Section 313, seat no. 4. This week we're going to look at a few questions I have been asking myself since the Minnesota series. If you want to catch up on previous week's thoughts, click here. So the Tigers sit...

Game Day Thread: Tigers swept out of Tampa after 8-1 drubbing

Detroit Tigers  (8-7) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9-8) Box Score via MLB.com   Tigers lineup: Hitters Box Score via MLB.com Game Notes: Ian Kinsler got the party started right with his 41st career leadoff home run. Then, the party stopped. https://twitter.com/tigers/status/855107851714539525 Daniel Norris was tagged for 5 runs (4 earned) in only 4.2...

Game Day Thread: Tigers bullpen falters again as they drop the second game 8-7.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Detroit Tigers  (8-6) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (8-8) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 7:10 EST Stadium: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Weather: Dome Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) Tyler Collins (RF) James McCann (C) ...

WATCH: Miggy goes BOOM to celebrate his birthday

Today, Miguel Cabrera turns 34-years-old. And, down in Tampa Bay, it didn't take long for him to start celebrating. After two quick outs by the Tigers lead off and two hitters, Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos, Miggy turned a Matt Andriese fastball around, 450 feet to...

Game Day Thread: Tigers bats quiet as they drop game one 5-1 to the Rays

Detroit Tigers  (8-5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7-8) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 7:10 EST Stadium: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Weather: Dome Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) Justin Upton (LF) Tyler Collins (RF) ...

Game Day Thread: Justin Verlander gives up the most runs in his career; Tigers lose 13-6

Detroit Tigers  (7-4) vs. Cleveland Indians (5-6) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 4:10 EST Stadium: Progressive Field, Cleveland Weather: High 76 degrees, 20% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / FS1 / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers Lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) ...

Game Day Thread: The Tigers held off the Indians to take game one of the series, 7-6.

Detroit Tigers (6-3) vs. Cleveland Indians (4-5) Box Score via MLB.com First Pitch: 7:10 EST Stadium: Progressive Field, Cleveland Weather: High 58 degrees, 20% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez...

Section 313 – Seat No. 3: There’s a lot to love about this Tigers team

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Section 313 Seat no. 3 Section 313 is what we have decided to call the weekly posts from Tigers editor, A.J. Reilly. Each will be labeled, chronologically, by seat numbers. This week is number 3. Follow the links to catch up on number 1 and number 2....

JUST IN: Tigers option RHP Joe Jimenez, purchase contract of William Cuevas

After today's loss to the Minnesota Twins, the Tigers announced they had purchased the contract of William Cuevas from Triple-A Toledo. To make room on the roster for Cuevas, the team optioned Joe Jimenez. The move comes just a few short moments after Jimenez made...

Game Day Thread: Zimmermann struggles, Anibal implodes and Tigers lose 11-5 to Twins

Minnesota Twins (6-3) vs. Detroit Tigers (6-3) Box Score from MLB.com First Pitch: 1:10 EST Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit Weather: High 55 degrees, 40% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Andrew Romine (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor...

MUST SEE: Andrew Romine hits first career Grand Slam, celebrates with bat flip

Andrew Romine went BOOOOOOM!! The super utility man took a lower zone breaking ball ten rows deep for the first grand slam of his career. The salami gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. https://twitter.com/CSlonksnis/status/852231090265886721 The super utility man took a...

Game Day Thread: Fulmer grinds, Tigers sit alone atop AL Central Division

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins (5-3) vs. Detroit Tigers  (6-2) Box Score from MLB.com First Pitch: 1:10 EST Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit Weather: High 59 degrees, 0% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez...

Game Day Thread: Boyd deals, McCann smashes, Tigers win 2-1

Minnesota Twins (5-2) vs. Detroit Tigers  (5-2) Box Score from MLB.com First Pitch: 1:10 EST Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit Weather: High 64 degrees, 0% chance of rain Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) Victor Martinez (DH) Justin Upton (LF) ...

Section 313 – Seat no. 2: The Tigers, sitting at 4-2, are going to be alright

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
  When the Detroit Tigers gave their celebratory high fives over the pitcher's mound this afternoon, they had capped off a very nice 2-1 victory over Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox. But it wasn't just the game on Monday that was impressive; the entire series from top...

Game Day Thread: Tigers win 2-1 against Red Sox, taking 3 of 4

Boston Red Sox (3-3) vs. Detroit Tigers (4-2) Box Score from MLB.com First Pitch: 1:10 EST Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit Weather: High 76 degrees, 20% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel Cabrera (1B) ...

Game Day Thread: Bullpen blows lead, Tigers lose 7-5

Boston Red Sox (3-2) vs. Detroit Tigers (3-2) Box Score from MLB.com First Pitch: 1:10 EST Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit Weather: High 71 degrees, 0% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler - 2B Nicholas Castellanos - 3B Miguel...

Game Day Thread: Tigers power their way to a 4-1 victory over Red Sox

Boston Red Sox (2-2) vs. Detroit Tigers (3-1) Box score from MLB.com First Pitch: 1:10 EST Stadium: Comerica Park - Detroit Weather: High 59 degrees, 10% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler - 2B Nicholas Castellanos - 3B Miguel...

Game Day Thread: Tigers rally for comeback win, 6-5 vs. Red Sox

Boston Red Sox (2-1) vs. Detroit Tigers (2-1) Box Score courtesy of Google.com First Pitch:1:10 EST Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit Weather: High 49 degrees, 10% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler - 2B  Nicholas Castellanos - 3B  Miguel Cabrera...

Section 313 – Seat no. 1: Some things were good, others were not against White Sox

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Nothing about this Opening Series seemed to be right. Even the day the Detroit Tigers won, they weren't even supposed to be playing. Yet, we are two games into the 2017 season and they have split two games with the Chicago White Sox, a team...

Game Day Thread: Tigers never really got going, lose 11-2

DETROIT  (1-1) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (1-1) FIRST PITCH: 2:10 p.m. EST STADIUM: Guaranteed Rate Field - Chicago WEATHER: High 47 degrees, 20% chance of rain according to weather.com BROADCAST: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 FM The Ticket TIGERS LINEUP: Ian Kinsler, 2B (R) Nick Castellanos, 3B (R) Miguel Cabrera, 1B (R) ...

Baseball in the D

  There truly is no way to express what the game of baseball means. It is played beginning in the season of rebirth and ends in the season of thanks. A perfect timeline for such a wonderful game. At the beginning, you have high expectations...

GameDay Thread: Opening Day take 2!

Detroit Tigers  (86-75 in 2016) vs. Chicago White Sox (78-84 in 2016) Time: 2:10 EST Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois Weather: High 53 degrees, 10% chance of rain according to weather.com Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler (2B) Nicholas Castellanos (3B) Miguel...

WATCH: “Definition of Baseball” by Ernie Harwell

Today is the day. Yes, games started yesterday throughout the nation; but, today, baseball begins in Detroit. America's past time will be played all over America, only one game truly matters, the game featuring the Old English D. Baseball is important on a number of different...

Matt Boyd: The Detroit Tigers “X” Factor

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Matt Boyd has done everything he needed to do to earn a spot in the Tigers rotation. And for that, he was rewarded. When the Tigers leave Lakeland and head north for their Opening Day tilt with division foe, the Chicago White Sox, Matt Boyd...

REPORT: Steven Moya placed on waivers, roster cut to 28

MLB: Spring Training-Detroit Tigers at Miami Marlins
This afternoon while the Detroit Tigers were wrapping up their Grapefruit League game against the Philadelphia Phillies, reports came out that RF Steven Moya was placed on outright waivers. The move came after a bevy of moves this morning to trim the roster down to 25 --...

Why Tigers fans should be very concerned about J.D. Martinez’s injury

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
Opening Day is right around the corner, and the Detroit Tigers will be without their no. 5 hitter and right fielder, J.D. Martinez to start the season. J.D. suffered a sprain of his Lisfranc ligament in his right foot, making a running catch, and is supposed to...

JUST IN: Michael Fulmer to start Tigers home opener

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
News broke this morning that when the Detroit Tigers take on the Boston Red Sox, the weekend of April 7th, Michael Fulmer will be the starting pitcher. https://twitter.com/tigers/status/845666645465026561 This plan was tentatively in place as of Friday afternoon but became official this morning. Fulmer had a breakout year in 2016, earning him...

FLASHBACK: Randy Johnson destroys a bird with fastball

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
It was sixteen years ago, today, that Randy Johnson lined up a fastball and delivered it to home plate. Except, it never got there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ55Y1MoEUQ Definitely not something you see every day.

Why the true winner of the World Baseball Classic was the game itself

Baseball: World Baseball Classic-Final-USA at Puerto Rico
Late inning heroics, iconic moments, and walk-off memories. No, I'm not talking about the Major League Baseball postseason, I'm talking about this year's World Baseball Classic. The WBC this year has been nothing short of incredible; with game after game full of excitement and in...

Why JaCoby Jones should start in center field for the Detroit Tigers

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
As of today, there are two weeks left until Opening Day, that unofficial/official holiday all baseball fans look forward to each spring. And, given that today is the first day of Spring, the season of re-birth, it's time the center field competition for the Detroit...

Tigers send 6 to minors, 46 remain in camp

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
This morning the Tigers optioned RHP Sandy Baez to Single-A Lakeland, as well as RHP Warwick Saupold toTriple-A Toledo. Along with these moves, they additionally moved A.J. Achter, William Cuevas, Dustin Molleken, and INF Brett Pill were assigned to minor league camps. https://twitter.com/tigers/status/843810037843804160 In addition to the...

Ausmus mum on the center field position

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
As Spring Training nears the midway point, the Detroit Tigers are no closer to deciding on who will replace Cameron Maybin in center field. Stop me if you've heard this before. You know the candidates, as we've put together our own thoughts on each of them...

BREAKING: Jose Iglesias leaves game with apparent injury

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
Today in Grapefruit League action, the Detroit Tigers took on the Philadelphia Phillies. During the game starting shortstop Jose Iglesias slid head first into home plate and caught a knee to the face. https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/839181466680590340 He is being evaluated for a concussion and is considered day-to-day. We will keep you updated as the...

Justin Verlander: ‘Test me everyday’

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander returned to form with a vengeance last season, falling just shy of the AL Cy Young Award. Verlander, also, isn't one to usually hold back his thoughts either. Don't believe me, check out his twitter. One of his most prominent passions is...

Handicapping the Detroit Tigers center field postion

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
It has been well versed the chasm left in the dark reaches of center field for the Detroit Tigers. Since they decided to trade away Cameron Maybin, everyone and their brother has tried to figure out who will be the man running down fly balls...

Happy Birthday, Anibal Sanchez [VIDEO]

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Nation, help us wish Anibal Sanchez a happy birthday! In honor of his birthday watch this epic performance of 17 strikeouts against the Braves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWMNRoWkQic

Anibal Sanchez becomes United States Citizen

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Today, even though his team lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the Grapefruit League opener, Anibal Sanchez still came out a winner. Sanchez was among 123 immigrants that became United States Citizens today. Sanchez took the oath of citizenship in Miami County today, a place he is familiar with...

Dan Dickerson sees bright future for Tigers

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
This morning upon arriving at Joker Merchant Stadium, radio play-by-play announcer (and one of the best in the game, in my opinion) Dan Dickerson, couldn't contain his excitement about Detroit Tigers baseball. Dickerson began by posting pictures of the updated stadium, then proceeded to...

Tyler Collins out with lat injury, lineup for today

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Spring Training has claimed its first casualty, Tyler Collins. Reports came out today that Collins suffered a lat strain, "up near the armpit, while attempting to throw long toss," according to Jason Beck. https://twitter.com/beckjason/status/835129854970462208 Although Collins doesn't think that he will miss much time, Jeff Seidel...

LISTEN: Ernie Harwell recites the “Voice of the Turtle”

Today Grapefruit League action begins, which means "the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." Each year, as the Spring Training games kicked off, legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell would utter these famous words: "Lo, the Winter's passed, the rain is over and gone,...

5 Best Detroit Tigers uniforms in club history

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago Cubs
They always say, "if you look good, you'll play good." I believe it. That's why when we're young we always have to buy the best looking cleats, a couple arm bands, eye black, and it determines whether we wear our pant legs up or...

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