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MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (The News-Herald, Dearborn Press & Guide).

Illinois student convinces professor to reschedule exam for Cubs game

The Major League Baseball regular season has come to a close, but the postseason is right around the corner. You don't need to be a baseball fan to know that October baseball can be some of the most exciting in all of sports. It is...

Key dates: A look ahead to the Tigers offseason schedule

The 2015 season for the Detroit Tigers came to close Sunday afternoon with a shutout of the Chicago White Sox on the south side of the Windy City. For a majority of Tigers fans, it is a relief that the pain and stress is all gone until...

LISTEN: MSU head coach Mark Dantonio has ‘not so fun’ interview

The Michigan State Spartans football team moved to 5-0 over this past weekend, holding off a late push from the Purdue Boilermakers and winning by a final score of 24-21 in the first conference game of 2015. MSU opened up the game with a 21-0 lead going...

Detroit Tigers finish in bottom 10 – but that’s good!

With the loss to the Chicago White Sox Saturday night, the Detroit Tigers have locked up a last place finish in the American League Central division, the first time they've found themselves in the basement at season's end since 2008. The head-scratching disappointment in 2015 has also...

Ausmus expects Tigers to find closer on the market

The 2015 season for the Detroit Tigers has been plagued by injuries scattered throughout, but by and large has been a disappointment because of under-performance and season-long inconsistency. Much of that came from the relief pitching and the closer role. The team waived the white flag...

MLB commissioner adds insight to baseball changes

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred entered his first year at his new position with a lot on his plate. The biggest thing for him regarding the game of baseball was tackling the pace of play. He, like many others, are a strong supporter of cutting...

Vine: Model of Detroit with finished “District Detroit”

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In September of 2014, the city of Detroit broke ground on a plan to construct a new and upscale district that connects parts of the Motor City along Woodward Avenue. The headline of the project is the new Red Wings arena, which is expected...

Jose Ramirez breaks one of baseball’s unwritten rules [VIDEO]

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Baseball probably has the most extensive "unwritten" rules list in all of the major professional sports. There are so many, in fact, some people don't understand how they ever became part of the game in the first place. More often than not, in today's day and age it's a...

Victor Martinez leaves game with leg injury; remains day-to-day

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez left the game in the 5th inning vs. the Texas Rangers with what is being called "left quad soreness". https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/648690550049107968 Martinez was on first base and ran first to third on a double off the bat of Nick Castellanos, and hobbled halfway after...

Game 156: Detroit Tigers @ Texas Rangers

Detroit Tigers (72-83) vs. Texas Rangers (84-71) Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington - Arlington, TX First Pitch: 8:05 PM ET Weather: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. TV/Radio:...

Game 154: Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers

Minnesota Twins (78-75) vs. Detroit Tigers (72-81) Where: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI First Pitch: 7:08 PM ET Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph. TV/Radio: FSD/97.1 -- The Ticket Probable Pitchers: Tyler Duffey (4-1, 3.15 ERA) vs. Alfredo Simon (13-10, 5.21 ERA) Lineups: Minnesota...

Five moves to fix the Tigers in 2016

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...

GAMEDAY: Central Michigan Chippewas at No. 2 Michigan State Spartans

Who: Central Michigan Chippewas (1-2) vs. #2 Michigan State Spartans (3-0) Where: Spartan Stadium - East Lansing, MI Kickoff: Saturday, September 26th @ 12:00 PM ET TV/Radio: BTN/Spartan Radio Network Latest Line: MSU -26.5 Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. East wind 7 to 14 mph. Matchup: The Michigan...

Tigers’ players support discipline of Bruce Rondon

On Tuesday, rather surprising news broke from the Detroit Tigers that manager Brad Ausmus and General Manager Al Avila together agreed to send home relief pitcher Bruce Rondon for the remainder of the season due to a "lack of effort". Rondon had been given the closer role back...

West Michigan Whitecaps win Midwest League title!

There is indeed a silver lining in 2015 for the Detroit Tigers and their entire organization. Their Single-A affiliate in the Midwest League, the West Michigan Whitecaps, have captured the league championship. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/646150425373212672 https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/646157908388896768 The Whitecaps defeated the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, in a series-deciding...

Max Scherzer – 1, Matt Williams – 0 [VIDEO]

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This past offseason, former Detroit Tigers ace and 2013 American League Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer took his talents to the nation's capital, signing a deal worth over $200 million to pitch for the Washington Nationals. Instantly becoming the top dog for the staff, Scherzer by...

Game 146: Kansas City Royals @ Detroit Tigers

Kansas City Royals (86-60) vs. Detroit Tigers (67-78) Where: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI First Pitch: 7:08 PM ET Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Low around 68. South wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%....

Michigan State lands 4-star U-D Jesuit PG Cassius Winston

Tom Izzo's 2016 recruiting class just stepped up to the next level. Cassius Winston, a 6-foot, 185-pound point guard out of U-D Jesuit, considered by many as the No. 1 high school player in the state, announced Friday afternoon that he will be attending Michigan State to play for Izzo and the Spartans...

Watch this insane 41-shot rally in Chinese table tennis [VIDEO]

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Watching table tennis at the Olympics every four years is free entertainment. The form, the scene, the ridiculous rallies, it's the whole nine yards. Check out this incredible exchange of saves between two professional table tennis players of the China Super League. Each player served...

Anibal Sanchez “all good” after visiting Dr. Andrews

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez was set to make a tandem start Wednesday vs. the Minnesota Twins with fellow starting pitcher Daniel Norris, but was scratched Tuesday afternoon after experiencing some soreness flaring up in his right shoulder. Sanchez had been on the disabled list since the...

Game 145: Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers (66-78) vs. Minnesota Twins (75-69) Where: Target Field - Minneapolis, MN First Pitch: 8:10 PM ET Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind 10 to 15 mph. TV/Radio: FSD/97.1 -- The Ticket Probable Pitchers: Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.43 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (5-4, 4.73 ERA) Lineups: Detroit Tigers 1....

Indians worker sets off fireworks for wrong team [VIDEO]

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Fireworks are a popular choice for displaying appreciation from your team's good play. The key phrase here is YOUR TEAM, because, during the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians, the exact opposite happened. Royals outfielder Alex Rios hit...

West Michigan Whitecaps reach MWL Final!

It's been a year to forget for many of the Detroit Tigers and their organization top to bottom. However, the West Michigan Whitecaps are making the best of the opportunities, as their season continues on. Following Monday night's 14-5 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts in the Eastern...

Anibal Sanchez scratched from Wednesday’s start

The Detroit Tigers were set to welcome back both Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris from injuries on Wednesday. However, Sanchez had a setback and will no longer make an appearance. https://twitter.com/Chris_Iott/status/643625275654303744 Sanchez was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list back on August 19 with a right rotator cuff strain....

Ndamukong Suh: New team, same dirty play [Video]

The National Football League's Week 1 slate of games were underway Sunday afternoon and among the first games on the docket were the Miami Dolphins vs. the Washington Redskins. There were plenty of storylines going into it, among them was the debut of new Dolphin defensive...

Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris to return for Tigers

The 2015 season for the Detroit Tigers is already a lost cause, but they will be getting some pitching reinforcements this week. https://twitter.com/Chris_Iott/status/643075353641152512 Anibal Sanchez was on the disabled listed with a rotator cuff injury, while Daniel Norris was sidelined with a strained oblique. Both are eager to...

Game 141: Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers (64-76) vs. Cleveland Indians (69-70) Where: Progressive Field - Cleveland, OH First Pitch: 7:10 PM ET Weather: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then showers likely. Low around 64. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation...

Cespedes for NL MVP? Not as crazy 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.   On...

MLB and MLBPA grant Mets a waiver for Cespedes

Some rather shocking news to an extent out of New York, as Major League Baseball and the Players' Association have granted the New York Mets a waiver in an effort to try and re-sign former Detroit Tigers outfielder and trade deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes was dealt at...

Detroit Tigers 2016 schedule released!

The Detroit Tigers waived the white flag at the trade deadline and the train derailed in a heartbeat. The team has yet to win more than three games in a row since the first week of 2015, they sit in last place in the division,...

College GameDay crew defends Harbaugh, UM’s first game

The 2015-'16 college football season unofficially began on Saturday when ESPN's "College GameDay" was live from Fort Worth, Texas for the primetime game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Wisconsin Badgers. Throughout the three hour telecast, the crew dissected games that were slated for...

West Michigan Whitecaps clinch playoff berth

There is a silver lining in the Detroit Tigers' struggling 2015 season. Their Class-A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps, have clinched a playoff spot for the Midwest League. The Whitecaps (39-26) are currently in second place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League, 3.0 games behind...

Detroit Tigers Burning Questions: Call ups, free agency, and Ausmus

The baseball season calendar has already flipped to September. At one point, the Detroit Tigers were 11-2 and among the one of the most impressive looking teams in the American League. Now on September 3rd, they sit in the basement of the American League...

Kyle Lobstein to start Friday; Kyle Ryan may get a start soon

A pair of young left-handed pitchers both named Kyle make their anticipated returns to the Detroit Tigers. Starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein will make his first start since mid-May. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/639488506893615104 Lobstein made eight starts in the beginning of the season before being sidelined with a sore shoulder and eventually...

Tigers call up Bryan Holaday, Kyle Ryan

The Detroit Tigers have announced a couple roster moves, now that the month of September is here. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/638741308463554560 Pitcher Kyle Ryan has appeared in ten games and made five starts for the Tigers this season. The 23-year old is 1-2 with a 5.94 ERA in those ten games....

Baseball fan safety begins with fan cooperation

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. During...

2015 Little League World Series – Japan wins again

The 69th edition of the Little League World Series has come to a close in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. For the 10th time in its country's history, Japan is crowned the champions, as they defeated the United States champion and local favorite from Lewisberry, PA by...

Shane Greene to have season-ending surgery

The Detroit Tigers have announced that right-handed pitched Shane Greene will undergo season-ending surgery. https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/636640828493008896 Greene had been dealing with an artery issue that was causing numbness in his pitching hand. His first season in Detroit will end with a 4-8 record and an ERA of 6.88 in...

Game 126: Los Angeles Angels @ Detroit Tigers

Los Angeles Angels (64-61) vs. Detroit Tigers (59-66) Where: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI First Pitch: 7:08 PM ET Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight. TV/Radio: FSD/97.1 -- The Ticket Probable Pitchers: Hector Santiago (7-7, 2.91 ERA)...

Game 124: Detroit Tigers @ Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers (59-64) vs. Cincinnati Reds (51-71) Where: Great American Ballpark - Cincinnati, OH First Pitch: 7:10 PM ET Weather: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph. TV/Radio: FSD/97.1 -- The Ticket Probable Pitchers: Buck Farmer (0-2, 8.39 ERA) vs. Keyvius Sampson (2-2, 4.43...

Down on the farm: One week until September call-ups

With two weeks remaining in the minor league season, and five weeks left in the majors, the Detroit Tigers need to start their push towards the postseason. Despite the struggles and inability to string off a handful of wins, Detroit remains in the thick of...

Game 123: Texas Rangers @ Detroit Tigers

Texas Rangers (63-59) vs. Detroit Tigers (59-63) Where: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI First Pitch: 1:08 PM ET Weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms between 3pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 13...

Shane Greene diagnosed with artery issue

Just when the Detroit Tigers showed signs that they may have turned things around and began the make the American League Wild Card race a bit more interesting, they become decimated with injuries in their starting rotation. After putting Daniel Norris (oblique) and Anibal Sanchez (rotator cuff...

Tigers place Anibal Sanchez on 15-day DL

The injuries keep coming for the Detroit Tigers. They announced that have placed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/634461828542693376 Sanchez has not been sharp as of late, and his latest injury could possible explain that. Aside from his recent outing that was rain shortened...

Injury update: Norris leaves game with an apparent injury

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Norris has left the game in the bottom of the 5th inning with an apparent injury. https://twitter.com/jamesschmehl/status/634180860229611520 Norris was pitching fairly well, had only given up three runs on four hits, coughed up a couple long balls in the game. The highlight...

Game 119: Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago Cubs

Detroit Tigers (57-61) vs. Chicago Cubs (67-50) First Pitch: 8 PM ET Where: Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL Weather: A slight chance of showers between 9pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance...

Poor sportsmanship costly for Little League softball team

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A bizarre and unfortunate situation happened in the Little League Softball World Series over this past weekend in Portland, Oregon, and one team is being sent home after some poor sportsmanship is displayed from one team based out of Washington. The "West Regional" South Snohomish...

Financially strained Tigers may already have their left fielder for 2016

The Detroit Tigers continue to lumber along as the season winds down. With 44 games remaining on the 2015 schedule, they find themselves four games under the .500 mark, 15.0 games back of the first place Kansas City Royals in the American League Central division and...

AL oddity: Position player pitching to a relief pitcher?

A baseball oddity happened during Sunday's game between the Oakland Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles that will probably not happen again for quite some time, but it does happen in such scenarios. The O's dump trucked the A's by a score of 18-2. They pounded out 26...

Game 116: Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros

Detroit Tigers (55-60) vs. Houston Astros (63-53) Where: Minute Maid Park - Houston, TX First Pitch: 7:10 PM ET Weather: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. TV/Radio: FSD/97.1 -- The Ticket Probable Pitchers:...

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