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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

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

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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

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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...

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...

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