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Detroit Tigers waive pitcher who is immediately claimed by Angels

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Josh Harrison is officially a member of the Detroit Tigers after passing his physical. The Tigers announced the move on Saturday, prior to their first Grapefruit League game of Spring Training.

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Harrison’s deal is reportedly for 1-year and is worth $2 million.

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“All of us with the Tigers are looking forward to what Josh will bring to our organization this season wearing the Olde English ‘D’,” said Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Al Avila. “We’re extremely excited to have Josh join our ballclub and compete as a member of our team, bringing the same intensity and excitement that he’s become known for around the league. Additionally, we expect his off-field leadership and clubhouse presence will be significant, which is an area we place great importance on.”

Harrison, 31, played in 97 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018, hitting .250/.293/.363 with 41 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, and 37 RBI. Harrison excelled in clutch situations, batting .361 (48×133) with runners on base, which ranked second in the National League (min. 100 at-bats), while he hit .333 (23×69) with runners in scoring position, which was ninth in the NL (min. 60 at-bats).

A National League All-Star selection in 2014 and 2017, Harrison has played all eight of his Major League seasons with the Pirates, batting .277/.317/.408 with 363 runs scored, 154 doubles, 27 triples, 52 home runs, and 269 RBI in 842 games. He finished ninth in voting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 2014, hitting .315 (164×520), which ranked second in the NL. Harrison was also a member of Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, helping the United States to the Gold Medal.

Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the June 2008 draft, Harrison played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati, where he was named the Big East Co-Player of the Year and earned second-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in 2008. Harrison was elected to the University of Cincinnati Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2015.

In a corresponding move, the Tigers waived infielder/pitcher Kaleb Cowart, who was immediately claimed by his former team (four seasons), the Los Angeles Angels.

Cowart was claimed by the Tigers on Jan. 24 after he was placed on waivers by the Seattle Mariners.

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers announce SP for Easter Sunday

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According to the Detroit Tigers, lefty Daniel Norris will get the start on Easter Sunday. It will be his first start of the 2019 campaign.

In three appearances this season, Norris has posted a 4.32 ERA with four strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work.

NOTE: Saturday’s game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

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REPORT: Detroit Tigers seem to have something special planned for Steve Yzerman

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Steve Yzerman has officially been announced as the next Executive VP and General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

That took place earlier at Little Caesars Arena which means Yzerman probably is looking for something to do for the remainder of the evening, right?

Well, it sounds like the Detroit Tigers have him covered.

According to Tony Paul of the Detroit News, it “looks like” Yzerman will be throwing out the first pitch before tonight’s game between the Tigers and the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

The Tigers even have a uniform ready for The Captain.

Nothing has been officially announced but it looks like Yzerman will indeed be throwing out the first pitch before tonight’s game.

LOOK: Detroit Tigers honor Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman on scoreboard

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LOOK: Detroit Tigers honor Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman on scoreboard

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On Friday, the Detroit Red Wings held a 3 p.m. press conference, officially announcing Steve Yzerman as their next Executive VP and General Manager.

Earlier this morning, news broke that Yzerman was coming home and that has certainly been the talk of the town.

As you can see in the photo below, the Detroit Tigers are welcoming Yzerman back to the Motor City via a picture on their scoreboard.

This is real, folks! Our Captain has returned home!

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