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NO!!! Detroit Tigers lose Don Kelly…again

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Here we go again. One day before Thanksgiving, the Detroit Tigers have learned they have lost Don Kelly to the Houston Astros as he will reportedly be their next first base coach.

Kelly played for the Tigers from 2009-2014 and though the utility man only hit .234 during that time, he was certainly a fan-favorite. After leaving the Tigers, Kelly spent a couple of years with the Marlins before returning to the Tigers organization, this time as a scout.

Good luck in Houston, Don!

And for one last time…

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TRADE RUMOR: Could Detroit Red Wings G Jimmy Howard be headed to Canada?

As it stands, the Calgary Flames are 12-8-1 which is currently good enough for the No. 4 seed in the NHL’s Western Conference.

But they have a problem with goaltending.

In 13 starts this season, Flames goaltender, Mike Smith has struggled to get the job done, as he has allowed 3.44 goals per game and has an abysmal save percentage of .876.

According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Flames could soon be looking to trade for a goaltender and Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard could be high on their list.

From Sportsnet:

Howard’s .922 save percentage in 14 games is one of the better marks in the league and he’s playing behind one of the most porous defence units that allows 35.2 shots against per game. Only twice this season has Howard allowed more than three goals a game and those came in his third and fourth starts of the season.

He makes $5.2 million against the cap, which is a million more than Smith, but is a UFA at season’s end.

“That’s the one guy I looked at,” Friedman said. “If you really go up and down the teams and look at who’s really available and who can be had out there, he’s probably your best option. There has been rumours, and I stress they are rumours, that he was looking at signing a short-term extension with the Red Wings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.”

To read the rest, please click on the link below.

https://detroitsportsnation.com/detroit-red-wings-news/ddrysdale/trade-rumor-detroit-red-wings-trade-jimmy-howard/11-2018/198652/

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ starting lineup for series opener vs. White Sox

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On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers look to put a halt to their 5-game losing streak when they host the Chicago White Sox in the first of a four-game series.

Here are the starting lineups for the game.

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ rookie slugger placed on IL

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According to the Detroit Tigers, rookie outfielder Christin Stewart has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain. In a corresponding move, infielder Brandon Dixon has been recalled from Toledo.

Stewart was injured in Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.

So far, in 20 games with the Tigers this season, Stewart is hitting .232 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.
To read the rest of the mock draft, please click here.

 

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Detroit Tigers’ rookie outfielder injured vs. Pirates

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According to reports, Detroit Tigers’ rookie Christin Stewart left Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a right medial quad spasm.

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Stewart was hurt and forced from the game under his own power after popping out in the eighth inning.

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