Tigers News and Notes: Tigers v Marlins, Cabrera starts at 1B, the return of Don Kelly and more

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In today’s edition of News and Notes, we’ll discuss the Detroit Tigers defeating the Miami Marlins, Miguel Cabrera starting the game at first base, the return of Don Kelly, and all other important news to come out of Tigers’ camp today.

Tigers handle Marlins

Alfredo Simon took the mound of the Tigers today, pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Luckily for him, the relief pitchers were on their game today, and after taking over for Simon in the fifth inning, a combination of Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain and Bruce Rondon pitched the final 4 1/3 innings, allowing just four hits and zero runs.

At the plate, catcher Bryan Holaday was the star, blasting a grand-slam in the sixth inning to regain the lead for the Tigers. First basemen Jordan Lennerton also had himself a day, contributing 3 RBIs  after replacing Cabrera at the start of the 5th inning.

Cabrera makes debut at first base

While appearing at DH in some Spring Training games, Cabrera hadn’t started a game in the field until today when he played 4 innings at first base. He held up well, not aggravating any injury. But, without a doubt, the play of the day was Cabrera stealing a base hit from Kelly in the top of the 1st inning.

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The return of Don Kelly 

A fan favorite, Kelly faced off against the Tigers for the first time in over six years when Miami faced off against Detroit today. Kelly was one of the more beloved Tigers during his tenure, despite being a utility player at best. He’s fighting for a roster spot with Miami, but in his return to Lakeland, Tiger fans and the entire Detroit organization, welcomed Kelly back with open arms.

At the plate, Kelly got some sort of revenge, knocking an RBI double in the 5th inning off of Simon.

David Price contract talks

Throughout all of last season, a huge talking point was if the the Tigers would be able to retain Max Scherzer. In 2015, it appears another Tigers’ ace is going to have his contract situation on the forefront. This time, it’s David Price. There have been rumblings throughout Spring Training about the two sides beginning to talk, but it appears there has been little connection at this point.

This shouldn’t necessarily scare any Tigers’ fans as the organization still has the entire season to work on a deal, but it’s certainly something to keep tabs on as the season approaches.

Tigers valued over $1B for first time

Forbes came out today with their list of MLB worth and each team that makes up the league. The Tigers came in towards the middle of the pack with a value of $1.125 billion. The New York Yankees led the way again, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox rounding out the top three.