Tigers News & Notes: First road game, Iglesias injured, Price’s contract talks & more!

The Detroit Tigers continued their very young Spring Training stint on Friday. They hit the road for the first time, where they headed for Port St. Lucie, Florida to square off with the New York Mets. We will make note of the key parts of the game and some off-the-field news.

 

TIGERS LOSE IN WALK-OFF

The Tigers had a very depleted lineup to say the very least Friday afternoon. Without guys like Ian KinslerMiguel CabreraVictor MartinezJ.D. MartinezYoenis Cespedes, and Alex Avila, Detroit still managed to scratch across 4 runs in the game from majority of their cast of farm system players. In the end, they would eventually lose in walk-off fashion by a final score of 5-4.

The big news of the day was the starting pitching matchup. Yes, in the third game of spring training, the starters were the headliners. Tigers pitcher David Price took the mound for the first time this spring. Mets ace Matt Harvey made his much anticipated return from Tommy John surgery, pitching for the first time since August 24, 2013 when he last faced the same Tigers squad. Harvey retired all six batters he faced today. David Price was not too shabby either.

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There was some leather flashed from the Tigers defense today. Watch infielder Hernan Perez make some nifty plays in the game, including one that I’m sure him and fellow infielder utility man Andrew Romine drew up before it happened.


 

IGLESIAS LEAVES THE GAME

Tigers slick fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias left the game today after recording his first hit and driving in his first run of spring training, scoring outfielder Anthony Gose. Iglesias then would steal second a few pitches later, but would leave the game the next inning after bruising his right shin.

Although Iglesias said that this is unrelated to his injury from last season, Tigers fans have a right to be slightly concerned with it. Good to hear from Iglesias himself that he thinks he’ll be fine. Manager Brad Ausmus does not want to take any chances with his young talented shortstop.


 

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PRICE’S NEW CURVEBALL, MAYBE NEW CONTRACT?

The power lefty for the Tigers said today that he worked in his new curveball for the first time this spring in today’s game.

David Price has already established himself as one of the best pitchers in the game today. He is a hard throwing southpaw with a wide arsenal of pitches. Knowing that he has a curveball he can change speeds and grip on at will is something any pitcher would love to have when on the mound.

Of course, the question of the month surrounding the Tigers clubhouse has been contract talked between the team and Price. Well, the answer still remains the same.

David Price has gone on to say that he would rather not discuss his contract situation during the season and not let it distract him from his play and determination to bring a title to the Motor City.


 

TIGERS ON TV ALL SEASON LONG

Have no fear Tigers faithful, the boys in the old English D will be televised for the entire 162-game schedule this 2015 season.

That is ten scheduled nationally televised games for this season. The “potential” dates are also Sunday games, where ESPN would decide as the season goes on if they would televise the game as part of their weekly Sunday Night Baseball telecast. This would bump the start time back to 8:00 PM as opposed to an early 1:08 PM start time.


 

TIGERS TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY!

Hey Tigers fans! Do not forget that individual game tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday March 7th starting at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be in high demand and gone in a hurry, so get the tickets to see the Tigers square off against the best teams in baseball at Comerica Park.

 

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