Tigers news and notes: Tigers drop another, minor moves, more boos

The Detroit Tigers have reached the halfway point of Spring Training, which means that the season will be here before we know it. Along with the halfway point, the Tigers dropped another game, made a couple of small roster moves, and had a player hear more boos from the fans. All of this in today’s news and notes.

Tigers drop another close one

The Tigers went to battle against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals today in Lakeland as the Tigers were searching for their seventh win of the spring.

Unfortunately, Justin Verlander would not be on his top game, surrendering a pair of home runs. The Tigers would go on to lose the game 6-4 to drop their record to 6-11 this spring. For all of the talk of Verlander’s lost velocity the past couple of seasons, that was not the issue today:

The Tigers will continue spring games tomorrow as they head to Bradenton, Florida to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tigers trim roster down to 52 players

The Tigers made a couple of minor moves today when they assigned three players to minor league camp. Luke Putkonen, Omar Duran, and Joe Mantiply were victims of the cut today, and will continue their Spring Training from the minor league camp. The resulting moves put the Tigers closer to their final roster size, but expect a lot more cuts in the coming days as they trim the roster down to the 25 players they will bring north to Detroit.

Nathan has the boo birds rain down once again

Tigers closer Joe Nathan is not the most popular man in Lakeland these days. Upon his entrance to today’s game, Nathan was greeted with a chorus of boos, something that he will most likely need to get accustomed to this season.

Nathan was able to retire the Nationals without giving up a run. The result was the boos turning to cheers for the Tigers closer. Hold on, because the ride has just begun.


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