Tigers Roundup: Grapefruit League, Injury update, TV schedule, ESPN visits Tigertown

With the weather cold and uninviting in Detroit, let’s take some time to check in on the Tigers in Lakeland. The land of batting practice, pitching duels, grand slam debuts (we’re looking at YOU Yoenis Cespedes), and injury recoveries. 


Tigers Win Second Straight

The Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles for the second straight time today in Grapefruit League action. Highlights included a Nick Castellanos home run on an Anibal Sanchez start. Castellanos, who injured his hand in yesterday’s game, appeared to be just fine today.

 

 

In an article with the Detroit News, Sanchez was positive about his first start this Spring:

“I feel good,” Sanchez said, after a post-outing run. “I worked a little bit on my fastball, working on throwing pitches for strikes. The thing I’ve been working on in the offseason in my whole career is my location on every pitch. This felt really good for a first day.”


 

All In The Family

Congratulations are in order for Alex Avila and family! Welcome Zoey!


Hanrahan released

Sadly, Joel Hanrahan’s bid for a spot in the bullpen officially ended today. The right-hander was in the midst of a comeback effort and is now scheduled to have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18.

Some discussion was raised about who will pay for the surgery (which Hanrahan needs for quality of life reasons – even if he decides to retire). It appears that will be the Tigers as discussed by Craig Calcaterra.

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Tigers battle offensively vs. Red Sox but fall just short

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…Hit ‘Em

Detroit certainly is an intimidating ball club, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Something to keep an eye on this year will be the way opposing pitchers try to battle Detroit’s offensive firepower. Here’s one way from today’s game against Baltimore.

 


ESPN Stops By Lakeland

Taking a break from seemingly non-stop coverage of the Yankees and Red Sox, the ESPN Baseball crew took a short detour to Lakeland to check on the 4-time Central Division Champions. Several key players were interviewed including: Justin Verlander, David Priceand Miguel Cabrera. Welcome ESPN…that’s Detroit with a ‘D.’


Tigers TV Schedule Released

Every single regular season game for the Detroit Tigers will be televised this year. The schedule is split between Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports, and ESPN. Mario Impemba will be joined by a variety of analysts this year in the broadcast booth for Fox Sports Detroit including Jack Morris, Kirk Gibson, and Rod Allen.


That’s Why It’s Called ‘Fantasy’ Sports

One single, solitary Detroit Tiger was named to ESPN’s Top 50 Fantasy Prospects for 2015: Steven Moya. ESPN Insiders can read all the details by following the link above.

 

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