July 23, 2014

After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work

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  (PhatzRadio / AP) — Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory. Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is [...]

MLB: Max Scherzer spurns Tigers’ lucrative offer, headed toward free agency

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  (PhatzRadio / SI Wire)   —   As Opening Day approaches, it’s common for teams to announce contract extensions with key players, but when they can’t hammer out deals, negotiations are often suspended until after the season, lest they become a distraction. On Sunday, the Tigers raised some eyebrows by taking the rare tack of announcing [...]

MLB: Tigers trade Prince Fielder to Rangers for Ian Kinsler

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Prince Fielder, 29, completed just two of the nine seasons of his $214 million deal he signed with the Tigers before the 2012.(Photo: Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights The trade gives both the Tigers, Rangers a significant facelift and flexibility Fielder completed just two of the nine seasons of his $214 million deal [...]

MLB: Max Scherzer wins AL Cy Young Award; Clayton Kershaw takes home NL honor

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Max Scherzer is the second Tigers pitcher in three years to win the Cy Young, joining Justin Verlander, who won in 2011. (Michael Ivins/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / AP) — The Tigers’ Max Scherzer easily won his first American League Cy Young Award, while the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw cruised to his second NL Cy Young in [...]

MLB – NL Championship Series: Cardinals rough up Kershaw, headed to World Series

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The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ST. LOUIS (AP) — With the red-clad crowd roaring more loudly with every pitch, Matt Carpenter [...]

MLB – ALCS: Ortiz, Red Sox sting Tigers 6-5, tie ALCS at 1

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Boston’s David Ortiz hits a grand slam in the eighth inning during Game 2 of the ALCS against Detroit on Sunday. / Matt Slocum/AP BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz ‘s line drive sailed just beyond Torii Hunter ‘s reach and into the Boston bullpen, sending the Tigers right fielder flopping headfirst over the wall after [...]

MLB – AL Roundup: Cleveland has 17 hits in 12-6 over Twins

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Minnesota Twins’ Ryan Doumit, right, crosses the plate to score on a hit by Trevor Plouffe off Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber in the fourth inning of a baseball game on . Indians catcher Yan Gomes, center, looks on. / AP Photo/Jim Mone (PhatzRadio / AP) — MINNEAPOLIS – Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera both [...]

MLB – AL Roundup: Brandon Moss, Athletics top Tigers

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — DETROIT — Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Justin Verlander, and the Athletics beat the Tigers in a game cut short by rain. Seth Smith hit a leadoff homer in the sixth, and Oakland had the bases loaded with no one out when the tarp was pulled on the [...]

MLB – AL Roundup: Longoria, Price lead hot Rays past Orioles

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(Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria is congratulated by Will Myers after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 in Baltimore. Photo: AP) (PhatzRadio / AP) — BALTIMORE — Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered, David Price grinded through five challenging innings [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Greinke, Ramirez lead Dodgers over Phillies

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Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke gave up only three hits and walked four in 7 1/3 innings against the Phillies on Friday. (Christopher Szagola / Associated Press / August 16, 2013) (PhatzRadio / AP) — PHILADELPHIA – Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Hanley Ramirez homered to lead the streaking Los [...]