Ex-Rule 5 pick Stumpf holds critical 'pen role

February 25, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers signed Francisco Liriano to compete for a rotation spot, but with the understanding he’s willing to slot into the bullpen if that doesn’t work out. Even so, he might not be the reigning left-hander in the club’s relief corps, thanks to a young southpaw who qualifies as a veteran in this rebuilt bullpen. A year ago, Daniel Stumpf was in Tigers camp as a Rule…

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Picking up pace, Zimmermann fires 2 scoreless

February 24, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — One of the first things new Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio noticed about Jordan Zimmermann when he looked at video was his pace. He was much slower, taking more time between pitches, than Bosio remembered him taking when he was with the Nationals. So on Saturday, as Zimmermann made his first appearance of the spring, hoping to prove his health, the right-hander picked up the pace. His…

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Miggy looking forward, focused on swing

February 23, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. — A few scattered boos among the packed crowd at George M. Steinbrenner Field was the one reminder of what happened the last time Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers faced the Yankees. “If they want to make something, they can make something,” Cabrera said Friday. “I’m not able to please everybody.” View Full Game Coverage TAMPA, Fla. — A few scattered boos among the packed crowd at George…

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Bosio wants unpredictability from Tigers

February 18, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — Chris Bosio has spent a good chunk of his first few workouts as Tigers pitching coach working with individual pitchers on their mechanics and specific pitches. But he has some staffwide ideas in mind, too. He wants pitchers working on tempo, varying their rhythm to make it tougher for hitters to get comfortable in the box against them. He has a drill with pitchers to try to…

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Jimenez makes most of unplanned Fla. winter

February 15, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — Joe Jimenez didn’t report to Spring Training so much as he hung around to welcome everybody else here. “I feel like I never left,” Jimenez said Thursday, smiling after a bullpen session on the back mounds at Tigertown. LAKELAND, Fla. — Joe Jimenez didn’t report to Spring Training so much as he hung around to welcome everybody else here. “I feel like I never left,” Jimenez said…

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Tigers enjoy youthful feeling in spring camp

February 15, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tigers have had just a couple days of Spring Training workouts, but so far, general manager Al Avila likes the feeling around camp as a younger roster goes to work. “We’ve only gone through two days of pitchers and catchers, so it’s hard to pinpoint how the overall atmosphere is right now,” Avila said during Thursday’s annual Spring Training Media Day gathering at Tropicana Field….

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McCann's spring brightened by two tiny reasons

February 14, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — The drive from Nashville to Florida usually takes around 10 hours, depending on traffic around Atlanta. For James and Jessica McCann and their infant twin boys, Sunday’s journey to Spring Training was a longer trek in every sense. “A 10-hour drive turned into about 15-16 hours with stopping to feed and get them situated,” McCann said, “but they did great.” LAKELAND, Fla. — The drive from Nashville…

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Morris at loss for words after Hall of Fame tour

February 14, 2018

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — It’s been more than two months since Jack Morris was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee, yet as he walked through the historic building for the first time on Tuesday, the reality of it all seemed to finally set in. “You walk into this room, it’s like the Holy Grail,” Morris said, sitting in the middle of the Plaque Gallery….

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Zimmermann feeling good after back injection

February 13, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — Jordan Zimmermann went back to his neck specialist last week, planning to receive a preventative nerve block injection in his neck. Instead, he left with an injection in his lower right back. It was an unexpected development in the ongoing saga Zimmermann has endured to get on the mound over the past couple years. For now, at least, it doesn’t appear to be a cause for alarm,…

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