3/5/2014 | Hardy continues to impress out of bullpen
Blaine Hardy didn't come to camp as an oft-mentioned name among the Tigers' lefty relief candidates, but after a week in Grapefruit League play, he's doing his best to make himself into one.
3/5/2014 | Gator Hunter? Torii talks about close encounter
No, Torii Hunter didn't actually kiss an alligator. But he got close enough to make himself nervous.
3/5/2014 | Despite results, Scherzer seeks greater efficiency
Max Scherzer drew three called-third strikes within six batters in his second start of the spring on Wednesday against the Astros. His only baserunner of the day over three innings of work came on a ground ball through the left side by speedy Jose Altuve. All in all, it was another sign of Scherzer picking up where he left off last year.
3/5/2014 | Search is on to replace Dirks in outfield
The major work to replace Andy Dirks in the outfield will come for Tigers officials, from manager Brad Ausmus to the front office, who have to evaluate whether the answer to their void is in their camp right now -- or if there's a realistic solution on the market worth their time to acquire.
3/5/2014 | Forecast calls for Verlander's first spring start
The forecast has steadily improved for Justin Verlander being ready for the start of the season. The forecast for his first start of the spring, on the other hand, has grown increasingly questionable.
3/5/2014 | Scherzer sharp in three scoreless innings vs. Astros
Making his second start of the spring, right-hander Max Scherzer threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three batters, leading the Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the Astros on Wednesday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
3/4/2014 | Jackson finding spring success with 'natural' swing
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus still isn't saying where Austin Jackson will hit in Detroit's lineup, and Jackson isn't getting too worked up about it. The point right now isn't that Jackson could hit anywhere; it's that he's hitting just about anything thrown his way.
3/4/2014 | Dirks to undergo back surgery, out 12 weeks
Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks will undergo back surgery Monday and is expected to miss about 12 weeks. Dirks, who was slated to start in a left-field platoon alongside Rajai Davis, will have to go through three weeks of complete rest and three weeks of therapy before he can begin baseball activities.
3/4/2014 | Porcello's fielding miscues mar otherwise decent start
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello did a lot of things well in his three innings of work on Tuesday against the Pirates. He induced five groundball outs and only gave up two hard-hit balls. However, a couple of defensive miscues around the mound left his line looking a little worse than he felt in a 5-2 loss at Joker Marchant Stadium.
3/4/2014 | Kinsler: Some ESPN remarks taken 'out of context'
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler said Tuesday that some of his comments in an ESPN The Magazine story in which he criticized Rangers general manager Jon Daniels were taken out of context, but he did not deny making several inflammatory remarks about his former club.
3/4/2014 | Jackson's HR not enough after Porcello's tough third
Rick Porcello breezed through the first two innings, but he ran into trouble in the third, giving up three runs as the Tigers lost to the Pirates, 5-2, at Joker Marchant Stadium on Tuesday. Austin Jackson hit Detroit's second homer of spring when he went deep in the fourth.
3/3/2014 | Top prospect Castellanos still adjusting to third base
On one hand, Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos proved Monday that his bat is coming along just fine. On the other, he showed that he's still got some work to do with the glove.
3/3/2014 | Aside from homers, Smyly has encouraging outing
Two home runs by old friend Jhonny Peralta put somewhat of a damper on Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly's second start of the spring, but the starter was pleased with his overall performance.
3/3/2014 | Left-handers Crosby, Below deal with arm injuries
While one lefty reliever in Tigers camp is getting closer to pitching in a game, another had a recent setback. Casey Crosby had no complaints after a 25-pitch bullpen session on Sunday, but Duane Below has been shut down indefinitely with an irritated elbow.
3/3/2014 | Ausmus credits Matheny with managing opportunity
The way Brad Ausmus sees it, he might not have been standing in the Tigers' dugout on Monday if Mike Matheny wasn't still doing the same with the Cardinals across the field.
3/3/2014 | Jackson, early offense help Tigers overpower Cards
Without the services of Jhonny Peralta, the Tigers showed that they still have plenty of firepower left, putting up seven early runs and holding on to win, 8-5, on Monday afternoon. Austin Jackson had three RBIs and Nick Castellanos homered.
3/2/2014 | Anibal quietly on track to join elite pitching ranks
Anibal Sanchez led the American League in ERA in 2013 and set a franchise record with 17 strikeouts in a single game. This season, the right-hander is quietly poised to join his teammates in the elite pitching ranks.
3/2/2014 | Verlander to make first spring start Thursday
Justin Verlander now has a date for facing actual hitters other than his own. He'll make his first start of Spring Training on Thursday against the Phillies at Joker Marchant Stadium.
3/2/2014 | Ausmus to try out different infield shifts
Much like with baserunning, the Tigers will spend Spring Training trying out some aggressiveness on the defensive side with infield shifts, more so than manager Brad Ausmus plans for the regular season. Again, the goal is to build the mentality of getting infielders accustomed to their responsibilities.
3/2/2014 | Worth getting some starts with Iglesias out
No, the Tigers haven't forgotten about Danny Worth. For the next few days, it's certainly going to be tough to miss him. With shortstop Jose Iglesias down for most of this coming week with shin splints, Worth is getting more starts.
3/2/2014 | Anibal, Tigers pitchers throw scoreless ball at Braves
One day after recording 25 hits and plating 15 runs in a loss to the Nationals, the Braves played the Tigers to a 10-inning scoreless tie on Sunday afternoon at Champion Stadium. Facing the Braves for the first time since notching 17 strikeouts against them during the early portion of last year's regular season, the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez opened his Grapefruit League season with two scoreless innings.