1. Holliday in Detroit?

    The Tigers lost 2-1 for second consecutive day to the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have had a good season, but it’s always disappointing to score a total of two runs in a two-game span...

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  2. Placido Polanco Striking Out More

    I don’t mean to pile on top of a guy while he’s down, but has anyone noticed that Placido Polanco seems to be striking out more than he used to? Now, with that being said, he still doesn’t strike out much...

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  3. Down on the Farm Earning Stripes: Ryan Strieby

    Ryan Strieby was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. The 6′5" right-handed first baseman has been quietly moving through the Tiger farm system the last few years...

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  4. Detroit Tigers: Game 91 Preview

    Date: July 21, 2009 Time: 7:05pm Teams: Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers Park: Comerica Park Weather: 73 degrees, 40% chance of rain Starting Pitchers: Garrett Olson (3-3, 4.53) vs Rick Porcello (8-6, 4...

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  5. Big Homestand Looms for the Detroit Tigers

    The Tigers have a day off today after getting swept this weekend in New York by the Yankees. Getting swept is never a good thing, but I think it helped show where the Tigers clearly need some help on: offense...

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  6. Casey Crosby Is Down on the Farm Earning His Stripes

    Recovering from left elbow reconstruction Tommy John surgery that kept him sidelined much of 2008, Casey Crosby is quickly making up for lost time...

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  7. Perry up, Zumaya to the DL…. AGAIN

    Joel Zumaya was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, after feeling a “slight little pop” in his shoulder after walking Nick Swisher, the Tigers official site reports...

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  8. Why Joel Zumaya Is Overrated

    I’ve had it with Joel Zumaya. Why is it that he’s the Tigers eighth-inning guy? Why is he considered the stopper? Not to be too obvious, but what is he stopping exactly? Tigers wins? I’ve had it with the guy...

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  9. Down on the Farm Earning Stripes: Robbie Weinhardt

    Selected by the Tigers in the 10th round of the 2008 Draft, Robbie Weinhardt was a name that perhaps went unnoticed by many. The 6'2" right-hander from Oklahoma State University has remained under the radar thus far for the most part...

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  10. Should the Detroit Tigers Make a Move?

    Stance One: The Tigers are in first place, but they still need some help. The back end of the rotation needs a boost and they really need to get some pop from one of the corner outfield spots...

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  11. Detroit Tigers Mid-Season Report Card

    I think we’re a little bit past mid-season. The Tigers have played out a bit more than half of their schedule, but over here at Spot Starters, we define “mid-season” as the All-Star Break...

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  12. All-Star Break Odds and Ends

    Perhaps after last night's doughnut by Brandon Inge at the Home Run Derby, he was thinking that Armando Galarraga would have been the better call to lay them in there to him...

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  13. Alex Avila: Earning His Stripes Down On the Farm

    Last years draft brought the Detroit Tigers a surplus of arms. Many of those drafted were relievers that projected to make it to the Show quickly...

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  14. South Paw Success In The Pen

    This season Bobby Seay has emerged as one of the top left handed relievers in all of baseball. Seay currently leads the American League with 19 holds. Through 27 innings of work he is 1-1 with an ERA of 3...

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  15. Weekend Preview

    Before this final homestand started, I thought it would be acceptable to see the Tigers take 4 out of 6 games before the All Star break. Here we are four games into the thing and the Tigers have won three out of four...

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  16. There's No Way Magglio Ordonez Lasts In Detroit

    In my opinion, there is no way Magglio Ordonez will be a member of the Tigers when the season comes to a close. His bat is toast and he’s been lost on defense for a couple of years now...

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  17. Ryan Perry Quietly Doing Work

    On June 21 Ryan Perry was sent down to Toledo to iron out some issues with his command. Perry was 0-1 with a 4.28 ERA, allowing 24 hits over 27.67 innings with 21 walks and 25 strikeouts...

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  18. Detroit Tigers: Thomas Up, Kelly Down

    Clete Thomas was sent down to the minors in June to work out a few kinks in his swing. Tigers manager Jim Leyland instructed Thomas to shorten his swing in order to cut down on strikeouts...

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  19. Another Wild One for the Tigers

    Last night was yet another example of how frustrating the game of baseball can be. I was more than happy to see a soft throwing south paw on the hill for KC, something we seem to feast on...

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  20. Mid-Season MLB Projections

    With the season half over, it’s pretty easy to project a players final stats. Here’s the plan: I’ll simply double every players totals and keep the rate statistics the same...

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  21. Rookie Rick Porcello Struggling at Detroit

    It is only natural for all rookies to have their fair share of slumps. Perhaps the fact that Rick Porcello is just 20 years old is all the more reason to give him the pass...

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  22. Game 82 Preview

    Date: July 7, 2009 Time: 7:05pm Teams: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers Park: Comerica Park Weather: 77 and mostly sunny Starting Pitchers: Gil Meche (4-8, 4.20) Armando Galarraga (5-7, 5...

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  23. While I Was Out: Tigers Go 8-6

    I’m back from my trip out east and regular posting will continue tomorrow. Special thanks to JAYRC who held down the fort while I was gone. He will likely stay on to contribute here from time-to-time...

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  24. Tigers' Second Base in 2010

    Placido Polanco has been a tremendous bargain. First, the Tigers gave up Ugueth Urbina to get the guy and Urbina has basically been in prison since then. So, that worked out well...

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  25. Oakland A's Game 78 Preview

    Date: July 1, 2009 Time: 3:35 p.m. Teams: Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Park: Oakland—Alameda County Stadium Weather: 77 degrees and sunny Starting Pitchers: Justin Verlander (8-3, 3...

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