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Detroit Tigers hire former MLB first baseman Ryan Garko as VP of Player Development

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He’s a familiar name, but his coaching career didn’t make him an obvious candidate, at least to us.

The Detroit Tigers’ search for a new player development chief is over. On Thursday, the team announced that Ryan Garko, the Los Angeles Angels replay coordinator and former major league first baseman, has been hired as Vice-President of Player Development.

We had a few names in mind for the job, mainly coordinators and former coordinators from the...

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Brandon Day

Bless You Boys Podcast: Question and Answer time

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It’s been a while, and there’s a lot to talk about, but we really want to know what you would like to hear about.

Well it’s been a while, but it’s time to get the podcast up and running once again. So much has happened since the draft that we could probably go on for hours and hours, but that’s too much for a podcast. The question is: what do you all want to hear about most?

So, please fire away in the comments. Want to discuss the farm system or...

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Tigers 5, White Sox 3: LOBster fest proves another feast for the Tigers

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It was dicey at times, but some key hits and aggressive baserunning carried the day once again.

This was a hard fought game in which the two teams combined for 28 hits, and yet only eight runs were scored as both teams’ pitchers came up big, or lucky as the case may be, with runners in scoring position. Fortunately, the Tigers broke through in the late innings, and despite plenty of drama, the bullpen held on to take this one by a score of 5-3, winning the...

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Tigers make major cuts in player development staff

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Coaching vacancies will allow their new Director of Player Development to build his own staff.

With the exception of the Triple-A International League, the minor league affiliates completed their 2021 seasons over the weekend. While the Toledo Mud Hens and other Triple-A affiliates will stay in action through next week to continue to serve as feeder league and support for the major league franchises, this marks the end of the minor league...

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GameThread: Tigers vs. White Sox, 1:10 p.m.

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Detroit Tigers (73-78) vs. Chicago White Sox (85-65)

Time/Place: 1:10 p.m., Comerica Park
SB Nation site: South Side Sox
Media: Bally Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: LHP Tyler Alexander (2-3, 4.13 ERA) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-9, 5.23 ERA)

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Tigers 4, White Sox 3: The mojo is off the charts right now

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This shouldn’t have been a winnable game, but the Fighting Hinches do as they please.

This team folks...Had cats somehow found their way into Comerica Park to be caught on camera co-mingling peacefully amongst the parade of doggo’s on hand for Bark at the Park night, well, let’s say little would surprise us at this point.

Matt Manning and White Sox ace Carlos Rodon went toe-to-toe, and the vaunted Tigers’ relief corps, featuring Drew Hutchison,...

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GameThread: Tigers vs. White Sox, 6:40 p.m.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Detroit Tigers (72-78) vs. Chicago White Sox (85-64)

Time/Place: 6:40 p.m., Comerica Park
SB Nation site: South Side Sox
Media: Bally Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: RHP Matt Manning (4-6, 5.76 ERA) vs. LHP Carlos Rodon (12-5, 2.38 ERA)

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Monday Tigers Links: Banged up Tigers keep finding ways to win

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A constant onslaught of injuries continues to open up the late season tryouts, and several guys are taking advantage.

With the loss of de facto closer Gregory Soto and center fielder Derek Hill over the weekend, the parade of injuries continued for the Detroit Tigers. In recent weeks they’ve seen catcher Jake Rogers undergo Tommy John surgery, Matt Boyd get shut down for ongoing and ominous elbow troubles, and then Joe Jimeñez and Jose...

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Rookie ball round-up from Florida Complex League action

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Let’s take a quick look at how some of the Tigers’ younger talents did this season as they look to work their way to full season A-ball.

The Florida Complex League wrapped their season on Saturday. That natural break provides us with an excellent opportunity to check in on the Tigers’ up-and-comers who spent their season representing one of the team’s two squads in the FCL. Although many of the players who spend time there aren’t...

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Brandon Day

Whitecaps and Flying Tigers win big to close out their 2021 seasons

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Columbus Clippers 8, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)

The Clippers jumped on starter Pedro Payano for six runs and cruised to victory over the Hens on Sunday. After three-run burst in both the first and the top of the fourth, the Clippers were already up 6-0. In the bottom of the inning, Riley Greene led off with a single, and after Zack Short popped out, Kody Clemens reached on a ground ball and...

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Tigers 2, Rays 0: Tigers sting Rays in series finale

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The best team in the AL struggled against Detroit catchers

Going into this weekend series, the Rays probably thought they were primed for a good opportunity to help solidify their postseason berth while playing against a sub-.500 team for the second time in as many weeks. But if there’s one thing the Rays likely learned after their recent series in the Motor City, it’s that the Tigers might not have the strongest season numbers, but this is not the...

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Tigers place Gregory Soto, Derek Hill on 10-day injured list

The Tigers placed closer Gregory Soto (left finger fracture) and outfielder Derek Hill (left knee sprain) on the 10-day injured list.

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GameThread: Tigers vs. Rays, 1:10 p.m.

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Time/Place: 1:10 p.m., Tropicana Field
SB Nation site: DRays Bay
Media: Bally Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: RHP Wily Peralta (3-3, 3.32 ERA) vs. LHP Shane McClanahan (9-5, 3.59 ERA)

Let’s go for the series split! pic.twitter.com/6NoN7JECGn

— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 19, 2021

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Alex Avila will retire after 2021 season, per report

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Avila spent eight seasons with the Tigers as part of a 13-year MLB career.

Former Tigers catcher Alex Avila will retire at the end of the 2021 MLB season, according to a report from Maria Torres of The Athletic. Avila, 34, is currently playing out his final season in a part-time role with the Washington Nationals.

The bulk of Avila’s 13-year career came with the Tigers. He spent eight seasons in Detroit, playing in 760 games. In 2,709...

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Tigers at Rays Preview: Peralta looks to split series in Tampa

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Tiger Tigers dropped the first two but clawed back last yesterday with a big win.

The Detroit Tigers finally got back on the winning track yesterday with a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, behind a commendable performance by the bullpen. The road win gives the team a chance to split the four-game series after dropping the first two on Thursday and Friday.

Today marks game No. 150 on the schedule, which means only a dozen more remain before we pack it up for...

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Tigers 4, Rays 3: Bullpen hangs on for a much needed win

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This was another hard fought game and the Tigers did well to win it, but they lost Derek Hill in the process.

Things got off to another volatile start on Saturday. Akil Baddoo didn’t lead off with a homer like he did on Friday, but he did show off a nice piece of hitting, tracking a nasty sweeping slider moving away from him and lining it into right field for a leadoff single. Jonathan Schoop smashed a hot grounder to third, and while Yandy...

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GameThread: Tigers vs. Rays, 4:10 p.m.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Time/Place: 4:10 p.m., Tropicana Field
SB Nation site: DRays Bay
Media: Bally Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: LHP Tarik Skubal (8-12, 4.21 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Patino (4-3, 4.62 ERA)

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Tigers at Rays Preview: Detroit looks to avoid series loss behind Tarik Skubal

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The Olde English D dropped the first two of the series but can still split starting with a win today.

So far, not good for the Detroit Tigers in their four-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays. After dropping the first game on Thursday night, 5-2, the good guys made a valiant effort to even the series but fell short in extra innings, 7-4. Because it is an even number of games between the two teams, Detroit still has a chance to walk away with a split if...

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Rays 7, Tigers 4 (10 innings): Well, that escalated quickly

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The Tiger bullpen was quite good until it really, really wasn’t.

Game Two of a four-game weekend set against the Rays in the cozy confines of Ye Olde Trop, after Tampa Bay won the first game on Thursday, saw the Tigers drop another one, 7-4 in 10 innings. Detroit took the lead in the second inning and held it for some time, but the Rays tied up the contest in the ninth and won it convincingly in the tenth.

Starting for the Tigers was Casey Mize; in 27...

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GameThread: Tigers vs. Rays, 7:10 p.m.

Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Time/Place: 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field
SB Nation site: DRays Bay
Media: Bally Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: RHP Casey Mize (7-8, 3.66 ERA) vs. LHP Josh Fleming (10-6, 5.01 ERA)

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