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Matthew Boyd is having a late-season turnaround

The 2018 season has been filled with ups and downs for the lefthander. It may be fair to say that Matthew Boyd has rarely been the most exciting pitcher in the Detroit Tigers’ organization. From the moment he arrived from Toronto, he felt like a sidekick to more touted prospect Daniel Norris, and even as he entered the Major League rotation, he still seemed like a back-of-the-rotation starter at best. With the farm system now loaded with multiple strong arms who all have bright futures,...

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Detroit Tigers pay tribute to cherished Aretha Franklin with a clever, classy gesture

The Tigers honored 'The Queen of Soul' after she died on Thursday at the age of 76

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Tigers promote a bunch of prospects

Cameron, Meadows, Kody Clemens, and Brock Deatherage are all moving up the minor league ladder. The Detroit Tigers promoted top prospects Daz Cameron, Parker Meadows, and 10 (!) other players up the minor league ladder on Friday morning. Cameron will finish out the season at Triple-A Toledo after starting the year in High-A ball, while Meadows will reach Low-A Connecticut in his first professional season. Here is the full list of moves, per the Tigers’ official blog: OF Daz Cameron to...

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Ashley MacLennan

FanPost Friday: Your best Little League memories

In honor of the LLWS, we’re going waaaaaaay back

I was not great at baseball as a kid.

In fact, I was so dismally bad at it, that in retrospect I’m pretty sure the only reason my mother kept enrolling me in Little League was to get me out of the house.

To this day, I will still flail and flinch when catching a ball — they’re very hard and hurt when they hit you — and when I try to throw, I spike the ball directly into the ground. I call it a spike curve. It’s unhittable. Dodgers...

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Ashley MacLennan

Links: The Tigers pay their R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts

And Ron Gardenhire shares his thoughts on the Ureña/Acuña debacle

Outside of baseball, the only story on anyone’s mind on Thursday was the passing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Twitter was sharing images and videos. People in my neighborhood were playing her music on their outdoor patios. It was only natural the Tigers would do their part to remember a legend who was so important to Detroit.

Even though the team wasn’t at home, the scoreboard had a special message...

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Flying Tigers light up the scoreboard for Casey Mize

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Thursday, August 16, 2018. Syracuse Chiefs 15, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box) Toledo’s second half slump continued on Thursday night, as the Hens were spanked 15-2 by visiting Rochester. Tyler Alexander was torched for seven earned runs on 11 hits in 5 2?3 innings of work. Alfred Gutierrez’s Triple-A debut was an absolute disaster, as the young righthander was lit up for eight earned runs, including three long balls, in...

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Tigers hit 4 HRs, but Liriano struggles in loss

The first time Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano squared off against one another was May 31, 2006, when both were highly coveted young starters -- Liriano with the Twins and Santana with the Angels.

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Ashley MacLennan

Twins 15, Tigers 8: More like Liri-oh-no, amirite?

At least it started off with a bang.

Here’s what you need to know about this no good, very bad game.

It started like this:

Baseball is fun. pic.twitter.com/TeaJbVHI3a

— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 17, 2018

And it was all downhill from there.

Francisco Liriano didn’t even make it through the second inning, having already sacrificed eight runs. His final line for his very short night was 1.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. Super.

Again: this was still the second inning.

Santana...

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Tigers hit back-to-back HRs for 1st time in '18

The Tigers hit back-to-back home runs for this first time this season in the fourth inning on Thursday against the Twins at Target Field.

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Ashley MacLennan

Watch Nicholas Castellanos’s epic bat flip

A little assist from the umpire goes a long way

No matter where you stand on bat flips, there is little doubt you will appreciate the move pulled off by Nicholas Castellanos during Thursday’s game in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Twins.

During the first inning of the game, Castellanos belted a two-run homer and gave his bat a toss towards the Tigers’ dugout.

And everything just got so much better the second the bat launched into the air. Let’s see the play.

The ump at the end...

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Carpenter expected to start Saturday vs. Twins

The Tigers have yet to officially announce their starter for Saturday's game with the Twins, but it is expected to be left-hander Ryan Carpenter.

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GameThread: Tigers vs. White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Francisco Liriano vs. Ervin Santana

Detroit Tigers (50-71) at Minnesota Twins (56-63)

Time/Place: 8:10 p.m., Target Field
SB Nation site: Twinkie Town
Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: LHP Francisco Liriano (3-7, 4.42 ERA) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 6.53 ERA)

Gameday reading Recap: Hope you didn’t skip work News: Ron Gardenhire calls for ‘Tigers Way’ 2.0 Cam Gibson sparks comeback win for Erie SeaWolves Victor Martinez ‘pretty sure’ he will...

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The Detroit Tigers found a great way to honor Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin was an icon in Detroit, and the Tigers found an amazing way to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul.

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Tigers place Aretha Franklin tribute in game notes

Aretha Franklin, also known as the “Queen of Soul,” is more revered in the city of Detroit than anywhere else in the world.Having passed away at the age of 76 on Thursday, Franklin leaves behind an imprint on American culture that very few can even compete with with decades of chart-topping hits, breaking both the gender and color barriers within the music world. These are some of the things Franklin will be known for long after her passing.In Detroit, it’s even a bigger deal. Known as...

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Brandon Day

Links: Ron Gardenhire calls for ‘Tigers Way’ 2.0

Ronald Acuña was hit by a pitch and baseball, and the world, will never be the same.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A new Tigers manager, frustrated with poor fundamentals, mental mistakes, and occasional breakdowns in effort, wants to see the organizational philosophy overhauled from top to bottom. It would appear that the organization failed to implement the Brad Ausmus version of a Tigers Way-style protocol throughout the Tigers’ system. On the West Coast swing last week, Ron...

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Kenon Carter

Detroit Tigers Minor League Tracker Podcast: Episode 7

A periodic look at the Detroit Tigers organization from rookie ball to the majors.

The latest Detroit Tigers Minor League Tracker podcast is out and features the following:

Kenon postpones watching the Season 3 finale of “Billions” to prove his dedication Hoss explains the legend of “GOAT” and the B.G.E. (Beating Goat Effect) Kenon gives his perspective on all 20 of the Bless You Boys Mid-Season Top Prospects Kenon tries to dispel the notion that he’s a Jake Rogers hater GCL & DSL...

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Cam Gibson sparks comeback win for Erie SeaWolves

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Syracuse Chiefs 7, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)

A bullpen day for the Hens went alright for three scoreless innings. Caleb Thielbar, just promoted to Toledo, surrendered four runs, three earned, in the fourth inning, and the offense couldn’t mount a comeback. Daniel Stumpf allowed a pair of runs in an inning of work, and eventually veteran infielder Pete Kozma was called on to close this one...

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Patrick OKennedy

Victor Martinez will retire after 2018 season

After 16 seasons in the major leagues, Martinez will hang ‘em up.

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said that he is ”pretty sure” he will retire after the current baseball season is over. Martinez made the comments during a post-game interview, which aired on Fox Sports Detroit after Wednesday’s game at Comerica Park.

“I’m pretty sure this is going to be it,” Martinez said. “I’m just enjoying these last six weeks and I’ll finally go home.”

Martinez will...

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Tigers veteran Victor Martinez says he's 'pretty sure' he'll retire after 2018 season

V-Mart is poised to hang 'em up after 16 seasons in the bigs

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Tigers DH Victor Martinez expects to retire at end of season

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez admitted Wednesday that he’s almost certainly heading in to the final six weeks of his MLB career.The 39-year-old said after Wednesday’s defeat that he’s “pretty sure” he will end his career after his contract expires at the end of the season. The decision will not come as much of a surprise. Martinez is not the force he once was, hitting .242 with just six home runs this season. A heart problem last season came as a big scare, but...

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