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Austin Jackson, CF 4/20/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is a .133 career hitter against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Insight: Jackson is batting .320 so far but he has gone 2-for-15 with six strikeouts against Santiago.
Max Scherzer, SPHot4/19/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer earned his first win of the year Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: He fired seven innings, allowed three hits, two walks and one run and fanned nine. The right-hander has a 2.33 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and 34 Ks in 27 innings this season.
Victor Martinez, DH4/19/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with two walks and a homer Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: Martinez is off to a much better start than last season, when he batted .225 in his first 77 games. The 35-year-old is hitting .333 with three homers, seven RBI and just two Ks in 48 at-bats.
Alex Avila, C4/19/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila (.182) will get the day off Saturday. No injury, just the normal day game off after a night game for a catcher.
Insight: Backup catcher Bryan Holaday (0-for-5) will get the rare start, but has no fantasy value.
Ian Kinsler, 2BHot4/19/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .444 hitter with four extra base hits and a 1.379 OPS versus Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: In his first season leading off for the Tigers, Kinsler is off to a hot start batting .351 with a pair of homers, 11 runs and 10 RBI. Hot start, favorable matchup, equals must start.
Ian Kinsler, 2B4/17/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler bopped his second home run of the season Thursday in a win over Cleveland.
Insight: Kinsler, who finished with four RBI, has gone 7-for-17 over his last four games. The former Ranger recorded his third stolen base of the season on Thursday, though he was also caught stealing.
Victor Martinez, DH4/12/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: With no DH available, the Tigers will give Victor Martinez the night off Saturday against San Diego. SOURCE: Chris Iott, MLive.com
Insight: He got the start at first base last night and went 0-for-2 with a walk. Miguel Cabrera will move back to first with Nick Castellanos getting the nod at third base. Don't be surprised if V-Mart makes an apperance as a pinch-hitter later on in tonight's game.
Torii Hunter, RF4/12/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Torii Hunter is back after missing two games with a bruised knee. SOURCE: Tom Gage, Detroit News
Insight: He'll bat third and play right field. Hunter had been on a home run hitting tear before his injury, blasting three jacks in a span of four games. He's 2-for-2 in his career against tonight's starting pitcher, Ian Kennedy.
Drew Smyly, SP4/11/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Drew Smyly will make his first start of the season Wednesday against the Indians.
Insight: Smyly's first start was skipped due to a rainout. He has recorded a 3.18 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 181 Ks in 181 1/3 innings in his career, with 70 of his 88 appearances coming in relief. He's worth owning in most leagues.
Torii Hunter, RFHot4/11/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Detroit RF Torii Hunter (knee) is not in the starting lineup Friday, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com.
Insight: Hunter exited Tuesday's game with a left knee contusion. He said he feels a lot better and expects to start Saturday.
Torii Hunter, RFHot4/9/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Detroit RF Torii Hunter (knee) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, according to Jason Beck of mlb.com.
Insight: Hunter exited Tuesday's game with a left knee contusion and manager Brad Ausmus says he'd like to keep Hunter off his feet until Friday.
Nick Castellanos, 3B4/8/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos won't play Tuesday against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: With no DH available, the team is putting Miguel Cabrera at third with Victor Martinez manning first base. Castellanos (.385, 0 HR, 1 RBI) could see action as a pinch-hitter later on.
Alex Avila, C4/8/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila should get the night off Tuesday as he's hitless in 11 at-bats against Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Backup catcher Bryan Holaday has only gotten three at-bats this season and this would be a good time to get him some stick work.
Torii Hunter, RFHot4/6/2014 5:02:00 PM
Description: Torii Hunter's power surge continued Sunday in a loss to Baltimore.
Insight: Hunter's solo shot in the fourth was Detroit's only run of the afternoon. The veteran has left the yard three times in his last three appearances. In 2013, Hunter didn't hit his third homer until June 16th. That was his 59th game of the season.
Alex Avila, C4/6/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila will take a seat Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Backup catcher Bryan Holaday will start behind the dish Sunday. Avila has failed to live up to his 2011 numbers (.295, 19 HR, 82 RBI) the last two years and is 1-for-12 this season.
Justin Verlander, SP4/6/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander has gone 8-1 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in his career against the Orioles, and he has shut down most of the hitters in the O's 2014 lineup.
Insight: Adam Jones (3-for-27), Nelson Cruz (2-for-20), Chris Davis (3-for-17), Nick Markakis (10-for-41) and Matt Wieters (3-for-19) all have struggled against Verlander. J.J. Hardy is the only Orioles regular who has had success against the Tigers right-hander, and he has gone 8-for-31 (.258) with three homers and six Ks. There are plenty of aces starting Sunday, but Verlander is as good of a choice as any of them.
Rajai Davis, CF4/5/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is 3-for-9 with one homer, four RBI, three runs and one steal in three games this season.
Insight: Davis took over the everyday left field job when Andy Dirks had to undergo back surgery. Davis' average season over the past five years has included a .271 average, five home runs, 58 runs, 39 RBI and 43 steals.
Rick Porcello, SP4/5/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello allowed just three hits and one earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Porcello left with a 7-1 lead and picked up the win even though Detroit's bullpen made it interesting by allowing five runs in the ninth. Porcello had a career-best 7.22 K/9, a 55.3% ground-ball rate and a 3.53 FIP last season, but his ERA was a mediocre 4.32 due to a .315 BABIP. Even though Jose Iglesias is out, the Tigers' infield defense should be improved this season and will help Porcello have his best season.
Torii Hunter, RF4/5/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter drove home five runs Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Hunter had a double and a homer in the game. The 38-year-old has batted above .300 in each of the last two seasons and has one of the best lineup spots in the game as the No. 2 hitter in front of Miguel Cabrera.
Alex Avila, C4/5/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is hitless in six at-bats versus Baltimore starter Bud Norris.
Insight: This might be a good day to let backup Bryan Holaday get a few swings. Holaday has no at-bats this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4/4/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera exploded for four hits Friday in a 10-4 win over Baltimore.
Insight: Cabrera's homer in the eighth was his first of the season. At 3-0, the Tigers are the only undefeated team left in MLB.
Alex Gonzalez, SS4/4/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez was to get Thursday afternoon off (rained out) and will still get a day off on Friday with Andrew Romine starting at shortstop for Detroit.
Insight: Gonzalez went 3-for-8 over the first two games with a pair of RBI. He's no Jose Iglesias and fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere for shortstop help as his last fantasy-worthy season was 2010.
Anibal Sanchez, SP4/3/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Tigers ace Anibal Sanchez will get the start Friday against Baltimore after Thursday's game was rained out. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: The 2013 AL ERA leader missed time in spring training with a shoulder injury but is back to 100 percent. Sanchez hasn't pitched against the Orioles since 2010.
Drew Smyly, SP4/3/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Drew Smyly will miss his first turn in the rotation due to Thursday's rainout, according to Detroit beat reporter Jason Beck
Insight: Anibal Sanchez will start on Friday with Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander on the weekend. These things happen in the first couple of weeks, but it shouldn't change your opinion of Smyly.
Alex Gonzalez, SS4/3/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez will get Thursday afternoon off and Andrew Romine will start at shortstop for Detroit.
Insight: Gonzalez went 3-for-8 over the first two games with a pair of RBI. He's no Jose Iglesias and fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere for shortstop help as his last fantasy-worthy season was 2010.
Max Scherzer, SP4/2/2014 8:08:00 PM
Description: Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer picked up where he left off Wednesday in his first start of the season.
Insight: The Tigers hurler held the Royals scoreless on four hits, struck out seven and walked one over eight innings. He was in line for the win but Joe Nathan blew the save. Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and 240 Ks in 214 1/3 innings last season.
Ian Kinsler, 2B4/2/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Second baseman Ian Kinsler's first hit with the Tigers was a solo homer in the fourth inning Wednesday afternoon versus Kansas City.
Insight: Kinsler also had a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th and went 3-for-5 in the game. As Detroit's new leadoff hitter, he should easily score 100 runs if he stays healthy, but his homers and steals have declined in each of the last two years after he put up a 30-30 season in 2011.
Alex Gonzalez, SS3/31/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez couldn't have asked for a better debut Monday against Kansas City.
Insight: Gonzalez tied the game with a triple in the seventh before winning it in the ninth on a walkoff single. The 37-year-old was acquired in a trade with Milwaukee only a week ago.
Ian Kinsler, 2B3/31/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler can't be too thrilled to see James Shields' name on the lineup card this afternoon.
Insight: Shields has limited Kinsler to just seven hits in 36 lifetime at bats. Despite the low batting average (.194), Kinsler has only struck out three times against Shields.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3/31/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been ruthless against Royals starter James Shields throughout his career.
Insight: In 40 lifetime at bats, Miggy is hitting .425 versus Shields with a slugging percentage north of .700. Shields (13-9, 3.15 ERA) would be wise to pitch around him on Monday.
Austin Jackson, CFHot3/30/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson will begin the season as Detroit's No. 5 hitter, according to Jason Beck of mlb.com. Jackson hit .429 with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and three steals this spring.
Insight: Jackson averaged 142 games, 99 runs, 10 home runs, 50 RBI and 17 steals the last four years. Hitting fifth will lead to more RBI chances, but he'll score fewer runs out of that spot.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have signed Miguel Cabrera to a 10-year, $292 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com. The contract will give Cabrera the highest average annual salary in MLB history.
Insight: The new deal replaces the last two years on Cabrera's old contract, so it's essentially an eight-year extension that will run until 2023. The 30-year-old Cabrera has won the last two AL MVPs and also the Triple Crown in 2012.
Nick Castellanos, RFHot3/25/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is hitting .389 with nine doubles, two homers and 16 RBI in 54 at-bats this spring.
Insight: MLB.com ranked Castellanos as the No. 15 prospect in baseball this preseason after he hit .276 with 37 doubles, 18 home runs, 76 RBI and a .793 OPS at Triple-A last year. The Tigers opened up a spot at third base for him by trading Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler and moving Miguel Cabrera across the diamond.
Max Scherzer, SP3/24/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer is looking for an eight-year extension. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN
Insight: He recently turned down a six-year offer worth $144 million. The two sides aren't likely to re-open talks until after the season. Scherzer could be dealt at the trade deadline if the Tigers aren't confident they'll be able to re-sign him.
Alex Gonzalez, SS3/24/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: The Tigers traded for infielder Alex Gonzalez on Tuesday. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Baltimore received Steve Lombardozzi in exchange. Gonzalez (.246 AVG in 5,746 big league at bats) won't completely make up for the loss of Jose Iglesias (stress fracture) but at least it's a start.
Don Kelly, RF3/23/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Tigers OF/3B Don Kelly injured his hamstring while covering a bunt Sunday against the Marlins. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: It doesn't sound like anything too serious. Assuming he can make it back for Opening Day, Kelly should see time in left field while Andy Dirks (.256, 9 HR, 37 RBI) recovers from back surgery.
Max Scherzer, SP3/23/2014 3:11:00 PM
Description: The Tigers and right-hander Max Scherzer were not able to reach an agreement on a contract extension and talks have been shelved until further notice. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: Scherzer, like most Scott Boras clients, will hit the open market. While it was reported earlier that Scherzer rejected Detroit's offer, Boras is now saying that it was the other way around. Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner, is likely to receive at least $20 million a year when he negotiates his next contract.
Austin Jackson, CFHot3/23/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is batting .442 with eight extra-base hits (four doubles, two triples, two homers), 15 runs, 12 RBI and just four strikeouts in 43 at-bats.
Insight: Injuries have limited Jackson to fewer than 140 games in two straight seasons but he still scored at least 99 runs in both. With Jim Leyland gone, he should have the green light to run more often after stealing just 20 bases on 33 attempts the last two years. The Tigers ranked last in baseball in 2013 with 55 steal attempts.
Andrew Romine, 3B3/21/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have acquired infielder Andrew Romine from Anaheim.
Insight: All they had to give up was left-hander Jose Alvarez. The hope is that Romine can fill in at shortstop while Jose Iglesias recovers from shin splints. He's an excellent base stealer (24 thefts last season) but has never homered in 152 major league at bats.
Bruce Rondon, RP3/21/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon will need Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season. SOURCE: Chris Iott, MLive
Insight: Rondon felt some soreness last week and tests revealed the bad news. Joba Chamberlain and Al Albuequerque will likely be the two setup guys for Joe Nathan.
Jose Iglesias, SS3/20/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Jose Iglesias is unlikely to play this season. The Tigers shortstop was recently diagnosed with stress fractures in both of his shins. SOURCE: James Scheml, MLive
Insight: Four to six months was his original timetable for recovery but now it's looking like it could be even longer before Iglesias is back to full strength. His terrific defense at shortstop will be difficult to replace. The 24-year-old finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting last season.
Anibal Sanchez, SP3/19/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) said he will make two more starts in spring training, according to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press. He had a cortisone shot after being scratched from his scheduled start Monday due to inflammation in his shoulder.
Insight: Sanchez dealt with a similar issue last season and missed a few weeks. He finished 14-8 with an AL-leading 2.57 ERA, 1.153 WHIP and 202 Ks in 182 IP. If he can avoid a setback the rest of the spring, he'll start the third game of the season for Detroit.
Anibal Sanchez, SP3/18/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) received a cortisone shot and will rest for three days, according to Jason Beck of mlb.com.
Insight: Sanchez was scratched from Monday's start due to shoulder inflammation. He dealt with a similar issue last season and missed a few weeks. He finished 14-8 with an AL-leading 2.57 ERA, 1.153 WHIP and 202 Ks in 182 IP. If he can avoid a setback the rest of the spring, he'll start the third game of the season for Detroit.
Anibal Sanchez, SP3/17/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez was scratched from Monday's start due to right shoulder inflammation, according to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times.
Insight: Anibal Sanchez is expected to make his next start, but shoulder injuries are always worrisome. Sanchez was a fantasy stud last season going 14-8 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.153 WHIP and 202 Ks in 182 IP.
Jose Iglesias, SS3/15/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is expected to miss most of the 2014 season because of a shin issue. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN
Insight: Iglesias was diagnosed with shin splints a few days ago but now the injury appears to be more serious. Though not a must-have fantasy player, Iglesias hit a respectable .303 last season while playing Gold Glove defense at shortstop. Free agent Stephen Drew should be getting a call from the Tigers at any moment.
Nick Castellanos, RF3/14/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Tigers new 3B Nick Castellanos is batting .400 this spring with a pair of homers, 13 RBI and a 1.158 OPS.
Insight: Castellanos may have more pressure on him than any other rookie as he's basically replacing Prince Fielder in the Detroit lineup.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3/14/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera is batting .417 in 24 at-bats this spring.
Insight: Ho-hum, what else is new. He's the first back-to-back winner in the AL since Frank Thomas in 1993-94. Cabrera belted 44 HR and 137 RBI last year while hitting a career-best .348, but will be without his long-time protector in the lineup - Prince Fielder. We don't expect that to effect Cabrera's production much.
Jose Iglesias, SS3/14/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias is visiting another doctor Friday and is likely to start the season on the disabled list.
Insight: The former Red Sox and current Tigers infielder batted .303 last season with a .735 OPS in 350 at-bats and was looked on as a nice low-cost shortstop option for fantasy owners. You will have to be hesitant about choosing him at this point, or at least until we hear from today's doctor.
Justin Verlander, SP3/11/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Tigers righthander Justin Verlander (core muscle surgery) made his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, facing 12 batters and yielding one hit.
Insight: Verlander walked two and struck out two. He should be ready for the start of the season and hopefully will rebound from last year's "mediocre-for-him" season.
Jose Iglesias, SS3/7/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias was back taking batting practice on Friday. He's been dealing with shin splints.
Insight: The former Red Sox and current Tigers infielder should be ready for the start of the season. He batted .303 last season with a .735 OPS in 350 at-bats.
Andy Dirks, LF3/4/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks needs back surgery and will likely miss 12 weeks, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com.
Insight: Dirks hit .256 with nine homers, 37 RBI and a .686 OPS in 131 games last season, down from .322 (boosted by a .365 BABIP), eight home runs, 35 RBI and an .857 OPS in 2012. His absence will lead to more at-bats for expected platoon partner Rajai Davis.
Justin Verlander, SP2/24/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Tigers righthander Justin Verlander (core muscle surgery) threw a live batting practice session of around 50 pitches, according to Detroit beat writer Chris Iott.
Insight: He should throw another session Thursday and then be ready for Grapefruit league action. He should be ready for the start of the season and hopefully will rebound from last year's "mediocre-for-him" season.
Victor Martinez, DH2/14/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Tigers DH Victor Martinez will catch more this season.
Insight: Martinez caught just three games last season which isn't enough to be eligible in many leagues. Manager Brad Ausmus called Martinez and apparently both are excited about the change. With 10 games in NL parks, it could be a way to get Martinez into the lineup and the result would be great for fantasy owners with another big bat available to start at catcher.
Ronny Paulino, C2/12/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Tigers minor-league catcher Ronny Paulino has been suspended 100 games for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.
Insight: Paulino previously served a 50-game suspension over 2010-11. The journeyman backstop is a career .272 hitter with 33 homers and a .700 OPS in 573 games.
Justin Verlander, SP2/11/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Tigers righthander Justin Verlander (core muscle surgery) threw 20 pitches off a mound on Monday according to MLive's Chris Iott. Verlander expects to make five starts in spring training and if all goes well, be ready for Opening Day.
Insight: "My goal now is the start of the season," Verlander said. "Whether that's Game 1, I don't know. But I intend on being ready." That's great news for fantasy owners. The righthander did not pitch up to the standard he set in 2011-12 for most of 2013 but he finished the year strong by allowing just one earned run in his last five starts (postseason included).
Justin Verlander, SP1/25/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN, Tigers righthander Justin Verlander may miss the start of the season. Verlander had surgery to repair a core muscle earlier this month.
Insight: He won't miss more than a start or two. This news shouldn't affect Verlander's draft position in fantasy leagues.
Max Scherzer, SP1/19/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Tigers righthander Max Scherzer has agreed to a one-year, $15.525 million deal. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: If the two sides hadn't come to an agreement, an outside abitrator would have had to get involved. Scherzer (21-3, 2.90 ERA) will hit the free agent market after next season.
Justin Verlander, SP1/9/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Justin Verlander had surgery to repair a core muscle on Thursday. SOURCE: Tigers on Twitter
Insight: He'll need about six weeks to recover. Verlander (13-12, 3.46 ERA) could miss the start of spring training but he should be back to 100 percent by Opening Day. Fantasy owners have nothing to worry about.
Joba Chamberlain, RP12/12/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: The Tigers added a bullpen arm on Thursday by signing righthander Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Once considered a top prospect, Chamberlain has never lived up to the hype, generating just 23 wins across seven seasons in the Bronx. Leaving New York might clear his head a bit but it won't help his fantasy value.
Rajai Davis, CF12/10/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Rajai Davis' new deal with the Tigers will pay him $10 million over the next two seasons. SOURCE: Ben Nicholson-Smith, Sportnet
Insight: Davis has 50-steal potential but he probably won't get close to that while playing in Detroit. He's going to platoon with Andy Dirks in left field. In 331 at-bats for Toronto in 2013, Davis produced six homers, 24 RBI and 49 runs scored.
Joe Nathan, RP12/3/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have reached a two-year agreement with All-Star closer Joe Nathan. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The deal is worth $20 million. With Nathan now under contract, Brian Wilson, Fernando Rodney, Grant Balfour and Chris Perez are the best late inning relievers left on the market.
Don Kelly, RF12/2/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: The Tigers were able to avoid arbitration with outfielder Don Kelly. SOURCE: Lynn Henning, Detroit News
Insight: The two sides have agreed on a one-year, $1 million deal. Kelly probably won't be a factor in fantasy next season. He's just a .229 career hitter in 907 major league at bats.
Jhonny Peralta, SS11/23/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is close to signing a multi-year deal with St. Louis. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: The shortstop duo of Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma struggled mightily in the World Series (combined 1-for-20) so Peralta represents an obvious upgrade. We'll have contract details when the deal becomes official.
Ian Kinsler, 2B11/20/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: According to cbssports.com's Jon Heyman, the Rangers have agreed to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder.
Insight: The Rangers wanted to open up second base for top prospect Jurickson Profar, and getting rid of Fielder's contract may allow Detroit to re-sign Max Scherzer. Kinsler has produced two 30-30 seasons but he has averaged just 16 homers, 18 steals and 72 RBI the last two seasons. His fantasy value doesn't change much from the trade.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B11/14/2013 8:58:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the American League MVP for the second year in a row.
Insight: He's the first back-to-back winner in the AL since Frank Thomas in 1993-94. Angels outfielder Mike Trout finished second just like he did in 2012. Cabrera belted 44 HR and 137 RBI this year while hitting a career-best .348.
Max Scherzer, SP11/13/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: Detroit ace Max Scherzer is your 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner.
Insight: Scherzer (21-3, 2.90 ERA) was the obvious choice. He led the majors in victories and was second in the AL in strikeouts with 240. It's possible that Scherzer has pitched his last game for the Tigers. Detroit is apparently shopping the righthander in anticipation of him signing elsewhere after the 2014 season.
Drew Smyly, SP11/12/2013 9:23:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Morosi of foxsports.com, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said the team intends for Drew Smyly to be in its 2014 rotation, which supports the belief that the team will shop Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello.
Insight: Smyly made 63 relief appearances and threw 76 innings this past season. He went 6-0 with 21 holds, two saves, 81 strikeouts, a 2.37 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. The lefty made 18 starts for Detroit in 2012.
Max Scherzer, SP11/6/2013 3:13:00 PM
Description: If the Tigers are serious about trading Max Scherzer, the Nationals could be one of the teams interested. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Scherzer is in the last year of his contract and it's going to be tough to retain him given all the money Detroit already owes Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, Anibal Sanchez and Miguel Cabrera. Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, is well-known for steering his clients toward Washington and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was actually the one who drafted Scherzer out of college (Rizzo was working with the Diamondbacks at the time). Scherzer would fit nicely in a rotation that already includes power arms like Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez.
Jose Veras, RP11/1/2013 9:05:00 PM
Description: The Tigers won't pick up Jose Veras' team option for next season. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Veras came over from Houston at the trade deadline. He saw mixed results as Detroit's setup man, finishing with a 3.20 ERA in 25 appearances. Veras ended his season and quite possibly his career with the Tigers by giving up a series-clinching grand slam to Shane Victorino in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B10/29/2013 6:20:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera had surgery Tuesday to repair a sports hernia. SOURCE: Tigers on Twitter
Insight: The surgery requires a 6-to-8 week recovery period. The 2012 AL MVP (and probably the 2013 MVP as well) should be ready to go by spring training.
Jhonny Peralta, SS10/21/2013 9:03:00 PM
Description: Impending free agent Jhonny Peralta is hoping to return to the Tigers in 2014. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Though it probably wouldn't be as a shortstop. Peralta's 50-game PED suspension this past summer allowed Jose Iglesias to settle in as one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball. Peralta did play a little bit of left field during the playoffs but the Tigers may opt to promote from within rather than overpaying for Peralta in free agency. The 31-year-old hit .303 in 409 regular season at bats.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B10/21/2013 8:58:00 PM
Description: Miguel Cabrera's groin injury might require surgery in the offseason. SOURCE: Chris Iott, MLive.com
Insight: Cabrera was noticeably hobbled during the playoffs, though he still managed a respectable seven RBI in 11 games. We expect him to return to his normal spot in the batting order next season after hitting second during the team's ALCS loss to Boston.
Torii Hunter, RF10/19/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has struggled mightily versus Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Hunter is hitting .143 against the righthander in 21 regular season at bats. Hunter has gone 2-for-9 since being moved to the leadoff spot in Game 4.
Alex Avila, C10/19/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is expected to play Saturday in Game 6 after leaving Thursday's game early with a left knee injury. SOURCE: Fox Sports
Insight: Avila was shaken up after getting steamrolled by David Ross at home plate. With Detroit's season on the line, Avila will tough it out and make his 11th start of the postseason. He's had an up and down series offensively with three hits in 12 at bats (1 HR, 3 RBI).
Alex Avila, C10/17/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila has been diagnosed with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Avila injured it when David Ross ran into him at home plate. Brayan Pena has come on to play catcher. Fox broadcaster Joe Buck noted that Don Kelly is the team's emergency catcher though the Tigers also have the option of giving up the DH and putting Victor Martinez behind the plate.
Alex Avila, C10/17/2013 9:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila was replaced by backup Brayan Pena in the fourth inning of Thursday's Game 5 against the Red Sox.
Insight: Boston catcher David Ross absolutely clobbered Avila on a play at the plate in the second inning and clearly Avila is still feeling the effects. Avila flied out to left field in his only at bat of the night.
Victor Martinez, DHHot10/17/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .462 hitter against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: He's one of three Tigers starters with at least a .450 regular season batting average against Lester (minimum 10 AB). Martinez had a big second half of the season and has continue to rake into the playoffs. He's 15-for-35 (.428) in nine postseason games this year.
Torii Hunter, RF10/17/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter has a regular season .478 batting average against Boston starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Hunter has struggled in the 2013 postseason, batting just 7-for-38 (.184), but did have a double and two RBI in Game 4 batting out of the leadoff spot.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B10/17/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career 10-for-19 (.526) against Boston starter Jon Lester during the regular season.
Insight: Cabrera was 1-for-3 against Lester in the series opener. Manager Jim Leyland mixed up the order Wednesday night and Cabrera hit second. After scoring seven runs last night with Torii Hunter leading off and Cabrera in the No. 2 hole, expect the same lineup for Game 5.
Austin Jackson, CFCold10/16/2013 3:42:00 PM
Description: Tigers leadoff man Austin Jackson has been dropped to eighth in the order.
Insight: Jackson has been miserable in the postseason with just three hits in 33 at bats. He's struck out 18 times over that span including twice yesterday in a 1-0 loss to the Red Sox. Detroit needs to win Wednesday's Game 4 to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B10/16/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: Detroit's lineup for Game 4 is much different than the one we saw Tuesday night in Game 3. Miguel Cabrera, usually the Tigers' three-hitter, will bat second Wednesday versus Red Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: It's the first time Cabrera has hit second in the order since 2004 when he still played for the Marlins. Meanwhile, Torii Hunter is hitting leadoff for the first time since 1999. The Tigers as a team are hitting .225 for the series. The Red Sox, who lead two games to one, are hitting .133.
Torii Hunter, RF10/16/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter hasn't had a great series (3-for-14) but he could be in for a big day Wednesday against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Hunter is hitting .438 versus Peavy with seven RBI in 16 at bats. Peavy allowed four runs in seven innings when he faced the Tigers earlier this season.
Victor Martinez, DH10/16/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Detroit DH Victor Martinez was replaced on the base paths because of a leg cramp late in Game 3 but he's expected to play Wednesday night in Game 4. SOURCE: Tigers.com
Insight: Martinez has probably been the Tigers' most consistent hitter this series with four hits in 11 trips to the plate. Even if the leg injury was bothering Martinez, it wouldn't be a big deal because he rarely plays the field. He's a .286 lifetime hitter versus tonight's starter Jake Peavy.
Justin Verlander, SP10/16/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Tigers ace Justin Verlander (8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 10 K's, 1 BB) only made one mistake Tuesday against the Red Sox, but it ended up costing him.
Insight: Verlander's 3-2 fastball to Mike Napoli in the seventh inning caught a little too much of the plate and Napoli made him pay by launching a solo homer to deep left center field. These two have a history as Napoli went yard against Verlander in his first major league at bat back in 2006. The run was the first Verlander had allowed in almost a month (September 18th against Seattle). He's in line to pitch Game 7, if necessary.
Victor Martinez, DHHot10/15/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is 11-for-27 (.407) against Boston's Game 3 starter John Lackey.
Insight: V-Mart was a hot hitter during the second half of the season (.361) and has stayed hot in the postseason. The heart of the Tigers order - Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Martinez have all had success versus Lackey.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B10/15/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a lifetime .333 hitter against Boston starter John Lackey.
Insight: Cabrera has been nagged by injuries throughout September and is still dealing with them, but he has a hit in all seven postseason games this year, including two home runs.
Prince Fielder, 1B10/15/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Detroit slugger Prince Fielder is a career .444 hitter (4-for-9) with a 1.111 OPS against Boston right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Pitching around Miguel Cabrera probably won't be a good option for Lackey. Fielder is 7-for-25 in the postseason.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot10/14/2013 5:48:00 PM
Description: Jhonny Peralta will get the nod at shortstop Tuesday in Game 3. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: He's been splitting time between shortstop and left field. Jose Iglesias is the far superior defensive shortstop but the Tigers need Peralta's bat in the lineup.
Andy Dirks, LF10/14/2013 3:59:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland told ESPN's Buster Olney that Andy Dirks is likely to start in left field Tuesday in Game 3 against the Red Sox.
Insight: Left field has been a rotating door for the Tigers this postseason. Jhonny Peralta started their in Game 1 with Don Kelly getting the nod Sunday in Game 2. Dirks is hitless in three at bats this postseason, though he has managed to score two runs.
Torii Hunter, RFCold10/14/2013 3:18:00 PM
Description: Despite taking a nasty fall in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox, Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter doesn't expect to miss any time. SOURCE: USA Today
Insight: Hunter plunged over the right field fence in an attempt to steal a home run away from David Ortiz. Hunter cut his head and seemed to be a little disoriented after the fall but he stayed in the game. X-rays on his shoulder, which was also hurt on the play, came back negative. The nine-time Gold Glover is just 1-for-10 in the series.
Anibal Sanchez, SP10/13/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Five Tigers pitchers combined to one-hit the Red Sox Saturday in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Insight: Anibal Sanchez was effectively wild on Saturday night, striking out 12 hitters while walking six in his six innings of work. Sanchez became the first pitcher in postseason history to depart after six innings with a no-hitter still in tact. Daniel Nava ended the no-hit bid in the ninth by clubbing a single to center field. The Tigers have now won their last two games by a combined score of 4-0.
Victor Martinez, DH10/13/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is hitless in six career at-bats versus Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: V-Mart was a hot hitter during the second half of the season (.361) and carried that through the first round of the playoffs against Oakland (9-for-20), but went 0-for-4 in the first game of this series.
Torii Hunter, RFCold10/13/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is a .143 career hitter (3-for-21) against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: The veteran outfielder is one of the setup guys for Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, but isn't likely to help much in Sunday's game as he's batting just .166 this postseason and faces an unfavorable matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B10/13/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is just 5-for-21 (.238) with a .653 OPS against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Cabrera was nagged by injuries throughout September and is still dealing with them, but he has a hit in all six postseason games this year. Still, this is an unfavorable matchup.
Jose Iglesias, SS10/12/2013 7:02:00 PM
Description: Jose Iglesias is back in the lineup at shortstop Saturday against Boston.
Insight: The former Red Sox and current Tigers infielder was benched for Jhonny Peralta in Game 5 of the Division Series. Peralta is playing left field on Saturday.
Jhonny Peralta, SS10/12/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Tigers will start Jhonny Peralta in left field for Game 1 of the ALCS Saturday against Boston.
Insight: Peralta did not start the first two games of the ALDS but ended up going 5-for-12 with a homer and five RBI in the series. Jose Iglesias is the starting shortstop Saturday.
Torii Hunter, RF10/12/2013 9:29:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is a .478 career hitter against Red Sox starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Hunter is 11-for-23 with three doubles against Boston's ALCS Game 1 starter. The veteran outfielder is one of three Tigers, along with Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, who have more than 10 at-bats and are batting over .450 against Lester.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B10/12/2013 9:27:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who hit a two-run homer in Game 5 of the ALCS to help Detroit knock off the A's, is 10-for-19 (.526) against Boston's ALCS Game 1 starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Cabrera had hit just one home run since Aug. 26 prior to his Game 5 blast, and it came back on Sept. 17. He was nagged by injuries throughout September and is still dealing with them, but he still had a hit in all five division series games.
Justin Verlander, SPHot10/11/2013 5:21:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander has thrown 27 scoreless innings with 43 strikeouts in his last four starts.
Insight: Verlander sent the Athletics packing with eight shutout innings in Game 5 of the ALDS Thursday night. He seems to have rediscovered his dominance after having a disappointing year by his standards.
Anibal Sanchez, SP10/11/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: Detroit manager named right-hander Anibal Sanchez the Game 1 ALCS starter.
Insight: After years of displaying no-hit stuff but getting inconsistent results, Sanchez had a breakout season in 2013, going 14-8 with a league-leading 2.57 ERA, 202 strikeouts and a 2.39 FIP in 182 innings.
Max Scherzer, SP10/10/2013 3:52:00 PM
Description: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports is hearing that Tigers ace Max Scherzer has a "very real chance" of being traded this offseason.
Insight: With Prince Fielder, Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander locked into long-term deals, the Tigers may not have enough money left over to keep Scherzer when he becomes a free agent after next season. It would be a bombshell of a deal though trading a Cy Young winner (we assume Scherzer will win the award when it's announced next month) isn't unprecedented. Cliff Lee was traded the year after he won the Cy Young in 2009 as was R.A. Dickey when he went from the Mets to the Blue Jays in 2013. David Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young, could be on the trading block this winter as well.
Justin Verlander, SP10/10/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Tigers righthander Justin Verlander is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts against Oakland this season.
Insight: Being on the mound for a decisive Game 5 at the Oakland Coliseum isn't exactly breaking new ground for Verlander. In fact, this exact situation unfolded last season when Verlander went nine innings for the shutout to send Detroit to the ALCS. Of Oakland's starters, only Coco Crisp is hitting better than .300 against the former Cy Young winner. We're expecting another strong outing from Verlander in Game 5.
Justin Verlander, SPHot10/8/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Justin Verlander will take the mound for Game 5 of the ALDS at Oakland on Thursday after the Tigers extended the series Tuesday.
Insight: The Tigers used Game 1 starter Max Scherzer for two innings out of the bullpen Tuesday so they'll go with Verlander, who gave up four hits, walked one and struck out 11 in seven innings in a no decision in Game 2. The right-hander has picked up three straight no decisions despite posting a 33/5 K/BB and a 0.00 ERA in 19 innings during that span.
Torii Hunter, RF10/8/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter (left shoulder) is probable for Game 4 of the ALDS Tuesday against Oakland.
Insight: The veteran right fielder injured it early in Monday's loss to Oakland. X-rays were negative. It's nothing serious and we'd fully expect Hunter to play Tuesday in Game 4 of the Division Series. He's 2-for-10 in the first three games of the series, but 7-for-10 with three homers versus Oakland Game 4 starter Dan Straily.
Torii Hunter, RF10/8/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter (left shoulder) is probable for Game 4 of the ALDS Tuesday against Oakland.
Insight: The veteran right fielder injured it early in Monday's loss to Oakland. X-rays were negative. It's nothing serious and we'd fully expect Hunter to play Tuesday in Game 4 of the Division Series. He's 2-for-10 in the first three games of the series.
Torii Hunter, RF10/7/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: X-rays on Torii Hunter's left shoulder came back negative. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: The veteran right fielder injured it early in Monday's loss to Oakland. It's nothing serious and we'd fully expect Hunter to play Tuesday in Game 4 of the Division Series.
Austin Jackson, CFCold10/7/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is 4-for-5 with a home run against Oakland Game 3 starter Jarrod Parker.
Insight: Jackson is just 1-for-8 in the first two games of the series, including five strikeouts, so may not be able to take advantage of this matchup.
Jhonny Peralta, SS10/6/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he plans to play Jhonny Peralta in Game 3 against the Athletics.
Insight: Peralta has sat out the first two games. He'll likely start in left field Monday.
Max Scherzer, SP10/5/2013 8:57:00 AM
Description: Detroit righthander Max Scherzer held the Athletics to two runs on three hits Friday in a Game 1 victory at the Oakland Coliseum.
Insight: The triumph marked Scherzer's third career playoff win. He's now recorded double-digit strikeouts in two out of his last three postseason appearances. Scherzer will be on the mound for Game 5 next Thursday, if necessary.
Prince Fielder, 1B10/4/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Detroit slugger Prince Fielder is a career .571 hitter with a 1.714 OPS against Oakland right-hander Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Pitching around Miguel Cabrera isn't a good option for Colon, so he could be in for a tough night.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B10/4/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .500 hitter against Oakland starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Cabrera just completed another MVP-worthy season with a .348 average, 44 home runs, 137 RBI, 103 runs and a 1.078 OPS. He won his third straight batting title and finished second to Chris Davis in both home runs and RBI.
Jhonny Peralta, SS10/3/2013 5:21:00 PM
Description: Jhonny Peralta is on the Tigers' ALDS roster, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.
Insight: The Tigers acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias while Peralta was serving a 50-game suspension, so all of Peralta's playing time will come in left field. Andy Dirks is starting out there in Game 1, however.
Max Scherzer, SP10/2/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Correcting a previous report, Max Scherzer will get the ball for the Tigers in Game 1 versus Oakland.
Insight: We had heard that Justin Verlander would start Game 1 but apparently he'll be on the mound for Game 2 instead. Scherzer, who is 2-1 all-time in the postseason (3.82 ERA in 33 innings), was winless in two starts against the A's during the regular season (4.91).
Justin Verlander, SP9/30/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Tigers ace Justin Verlander will start Game 1 of the Divison Series.
Insight: He'll be going up against A's righthander Bartolo Colon. Max Scherzer, the likely AL Cy Young award winner, will pitch Game 2 Saturday night in Oakland.
Justin Verlander, SP9/29/2013 3:44:00 PM
Description: Detroit righthander Justin Verlander fanned 10 Marlins in six shutout innings Sunday in the Tigers' final game of the regular season.
Insight: Of course, Verlander's performance was overshadowed by what turned out to be a walkoff no-hitter for Miami starter Henderson Alvarez. Verlander (13-12, 3.46 ERA) figures to be the No. 1 or 2 starter for Detroit's opening round series against Oakland.
Torii Hunter, RF9/29/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter won't start Sunday against Miami.
Insight: Hunter's first season with the Tigers has been a success. In 144 games, he's produced 17 HR, 84 RBI and a .304 batting average while providing his usual stellar defense in right field. Andy Dirks (.257, 9 HR, 37 RBI) will make the start in right Sunday in the regular season finale.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/29/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: The Tigers are sitting Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Alex Avila and Torii Hunter Sunday, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: The Tigers clinched the AL Central and can afford to rest their players before the playoffs begin. Cabrera looked like he was going to blow by his numbers from last season, but injuries hampered him throughout the final month and he hit .284 with one home run and seven RBI in his last 25 games. Cabrera will finish with a .348 average, 44 home runs, 137 RBI, 103 runs and a 1.078 OPS. He won his third straight batting title but finished second to Chris Davis in both home runs and RBI.
Austin Jackson, CF9/29/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is out for Sunday's regular season finale against the Marlins. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Similar to what the Red Sox are doing, the Tigers are benching most of their starters for the finale. Detroit will open the playoffs at Oakland sometime next week.
Anibal Sanchez, SPHot9/29/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez will finish first in the American League with a 2.57 ERA.
Insight: Sanchez threw five shutout innings in his final start of the regular season, and the two closest pitchers to Sanchez, Bartolo Colon and Hisashi Iwakuma, both made their last start. After years of displaying no-hit stuff but getting inconsistent results, Sanchez had a breakout season in 2013, going 14-8 with a 2.57 ERA, 202 strikeouts and a 2.39 FIP in 182 innings.
Rick Porcello, SP9/27/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have scratched Rick Porcello from Friday's start and instead made him available out of the bullpen.
Insight: Porcello has had his best season overall, going 13-8 with a 4.38 ERA, a 3.56 FIP and a career-high 139 strikeouts, but the team will use him out of the bullpen during the postseason.
Jhonny Peralta, SS9/25/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Jhonny Peralta has served his 50-game PED suspension and will be reinstated Friday when the Tigers begin their final series of the year against the Marlins.
Insight: Jose Iglesias is expected to stay at shortstop with Peralta moving over to left field. Peralta will return to a .305 batting average in 397 at bats.
Jose Iglesias, SS9/25/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: The Tigers are hoping to have Jose Iglesias back in the lineup Friday against Miami. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: He's missed the Tigers' last six games with a bruised hand. The 23-year-old is a leading candidate for the AL's Rookie of the Year award.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/25/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is 11-for-25 (.440) against Minnesota starter Kevin Correia with a 1.088 OPS.
Insight: He tweaked his groin on Saturday and probably wouldn't play if the Tigers had clinched the division, but since they still need one more win, he'll likely play Wednesday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot9/24/2013 1:31:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is 10-for-21 (.476) against Minnesota starter Scott Diamond with four extra base hits and a 1.304 OPS.
Insight: He tweaked his groin on Saturday and probably wouldn't play if the Tigers had clinched the division, but since they still need one more win he'll likely play Tuesday. He's also 5-for-8 over his last two starts, so the groin isn't hurting his swing.
Phil Coke, SP9/24/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Tigers left-hander Phil Coke (sore left elbow) threw out of the bullpen on Monday, but we still have no timetable for his return.
Insight: Coke hopes to be ready by the beginning of the playoffs. Even when healthy, Coke had no fantasy value this season (0-5, 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP).
Jose Iglesias, SS9/22/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Jose Iglesias' hand injury doesn't seem to be getting any better.
Insight: According to MLB.com's Jason Beck, the rookie shortstop is "nowhere close" to being able to field grounders. The Tigers may opt to hold him out for the rest of the regular season.
Torii Hunter, RF9/22/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter will have the day off on Sunday.
Insight: Andy Dirks is getting the start in right. Hunter, who is just getting a routine day off, has recorded at least 80 RBI in each of his last five seasons.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/22/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera won't be in the lineup Sunday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: He tweaked his groin on Saturday and probably won't be available for a couple of days. The Tigers almost have the division wrapped up so they can afford to give Miggy a rest. Don Kelly (.235, 6 HR, 23 RBI) will fill in at third base while he's out.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/21/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Saturday's game due to groin soreness and is day-to-day, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: Cabrera left the game prior to the top of the 10th inning. The superstar is likely to win his second straight MVP Award but injuries have cost him the chance to get his second straight Triple Crown. He has played 20 games and hit just .274 with one home run and six RBI since Aug. 27.
Jose Iglesias, SS9/21/2013 4:11:00 PM
Description: A bruised hand will keep Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias out of the lineup Saturday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Tigers on Twitter
Insight: Iglesias has enjoyed a fine rookie season, contributing a .310 average while playing gold glove defense on the left side of the infield. Ramon Santiago will get the start in his absence Saturday night.
Torii Hunter, RF9/20/2013 11:06:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter was 10-for-56 (.179) in his first 14 games of September but he has gone 6-for-10 over his last two games.
Insight: That includes a four-hit game Friday in which he had three RBI, two runs and a walk. Hunter is hitting .299 with 17 home runs, 81 RBI, 88 runs and a .793 OPS this season.
Max Scherzer, SP9/20/2013 10:47:00 PM
Description: In his fifth try, Detroit's Max Scherzer finally got his 20th win Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Scherzer went 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA in four starts since winning his 19th game. He allowed three runs on six hits over six innings Friday and received plenty of run support in a 12-5 win.
Victor Martinez, DHHot9/20/2013 1:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Friday night.
Insight: It seemed unfathomable that V-Mart would hit .300 this season when he was batting .225 on June 28, but he has hit .379 with just 24 strikeouts in 321 plate appearances since then.
Phil Coke, SP9/20/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Tigers lefty Phil Coke will not be available for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox due to a sore left elbow.
Insight: Coke will be out for a couple of days so he'll be ready for playoff time. Even when healthy, Coke had no fantasy value this season (0-5, 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP).
Jose Iglesias, SS9/20/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (hand) left Thursday's game after taking a fastball off his left hand and while X-rays came back negative he is doubtful for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Iglesias is batting .310 this season (.276 with Detroit), but it's a bit deceiving as he provides little power (3 HR) or speed (5 SB).
Jose Iglesias, SSCold9/19/2013 3:33:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (hand) left Thursday's game after taking a fastball off his left hand but X-rays came back negative. SOURCE: Tom Gage, Detroit News
Insight: Iglesias came in hitting .125 (2-for-16) over his last seven games. He's hitting .280 since joining the Tigers from Boston, but with little power or speed.
Torii Hunter, RFCold9/18/2013 5:06:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Seattle. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Hunter hasn't been able to get it going in September. In 56 at bats this month, he's hitting just .179 with a .214 slugging percentage. Don Kelly (.236, 6 HR, 23 RBI) will get the start in right field.
Rick Porcello, SP9/16/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Detroit righthander Rick Porcello pitched six innings for his 13th win of the season Monday against Seattle.
Insight: Porcello has done well since his nine-run meltdown against Boston at the start of the month (2-0, 1.20 ERA in his last two starts). Still, he's unlikely to crack the Tigers' postseason starting rotation.
Jhonny Peralta, SS9/16/2013 9:01:00 PM
Description: Suspended Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is going to try his hand at left field when he begins playing instructional league games on Wednesday. SOURCE: Lynn Henning, Detroit News
Insight: Rookie of the Year candidate Jose Iglesias is locked in at shortstop so Peralta will try to make himself useful at another position. It's unknown if he'll be on the Tigers' postseason roster.
Max Scherzer, SP9/15/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer struck out 12 batters and allowed only one run on five hits over seven innings Sunday against Kansas City, but again he failed to get his 20th win.
Insight: That makes Scherzer 0-for-4 in trying to get win No. 20. He's still 19-3 and now has a 2.95 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 201 1/3 innings.
Prince Fielder, 1B9/15/2013 10:17:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie has allowed eight hits, including two doubles and one home run, in 19 career at-bats against Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder.
Insight: Fielder has disappointing numbers this season but he is finishing strong by hitting .367 with six homers, 19 RBI and a 1.019 OPS over his last 26 games. He should produce Sunday against Guthrie.
Austin Jackson, CF9/14/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson is 1-for-14 (.071) with three strikeouts against Royals starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Jackson (.277, 11 HR, 43 RBI, 7 SB) hasn't been able to repeat his stellar 2012 season (.300, 16 HR, 66 RBI, 12 SB) but he is finishing with a strong September (.349 in 10 games). Saturday, however, is an unfavorable matchup.
Prince Fielder, 1B9/14/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is 6-for-13 with three homers and a 1.764 OPS against Ervin Santana.
Insight: Fielder is having an off year, for him, with a .278 average, 24 homers, 102 RBI and an .821 OPS.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/13/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera owns Royals left-hander Bruce Chen with a .405 career average and five homers in 37 at-bats.
Insight: Even after going 1-for-13 over his last three games, the best hitter in the game is posting another monster season - .349, 43 HR, 133 RBI, 1.099 OPS.
Anibal Sanchez, SPHot9/12/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the White Sox Wednesday night.
Insight: Sanchez' 2.50 ERA leads Tigers starters, is 0.51 higher than Max Scherzer's and 1.14 higher than Justin Verlander's. He has a career-best 9.67 K/9.
Prince Fielder, 1B9/10/2013 11:06:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday at Chicago.
Insight: Fielder is 14-for-35 (.400) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in September but has disappointed this season with a .277 average, 23 longballs, 99 RBI and an .814 OPS.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/9/2013 9:00:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was ejected mid at bat Monday against the White Sox.
Insight: He was arguing balls and strikes. Manager Jim Leyland was also tossed. The ejection happened in the first inning so Cabrera never logged an official at bat. Ramon Santiago has come on to play third base.
Victor Martinez, DHHot9/9/2013 1:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .563 hitter (9-for-16) against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: V-Mart (.294 with 73 RBI) has been much improved after the All-Star break batting .359 over his last 48 games. He's a must start on Monday.
Justin Verlander, SP9/7/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander gave up four runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over seven innings in a loss to Kansas City Saturday night.
Insight: Verlander has recorded a 3.67 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 49 innings since the start of August. After going 41-13 with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 489 1/3 innings over the previous two seasons, he has dropped off to 12-11 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in 192 2/3 frames this year.
Prince Fielder, 1B9/7/2013 11:11:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is hitless in six at-bats versus Royals starter Danny Duffy.
Insight: Fielder is actually hitting for a higher average against left-handers than right-handers (.295 vs. .264). Overall, fantasy owners have been unhappy with Fielders' production in 2013 (.274, 22 HR, 96 RBI, 810 OPS). Heading into the season in odd-numbers years he has averaged .295 with 102 runs, 44 HR, 126 RBI and a 1.002 OPS.
Jose Iglesias, SS9/6/2013 6:20:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias won't play Friday against Kansas City but he should be back for Saturday's game. SOURCE: Lynn Henning, Detroit News
Insight: Iglesias is battling shin splints. Ramon Santiago (.231, 1 HR, 11 RBI) will fill in at shortstop.
Jose Iglesias, SS9/4/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias left Wednesday's game with shin splints, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: He's listed as day-to-day. The Tigers have off Thursday, so that might be enough time for Iglesias to feel better for Friday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/4/2013 5:34:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) is not in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Cabrera returned to action Tuesday after missing three straight games with abdominal discomfort, but he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and is still in pain.
Max Scherzer, SP9/4/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer was handed his second loss of the season Tuesday night in Boston.
Insight: Scherzer (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 K's, 3 BB) pitched well but Jon Lester was a tad better for the Red Sox (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 9 K's, 0 BB). Boston's two runs off Scherzer (19-2, 2.88 ERA) both came on a two-run single by Will Middlebrooks in the fifth inning. Scherzer will try to reach win No. 20 next time out against Chicago.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/3/2013 5:57:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) is back in the lineup Tuesday against Boston after missing three games.
Insight: Cabrera (.358, 43 HR, 130 RBI) is battling an abdominal strain. The third baseman is 10-for-16 (.625) with five walks against Tuesday's starter Jon Lester and should be activated in all fantasy leagues.
Torii Hunter, RF9/3/2013 1:44:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is 10-for-19 (.526) against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Hunter is 38 and he might be having his best season yet. He is batting .304 batting with 16 HR, 71 RBI and an .808 OPS. This matchup is a must start.
Victor Martinez, DHHot9/3/2013 1:43:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .600 hitter against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: He's one of three Tigers starters with at least a .500 batting average against Lester (minimum 10 AB). V-Mart is hitting .298 with 73 RBI a year after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. To top it off, he still holds catcher eligibility in most leagues despite playing only two games behind the plate.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/3/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera didn't play in Monday's series opener against the Red Sox and is expected to miss Tuesday's game.
Insight: He did take batting practice on Monday. Cabrera (.358, 43 HR, 130 RBI) is battling a strained abdomen. The Tigers list him as day-to-day, but this injury may cost him any chance of catching Chris Davis in home runs and repeating his Triple Crown season.
Doug Fister, SP9/2/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Doug Fister blanked Boston over seven innings Monday to win his 12th game of the year.
Insight: Fister had been struggling lately, going 1-2 with a 5.70 ERA in his previous four starts. The right-hander has posted a fantastic 1.85 BB/9 and a 0.55 HR/9 in 179 2/3 innings this season, but he has had terrible batted ball luck with men on base.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/2/2013 11:53:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera won't compete in Monday's series opener against the Red Sox.
Insight: Cabrera (.358, 43 HR, 130 RBI) is still battling a strained abdomen. The Tigers continue to list him as day-to-day.
Austin Jackson, CF9/2/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson is back in the lineup after missing Sunday's game with an injured shoulder.
Insight: Jackson (.270, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 6 SB) hasn't been able to repeat his stellar 2012 season (.300, 16 HR, 66 RBI, 12 SB) but he did pick up the pace a little bit in August (.280 AVG in 125 at bats). Perhaps he can build off that success and finish with a strong September.
Victor Martinez, DHHot9/2/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is batting .417 against Red Sox starter John Lackey.
Insight: Lackey is the pitcher he'll be facing Monday at Fenway Park. What a steal this guy has been. V-Mart is hitting .298 with 73 RBI a year after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. To top it off, he still holds catcher eligibility in most leagues despite playing only two games behind the plate.
Justin Verlander, SP9/1/2013 5:02:00 PM
Description: Tigers righthander Justin Verlander (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 K's, 2 BB) got back on track Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Unfortunately, the Tigers' bats fell silent and Verlander (12-10, 3.59 ERA) had to settle for a no-decision. His last win came on August 6th against this same Cleveland team. The five-start winless streak is Verlander's longest since 2008.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B9/1/2013 12:57:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) is still out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Cabrera is dealing with discomfort in his abdominal area near his left hip flexor, the same one that gave him issues last month.
Nick Castellanos, RF9/1/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: The Tigers have called up top prospect Nick Castellanos (OF).
Insight: Castellanos hit .276 with 37 doubles, 18 homers and a 100/54 K/BB over 595 plate appearances with Triple-A Toledo this season. It's unclear if he'll take over as the everyday left fielder, but if he does he's worth adding in 12-team leagues.
Victor Martinez, DHHot9/1/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Detroit starter Victor Martinez hit .386 with two homers and 13 RBI in August.
Insight: Martinez is now hitting .298 with a .773 OPS on the year. That's pretty impressive considering he was batting .226 with a .606 OPS on June 21. Since then, Martinez has hit .375 with a .951 OPS in 63 games.
Omar Infante, 2BHot8/31/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: The Tigers were without Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) Saturday, but it didn't matter because Omar Infante went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI.
Insight: After missing more than a month with a sprained ankle, Infante has gone 25-for-71 (.352) with three home runs and 11 RBI over 18 games since returning to the lineup.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/31/2013 4:31:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) is not in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Cabrera left each of the last two games with discomfort in his abdominal area near his left hip flexor, the same one that gave him issues last month.
Austin Jackson, CF8/31/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is just 2-for-12, both singles, with seven strikeouts against Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Jackson has bounced back from an ugly July, but this isn't a good matchup. He's only batting .268 with a .750 OPS after posting a .300 batting average with an .856 OPS last season.
Victor Martinez, DHHot8/31/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Detroit switch-hitter Victor Martinez is a .500 hitter against Cleveland lefty Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Martinez has been on fire since the beginning of July, batting .390 that month and .391 in August. Combined with a favorable matchup makes him a must start.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/30/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) left Friday's game in the third inning.
Insight: Cabrera exited Thursday's game with discomfort in his abdominal area near his left hip flexor, the same one that gave him issues last month, and he looked uncomfortable in his only at-bat Friday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/30/2013 4:02:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) will play Friday against the Indians.
Insight: Cabrera left Thursday's game with discomfort in his abdominal area near his left hip flexor, the same one that gave him issues last month.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/29/2013 9:30:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera doesn't expect to miss Friday's series opener against Cleveland. Cabrera left Thursday's game against Oakland with abominal discomfort. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a couple of singles before exiting in the fifth inning. If he's in the lineup Friday, it will probably be as a DH.
Torii Hunter, RF8/29/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Torii Hunter saved the best for last. His three-run homer in the ninth inning capped a six-run comeback by Detroit Thursday against Oakland.
Insight: Hunter is 38 and he might be having his best season yet. Thursday's walkoff was his 16th of the year. That's the same number he had last season and there's still a month left in the season. Hunter's .308 batting average ranks sixth in the American League.
Max Scherzer, SP8/29/2013 7:51:00 PM
Description: Tigers ace Max Scherzer (5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's) was able to avoid losing Thursday against Oakland but only by the grace of Torii Hunter.
Insight: Scherzer put Detroit in an early 6-0 hole by serving up home runs to Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss but Hunter bailed him out in the ninth with a walkoff three-run homer. Scherzer (19-1, 2.90 ERA) hasn't had many outings like this in 2013 and we'd expect him to be much better next time out against the Red Sox.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/29/2013 3:39:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Thursday's game against the Athletics with abdominal discomfort, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: Cabrera may have aggravated his left hip injury which is causing pain in his abdominal area. He's listed as day-to-day and has to be considered questionable for Friday's game.
Torii Hunter, RF8/29/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, his 15th, Wednesday against the Athletics, but he has never had much success against Thursday's starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Hunter has faced Colon 58 times in his career and come away with 14 hits for a .241 average. Colon has fanned Hunter 10 times.
Jose Iglesias, SS8/26/2013 9:34:00 PM
Description: Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias was back in the starting lineup Monday against Oakland.
Insight: He missed the previous two contests because of a sore elbow. Iglesias has hit .286 since joining the Tigers at the trade deadline.
Jose Iglesias, SS8/26/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is questionable for Monday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Iglesias is dealing with a sore left elbow. Ramon Santiago would fill in at shortstop if Iglesias can't go, but he has no fantasy value.
Max Scherzer, SPHot8/24/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: In a battle of All-Star starting pitchers, Tigers ace Max Scherzer reigned supreme on Saturday.
Insight: Scherzer (19-1, 2.73 ERA) was remarkable on Saturday, fanning 11 Mets hitters over six shutout innings. He got himself into a bases loaded jam in the sixth but was able to work his way out of it. Matt Harvey, the pitcher Scherzer opposed in last month's All-Star Game (also held at Citi Field), allowed two runs and 13 hits in six innings. The loss was Harvey's fifth of the season.
Victor Martinez, DH8/24/2013 3:05:00 PM
Description: Detroit switch-hitter Victor Martinez is not in Saturday's starting lineup against Matt Harvey and the Mets.
Insight: Martinez has been on fire since the beginning of July, batting .390 that month and .326 in August, but he's been in 127 of 128 games and can probably use the rest day.
Justin Verlander, SP8/22/2013 7:13:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Justin Verlander got rocked Thursday versus Minnesota (7 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K's).
Insight: He owns a 3.90 ERA in the month of August. Verlander told reporters before the All-Star break that he had identified and fixed a flaw in his mechanics but his results suggest otherwise. The 2011 AL Cy Young winner is winless in his last three starts (0-1, 4.90).
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot8/21/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .500 hitter with a 1.207 OPS versus Minnesota right-hander Kevin Correia.
Insight: Cabrera is on a six-game hitting streak. He's batting .359 with 40 HR and 120 RBI and is once again an MVP candidate.
Prince Fielder, 1B8/20/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder homered Tuesday for the third time in his last six games.
Insight: Fielder has underwhelmed this season with a .260 average, 20 homers and a career-low .441 slugging percentage, but he does have 87 RBI and 63 runs so it hasn't been a total lost season.
Omar Infante, 2B8/20/2013 5:56:00 PM
Description: Tigers second baseman Omar Infante (back) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Infante left Saturday's game with back stiffness. The second baseman is 9-for-23 (.391) in six games since returning from a sprained ankle that cost him five weeks.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/20/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera has never hit a home run off of Tuesday's starter right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: Pelfrey has managed that feat by not throwing Cabrera many strikes. He's walked him seven times in their 21 matchups. Cabrera has just four singles and one RBI.
Max Scherzer, SPHot8/18/2013 5:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer improved to 18-1 with eight innings of two-run ball Sunday against the Royals.
Insight: Scherzer (2.82 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) has given up two runs or less in each of his last six starts and 117 hits in 172 1/3 innings this season.
Omar Infante, 2B8/18/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: A back injury will keep Tigers second baseman Omar Infante out Sunday against the Royals.
Insight: Infante suffered the injury Saturday in a Tigers victory. Ramon Santiago will take over at second base.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot8/18/2013 9:10:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the game with a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth Saturday against Kansas City.
Insight: That gives Miggy six homers in his last ten games. He's hit .341 over that span, which is actually lower than his season average (.358). There's no debate. Cabrera is the American League MVP.
Omar Infante, 2B8/17/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante exited Saturday's game because of lower back stiffness. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: It's a tough break for Infante, who just came off the disabled list on Monday. He went 2-for-3 before leaving in the top of the eighth inning.
Austin Jackson, CFCold8/17/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Royals starter Wade Davis.
Insight: Add in that he's 1-for-20 over the past four games and fantasy owners should avoid this matchup. Jackson has tailed off from last season, when he hit .300 with an .856 OPS. He's only batting .261 with nine home runs, 28 RBI, 74 runs, six steals and a .738 OPS this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot8/17/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has another nice matchup with Kansas City starter Wade Davis as he's a career .357 hitter against the right-hander with a pair of home runs and a 1.269 OPS.
Insight: Cabrera didn't homer on Thursday or Friday ... that's bigger news than him hitting another one over the fence. He's having an MVP season - batting .358 with 38 HR and 115 RBI and has a favorable matchup.
Justin Verlander, SP8/16/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander fired eight innings and allowed two runs on seven hits Friday afternoon against the Royals, but he took the loss.
Insight: Royals lefty Danny Duffy shut out the Tigers on one hit over six innings and Detroit dropped a 2-1 decision. Verlander has posted a 2.48 ERA and a 28/8 K/BB in 29 innings over his last four starts.
Victor Martinez, DH8/16/2013 12:20:00 PM
Description: Detroit switch-hitter Victor Martinez will make his 10th start this season at first base on Friday.
Insight: This could make his eligible in some fantasy leagues at a position other than DH. Price Fielder is the DH in Game 1 of the twinbill. Martinez has finally found his swing, batting .392 in July and .352 in August.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot8/16/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has a particularly juicy matchup in the second game of the doubleheader with Kansas City as he's a career .429 hitter against right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Cabrera didn't homer on Thursday ... that's bigger news than him hitting another one over the fence. He's having an MVP season - batting .359 with 38 HR and 115 RBI.
Andy Dirks, LF8/15/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles Thursday against Kansas City.
Insight: Dirks was 0-for-8 in his previous two contests. He's hitting .417 against the Royals this season (10-for-24).
Austin Jackson, CF8/15/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has slipped into a 2-for-19 (.105) slump over his last four games and he hasn't had success against Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals.
Insight: Jackson has tailed off from last season, when he hit .300 with an .856 OPS. He's only batting .264 with nine home runs and a .743 OPS this season and is 4-for-23 (.174) with eight K against Guthrie. He's the only Tigers regular who doesn't have at least a .300 lifetime average against the Royals starter.
Prince Fielder, 1B8/15/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is showing signs of life by hitting .316 with four doubles and five RBI over his last eight games and also has a favorable matchup Thursday against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Fielder hasn't homered in 19 straight games and is hitting just .262 with 17 round-trippers and a .782 OPS this season, but he is 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles and two walks against Guthrie.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot8/14/2013 7:02:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera homered again Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Cabrera has hit six home runs and driven in 14 over his last eight games. However, Chris Davis entered play Wednesday having hit four over his last six games to maintain a lead of six homers over Cabrera.
Omar Infante, 2B8/14/2013 6:59:00 PM
Description: Tigers second baseman Omar Infante went 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Infante has gone 5-for-13 with two RBI in three games since returning from a sprained ankle that kept him out for more five weeks. He's hitting .312 this season.
Torii Hunter, RF8/14/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is a .325 hitter against White Sox starter John Danks with three homers. He's also stolen six bases, in seven tries, against the left-hander.
Insight: After posting big numbers in July (.374, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 1.074 OPS), Hunter has slipped back this month, but he's still worth a play versus Danks.
Austin Jackson, CFHot8/14/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is 13-for-33 (.394) against White Sox starter John Danks with three home runs and a 1.187 OPS.
Insight: Jackson is batting .321 over his past six games with a 1.066 OPS and six extra base hits. Add in a favorable matchup and he should be in all fantasy lineups.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot8/12/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera belted another home run Monday in a 6-2 loss to Chicago.
Insight: Miggy has now launched homers in four straight games. Cabrera's career-high in home runs is 44. With the way he's been hitting, he could have that many by the end of this month.
Omar Infante, 2B8/12/2013 6:53:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have activated second baseman Omar Infante from the disabled list.
Insight: Infante, who has been out with a sprained ankle, last played on July 3rd. He's batting seventh Monday against the White Sox.
Austin Jackson, CF8/12/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is just 2-for-19 (.105) with eight strikeouts against Chicago starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Jackson went off this week, batting .400 over his past six games with a 1.321 OPS and eight extra base hits. Hopefully this unfavorable matchup won't mess up his swing.
Victor Martinez, DHHot8/12/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Detroit switch-hitter Victor Martinez is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12) against White Sox lefty Chris Sale.
Insight: Martinez is on fire, batting .371 over the past four weeks to raise his average to .281. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Torii Hunter, RFHot8/12/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has hit for the cycle in eight at-bats versus White Sox ace Chris Sale (1.750 OPS).
Insight: After posting big numbers in July (.374, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 1.074 OPS), Hunter has slipped back this month, batting .262 with a .661 OPS in nine games.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot8/11/2013 5:38:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera capped off an incredible series with a ninth inning homer off Mariano Rivera Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Insight: The homer narrowed the gap to 4-3 and the Tigers would eventually tie it two batters later on a Victor Martinez solo shot to right. Cabrera finished the series with seven hits, three homers and five RBI. If the season ended today, he'd be the obvious choice for AL MVP.
Alex Avila, C8/11/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila was scratched from Sunday's lineup and has been placed on the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Avila, who took a foul ball to the mask Thursday, passed concussion tests Saturday and was expected to return to the lineup Sunday, but he's still dealing with symptoms. He's batting just .198 with nine homers and 36 RBI, a far cry from his 2011 production (.295, 19 HR, 82 RBI).
Anibal Sanchez, SPHot8/10/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez hasn't surrendered more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts.
Insight: Sanchez struck out eight batters and allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings Saturday against the Yankees. The right-hander has had his best major league season, going 10-7 with a 2.58 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and a 139/38 K/BB in 125 2/3 innings.
Austin Jackson, CFHot8/10/2013 6:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is 10-for-21 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine runs scored over his last four games.
Insight: Jackson went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and three runs Saturday against the Yankees and has scored 73 runs in just 84 games this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot8/10/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer off Yankees starter Phil Hughes and went 3-for-5 with two runs scored Saturday at New York.
Insight: Cabrera came in as a career .522 (12-for-23) with four home runs with a 1.734 OPS against Hughes. He has hit three homers and driven in 10 runs over his last five games.
Torii Hunter, RFHot8/10/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Hunter went 2-for-18 (.111) with three K over his previous three games, but he otherwise has performed at a high level since early July, hitting .356 with nine home runs over his last 30 games.
Alex Avila, C8/10/2013 12:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila has passed all his concussion tests and is back in the lineup for Saturday afternoon's against the Yankees.
Insight: He took a foul ball to the mask Thursday. He's batting just .198 with nine homers and 36 RBI, a far cry from his 2011 production (.295, 19 HR, 82 RBI).
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/10/2013 9:51:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .522 (12-for-23) with four home runs with a 1.734 OPS against Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes.
Insight: Cabrera won a great battle against Mariano Rivera to help Detroit tie Friday night's game in the ninth inning. He's now blasted 34 homers and tied with Chris Davis for the major league lead in RBIs.
Omar Infante, 2B8/9/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: As long as he doesn't suffer any more setbacks, Omar Infante should be back in the Tigers' lineup Monday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Infante has been working his way back from a sprained ankle he suffered at the beginning of July. He carries a .309 batting average through his first 76 games this season.
Alex Avila, C8/9/2013 8:04:00 PM
Description: Alex Avila has passed all his concussion tests but the Tigers still left him out of the lineup as a precaution Friday night against the Yankees. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: He took a foul ball to the mask yesterday but it looks like he's going to be fine. Expect Avila to return later this weekend.
Ramon Santiago, SS8/9/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ramon Santiago is questionable for Friday's game against the New York Yankees with tightness in his left knee.
Insight: Santiago has not proven to be productive enough to be worthy fantasy consideration. He is batting .211 in 128 at-bats this season with no apparent power or speed.
Jose Iglesias, SS8/9/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is questionable for Friday's game against the New York Yankees.
Insight: He's out with a bruised toe. Ramon Santiago would fill in at shortstop if Iglesias can't go.
Alex Avila, C8/9/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila flew back to Detroit to be checked for a concussion after taking a foul ball off his mask, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.
Insight: Avila had a career year in 2011, hitting .295 with 19 home runs, 82 RBI and an .895 OPS, but he has been miserable since then. He's currently batting .198 with nine homers and 36 RBI. He could miss the entire weekend series.
Victor Martinez, DHHot8/8/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Detroit DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI Thursday against Cleveland and is hitting .386 over his last 35 games.
Insight: Who would have though that after hitting .225 over his first 77 games this season, Martinez would be hitting 17 points higher than Prince Fielder less than two months later? That's where he is right now, batting .277 to Fielder's .260.
Omar Infante, 2B8/8/2013 7:23:00 PM
Description: Tigers second baseman Omar Infante (ankle) returned to the Triple-A Toledo lineup Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to ankle soreness, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.
Insight: Infante hasn't played for the Tigers since suffering a sprained left ankle when Colby Rasmus slid into him on July 3. He already suffered a setback at the end of July, so expect the Tigers to be extra careful with him if he has more soreness going forward on his rehab assignment.
Jose Iglesias, SS8/8/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias won't be in the lineup Thursday against the Indians. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: He's out with a bruised toe. Ramon Santiago is filling in at shortstop.
Omar Infante, 2B8/8/2013 10:19:00 AM
Description: Tigers second baseman Omar Infante has suffered a setback in his recovery from a sprained ankle. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Infante, who had been rehabbing with Triple-A Toledo, wasn't in the lineup Wednesday because of ankle soreness. The Tigers would obviously rather have Infante in the lineup but the truth is, they've been just fine without him. Since the All-Star break, they've won 15 out of 18 including 11 straight and are now six games clear of Cleveland in the AL Central. Ramon Santiago will continue to play second base in Infante's absence.
Prince Fielder, 1B8/8/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Prince Fielder's two-run double in the 14th inning broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the Tigers to their 67th win of the season.
Insight: It was one of two hits on the night for Fielder, who also struck out three times. Aside from his heroics Wednesday night, the All-Star first baseman hasn't had a very good second half. His average since the break is just .214 in 70 at bats.
Jose Valverde, RP8/7/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: The Tigers released righthander Jose Valverde on Wednesday.
Insight: It was bound to happen. Valverde lost his closer's job back in June and has been useless in 11 appearances for Triple-A Toledo since then (4.09 ERA in 11 innings). Even if Valverde latches on somewhere else, it's unlikely he'd be able to provide any meaningful fantasy contributions.
Justin Verlander, SP8/6/2013 9:36:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander didn't walk a batter for the first time all season Tuesday against the Indians.
Insight: In what was his longest start since June 29, Verlander went eight innings and allowed four hits and one run while striking out seven in a 5-1 win. The right-hander walked five batters his last time out and has a 3.32 BB/9 this season, up from 2.27 last year and 2.04 in 2011.
Victor Martinez, DHHot8/6/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Detroit DH Victor Martinez is 9-for-19 (.474) against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson with a 1.215 OPS.
Insight: Martinez has finally found his swing after missing all of 2012 due to injury. He batted .390 in July with a 1.010 OPS and has continue to rip line drives in August (.357). He's a must start on Tuesday.
Anibal Sanchez, SPHot8/5/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez didn't get the win but he still put together a nice stat line Monday against Cleveland.
Insight: Sanchez allowed two runs and four hits over 7 2/3 innings, walking two with 11 strikeouts. The righthander has been money since the break. In four post All-Star starts, he's 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/5/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup for Monday's game with Cleveland.
Insight: Cabrera is 7-for-14 with three home runs and a 1.705 OPS versus Clevland starter Corey Kluber. The team was very conservative with their superstar's injury and this is his first start since last Tuesday.
Jhonny Peralta, SS8/5/2013 2:09:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (.305, 11 HR, 54 RBI) will accept the 50-game PED suspension given to him by Major League Baseball.
Insight: Detroit has played 109 games, so he'll be eligible for the playoffs. The Tigers prepared for this contingency when they traded for Jose Iglesias, who can play shortstop or third base.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/5/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who said he felt better by the end of Saturday but only pinch hit on Sunday, has a great matchup if he returns for Monday night's game.
Insight: Cabrera is 7-for-14 with three home runs and a 1.705 OPS versus Clevland starter Corey Kluber. The team is being very conservative with their superstar. Jose Iglesias will make the start at third base if Cabrera doesn't, but no player can fill the void when the big man is out of the lineup (.359, 32 HR, 99 RBI 1.121 OPS).
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/4/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera said he felt better by the end of Saturday but he's not in Sunday's starting lineup, according to mlb.com.
Insight: The team is being very conservative with their superstar, trying to keep him off the disabled list, but not wanting the injury to be re-aggravated. Newly-acquired Jose Iglesias will make the start at third base, but no player can fill the void when Cabrera (.359, 32 HR, 99 RBI 1.121 OPS) is out of the lineup.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/4/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera said he felt better by the end of Saturday and is hopeful that he can go on Sunday, according to Detroit beat reporter Jason Beck.
Insight: The team is being very conservative with their superstar, trying to keep him off the disabled list, but not wanting the injury to be re-aggravated. Newly-acquired Jose Iglesias will likely make the start at third base, but no player can fill the void when Cabrera (.359, 32 HR, 99 RBI 1.121 OPS) is out of the lineup.
Max Scherzer, SPHot8/3/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Another great night for Tigers starter Max Scherzer, who earned his 16th win of the season Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Scherzer is now 16-1 after yielding just three hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six to bring his season total to 170. The AL Cy Young award is still his to lose, but it doesn't look like he has any intention of letting it go.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/3/2013 3:53:00 PM
Description: The Tigers will be without third baseman Miguel Cabrera once again. He'll miss Saturday's matchup with John Danks and the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: He's still battling a strained abdomen. Newly-acquired Jose Iglesias will likely make the start at third base, but no player can fill the void when Cabrera (.359, 32 HR, 99 RBI 1.121 OPS) is out of the lineup. Could a trip to the disabled list (gulp) be around the corner?
Austin Jackson, CFHot8/3/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is 12-for-29 (.414) versus White Sox starter John Danks with three home runs and a 1.278 OPS.
Insight: Jackson is batting .266 with seven homers, 26 RBI and 64 runs scored. He homered on Friday night and took Danks deep the last game they faced each other in late July.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/2/2013 6:02:00 PM
Description: The Tigers will be without third baseman Miguel Cabrera on Friday night.
Insight: He's still battling a strained abdomen. Newly-acquired Jose Iglesias will make the start at third base.
Alex Avila, C8/2/2013 4:10:00 PM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Avila had a career year in 2011, hitting .295 with 19 home runs, 82 RBI and an .895 OPS, but he has been miserable since then. He's currently on a six-game hitting streak, though his average is still hovering around .200.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/2/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is expected to return from a strained abdomen Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Cabrera has missed five of the team's last eight games including Wednesday's win against the Nationals. He finished the month of July with a .288 average, his lowest of the season. Still, his season numbers are impressive - .359, 32 HR, 99 RBI, 1.121 OPS.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B8/1/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera hopes to return from a strained abdomen Friday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Cabrera has missed five of the team's last eight games including Wednesday's win against the Nationals. He finished the month of July with a .288 average, his lowest of the season.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/31/2013 8:51:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter corked four hits Wednesday in a blowout win against the Nationals.
Insight: Three of the four hits went for extra bases (two doubles and a homer). He's 7-for-13 with four RBI in his last three games. Hunter is tied with Tampa Bay's James Loney for fifth in the AL in batting average (.316).
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/31/2013 1:14:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was not in the lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals after tweaking his abdomen Tuesday.
Insight: Cabrera's injury is related to the sore left hip flexor that kept Cabrera out of a few games last week. "The muscles of the abdomen operate as hip flexors," Detroit's trainer Kevin Rand said. "This is what bothered him. It’s technically in the abdominal complex. It’s an abdominal strain, but it functions as a hip flexor."
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/31/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter has had a tough time hitting against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Hunter is 5-for-25 (.200) with six strikeouts against Gonzalez. However, the Tigers right fielder is also scorching hot, hitting .367 with six homers, 19 RBI and a 1.038 OPS in his last 21 games.
Jose Iglesias, SS7/31/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Boston infielder Jose Iglesias has been traded to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team trade in which the Red Sox received Jake Peavy and the White Sox received Avisail Garcia.
Insight: It's a great move for Boston to parlay Iglesias' three-month hot streak and strong defensive reputation plus three low-level prospects into Peavy. Iglesias is hitting .330 this season, but that has been boosted by a .376 BABIP even though his line-drive rate is just 18.4 percent. He gives Detroit insurance for Jhonny Peralta's pending suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis.
Alex Avila, C7/30/2013 9:38:00 PM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila has gone 9-for-26 (.346) with three doubles, a homer and nine RBI over his last seven games. He hit a grand slam off Stephen Strasburg Tuesday.
Insight: Avila had a career year in 2011, hitting .295 with 19 home runs, 82 RBI and an .895 OPS, but he has been miserable since then. He's still batting under .200.
Anibal Sanchez, SP7/30/2013 9:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings in a win over Washington Tuesday.
Insight: Sanchez only struck out one batter but still has a 9.73 K/9 this season, a career best. Sanchez allows more line drives than we'd prefer -- his LD rate is about 26 percent -- but he balances that out by keeping the ball in the park.
Jose Veras, RP7/29/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: New Tigers reliever Jose Veras isn't expected to take the closer job from Joaquin Benoit.
Insight: The Astros dealt Veras, who has recorded a 2.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 19 saves this season, to the Tigers Monday. Benoit has been tremendous, saving all 10 of his chances and posting a 1.50 ERA, so he'll hold onto the role for now.
Jhonny Peralta, SS7/28/2013 7:53:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a grand slam Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Peralta went 2-for-5 and is batting .305 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI this year. It has been a nice bounce-back year for the veteran shortstop.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/28/2013 5:26:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was ejected from Sunday's game.
Insight: When fantasy owners saw that Cabrera only had one at-bat, they likely assumed he had aggravated the hip flexor injury that caused him to miss four games this week. He went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI Saturday in his first game back in the lineup.
Max Scherzer, SP7/27/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer notched his 15th win of the season Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: Scherzer (15-1, 3.01 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) let up just one hit in six scoreless innings. He struck out seven and didn't issue a walk. Right now, the AL Cy Young award is his to lose.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/27/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera whacked a home run in his return to the lineup Saturday against Philadelphia.
Insight: He hit one in his very first at bat and also added a single in the second inning. Jim Leyland took Cabrera (.361, 32 HR, 99 RBI) out in the fifth inning because the Tigers already had a 10-0 lead. Ramon Santiago is now playing third base.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/27/2013 4:49:00 PM
Description: According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Miguel Cabrera is back in the Tigers lineup Saturday.
Insight: Cabrera missed four games due to a sore left hip flexor, but he was able to avoid the disabled list.
Doug Fister, SPHot7/26/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: Detroit righthander Doug Fister limited the Phillies to just three hits in eight innings Friday at Comerica Park.
Insight: The only run he allowed was unearned. Fister is now 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA over his last three starts.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/26/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (Achilles) has been scratched from the starting lineup Friday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Hunter, who is hitting .366 with six homers and a 1.058 OPS over his last 19 games, left Thursday's game with minor soreness in his Achilles that he attributed to wearing some tight dress shoes. He was initially in the lineup Friday, but Andy Dirks will take his place as the No. 2 hitter.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/26/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Despite a report that his hip was feeling better, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is out of the lineup for a fourth straight game Friday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Cabrera is dealing with a sore hip flexor, and the team isn't taking any chances. Detroit's head athletic trainer said the Cabrera is "much better" than when he first suffered the injury.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/26/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (Achilles) is in the starting lineup Friday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Hunter left Thursday's game with minor soreness in his Achilles that he attributed to wearing some tight dress shoes. He's hitting .366 with six homers and a 1.058 OPS over his last 19 games.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/26/2013 3:58:00 PM
Description: The Tigers haven't posted a lineup for Friday yet, but Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com said that Miguel Cabrera's hip is feeling much better.
Insight: Cabrera has missed the last three games with a sore hip flexor, but it sounds like he has a good chance of being in the lineup Friday.
Omar Infante, 2B7/26/2013 11:44:00 AM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante (ankle) exited Thursday's rehab game after suffering a setback in his rehab, according to MLive.com. "I’m feeling a lot of pain in my ankle right now," Infante said. "Real bad. Now when I’m walking, I feel pain."
Insight: Infante was hoping to return to the Tigers Friday. He suffered an ankle sprain when Colby Rasmus slid into him to break up a double play earlier this month. The second baseman is hitting .309 with six homers this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/26/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is questionable for Friday's game after missing the last three due to a sore hip flexor, but he has added incentive to return to the lineup with Cole Hamels on the hill for the Phillies.
Insight: In eight at-bats against Hamels, Cabrera has six hits, including two doubles and a triple. He also has walked four times against the left-hander without striking out.
Justin Verlander, SPCold7/25/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander took another punch on the chin Thursday against the White Sox, allowing 11 hits and seven earned runs over six innings.
Insight: Verlander, who has dealt with reduced fastball velocity all year, has allowed at least eight hits in eight different starts this season. He did that just seven times all of last year and five times in 2011. The right-hander is 10-8 with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Victor Martinez, DHHot7/25/2013 7:51:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez slugged his ninth homer of the season Thursday against the White Sox.
Insight: Martinez went 1-for-4 in the game and is 33-for-85 (.388) with nine doubles, three homers and 15 RBI in July.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/25/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter left Thursday's game with a sore left Achilles, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com, but he expects to play Friday.
Insight: Hunter attributed the soreness to some tight dress shoes he had to wear. The outfielder came into Thursday's game hitting .372 with a 1.048 OPS over his last 18 games. If he isn't back Friday, he'll certainly return Saturday.
Omar Infante, 2B7/25/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante (ankle) will return Friday if he feels he is ready after Thursday's rehab game, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
Insight: Infante suffered an ankle sprain when Colby Rasmus slid into him to break up a double play earlier this month. The second baseman is hitting .309 with six homers this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/25/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he hopes third baseman Miguel Cabrera (hip) will return to the lineup Friday but added that he isn't going to do anything stupid, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.
Insight: Cabrera has missed three straight games with a sore hip flexor. The team likely will wait as long as possible before deciding to place him on the DL, so he's day-to-day for now.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/25/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter left Thursday's game with a sore left Achilles, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.
Insight: Hunter came into Thursday's game hitting .372 with a 1.048 OPS over his last 18 games. He's considered day-to-day.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/25/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in Thursday's starting lineup, according to beat writer Tom Gage.
Insight: This is the third consecutive game on the sidelines for Cabrera, who is still battling a sore hip flexor. Fantasy owners pray he doesn't need a trip to the disabled list.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/25/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is 6-for-13 (.462) with a 1.192 OPS against White Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Hunter is 5-for-14 in the first three games of the series with a pair of homers. He's enjoyed batting in front of Miguel Cabrera this season and his numbers show it - .309, 9 HR, 47 RBI, 60 runs.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/24/2013 5:57:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera won't be available for Wednesday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Cabrera is still battling a sore hip flexor. The Tigers are hoping he'll be able to avoid the disabled list.
Austin Jackson, CF7/24/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is 10-for-25 (.400) versus White Sox starter John Danks with a pair of home runs and a 1.203 OPS.
Insight: Jackson is batting .270 with five homers, 24 RBI and 58 runs scored. With Miguel Cabrera hurting there is more pressure on the rest of the lineup to perform and Jackson should get them going in this favorable matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/23/2013 5:54:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera (hip) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He left Monday's game with a sore hip flexor and is day-to-day.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/22/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Monday's game with a sore hip flexor. SOURCE: Tom Gage, Detroit News
Insight: The Tigers are calling him day-to-day. He's in no danger of being placed on the DL, though he probably won't play on Tuesday.
Austin Jackson, CF7/22/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is just 2-for-15 (.133) with seven strikeouts against Chicago left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Jackson went hitless in the final two games before the break and returned to go just 1-for-11 in the recently completed series with the Royals. Avoid this matchup.
Prince Fielder, 1B7/22/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder is a career .167 hitter (2-for-12) versus White Sox left-hander Chris Sale with no homers and four strikeouts.
Insight: Fielder stumbled to the break, but is still batting .244 over his last four week. This matchup is not a favorable one.
Andy Dirks, LF7/21/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks ended the first half in a 9-for-48 (.188) slump, but he has gone 4-for-10 over his first three games after the break.
Insight: Dirks went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday. He's only hitting .248, but he has been incredibly unfortunate to post a .287 BABIP despite hitting line drives at a rate close to 27 percent.
Doug Fister, SP7/21/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Doug Fister gave up six earned runs in three of his last five starts before the All-Star break, but he had his second straight quality start Sunday against the Royals in his first start of the second half.
Insight: Fister allowed six hits and one run over six innings to improve to 8-5. He has a 3.90 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP this season, but his FIP is 3.41, nearly identical to last year's FIP of 3.42. He has been unlucky with a .318 BABIP and should eventually get his ERA down to the mid-threes.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/21/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Today is a good day to own Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Insight: Every day is a good day to have Cabrera on your fantasy team, but today especially. The reigning MVP is hitting .438 lifetime against Royals ace James Shields. Miggy (.360, 30 HR, 95 RBI) is on pace to set career highs in every offensive category this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/20/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a .345 with three homers versus Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: That's nothing special for him, but most players would love to have those statistics. It's another MVP-type season for Miggy - (.362, 30 HR, 95 RBI), though he's hitless in his last two games which he's only done one other time this season.
Omar Infante, 2B7/19/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante (ankle) will be reevaluated Saturday, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: Infante suffered an ankle sprain when Colby Rasmus slid into him to break up a double play earlier this month. The second baseman will need a rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list.
Justin Verlander, SP7/19/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander (quad) is expected to make his next start Saturday against the Royals. A tight right quad knocked Verlander out of his final start before the All-Star break following seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the Rangers.
Insight: Verlander had an up-and-down first half, going 10-6 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. The right-hander's fastball velocity is down 1.1 mph from last year and his BB/9 is up 0.94, but he also has been unlucky, posting a career-high .322 BABIP.
Austin Jackson, CF7/19/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is just 1-for-13 versus Royals starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Jackson went hitless in the final two games before the break and returns to an unfavorable matchup. Avoid him on Friday.
Prince Fielder, 1B7/19/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder is a career .600 hitter (6-for-10) with three home runs and a 2.267 OPS versus Royals right-hander Ervin Santana.
Insight: Fielder stumbled to the break, but is still batting .267 with 16 HR and 69 RBI. History shows that he's a better second-half hitter and this favorable matchup should get his second half off to a great start.
Max Scherzer, SP7/15/2013 2:35:00 PM
Description: Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer will start the All-Star game for the American League.
Insight: Scherzer took his first loss of the season after 13 consecutive wins on Saturday night. He's got a 3.19 ERA and 0.979 WHIP with 152 Ks in 129 2/3 IP.
Jeremy Bonderman, SP7/14/2013 4:19:00 PM
Description: Jeremy Bonderman is coming back to Detroit.
Insight: Well, not exactly. The Tigers signed Bonderman to a minor league deal on Sunday. He could make it back to the big leagues this season but even if he does, his role would be limited. Detroit would likely use Bonderman as a long reliever, possibly allowing him to make an occasional spot start. For now, he'll start off with Triple-A Toledo and try to work his way up.
Justin Verlander, SP7/14/2013 3:27:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander left Sunday's game after seven scoreless innings due to a tight right quad muscle, Detroit announced via Twitter.
Insight: Mitch Moreland broke up Verlander's no-hitter with a two-out double in the seventh. The right-hander's velocity is still down and he has walked 3.21 batters per nine innings, up 0.94 from last year. He'll take a 3.50 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP into the All-Star break.
Victor Martinez, DHHot7/11/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez has his batting average up to .260, a high-water mark for the season, after going 3-for-4 Thursday against the White Sox.
Insight: Martinez has hit safely in 13 straight games and is batting .377 with two homers, 14 RBI and a 10/8 K/BB over his last 19.
Rick Porcello, SP7/11/2013 5:38:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello's suspension for hitting Ben Zobrist in June has been reduced from six to five games.
Insight: Porcello has a career-best K/9 of 7.25 and a career-low 1.72 BB/9, but his ERA is 4.80 since he has stranded just 65.4 percent of his baserunners. He'll return to the rotation after the All-Star break.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/11/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera might have a tough day at the plate Thursday against the White Sox.
Insight: Surprisingly, Miggy has struggled in his career against Chicago ace Chris Sale (1-for-11, three strikeouts). Of course, you're not going to sit Cabrera (.366, 29 HR, 93 RBI) if you have him on your fantasy team. We're just saying Thursday might not be his biggest game of the season.
Prince Fielder, 1B7/10/2013 10:47:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder busted out of a slump with three hits Wednesday against Chicago.
Insight: Fielder's two-run blast in the first was his 16th long ball of the season. Before Wednesday's game, Fielder (.267) had just two hits in his previous 18 at bats.
Justin Verlander, SPCold7/9/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander had given up just one run going into the eighth inning Tuesday against the White Sox, but he allowed four more in the frame without getting an out.
Insight: Verlander allowed 12 hits in the game and has given up 123 in 119 innings this season. The right-hander's BB/9 is also up 0.91 from 2012. Verlander only allowed 174 total hits in 251 innings during his Cy Young and MVP season on 2011.
Drew Smyly, SP7/9/2013 5:04:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday that left-hander Drew Smyly will not be used as a starter this season, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
Insight: "I'm not stretching him out," Leyland said. "He can stretch out during the winter, on his bed." Smyly (4-0) has made an impact as a long reliever this season, striking out 55 batters and posting a 2.04 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in 53 innings over 33 appearances.
Omar Infante, 2B7/9/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante (ankle) will spend some time on the disabled list due to a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Infante suffered shin and ankle injuries when Colby Rasmus slid into him to break up a double play last Wednesday. The second baseman's shin contusion has cleared up, but his ankle injury has persisted. Detroit has placed him on the DL retroactive to July 4.
Ramon Santiago, SS7/9/2013 3:33:00 PM
Description: Santiago should get most of the playing time at second base with starter Omar Infante (.309, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 38 runs) placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Santiago has not proven to be productive enough to be worthy fantasy consideration. He is hitting .162 in 74 at-bats this season with no power or speed.
Victor Martinez, DHHot7/8/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to nine games on Sunday and faces a favorable matchup in left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Martinez is batting .378 during the streak to raise his average from .231 to .242. He's 8-for-16 with a home run against Kazmir. After a year on the sidelines, we're finally starting to see the real hitter.
Jhonny Peralta, SS7/8/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 7-for-16 (.438) with two doubles and two homers versus Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Peralta is batting just .212 over the past 13 games after producing huge numbers for the first two and a half months of the season. His overall statistics are still good (.306, 7 HR, 41 RBI), but we've seen a significant drop in power production over the past two weeks which may negate this favorable matchup.
Doug Fister, SPCold7/7/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Doug Fister has allowed six earned runs in three of his last four starts.
Insight: That includes Sunday's game against the Indians in which he gave up six runs on six hits in six innings. His ERA has jumped from 3.21 to 4.07 over his last four outings.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/7/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is 12-for-23 with two doubles, a triple, two homers and 11 RBI over his last five games.
Insight: Hunter came within a single of the cycle Saturday and went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI Sunday. The outfielder made the All-Star team for the fifth time in his career this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot7/7/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera reached base all five times at the plate Sunday against the Indians, going 4-for-4 with a walk, a homer and two RBI.
Insight: Cabrera even stole a base, his third of the season. He has batted .421 with 10 homers and 21 RBI over his last 19 games and is hitting .368 with 28 homers and 90 RBI in 86 games this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/7/2013 11:31:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is hitting .417 in his career against Indians starter Corey Kluber.
Insight: He's already hitting .360 so that's actually not that big a difference. It's a coin flip for AL MVP right now. Some might go with Chris Davis because he has more homers (33 to 27) but Cabrera has more RBI than Davis (88 to 85) and is way ahead in batting average.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/6/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter finished a single away from the cycle Saturday against Cleveland.
Insight: Hunter has never hit for the cycle in 2,023 major league games. The five-time All-Star is 10-for-18 (.556) with seven RBI in his last four games.
Anibal Sanchez, SP7/6/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers righthander Anibal Sanchez won Saturday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: Sanchez was on a pitch count so he only lasted five innings. His 2.70 ERA through 14 starts is his lowest in eight major league seasons.
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/6/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter is a career .500 hitter with two home runs in eight at-bats versus Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: The Tigers right fielder is batting .381 for the past five games and has a favorable matchup. He should be in all fantasy lineups.
Victor Martinez, DHHot7/5/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez posted three more hits on Friday night to extend his modest hitting streak to seven.
Insight: Martinez is batting .413 during the streak to raise his average from .231 to .242. After a year on the sidelines, we're finally starting to see the real hitter.
Rick Porcello, SP7/5/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Rick Porcello went seven shutout innings on Friday night, yielding five hits, to pick up the victory, his fifth.
Insight: Porcello is the definition of inconsistent. Over his last six games he's yielded one run or less three times and six runs or more twice. The seven scoreless innings brings his ERA down to 4.82.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland after missing Thursday's game with tightness in his lower back.
Insight: Cabrera was able to play his 108th straight game Wednesday after leaving the previous game with lower back tightness, but he missed Thursday's game against the Blue Jays. He's having another MVP-type season (.364, 26 Hr, 85 RBI, 1.124 OPS).
Torii Hunter, RFHot7/5/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter is a career .318 hitter with three long balls versus Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: The Tigers right fielder is batting .340 for the past two weeks and has a favorable matchup. He should be in all fantasy lineups.
Jhonny Peralta, SSCold7/5/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is just 1-for-15 (.067) with six strikeouts against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Peralta is batting just .182 over the past 12 games after producing huge numbers for the first two and a half months of the season. His overall statistics are still good (.307, 7 HR, 38 RBI), but we've seen a significant drop in production over the past two weeks and you must avoid this matchup.
Matt Tuiasosopo, OF7/5/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Detroit outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo was activated from the the 15-day disabled list for Friday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Tuiasosopo is hitting .338 with three homers, a 1.029 OPS and a 19/15 K/BB in part-time duty this season. Avisail Garcia was sent down to Triple-A Toledo.
Omar Infante, 2B7/5/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante is questionable for Friday's game against Cleveland due to a shin contusion.
Insight: Colby Rasmus slid into Infante to break up a double play Wednesday night. X-rays came back negative, and Infante is day-to-day. Infante is a low-end fantasy option, batting .309 with six homers, 27 RBI and 38 runs scored.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/5/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is questionable for Friday's game against Cleveland with tightness in his lower back.
Insight: Cabrera was able to play his 108th straight game Wednesday after leaving the previous game with lower back tightness, but he missed Thursday's game against the Blue Jays. He's having another MVP-type season (.364, 26 Hr, 85 RBI, 1.124 OPS).
Omar Infante, 2B7/4/2013 4:19:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante is not in the lineup Thursday against Toronto due to a shin contusion.
Insight: Colby Rasmus slid into Infante to break up a double play Wednesday night. X-rays came back negative, and Infante is day-to-day.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/4/2013 4:17:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Cabrera was able to play his 108th straight game Wednesday after leaving the previous game with lower back tightness, but he'll miss Thursday's game against the Blue Jays.
Prince Fielder, 1BCold7/4/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder has picked up two doubles and one homer while going 4-for-10 off Thursday's starter Esmil Rogers of the Blue Jays.
Insight: A 10-for-61 stretch with two homers has dropped Fielder's average from .292 to .268 and his OPS from .891 to .826. Perhaps seeing Rogers will wake up his bat.
Victor Martinez, DH7/3/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez hit his seventh homer of the season Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Martinez is batting .289 with three doubles, two homers and nine RBI over his last 11 games. His production is still way below his expected level.
Max Scherzer, SPHot7/3/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer allowed seven hits but just two runs over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Scherzer struck out eight and walked one to improve to 13-0 with a 3.09 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He has a 10.72 K/9 in 116 1/3 innings this season and is the frontrunner to start the All-Star game for the American League.
Omar Infante, 2B7/3/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante had to leave Wednesday's game with a shin injury but X-rays came back negative, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: Colby Rasmus literally took out Infante with his take-out slide in the fourth inning. Infante is day-to-day with a shin contusion and will be reevaluated Thursday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/3/2013 4:39:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera (back) is in the lineup Wednesday, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Insight: Cabrera left Tuesday's game with tightness in his lower back and a sore hip, but he'll play his 108th straight game Wednesday night. He's starting at third base, which is evidence that he feels fine.
Prince Fielder, 1B7/3/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is 5-for-12 with three walks and a .563 on base percentage against Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson.
Insight: Fielder is struggling over the past 12 games, batting .184 in his last 49 at-bats. Perhaps this favorable matchup will get his going.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/3/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Tuesday's game after three at-bats with a sore hip and tightness in his lower back. He's is questionable for Wednesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: The reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner homered and drove in three, but could be in line for a game or two off. Cabrera is leading the league in almost every major offensive category - batting average (.368), runs (65), hits (119), walks (50), RBI (85), on base percentage (.458), total bases (219) and OPS (1.136), except home runs. Fantasy owners and the Tigers hope this is a minor problem.
Torii Hunter, RF7/2/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: Torii Hunter had a good night Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: The Tigers right fielder swatted four singles in five at bats. He even found time to steal a base, the first time he's done that since May 4th against Houston. The 37-year-old is hitting over .300 for the second year in a row.
Anibal Sanchez, SP7/2/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Anibal Sanchez is slated to return to the Tigers' rotation Saturday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Sanchez was struck in the calf by a line drive Monday in a rehab start but the injury wasn't significant enough to push back his return date. His last start in the major leagues came on June 15th against the Twins. He's been out with shoulder soreness.
Torii Hunter, RFCold7/2/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter went 1-for-17 (.058) over his last four games and is hitless in eight career at-bats versus Blue Jays starter Chien-Ming Wang.
Insight: If manager Jim Leyland doesn't sit him for Tuesday's game, make sure you do. After a huge April (.370, 18 runs scored, .911 OPS) Hunter has put up pedestrian numbers considering he bats in fromt of the best hitter on the planet, Miguel Cabrera.
Omar Infante, 2B7/1/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante was a perfect 4-for-4 Monday against Toronto.
Insight: Unfortunately, the rest of his team went just 3-for-30 as the Tigers dropped their third game in a row. The 4-for-4 day raised Infante's season average to .309, his highest since 2010.
Alex Avila, C7/1/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have activated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He was out with a bruised arm. Brayan Pena (.290, 2 HR, 14 RBI) will head back to the bench now that Avila (.172, 5 HR, 13 RBI) is able to catch again.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B7/1/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera watched his 15-game hitting streak come to an end on Monday.
Insight: The reigning AL MVP was 0-for-4 with a couple of strikeouts. The slumping Tigers have now lost six out of seven and have fallen a half game behind Cleveland in the division. Despite his team's struggles, Cabrera is leading the league in almost every major offensive category including batting average (.369), RBI (82) and on base percentage (.456).
Anibal Sanchez, SP7/1/2013 6:53:00 PM
Description: Detroit righthander Anibal Sanchez was struck on the leg by a line drive Monday in a rehab start for Single-A Lakeland. SOURCE: James Chipman, Fox Sports
Insight: He had to come out of the game. Sanchez (6-5, 2.76 ERA) was expected to return to the Tigers' rotation this weekend but obviously this injury will set him back a bit. He's a long shot to return before the All-Star break.
Justin Verlander, SPCold7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander said on ESPN Radio Monday that he thinks he has identified a problem with his mechanics.
Insight: Verlander is 8-5 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP this season, numbers that are way below expectations. He has experienced a one-mph drop in his velocity, walked 1.07 more batters per nine innings and allowed 2.01 more hits per nine innings than last season. We'll watch him closely on July 4 versus Toronto.
Jhonny Peralta, SS7/1/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta doesn't have strong numbers against R.A. Dickey of the Blue Jays.
Insight: Peralta has gone just 2-for-12 with three K against Dickey. The shortstop cooled off at the end of June, going 6-for-31 (.194) over his last nine games, and is a poor option Monday with Dickey on the hill.
Torii Hunter, RF7/1/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter went 1-for-13 (.077) over his last three games, but he has a favorable matchup Monday.
Insight: Hunter will face Blue Jays hurler R.A. Dickey. He owns a .500 average and has hit four doubles and a triple in 12 at-bats against the knuckleballer.
Omar Infante, 2B7/1/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Tigers second baseman Omar Infante is 13-for-28 with two homers in his career against Toronto's R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Infante has batted .299 with five homers, 24 RBI, 35 runs and four steals this season. Get him in your lineup Monday against Dickey.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot7/1/2013 9:29:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera quietly hit .378 with nine home runs and 21 RBI in June.
Insight: While Chris Davis is getting most of the attention, Cabrera continues to destroy baseballs. He's batting .373 with 25 home runs, 82 RBI and a 1.141 OPS this season.
Max Scherzer, SPHot6/28/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Max Scherzer is going where few pitchers have gone before. The Tigers righthander ran his record to a perfect 12-0 Friday with a win over Tampa Bay.
Insight: The last pitcher to start a year with 12 straight wins was Roger Clemens for the Red Sox in 1986. Clemens won the American League MVP that season. At this rate, Scherzer (3.10 ERA) has a chance to do the same.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot6/28/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera proved once again why he's the best hitter in baseball Friday in a win over the Rays.
Insight: The reigning AL MVP homered twice as part of a 4-for-4 performance. He's on pace for 168 RBI, which would be the most we've seen in the major leagues since Jimmie Foxx drove in 175 runs for the Red Sox in 1938. It's no wonder he leads all players in All-Star voting.
Jose Valverde, RP6/27/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Jose Valverde has accepted his demotion to Triple-A Toledo. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Valverde was designated for assignment about a week ago. Valverde has been a disaster this season, collecting a 5.59 ERA in 20 big league appearances. The Tigers will keep him in the pipeline but he won't be closing games for them anytime soon.
Anibal Sanchez, SP6/27/2013 12:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (shoulder strain) will throw a minor league rehab start next week, meaning Jose Alvarez will start Monday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Sanchez threw a bullpen session Thursday, and evidently the team thinks he needs a rehab start before he comes off the DL. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Sanchez said he'll throw 60 pitches with High-A Lakeland in a rehab start that likely will come Monday.
Torii Hunter, RFHot6/27/2013 10:54:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is 16-for-39 (.410) with two homers and seven RBI over his last nine games.
Insight: Hunter's average dropped to .290 after he batted .167 with 11 strikeouts from June 4-15, but it is back up to .307.
Jhonny Peralta, SS6/27/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is having a great season and his numbers against Jered Weaver suggest he'll have a nice day Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Peralta is 9-for-25 (.360) with five doubles, one homer and five RBI against the Angels hurler. He's hitting .320 with seven homers, 34 RBI and an .855 OPS this season and should be in all lineups Thursday.
Anibal Sanchez, SP6/26/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session Thursday morning that will determine his timetable, according to MLB.com.
Insight: If Sanchez comes away without an issue, he could start Monday against the Blue Jays. The team might also opt to have Sanchez throw a rehab start.
Jhonny Peralta, SS6/25/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is an ugly 1-for-19 with 10 strikeouts versus Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Peralta is having a fantastic season, hitting .324 with 21 doubles, seven homers and 34 RBI, but this matchup must be avoided.
Prince Fielder, 1B6/25/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is 5-for-9 with a home run against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Fielder is batting a stunning .337 in his lefty-lefty matchups versus just .250 against right-handers. Despite just three hits in his last 25 at-bats, and no home runs, he should be in all fantasy lineups on Tuesday.
Justin Verlander, SPCold6/23/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander gave up four runs on seven hits with three walks in five innings Sunday against Boston.
Insight: Something isn't right with Verlander (8-5, 3.90 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). He does have a career-high 10.21 K/9, but his 3.25 BB/9 is his worst since 2008 and he has allowed 99 hits in 97 innings.
Prince Fielder, 1BCold6/23/2013 7:32:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder snapped out of a 3-for-27 (.111) slump with two hits and three RBI in five at-bats Sunday versus Boston.
Insight: Fielder's slide cost him 17 points off his batting average. He still hasn't homered since June 4.
Austin Jackson, CFHot6/23/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson reached base in all five plate appearances Sunday, going 2-for-2 with three walks and three runs.
Insight: Jackson sat out Friday with soreness in his left hamstring, but he has gone 5-for-7 with five runs over his last two games. The outfielder has six multi-hit efforts in his last eight games.
Victor Martinez, DH6/22/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Victor Martinez gave the Tigers all the offense they would need by launching a grand slam in the first inning Saturday against the Red Sox.
Insight: The blast was V-Mart's third career grand slam. His first two grand slams were against the Indians, his former team. Martinez (.231, 6 HR, 38 RBI) also played for the Red Sox so now he has grand slams against both of his former teams. He also had an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Max Scherzer, SPHot6/22/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Tigers ace Max Scherzer ran into a little trouble in the first inning Saturday against the Red Sox but he settled down after that and was able to notch his 11th victory of the season.
Insight: He's the first pitcher to start a season 11-0 since Roger Clemens did so with the Blue Jays in 1997. Scherzer (3.05 ERA) is a candidate to start next month's All-Star Game in New York City.
Prince Fielder, 1BCold6/21/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder has gone 1-for-16 (.063) over his last four games.
Insight: That includes an 0-for-5 Friday against the Red Sox. His average is down to .279, and he hasn't homered since June 4.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot6/21/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera reached base in all five plate appearances Friday against Boston.
Insight: Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and a walk. With 20 home runs, 74 RBI and a .368 batting average, the third baseman has a very realistic chance at becoming the first player in major league history with back-to-back Triple Crowns.
Doug Fister, SP6/21/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Doug Fister was crushed by the Red Sox for 11 hits and six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings Friday night.
Insight: Fister's ERA increased from 3.21 to 3.66. He'll try to bounce back in his next start versus the Angels.
Austin Jackson, CF6/21/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is out of the lineup Friday due to left leg soreness, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: The soreness is around his left hamstring, which is the one he strained last month. He's receiving treatment Friday, and his status for the weekend is dependent on how his leg responds.
Matt Tuiasosopo, OF6/21/2013 4:26:00 PM
Description: Detroit outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo has been placed on the disabled list with a strained rib cage.
Insight: Tuiasosopo is hitting .338 with three homers, a 1.029 OPS and a 19/15 K/BB in part-time duty this season. Avisail Garcia has been recalled.
Joaquin Benoit, RP6/21/2013 4:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland is expected to use Joaquin Benoit as his closer now that Jose Valverde has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Benoit has a 1.80 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 35/9 K/BB, compared to a 5.59 ERA for Jose Valverde. Fantasy owners should grab Benoit if he's available.
Jose Valverde, RP6/21/2013 4:09:00 PM
Description: Detroit closer Jose Valverde blew his third save Wednesday versus Kansas City and that'a apparently enough for the Tigers who designated him for assignment.
Insight: Valverde (0-1, nine saves, 5.59 ERA) will be replaced by Joaquin Benoit. If Benoit is available jump on it as he should see plenty of save opportunities.
Victor Martinez, DH6/21/2013 12:28:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .625 hitter (5-for-8) against Boston starter Jon Lester with a pair of extra base hits and a 1.917 OPS.
Insight: Martinez is still not back to his 2011 form when he batted .330 in his first year with the Tigers. Add in that he's batting just .146 over the past two weeks and even this favorable matchup might not be enough to get him going.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot6/20/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta blasted his seventh homer of the season Thursday against the Red Sox, a walk-off two-run homer off closer Andrew Bailey.
Insight: Peralta is having a fantastic season, hitting .329 with 21 doubles, seven homers and 32 RBI. He batted just .239 with a .689 OPS last season.
Joaquin Benoit, RP6/20/2013 6:16:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland refused to name a permanent closer, but did indicate that he's leaning toward Joaquin Benoit, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: "I'm not naming anybody closer," Leyland said Thursday. "All I'm saying if Benoit was available right now, I would try to close with him." Benoit will be available to pitch Thursday, so he's expected to get the save chance if one arises against Boston. Benoit has a 1.80 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 35/9 K/BB, compared to a 5.59 ERA for Jose Valverde. Valverde allowed five hits and four earned runs in the ninth inning Wednesday with Detroit already down 9-3. Fantasy owners should grab Benoit if he's available.
Victor Martinez, DH6/20/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .476 hitter (10-for-21) against Boston starter John Lackey.
Insight: The bad news is that nine of the 10 hits have been singles and he's yet to manage an RBI against Lackey. Still, with Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder hitting in front of him, a single might be enough to do damage.
Torii Hunter, RF6/19/2013 12:00:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in the lineup Wednesday versus the Orioles.
Insight: Hunter is just getting the day off. Don Kelly will get the start in right field.
Justin Verlander, SP6/19/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander walked four batters and allowed five earned runs on seven hits over five innings Tuesday against th Orioles.
Insight: Verlander is 8-5, but he has a 3.72 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. That's not what fantasy owners paid for.
Omar Infante, 2BHot6/17/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante smashed four hits Monday in a win against Baltimore.
Insight: That gives Infante six hits in his last two games. Infante's .308 batting average is his highest since 2010 (.321 in 134 games for Atlanta).
Alex Avila, C6/17/2013 5:08:00 PM
Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila is headed to the DL.
Insight: He bruised his arm Sunday in a game against Minnesota. Brayan Pena (.295, 2 HR, 12 RBI) will take over as the starter behind the plate.
Anibal Sanchez, SP6/17/2013 4:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez has been moved to the disabled list.
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a strained shoulder. Sanchez (6-5, 2.76 ERA) missed a start earlier in the month and his return on Saturday lasted only 72 pitches so fantasy owners probably saw this one coming. Hopefully you already snagged a replacement off the waiver wire. If not, you might want to look at lefthander Jose Alvarez (1-0, 1.50). The Tigers have called him up to replace Sanchez in the starting rotation.
Alex Avila, C6/17/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Sunday's game against Minnesota with a bruise left forearm after being hit with a pitch and is expected to miss at least one game.
Insight: Avila is only batting .172 with five homers and a .560 OPS this season. He has never shown that he can repeat his 2011 performance (.295, 19 HR, 82 RBI) and shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Prince Fielder, 1B6/16/2013 10:47:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder has taken Twins starter P.J. Walter deep twice and gone 5-for-11 with three walks and zero strikeouts against him.
Insight: Three straight multi-hit games have Fielder's average up to .292 and his OPS to .897. He hasn't homered since going deep in three straight games from June 1-4, but Sunday could be the day he ends the drought.
Andy Dirks, LF6/15/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Dirks is dealing with knee soreness and now with Austin Jackson back from the disabled list isn't going to get as much playing time and certainly won't leadoff anymore. His fantasy value has taken a big hit.
Austin Jackson, CF6/14/2013 1:17:00 PM
Description: Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson has been activated for Friday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Jackson had been on the disabled list since May 12 due to a strained left hamstring. The Tigers' leadoff hitter had been off to a solid start, batting .272 with 33 runs in his first 34 games.
Prince Fielder, 1B6/14/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is just a .071 hitter (1-for-14) against Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond.
Insight: Fielder is actually hitting lefties at a much higher rate then right-handers (.362/.256) which is opposite of his career numbers (267/.296). Maybe he can change his struggles against Diamond too.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot6/14/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .526 hitter (10-for-19) versus Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond.
Insight: Ho-hum. Isn't Cabrera a favorable matchup against almost every pitcher? It sure seems that way.
Jose Valverde, RP6/12/2013 9:03:00 PM
Description: Detroit closer Jose Valverde blew his third save Wednesday versus Kansas City.
Insight: Valverde (0-1, 4.15 ERA) entered the game with a runner on first and a two-run lead. Papa Grande got the first two outs before giving up a long home run to Lorenzo Cain. The Tigers eventually lost 3-2 in extra innings. This is probably why the Tigers were reluctant to re-sign Valverde this past offseason.
Justin Verlander, SP6/12/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed just three hits and walked two over seven scoreless innings Wednesday at Kansas City, but Jose Valverde gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Lorenzo Cain in the ninth inning.
Insight: Verlander had won four straight starts, but this was actually his best outing since May 5. Batters have made solid contact against Verlander this season -- the right-hander has a career-worst 24.9 percent line-drive rate. The Royals actually hit five line drives Wednesday, but all of them were outs. Still, Verlander only has given up five home runs in 87 innings and has a 10.45 K/9.
Andy Dirks, LF6/12/2013 6:00:00 PM
Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks (knee) is not expected to return to the lineup until Saturday, according to MLive.com.
Insight: Dirks is dealing with knee soreness. He didn't play for Wednesday's day game and won't play Friday against left-hander Scott Diamond. The Tigers have Thursday off. "He's going to get three days off, and that's a good thing," Leyland said. "I think his knees are a little sore. He will have today off, obviously tomorrow off -- we're all off -- and then the first pitcher in Minnesota's a left-hander, so that should freshen him up good. That works out good."
Avisail Garcia, CF6/12/2013 12:20:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia will bat leadoff for the first time this season. He's mostly batted eighth or ninth.
Insight: Garcia gets a shot after batting .295 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in 23 games. It's only a short-term role at best as Austin Jackson is out on a rehab assignment and could be back by the weekend.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot6/12/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .467 hitter (14-for-30) versus Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Isn't Cabrera a .300 hitter with a couple of long home runs against almost every pitcher? It sure seems that way.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot6/12/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 10-for-24 (.417) with three home runs against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Peralta is having an excellent season batting .333 with six homers, 26 RBI and an .867 OPS. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Austin Jackson, CF6/11/2013 1:57:00 PM
Description: Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson is hoping to return to the Tigers lineup on Friday.
Insight: Jackson has been on the disabled list since May 12 due to a strained left hamstring. He was a DH on Monday in his first rehab start and is expected to play in the outfield on Tuesday. Getting Jackson will only make the top of the Tigers lineup that much stronger.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B6/11/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .333 hitter with a pair of home runs versus Royals starter Wade Davis.
Insight: Isn't Cabrera a .300 hitter with a couple of long home runs against almost every pitcher? It sure seems that way.
Jordan Lennerton, 1B6/10/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Detroit first base prospect Jordan Lennerton is tearing up the International League, batting .338 with 11 homers, 34 RBI and a .971 OPS.
Insight: It doesn't really matter how good Lennerton is, he's not going to be the Tigers' starting first baseman for a long time with Prince Fielder around. But keep him in mind for a DH role or if he's involved in a deal at the trade deadline.
Prince Fielder, 1BHot6/10/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder has multiple hits in three of his last four games and now faces Jeremy Guthrie, who he's hit for a .556 batting average (5-for-9).
Insight: Miguel Cabrera gets all the hype, and rightfully so, but Fielder is having a solid season too. He's batting .289 with 12 HR, 51 RBI and a .902 OPS. With Fielder's protection, Victor Martinez, starting to find his stroke, the first baseman might start seeing better pitches.
Austin Jackson, CF6/9/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo Monday, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: Jackson has been on the disabled list since May 12 due to a strained left hamstring.
Anibal Sanchez, SP6/9/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) is expected to make his next start, according to MLive.com.
Insight: Sanchez was scratched from Sunday's start due to shoulder stiffness, opening the door for Jose Alvarez to win his major league debut. He'll likely start Friday against the Twins.
Jose Alvarez, RP6/9/2013 9:05:00 PM
Description: Jose Alvarez allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven over six innings Sunday against the Indians to win his MLB debut. He was immediately sent back to Triple-A Toledo, however.
Insight: The 24-year-old has a 2.42 ERA and a 76/15 K/BB in 74 1/3 innings with Triple-A Toledo this season. He was making a spot start in place of Anibal Sanchez, who was scratched due to stiffness in his right shoulder. Sanchez is expected to be ready for his next start, but fantasy owners should keep Alvarez in mind if Sanchez has to go on the DL at some point.
Austin Jackson, CF6/9/2013 10:27:00 AM
Description: Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson is hoping to return to the lineup next weekend against Minnesota. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Jackson has been battling a strained left hamstring. He'll be evaluated on Sunday and if everything checks out, Jackson will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo sometime in the next few days.
Anibal Sanchez, SP6/8/2013 2:36:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez has been scratched from Sunday's scheduled start with shoulder stiffness.
Insight: The right-hander has been unreal this season, recording a 2.65 ERA, 1.09 WHIp and 98 strikeouts in just 78 innings pitched. Indications are the Tigers will call up Jose Alvarez from Triple-A.
Jhonny Peralta, SS6/8/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is just 1-for-15 (.067) against Indians hurler Justin Masterson.
Insight: Peralta is having an excellent season batting .335 with six homers, 26 RBI and an .869 OPS. However, this is an unfavorable matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B6/8/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .393 hitter (11-for-29) with a pair of home runs versus Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson.
Insight: Cabrera is part of four Tigers in the heart of the lineup (Torii Hunter, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez), who have a .300 or better batting average against Masterson.
Torii Hunter, RF6/8/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is a career .333 hitter with three home runs versus Cleveland starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Hunter went hitless in the most recent three-game series against Tampa Bay, but broke out with three hits in the series opener with the Indians and has a favorable matchup on Saturday.
Victor Martinez, DH6/7/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Indians.
Insight: Martinez has homered in two straight games and has his average up to .241. He still has a long way to go to get back to .300, however.
Alex Avila, C6/7/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the lineup Friday. He's getting a day off while Bryan Pena handles catching duties.
Insight: Avila is only batting .182 with five homers and a .579 OPS this season. He shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot6/7/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 8-for-25 (.320) with six extra base hits against Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Peralta is having an excellent season batting .335 with six homers, 26 RBI and an .869 OPS. Add in a favorable matchup and fantasy owners should make sure he's in the lineup.
Victor Martinez, DH6/6/2013 4:30:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez drilled a two-run homer Thursday in a win over Tampa Bay.
Insight: Thursday was Martinez's first multi-hit game since May 27th. Despite his struggles (.231 AVG, .610 OPS), the slugger is still on pace for 81 RBI. Only four catcher-eligible players did that in 2012 (Buster Posey, Miguel Montero, Joe Mauer and Matt Wieters).
Max Scherzer, SPHot6/6/2013 4:22:00 PM
Description: Detroit righthander Max Scherzer improved to 8-0 Thursday with a win over Tampa Bay.
Insight: He limited the Rays to just one run on four hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out nine. The victory moves Scherzer (3.24 ERA) into a four-way tie for the most wins in the AL. Justin Masterson, Clay Buchholz and Matt Moore also have eight wins.
Torii Hunter, RF6/6/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has struggled mightily against Tampa Bay starter Roberto Hernandez throughout his career.
Insight: Hunter is 5-for-35 (.143) against Hernandez with 10 strikeouts. The veteran is still looking for his first hit of the series (0-for-8).
Victor Martinez, DH6/6/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Detroit DH Victor Martinez should be in store for a solid fantasy day Thursday against Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Martinez carries a .417 lifetime average versus the Rays righthander. The Tigers slugger hasn't had a great season (.226, 3 HR, 26 RBI) but we're confident he'll be able to produce on Thursday.
Doug Fister, SP6/5/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Doug Fister took a shutout into the ninth inning Wednesday against the Rays but he gave up three runs in the inning while getting just one out.
Insight: Detroit was blanked by Alex Cobb and Tampa Bay's bullpen on the other side, so Fister likely wouldn't have recorded a win anyway. The right-hander threw seven shutout innings his last time out so he was going on 15 consecutive scoreless frames prior to the ninth-inning meltdown. Fister has a 3.27 ERA and has walked just 12 batters in 77 innings this season.
Torii Hunter, RF6/5/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter is a stunning 6-for-9 with a 1.478 OPS against Tampa Bay youngster Alex Cobb.
Insight: Hunter has the best lineup spot in baseball, hitting in front of Miguel Cabrera and it's paid off this season as he's batting .310 with 32 runs scored. We would like to see a return of the power of past seasons - he has just two homers to date but has averaged 21 per season over the past five years.
Omar Infante, 2B6/4/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Tigers second baseman Omar Infante has rebounded from a 0-for-13 slump by going 6-for-19 (.316) over his last four games.
Insight: He hit his fourth homer of the season Tuesday against the Rays. The second baseman is hitting .298 with 21 RBI and 30 runs this season.
Prince Fielder, 1BHot6/4/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder had a big night at Tampa Bay Tuesday night.
Insight: Fielder went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. The first baseman has homered in three straight games and hit safely in nine straight.
Austin Jackson, CF6/4/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson (hamstring) has resumed taking batting practice and shagging flyballs in center field, but he's not ready to start a minor league rehab assignment, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Jackson still needs to make more progress running before he goes on a rehab assignment. The team's trainer said that the plan is for Jackson to start running the bases again this week.
Victor Martinez, DH6/1/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez slammed a solo homer, walked twice and scored two runs Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: It's just his third homer of the season. Martinez has struggled in 2013 after missing all of 2012 with a torn ACL. He's hitting just .230.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot6/1/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 5-for-13 (.385) with seven RBI against Baltimore starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Peralta is having an excellent season batting .326 with five homers, 24 RBI and an .849 OPS. Add in a favorable matchup and fantasy owners should make sure he's in the lineup.
Torii Hunter, RF5/31/2013 2:18:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, who was not in the starting lineup Thursday due to a swollen left elbow, will miss Friday and Saturday to attend his son's high school graduation.
Insight: Hunter (.312, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 31 runs) should be fine by the time he returns on Sunday. He's got the best lineup spot in baseball, hitting in front of Miguel Cabrera.
Torii Hunter, RF5/30/2013 3:26:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter is not in the starting lineup Thursday due to a swollen left elbow, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. He was hit by a pitch Wednesday.
Insight: Hunter has very limited movement in his elbow and likely will have a painful bruise for the next few days. The outfielder already was expected to miss games on Friday and Saturday due to his two sons' high school graduation, so he'll have a few days for the swelling to go down.
Torii Hunter, RF5/29/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch on the elbow, but his X-rays came back negative, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: Hunter has very limited movement in his elbow and likely will have a painful bruise for the next few days. The outfielder is already expected to miss games on Friday and Saturday due to his two sons' high school graduation.
Rick Porcello, SP5/29/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Even after three-hitting the Pirates and striking out 11 over eight scoreless innings Tuesday night, Tigers starter Rick Porcello's ERA sits at 5.29.
Insight: Porcello entered the start with a 6.28 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 43 innings. He shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Victor Martinez, DH5/29/2013 3:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: The Tigers are in a National League city without the use of the DH so Martinez is likely to sit on Thursday as well.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5/29/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera has a rare poor matchup facing him on Wednesday. He's just 4-for-20 without a home run against Pittsburgh right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Not that you were going to ever take Cabrera (.373, 14 HR, 57 RBI) out of the lineup, just don't expect huge production. Miggy is the best hitter in baseball.
Austin Jackson, CF5/28/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland is hopeful that outfielder Austin Jackson (hamstring) can start his rehab assignment by the end of the weekend, according to MLB.com.
Insight: "I'm hoping, possibly, that sometime on this trip, he can go out and get some at-bats," Leyland said, "but I can't swear to that." Jackson has yet to be cleared for full baseball activity, so it might be a long shot that he'll start a rehab assignment over the next few days.
Torii Hunter, RFCold5/28/2013 10:53:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter will miss games on Friday and Saturday due to his two sons' high school graduation, according to MLB.com.
Insight: "This is just once in a lifetime," Hunter said. "I hope people forgive me for it." Hunter will travel to Texas after Wednesday's game and rejoin the team Sunday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5/28/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is 5-for-13 with a pair of home runs and a 1.400 OPS against Pittsburgh right-hander Jeanmar Gomez.
Insight: Not that you needed any extra incentive to start Cabrera (.377, 14 HR, 57 RBI). Right now Miggy is the best player in baseball and it isn't even that close even after an 0-for-4 day with three strikeouts in the first game of the series with the Pirates.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/27/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 4-for-4 Monday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: That raises Peralta's season average to .341. That leads all American League shortstops. The only shortstop in the majors with a higher average is Milwaukee's Jean Segura (.347).
Prince Fielder, 1B5/27/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is 3-for-19 (.158) with no homers and eight strikeouts versus Pirates starter Francisco Lirianao.
Insight: Fielder's batting average (.270) is lower than it was last season, but he's still hit nine homers and knocked in 42 runs as the top of the Detroit order has given him plenty of opportunities. This is a poor matchup, however, so don't expect a lot of production on Monday.
Victor Martinez, DH5/27/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) with a 1.292 OPS against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Martinez is not back to his old .300-hitting form after missing an entire season due to an ACL injury. His May (.230) is only slightly improved from his April (.221). Expect more walks for Prince Fielder until Martinez starts hitting, but this matchup might help.
Max Scherzer, SPHot5/26/2013 6:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer allowed just three hits and one run in six innings Sunday against Minnesota to extend his record to 7-0.
Insight: Although Scherzer is pitching very well, fantasy owners should be starting almost every pitcher who faces the Twins. They have lost 11 of their last 12 and averaged just 2.66 runs per game over that span. We recommend a flier with Milwaukee's Wily Peralta on Memorial Day.
Austin Jackson, CF5/26/2013 1:37:00 PM
Description: It doesn't look like Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson will be back in the majors anytime soon. SOURCE: Detroit News
Insight: Beat writer Lynn Henning said it "could be a while" before Jackson is ready to return from his injured hamstring. Jackson had been hitting .272 with 2 HR and 11 RBI before the injury.
Jhonny Peralta, SS5/26/2013 11:24:00 AM
Description: Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta will have the afternoon off Sunday against Minnesota.
Insight: He's in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-31 over that span). Peralta's .326 average ranks ninth in the American League.
Prince Fielder, 1B5/25/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is 5-for-8 with a couple of home runs and a 2.227 OPS against Minnesota starter P.J. Walters.
Insight: Fielder's batting average (.276) is lower than it was last season but he's still hit nine homers and knocked in 41 runs. He could add to those totals on Saturday and is a must start.
Anibal Sanchez, SPHot5/24/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez came within two outs of his second no-hitter Friday night against the Twins. He allowed a line-drive single to center to Joe Mauer and settled for a one-hit shutout.
Insight: Sanchez walked three and struck out 12. He was coming off his worst start of the season, a nine-hit, six-run drubbing at Texas. The right-hander has been unreal this season, recording an 11.19 K/9, a 2.38 ERA and a 1.75 FIP.
Austin Jackson, CF5/23/2013 5:16:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson (hamstring) is not yet doing physical activity and is unlikely to return from the DL when he's eligible on Monday, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.
Insight: The Tigers need to make sure the speedy Jackson is fully healthy before he returns so he doesn't aggravate the injury. He hasn't played since May 11.
Prince Fielder, 1B5/23/2013 11:56:00 AM
Description: They call him Prince Fielder: not the prince of hitting Scott Diamond. The Tigers first baseman is batting just .091 against the Twins lefthander.
Insight: Fielder's batting average (.276) is lower than it was last season but he's on pace for more home runs and RBI. With that said, we don't expect him to do much damage against Diamond on Thursday night.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot5/23/2013 11:51:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera has mastered the art of hitting Scott Diamond. He's batting .500 against the Twins lefty in 16 previous encounters.
Insight: Not that you needed any extra incentive to start Cabrera (.387, 13 HR, 52 RBI). Right now Miggy is the best player in baseball and it isn't even that close.
Victor Martinez, DH5/21/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 3-for-5 Tuesday against Cleveland.
Insight: After missing all of 2012 with a torn ACL, Martinez has struggled to get going in 2013. He hit .221 in April and even after Tuesday is hitting .221 in May.
Max Scherzer, SP5/21/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer allowed just two hits and one run in eight innings Tuesday against the Indians. He walked one and fanned seven to improve to 6-0.
Insight: Scherzer has been brilliant this season, posting a 75/13 K/BB in 62 1/3 innings, but he has had terrible luck with runners on base. Prior to his start Tuesday, he had allowed just a 16.2 percent line-drive rate with men on base but given up a BABIP of .389 in those situations. As a result, his strand rate is just 62.8 percent and his ERA 3.61, but his FIP is 2.34.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot5/21/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, off three home run Sunday night against Texas, should continue on his roll against Cleveland starter Corey Kluber. He's a .444 hitter against the Indians' right-hander.
Insight: Cabrera is coming off a Triple Crown season and playing even better than last season. He's the best hitter in the game (.387, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 34 runs, 1.116 OPS) and a fantasy stud, not that anyone had to remind you.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot5/20/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera showed off his considerable talents on Sunday night, going 4-for-4 with three home runs.
Insight: What more can you say about Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera? He's coming off a Triple Crown season and playing even better than last season. He's the best hitter in the game (.387, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 34 runs, 1.116 OPS) and a fantasy stud.
Anibal Sanchez, SPHot5/19/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez had his first non-quality start since April 3 Saturday against Texas, allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned) in 2 2/3 innings.
Insight: Sanchez brought a 2.05 ERA and a 66/12 K/BB into the game. Sanchez has a 1.80 FIP, but has a .356 BABIP due in large part to a 25.9 percent line-drive rate.
Nick Castellanos, RF5/16/2013 2:34:00 PM
Description: Tigers top prospect Nick Castellanos (OF) is batting .256 with 13 doubles, four homers, 20 RBI and a 36/13 K/BB in 41 games with Triple-A Toledo.
Insight: Castellanos hit .320 with 32 doubles, 10 homers and an 118/36 K/BB across two levels in 2012 and is ranked as the No. 21 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com. Andy Dirks is scuffling in left field and center fielder Austin Jackson is on the DL, but Castellanos' numbers don't warrant a callup.
Torii Hunter, RFCold5/16/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: After hitting .361 over the first 27 games of the season, Torii Hunter predictably has hit a slump. He's batting .200 (7-for-35) over his last eight games. However, fantasy owners should keep him in the lineup, even with nasty Yu Darvish on the hill Thursday.
Insight: Hunter has become a hard groundball hitter over the last two seasons -- he had a groundball rate of 52 percent and hit .327 on grounders last year, and has a groundball rate of 55.8 percent and is hitting .333 on grounders in 2013 -- which has enabled him to hit for a BABIP in the .380s. However, his BABIP over the first 27 games of the season was well above .400, and it wasn't going to stay there forever. He has gone 6-for-18 (.333) with one homer and five RBI against Darvish, so he might be able to jump-start his bat Thursday.
Avisail Garcia, CF5/15/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: Garcia was just recalled when Austin Jackson was placed on the DL. The 21-year-old started in right field in the playoffs last year and went 6-for-23 with four RBI. He's ranked as the Tigers' No. 3 prospect on MLB.com.
Jose Alvarez, RP5/15/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Detroit minor league starting pitcher Jose Alvarez has pitched very well in his first eight starts for Triple-A Toledo, going 3-2 with a 1.69 ERA and 1.00 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. He has yielded two or less earned runs in his last seven outings.
Insight: If No. 5 starter Rick Porcello continues to struggle, the Tigers have an option in the minor leagues ready to go. Detroit also has Drew Smyly pitching well out of the bullpen, so barring multiple injuries, Alvarez might not get a call up until September.
Doug Fister, SP5/14/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Doug Fister beat the Astros Tuesday with seven innings of two-run ball to improve to 5-1.
Insight: With Fister, you know you're going to get an ERA south of 3.50 and a WHIP around 1.15, and the Tigers' offense should be able to get him plenty of wins this season. It's just a matter of how many innings he can throw without getting hurt.
Jhonny Peralta, SS5/14/2013 2:28:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Houston. No injury, just a rest day.
Insight: Peralta is batting .326, well above his career average of .266 and last season's .239 effort. He's only one year removed from hitting .299 with 21 homers and 86 RBI and is still a solid mixed league shortstop while he's hot.
Andy Dirks, LFHot5/13/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks slugged a grand slam Monday against Houston.
Insight: Dirks has swatted three homers in his last seven contests after hitting just one in his first 23 games. His batting average has jumped from .200 to .260 over that stretch.
Avisail Garcia, CF5/13/2013 1:57:00 PM
Description: The Detroit Tigers have called up outfielder Avisail Garcia from Triple-A after placing Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Garcia was batting .432 in eight games and could see regular at-bats until Jackson returns.
Austin Jackson, CF5/13/2013 1:55:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Insight: Jackson started the season and despite a recent slump was still batting .272 with 33 runs scored and five stolen bases. Detroit recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo where he was batting .432 in eight games.
Austin Jackson, CF5/12/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson is not in the starting lineup Sunay against Cleveland.
Insight: No injury, just a day off. Jackson hasn't put together a multi-hit game since May 4 and his average has dropped to .272.
Jhonny Peralta, SSHot5/10/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has put together five multi-hit efforts in his last six games.
Insight: Peralta has a nine-game hitting streak and is batting .323. He's only one year removed from hitting .299 with 21 homers and 86 RBI and is a solid mixed league shortstop while he's hot.
Prince Fielder, 1B5/10/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder blasted his ninth homer of the season Friday night against the Indians.
Insight: Along with a .298 average, Fielder has a .422 OBP and is slugging .573. His 33 RBI are second in all of baseball to teammate Miguel Cabrera.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot5/10/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer Friday night, giving him seven on the year.
Insight: Cabrera went 2-for-5 in the game and is hitting .382. The reigning AL MVP leads baseball with 40 RBI.
Alex Avila, C5/9/2013 11:57:00 AM
Description: Thinking about starting Alex Avila today? Well don't. The Tigers catcher has never gotten a hit against Washington righthander Dan Haren.
Insight: He's 0-for-8. Avila's breakout 2011 season (.295, 19 HR, 82 RBI) feels like a distant memory.
Omar Infante, 2B5/9/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Get Tigers second baseman Omar Infante in your lineup ASAP. He's batting .467 against Nationals righthander Dan Haren.
Insight: Most of those hits have been singles but that's still a lot better than striking out. Infante (.287, 3 HR, 11 RBI) is a borderline fantasy play on most days but Thursday you can start him with confidence.
Andy Dirks, LF5/5/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks smashed his second home run of the season Sunday in a 9-0 victory over Houston.
Insight: Dirks finished the afternoon 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. A breakout star last season (.322 AVG in 88 games), Dirks has struggled to regain form in 2013 (.243, 2 HR, 7 RBI). Perhaps Sunday is a sign that Dirks is ready to get back on track.
Justin Verlander, SPHot5/5/2013 7:32:00 PM
Description: Detroit righthander Justin Verlander cruised through seven scoreless innings Sunday against Houston.
Insight: Verlander has been absolutely unstoppable lately. Over his last three starts, he's 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA. During that span, he's racked up 21 strikeouts in 21 innings. Opponents are hitting just .222 against the former AL MVP this season.
Victor Martinez, DH5/4/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez went deep for the first time since 2011 Saturday against Houston.
Insight: After missing all of 2012 with a torn ACL, Martinez has gotten off to an incredibly slow start in 2013 and had a .539 OPS going into Saturday's game. He went 2-for-6 with four RBI Saturday night, however.
Torii Hunter, RFHot5/4/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went 4-for-5 with two RBI, a walk and three runs scored Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: Hunter has cooled off a bit over the past week, but raised his average back up to .361 Saturday. The second spot in Detroit's order, right ahead of Miguel Cabrera, has been very good to him.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot5/4/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: Once again, Cabrera has been a nightmare for opposing pitchers, and he's starting to get his home run total up. He's hitting .390 with six bombs and 36 RBI.
Austin Jackson, CF5/3/2013 4:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson is not in the starting lineup Friday against Houston.
Insight: Jackson is getting his first day off this season. He has put together an eight-game hitting streak after going 1-for-30 from April 17-24.
Bruce Rondon, RP5/2/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon was demoted to Triple-A after Wednesday's game. He threw 15 fastballs between 99 and 101 mph in his appearance Wednesday but allowed two hits, walked two and gave up two runs in 1/3 innings.
Insight: "Right now he's just not ready for this," manager Jim Leyland said, according to USA Today. "When I say that, please don't think anybody's down on him. We think he's a future closer at the major league level. But I can't get him enough work right now."
Alex Avila, C5/1/2013 11:11:00 AM
Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila will get Wednesday afternoon off. No injury, just the typical day off after a night game.
Insight: Avila has three homers this season, but also a low .183 batting average. He was an exciting surprise in 2011 (.295, 19 HR, 82 RBI) but a disappoint to those who thought he could continue at that pace last season falling to .243, 9 HR and 48 RBI.
Omar Infante, 2B5/1/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Detroit second baseman Omar Infante is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup. No injury, just a day off for the veteran.
Insight: Infante (.306, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 13 runs) is 6-for-14 over his past four games with a pair of homers. Ramon Santiago (.105) will start in his place, but has no fantasy value.
Prince Fielder, 1B5/1/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is just 1-for-9 (.111) against Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond.
Insight: Fielder went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday against the Twins. He's hitting .301 with seven homers and 27 RBI this year, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 3BHot5/1/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the reigning AL Triple Crown champion, hitting at a .363 clip and facing a pitcher he has a career .500 batting average (7-for-14)..
Insight: It's not like you were going to sit him, but with all numbers looking good he should have a very productive day.
Victor Martinez, DH4/30/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez had three hits Tuesday against the Twins and is 7-for-20 (.350) over his last five games.
Insight: Martinez went 0-for-7 in his previous two games, so he's not exactly scorching hot, but he does have two three-hit games during his last five contests. He's hitting .221.
Prince Fielder, 1B4/30/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Fielder went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday against the Twins. He's hitting .301 with seven bombs and 27 RBI this year.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4/30/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera went yard off Twins starter Vance Worley Tuesday for his fourth homer of the season.
Insight: Cabrera has hit for a high average this season (.363) and driven in 28 runs, but we've been waiting for him to pick it up in the home run department. He has two over the last three games.
Justin Verlander, SP4/30/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who left his start last Thursday against the Royals after seven innings due to a right thumb blister, is expected to make his regular start on Tuesday.
Insight: Verlander allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and struck out four with one walk in seven innings, but he had just 96 pitches and could have gone one or two more innings if not for the injury. He is 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP through five starts.
Andy Dirks, LF4/29/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Detroit outfielder Andy Dirks had two hits, including a solo homer, in three at-bats Monday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Dirks came in homerless in 48 at-bats this year and is hitting .196 after Monday's effort.
Prince Fielder, 1B4/29/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder erased a 3-1 deficit with a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth Monday against the Twins.
Insight: It was Fielder's only hit of the game. The first baseman is 3-for-20 over his last six games but he has seven walks in that span.
Max Scherzer, SP4/29/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer allowed a first-inning solo homer but rebounded to strike out 10 batters over 7 1/3 innings in a 4-3 win over Minnesota Monday night.
Insight: Scherzer didn't walk a batter for the first time in five starts this season and now has a 46/7 K/BB in 31 1/3 innings.
Omar Infante, 2BHot4/29/2013 12:18:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante is a career .500 hitter (15-for-30) against Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: He's no Robinson Cano but you could do a lot worse than Infante (.316, 2 HR, 9 RBI) at second base. he's homers in back-to-back games and has a favorable matchup.
Omar Infante, 2BHot4/27/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Omar Infante whacked his first home run of the season Saturday in a victory over Atlanta.
Insight: The two-run homer was one of three hits on the day for Infante. He's no Robinson Cano but you could do a lot worse than Infante (.307, 1 HR, 8 RBI) at second base.
Andy Dirks, LF4/27/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Detroit outfielder Andy Dirks missed Friday's game against Atlanta and is questionable for Saturday's matchup with a sore right knee.
Insight: The injury to Dirks allowed Matt Tuiasosopo a starting opportunity and he made the most of it with a home run and five RBI in Friday night's 10-0 shutout of Atlanta.
Anibal Sanchez, SPHot4/26/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Tigers righthander Anibal Sanchez fanned 17 Braves in a brilliant outing Friday night at Comerica Park.
Insight: Sanchez allowed just five hits and one walk during his eight inning masterpiece. Many thought the Tigers overpaid Sanchez (3-1, 1.34 ERA) when they inked him to a five-year, $80 million deal this offseason. So far, he's been worth every penny.
Austin Jackson, CFCold4/26/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson is hitless in nine at-bats versus Bravers hurler Paul Maholm.
Insight: Jackson was batting .393 with a .448 OBP and 19 runs after Detroit's April 16 game, but this slump has knocked him down to .277, although he still leads the AL in runs scored (21).
Prince Fielder, 1B4/26/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder is just a .137 hitter (7-for-51) when facing Atlanta left-hander Paul Maholm with 15 strikeouts and a .337 OPS.
Insight: Those are some ugly numbers for a career .287 hitter (.933 OPS). Fielder is off to a fine start, batting .311 with five homers, 21 RBI and a 1.025 OPS, but this matchup is unfavorable.
Justin Verlander, SP4/25/2013 3:56:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander left his start Thursday against the Royals after seven innings due to cracked skin on his right thumb, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. He's day-to-day.
Insight: Verlander allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and struck out four with one walk in seven innings, but he had just 96 pitches and could have gone one or two more innings if not for the injury. He is 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP through five starts.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/25/2013 9:29:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 10-for-22 with three home runs and eight RBI in his career against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Peralta slipped to .239 and 13 home runs last year after hitting .299 with 21 homers in 2011. Through 18 games, he has a .311 average and one homer.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4/25/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has Royals starter James Shields' number. Cabrera is 13-for-26 (.500) with five doubles, a homer and four RBI against Shields.
Insight: Cabrera has performed well against plenty of pitchers, and he really rakes against Shields. The third baseman only has two homers in 19 games, but he is hitting .367 with 19 RBI.
Austin Jackson, CFCold4/24/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson came into Thursday's game with just one hit and 12 strikeouts in his last 30 at-bats (0-for-23 over his last five games), but he went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored Thursday against the Royals.
Insight: Jackson was batting .393 with a .448 OBP and 19 runs after Detroit's April 16 game, but this slump has knocked him down to .277.
Austin Jackson, CFCold4/24/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson is just 1-for-8 (.125) against Kansas City starter Wade Davis with a pair of strikeouts.
Insight: After a hot start, Jackson has hit an extended cold spell. He's hitless in his last 20 at bats to drop his average to .291 and he's struck out 10 times in the last five games. With the unfavorable matchup he should take a seat on your bench.
Jose Valverde, RP4/23/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Jose Valverde will join the team Wednesday and manager Jim Leyland says he will be the team's closer immediately.
Insight: Valverde was signed to a minor league deal earlier this month amidst turmoil at the back end of Detroit's bullpen. We expected him to have to prove himself in middle relief first, but the Tigers will go back to the winning formula from last season right away. Valverde can be erratic, but the Tigers will present him with plenty of save opportunities.
Jose Valverde, RP4/23/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Jose Valverde is expected to rejoin the team this week, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Valverde was signed to a minor league deal earlier this month amidst turmoil at the back end of Detroit's bullpen. He could eventually regain his closer job if he gets off to a good start.
Bruce Rondon, RP4/23/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have promoted RP Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo to replace injured Octavio Dotel.
Insight: The closer's job was Rondon's to lose coming into the spring and he lost it. But the right-hander threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings at Toledo with nine strikeouts and just two walks. While we don't expect him to jump back into the closer's role, if he performs well that could happen down the road.
Octavio Dotel, RP4/21/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel has been diagnosed with elbow inflammation. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Dotel imploded Friday night in Anaheim (4 H, 5 ER in 2/3 of an inning) and now we might know the reason why. The 39-year-old hasn't been used in any save situations this season so fantasy owners don't need to keep tabs on him.
Jhonny Peralta, SS4/21/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting .303 this season but is just 1-for-17 in his career against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Peralta has 17 strikeouts in 66 at-bats and nine Ks against Wilson. Avoid this matchup if you can.
Victor Martinez, DHCold4/21/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez is just 3-for-17 (.176) in his career against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Martinez has struggled this season after missing all of 2012 due to a torn ACL. He is batting .183 with zero homers and one double, but he does have 10 walks and just seven strikeouts. That's a sign that he should get going soon, but his breakout likely won't come Sunday.
Rick Porcello, SP4/20/2013 8:54:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello allowed nine hits and nine earned runs in the first inning Saturday against the Angels and was pulled after getting just two outs.
Insight: There's absolutely no reason to own Porcello. He has a career K/9 under 5.0 and hasn't posted an ERA below 4.59 since 2009.


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