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Three Up, Three Down: Tigers’ 2014 is Done

Chris Tillman’s first inning started with three strikeouts in Game 1 to a standing ovation. Tillman was on the field two games later, jumping and celebrating to a standing, shocked Detroit.

A sweep. Baltimore over Detroit. Three games to zilch. Barely enough time to order a Detroit postseason shirt before it was over. A Vegas favorite in April tripped up and fell over the orange and black leaves in October….or were those feathers? Read More…

Comparing Septembers: Why Tigers Fans Should Not Worry and Expect Playoffs

Entering September 10, the Detroit Tigers are sitting at 80-65, which is tied for the lead in the American League Central Division. For a team coming off of three-straight division titles, and three consecutive ALCS appearances, with a World Series appearance mixed in, this is not where the Tigers were expected to be.

Heading into the season Detroit was the heavy favorite in the American League, and projected to win their division by the widest margin of any team in baseball. However, in mid-September, the Tigers find themselves in the thick of a pennant race, scratching and clawing for every win.

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Three Weeks to Live: A Tigers Tale

The American League Central has been baseball’s easiest waltz into October for years now – over three years, to be exact.

Slightly above average has been the barometer for success in the Central, and when it comes to mediocrity, the Tigers have reigned supreme.

This year is different. This year, Detroit needs to rise above the adequacy of the baseball midwest and prove they can compete for months with a team that has the drive to win.

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The Dirks Dilemma

At some point this season, Detroit fans have called for the heads of all three outfield starters: Rajai Davis, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter.

Other times, those shouting expletives in June were shouting approval in July.

All three players have looked valuable to the Tigers at some point during the first four months of the season, and while their sporadic play may have satiated fans, Brad Ausmus may not be convinced.

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Tiger Talk – #7 – 6/16/14

A hour of Tiger Talk? Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

The Tiger faithful are back to continue the conversation about the pesky AL Central. Hosts Tony Garcia and Richie Cozzolino congregate to discuss the White Sox-Tigers series. Returning to the podcast is Warning Track host and Michigan State baseball reporter Zac Swierad.

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Alex Gonzalez is Gone

It was most likely an unpleasant Easter for Alex Gonzalez after the Detroit Tigers unconditionally released the shortstop after just 15 games.

Gonzalez was picked up by Detroit in the offseason for an injured Jose Iglesias, who continues to sit on the DL with a shin injury for 3-4 months. Gonzalez and Andrew Romine were hailed by Detroit to add some firepower and defense at the all-important shortstop position for the Tigers. However, Gonzalez’s .167 average with only two RBI’s in nine games signaled to Detroit he was not the answer.

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The Pact – #26 – 4/14/14

Gary Harris has decided to leave MSU and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, but was it the right decision? The Pact opens with a discussion and debate on the departure of Spartan basketball’s superstar.

The NHL playoffs are set to begin, and the Detroit Red Wings are preparing to faceoff against the President Trophy Winners, Boston Bruins. Can Detroit put the pieces together just in time to beat the NHL’s best regular season team? Austin and Fino say yes, but Lou is not so sure.

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Tiger Talk – #4 – 4/10/14

The 2014 season is in full swing and the lads already have critiques for the team. Your host Richie Cozzolino, panelist Zac Swierad and production wiz Jonathan Yales dissect the team after the infant stages of the season.

Detroit is no stranger to an ailing bullpen. Did you think after three years of failing relief pitching that the Tigers would still have this issue? These guys certainly did not. The discussion opens up with a lengthy, disappointing talk about Joe Nathan and his lack of closing for the Tigers. The guys search for options in the bullpen for Detroit, and who, if anyone, can step up for a team falling apart horrendously at the end of games.

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Six Tigers, Six Spring Days: Ian Kinsler

If you have not been following the Detroit Tigers as religiously as others, you will be happy to learn about the multitude of new faces that will grace the field come April. Since we did not want to leave you in the dark and have you terrified when Opening Day rolls around, we will give you the rundown of every new starter wearing the Old English D.

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American League Central Analysis

As pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Tiger Talk welcomes Zac Swierad to breakdown the five teams that make up the 2014 American League Central Division. Offseason player acquisitions, where each team finished last season and predictions of where the five teams will finish this season are all discussed in this installment of Tiger Talk.

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Avila Re-Signs with Detroit, Avoids Arbitration

Dave Dombrowski stays perfect on arbitrator-less talks with his team.

On Friday, Alex Avila agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million deal with the Tigers. The hometown talent is the last of six Tigers who called for an arbitrator back in mid-January. General Manager Dombrowski continues his perfect seven year streak of not needing a third party to settle salary disputes with players.

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MLB Expands Instant Replay

Baseball will be more accurate, less subjective and played at an even slower pace in 2014.

On Thursday, the MLB announced that all 30 teams had voted unanimously to expand instant replay in baseball. The news came at the close of the quarterly owners meeting for the MLB. According to an MLB.com press release, both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association had agreed to expand the rules in the sport.

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