Player News - Tigers

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John Hicks hit a two-run home run, his fifth of the season, in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc left a breaking ball hanging in the first inning and Hicks lifted it out to left for a two-run shot. The dinger was his fifth in 26 games. A catcher by trade, Hicks has filled in and filled in admirably at first base for the Tigers in Miguel Cabrera's absence, batting .302/.352/.542 on the year.
May 20 - 10:07 PM

Shane Greene allowed two hits, including a two-run home run, in suffering his third blown save of the year Sunday against the Mariners.

Tasked with preserving a two-run lead, Greene gave up a one-out single to Jean Segura before yielding a two-run homer to Mitch Haniger. Greene has 10 saves on the year but has blown three as well, and owns a 4.22 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Joe Jimenez looms if Greene continues to falter, but his job doesn't seem to be in much jeopardy at the moment, despite Sunday's letdown.
May 20 - 9:47 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed a lone hit over eight scoreless innings Sunday, but took a no-decision against the Mariners.

Liriano carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Mitch Haniger's one-out single. That relegated it to simply a brilliant outing for the southpaw, who had gone 8 1/3 innings in his previous two starts combined. Unfortunately for Liriano, Shane Greene couldn't hold the lead to get him his fourth win. In nine starts this year, Liriano has a 3.42 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'll look for that fourth win Saturday against the White Sox.
May 20 - 9:34 PM

Victor Martinez ended up with a solo homer over three at-bats in Saturday's road loss in Seattle.

Martinez accounted for one of only two extra-base hits allowed by James Paxton, who was once again locked in for the M's. For Martinez, he has managed RBI in back-to-back games for just the third time this season. He'll look to extend his modest four-game hitting streak in Sunday's series finale against LHP Wade LeBlanc.
May 20 - 1:26 AM

Mike Fiers allowed four earned runs, six hits and a walk over five innings in a loss in Seattle on Saturday.

Fiers threw just 64 of his 100 pitches for strikes, whiffing just two batters while serving up a pair of homers. He has yielded at least one homer in five straight outings while serving up 10 total homers in just 43 1/3 innings across eight starts. He'll look to snap that homers allowed streak in his next assignment Friday against the visiting White Sox.
May 20 - 1:22 AM

Michael Fulmer was charged with three runs in 6 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Mariners.

Fulmer pitched shutout ball for six before giving up two walks and a two-run single to the four batters he faced in the seventh. What had been a 4-0 lead quickly turned into a 5-4 deficit from there, and the Tigers lost by the same score. That's too bad for Fulmer, who had allowed just two singles and no walks through six frames.
May 19 - 1:12 AM

JaCoby Jones went 0-for-4 from the second spot in the order Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

Even though the Tigers got leadoff man Leonys Martin back in the lineup, they still chose to hit Jones and his .289 OBP second. It's not like they have a bunch of great alternatives, but Jones should be hitting towards the bottom of the order when he plays and he might play less now that Martin is back. He's hitting .200 with a one homer and a 19/1 K/BB ratio in 70 at-bats this month.
May 19 - 1:10 AM

John Hicks doubled in a pair of runs for the Tigers in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

Hicks is hitting .292 with an .846 OPS as a backup catcher and now Miguel Cabrera's replacement. He's not quite that good, but there's a good chance he'll keep outhitting Victor Martinez if given the chance once Cabrera returns.
May 19 - 1:08 AM

Tigers activated OF Leonys Martin from the 10-day disabled list.

He'll jump right back into the leadoff spot in the Tigers' lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners. Before the hamstring injury put him on the shelf, Martin was slashing .294/.355/.508 with five homers, 15 RBI and a stolen base.
May 18 - 7:03 PM

Tigers optioned LHP Ryan Carpenter to Triple-A Toledo.

Carpenter didn't fare well in his spot start with the Tigers on Wedesday, allowing six runs (five earned) across five innings against the Indians. He'll continue to work in the rotation at Toledo until the Tigers have another need for a starter at the big league level.
May 18 - 7:01 PM

Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Thursday.

There's no word yet on how he felt after the session. Zimmermann has been out of commission for the last two weeks with a right shoulder impingement. He will probably have to make a rehab start before returning at this point.
May 18 - 2:07 PM

Jeimer Candelario (wrist) fielded grounders on Thursday.

Candelario landed on the disabled list earlier this week with left wrist tendinitis, which is an issue he's dealt with for years. It's possible he could eventually require surgery, but he'll attempt to play through it for now and should return for the Tigers relatively soon.
May 18 - 2:04 PM

JaCoby Jones (hip) went 0-for-5 at the plate Thursday in his return to the lineup.

Jones was pulled from Wednesday's game with a bruised left hip, but he didn't wind up missing any starts. He's settled in as the Tigers' leadoff hitter with Leonys Martin (hamstring) sidelined.
May 18 - 8:41 AM

Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run single in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

Iglesias managed a two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning, coming through with the bases loaded and putting his team up by a 3-2 score in the process. His season as a whole has been considerably less shiny that that brief moment in the sun. Overall, Iglesias is slashing just .245/.291/.361 across 147 at-bats.
May 18 - 1:52 AM

Shane Greene secured his 10th save of the season via a clean ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

Gotta wonder if Greene even broke a sweat on Thursday night. With the Tigers holding a 3-2 advantage heading to the bottom of the ninth inning, he came in to dispatch -- on just 10 pitches -- Mike Zunino (strikeout), Guillermo Heredia (groundout) and Ben Gamel (groundout) without any issue. His campaign as a whole has not been quite so smooth, but he's now converted 10-of-12 save opportunities.
May 18 - 1:52 AM


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