For all the focus on Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmermann this year, Anibal Sanchez could be the difference between a good Tigers rotation and a great one.
The Tigers’ bullpen competition thinned out by two relatively big names Monday. Right-hander Bobby Parnell, who faced a Tuesday deadline to be added to the 25-man roster, was granted his unconditional release, while Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
Bruce Rondon has the right attitude in Tigers camp, by all accounts. He has the right support group, by the account of new closer Francisco Rodriguez. Now he needs the right pitch.
Jason Castro, A.J. Reed and Jon Singleton all homered as part of a balanced Astros offense in support of Scott Feldman, Luke Gregerson and Mike Fiers to send Houston’s split squad to an 8-3 win over Detroit on Sunday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
The setup suggests this should be the year for Nick Castellanos. For the Tigers to get a bigger contribution from young players, they need this to be his year.
Justin Verlander was told to bunt in both at-bats during Saturday’s 6-5 victory over the Phillies as he focused on preparing for the season. The Tigers right-hander allowed three runs over five-plus innings.
While the Tigers visited the Phillies for a Grapefruit League matchup at Bright House Field, Victor Martinez was on the back fields at Tigertown, getting at-bats as the designated hitter in a Minor League game. It marked his first game action since straining his left hamstring March 14.
Tigers left fielder Justin Upton has not had a memorable spring, but he showed some life in his bat Saturday afternoon at Bright House Field.
Justin Upton took a while to hit his first home run in a Tigers uniform, but he made it a big one, then another, hitting two tape-measure drives to the depths of Bright House Field in the Tigers’ 6-5 win on Saturday against the Phillies.
Steven Moya’s standout Spring Training with the Tigers has come to an end. The slugging outfielder, who made an early spring statement with four home runs in the first couple weeks, was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Saturday morning, along with shortstop prospect Dixon Machado.
A Tigers-Braves Spring Training game that featured a triple play but no Tigers hits will not count. Heavy rains washed out Friday’s Grapefruit League matchup at Joker Marchant Stadium after four innings, with Atlanta’s split squad holding a 3-1 lead.
The rain was picking up at Joker Marchant Stadium as Shane Greene jogged out to the mound for the start of the fifth inning Friday. After a two-run homer from Hector Olivera in the fourth, Greene was ready to finish strong and continue his case for the Tigers’ rotation opening.