Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Tigers.2677502114.24
AL Central1st2nd1st4th
American League 2nd6th6th11th

Schedule

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BAL
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Sat Feb 25
HOU
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1:10 pm EST
Sun Feb 26
at NYM
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ATL
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Tue Feb 28
at NYY
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WAS
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at TOR
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PIT
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at TB
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Sat Mar 4
NYY
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Sun Mar 5
at PHI
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Mon Mar 6
BAL

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Minnesota0-00-0
Kansas City0-00-0
Cleveland0-00-0
Chicago0-00-0
Detroit0-00-0
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Tigers' Justin Upton: Won't bat second
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Manager Brad Ausmus said Upton won't bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Upton batted second 18 times for the Tigers in the first few weeks of the 2016 season and struggled mightily. During that stretch, he batted just .208 with one home run. From that point on, he primarily hit sixth and batted .252 with 30 home runs. Look for Upton to bat in the middle of Detroit's lineup this year, where he clearly appears more comfortable.

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Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Could bat second
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Castellanos is a candidate to bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Castellanos did not bat second at any point in 2016, as he primarily filled the No. 5 or 6 slots in the lineup. Manager Brad Ausmus is looking to figure out the best way to line up his power bats. Castellanos is primed for a big season if he's healthy, but batting second would limit his RBI potential. It might set him up to score more runs, however, and he could see better pitches to hit batting in front of Miguel Cabrera every day.

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Tigers' J.D. Martinez: Could bat second
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Martinez is a candidate to bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Martinez batted second some last season, but he got most of his at-bats in the No. 5 hole. If he bats second, his RBI potential will go down, but he could score more runs in front of guys like Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Nick Castellanos.

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Tigers' Bruce Rondon: Working on changeup this spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rondon is working on improving his changeup in spring training, MLB.com reports.

Rondon used primarily fastballs and sliders to post a 2.97 ERA and strike out 45 batters in 36.1 innings last year. He threw his changeup just 3.4 percent of the time last year, and Rondon called it a "so-so" pitch. If he can improve his changeup, Rondon could post even better numbers in 2017 with a solid three-pitch mix.

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Tigers' Matt Murton: Lands with Detroit on minor league pact
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Murton agreed to a minor league contract with the Tigers on Monday.

The 35-year-old journeyman spent time playing in Japan from 2010 through 2015, but as a member of the Cubs organization last season, he pieced together a .314/.349/.398 slash line in 76 games with their Triple-A affiliate. The Tigers' outfield is pretty crowded as things stand now, so Murton will likely have to settle for an organizational depth role unless injuries plague Detroit's outfielders.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGMiguel Cabrera , 1B.316
HRMiguel Cabrera , 1B38
RBIMiguel Cabrera , 1B108
OBPMiguel Cabrera , 1B.393
SLGMiguel Cabrera , 1B.563
RIan Kinsler , 2B117
SBCameron Maybin , CF15
WJustin Verlander , SP16
ERAJustin Verlander , SP3.04
WHIPJustin Verlander , SP1.00
KJustin Verlander , SP254
SVFrancisco Rodriguez , RP44

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