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Detroit Tigers

Stadium: Comerica Park | Manager: Brad
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Tigers.2777571554.01
AL Central1st1st1st3rd
American League 1st2nd4th9th

Schedule

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Wed Mar 4
W 5 - 4at BAL
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1:05 pm EST
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ATL
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1:10 pm EST
Fri Mar 6
MLB Network at NYM
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
at ATL
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
HOU
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1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
TOR
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1:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
at PHI
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1:05 pm EDT
Wed Mar 11
at WAS
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1:05 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
PHI
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1:05 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
at HOU
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1:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
at ATL
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1:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
at NYY
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1:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
PHI
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 15
at MIA

Standings

AL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Detroit2-02-0
Kansas City1-01-0
Chicago0-01-0
Cleveland0-01-1
Minnesota0-00-0
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Tigers' Sanchez breezes through first spring outing Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez breezed through his two-inning outing Wednesday against the Orioles. Sanchez faced just seven batters in his spring debut, allowing a single to J.J. Hardy in the first inning and no walks.

He also struck out Delmon Young.

"They put a really good lineup out," Sanchez said, per MLB.com. "I don't want to pitch around those guys. They're smart. I know they're going to swing because they're working, too."

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Tigers SS Jose Iglesias ran full bore on Wednesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (shins) told reporters he ran full bore for the first time this spring in Wednesday's Grapefruit League contest against Baltimore, according to Detroit Free Press. He went without a hit in his first two at-bats and left one runner on base in a 5-4 victory.

"I was really happy with the way I ran," Iglesias said.

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Tigers' Ian Krol making a big impression in camp
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Tigers pitcher Ian Krol has impressed everyone during camp, according to mlive.com.

"He's been outstanding this spring," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Not only with his work effort, but he's the first one to the clubhouse. He's really paying attention to every part of his career right now."

That was by design. Krol worked hard in the offseason after struggled physically in 2014. "I worked extremely hard," Krol said. "Physical therapy, working out, you name it. I kicked my butt in the offseason. I was just determined."

Krol is competing for a spot in the team's bullpen this spring. The 23-year-old posted a 4.96 ERA over 32 2/3 innings last year. 

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Tigers OF Steven Moya (back) cleared to play Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said outfielder Steven Moya will be available off the bench for Wednesday's spring game against the Orioles after sitting out Tuesday due to back spasms.

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Spring Observations: The legend of Marcus Semien grows
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

This RBI single for Marcus Semien was just the least of his contributions Tuesday. (USATSI)
This RBI single for Marcus Semien was just the least of his contributions Tuesday. (USATSI)

We're always told spring training doesn't matter, that we shouldn't pay attention to it if know what's best for our Fantasy teams.

Well, I think that's a bunch of baloney.

At the very least, it's a cop-out. Sure, most of it doesn't matter. For established players with no threats to their playing time, injury concerns or known mechanical issues, spring training is just a red herring. But spring training was also our first clue last year that Melky Cabrera was back to form and that Jacob deGrom was more than the scouting reports let on. Rather than pick out a few interesting nuggets and risk them being misconstrued as more than just food for thought, it's easier to have a blanket policy for the whole thing. "Nope, none of it matters. Check back again in late May."

Really? This is the first baseball most of us have seen in months. Asking a true fan to ignore it is cruel and, frankly, unrealistic. "If they're going to do it anyway, they can at least do it under adult supervision." That's what all the "cool" parents said in high school, right?

Bad comparison, but you get what I'm saying. So periodically throughout this spring, I'm going to review game action from the day before, picking out the five items that I believe are of greatest concern to Fantasy owners. And I'll do my best to couch them in a responsible way.

1. Marcus Semien makes his presence known.

Semien didn't hit just one home run in his first look as the Athletics starting shortstop, but two, effectively ending whatever competition existed there before it even began. OK, so maybe he goes hitless the rest of spring training and makes us wonder what the hype was all about, but given that he's a breakout for Al Melchior and a sleeper for me, I'm only emboldened by the performance.

2. Aaron Sanchez gets off on the wrong foot.

Depending in part on his performance this spring, Sanchez could begin the year as either the Blue Jays fifth starter or just a bullpen arm. Or I guess their closer, which would probably the best scenario for his own individual value, but it would be a net loss for Fantasy owners since it would eliminate Brett Cecil as a perfectly capable closer while also eliminating Sanchez as a sleeper starter. Sanchez says he was just working on his curveball, but considering the Blue Jays have already said they'll decide his role by mid-March, he doesn't have that luxury.

3. Jung Ho Kang goes oppo boppo.

Observe.

This from a player who hit .356 with 40 home runs in the Korean Baseball Organization. Of course, no one thinks he'll be that good, but how many middle infielders can hit the ball out in that direction with such ease? And oh yeah, he started at shortstop, which is the position nobody seems to think he'll be able to play in the majors.

4. Devon Travis whiffs in his first chance.

The Blue Jays don't have a starting second baseman. They have Maicer Izturis, who has impersonated one in the past, but if they wanted him starting there, they wouldn't have acquired Travis, a major league-ready second base prospect, from the Tigers this offseason. It's a good sign he got the start Tuesday, but it's not so good that he went 0-for-4. If he wins the job, I'm thinking he's at worst a speedier version of Scooter Gennett.

5. More of the same from Ubaldo Jimenez.

Granted, the Orioles don't have an opening in their starting rotation, but for as much as they're paying him and as good as he was two years ago, Jimenez could probably force his way in with a strong spring. Allowing five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings isn't going to make it happen. When Madison Bumgarner says he was just working on his pitches and didn't care about results, you can take his word for it, but Jimenez has a little more at stake.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGVictor Martinez , DH.335
HRVictor Martinez , DH32
RBIMiguel Cabrera , 1B109
OBPVictor Martinez , DH.409
SLGVictor Martinez , DH.565
RMiguel Cabrera , 1B101
SBRajai Davis , LF36
WMax Scherzer , SP18
ERAMax Scherzer , SP3.15
WHIPDavid Price , SP1.08
KDavid Price , SP271
SVJoe Nathan , RP35

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