Tigers ace Justin Verlander grinded through seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits as the Detroit offense came to life in yesterday’s 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. (more)
The New York Yankees currently rank on top in the AL East with a commanding four-game lead over the Boston Red Sox at 90-58. The 86-62 Sox still have 12 games left on the schedule to catch their longtime rivals before the start of the 2011 post-season. (more)
Multiple sources have confirmed that free agent catcher Victor Martinez will part ways with the Boston Red Sox and sign a four-year deal worth $50 million with the Detroit Tigers. Red Sox GM Theo Epstein previously expressed interest in re-signing Martinez and third baseman Adrian Beltre. Boston offered Martinez his choice of a three-year, $36 million deal or a four-year contract for $42 million following the 2010 regular season.
“When guys get to free agency, there are a lot of decisions that have to be made,” said manager Terry Francona. “One is by the player, one is by the organization and one is by other teams. Sometimes it doesn’t work out where a guy comes back, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to be any good. I feel real confident. The winter has to play itself out, it’s just beginning and it will be really interesting.”
The Sox may have already found their starting catcher in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a 25-year old prospect acquired from the Texas Rangers last season. They have until Tuesday night to offer arbitration to longtime catcher Jason Varitek. Check back for additional MLB offseason updates.
John Lackey came alive last night at Fenway Park, letting up six hits through eight innings with ten K’s to lift his Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Marco Scuturo led the offensive campaign with two hits and four RBI’s. Adrian Beltre and JD Drew were also able to pitch in with two hits apiece. Jonathon Papelbon struck out two during his time on the hill in the ninth inning to notch the save. The Sox remain 5 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the competitive AL East.
With the home stretch of the regular season just around the corner, the front office took action and claimed Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon off waivers. Damon played a key role in the Red Sox World Series run in 2004. He then re-located to the Bronx where he won another title with the New York Yankees in 2009. There are certainly mixed opinions as to whether he will be welcomed back to Fenway with open arms.
Catcher Jason Varitek spoke out on possibly reuniting with Damon, saying “Johnny’s a special player. He’s pushing on Hall of Fame-type numbers. You add that Johnny’s great in the clubhouse, he’s great on the field and he’s one hell of a teammate.” The Sox are scheduled to face the Mariners two more times before they travel to Tropicana Field to matchup with the Rays. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
UPDATE: Damon has rejected the Red Sox offer and will remain in Detroit for the rest of the regular season.
The Detroit Tigers just recently inked Johnny Damon to a one-year $8 million dollar contract. The 14-year veteran despite the long awaited offseason claimed to have anticipated the motor city as his expected destination before the deal was even discussed.
“I felt like I was a Tiger probably a month and a half ago,” said Damon. “I think it’s a shock when you go into the offseason and you win the World Series and you have a good year and the market’s tough. But you deal with it. You move forward with it. And that’s exactly what we did. I’m happy with how it turned out. And I’m glad to be a Tiger.”
Last season as a member of the World Champion New York Yankees, Damon hit for a career high 24 homers with 82 RBI’s and a .288 batting average. Growing up near the Tigers spring training in Lakeland, Florida, he was thrilled to recieve the news on joining his new club. “This is where we wanted to be,” he continued. “It is where my family wanted to be. Contrary to what has been reported, I wanted a place where I could win right away. I have always been truthful and Detroit was always my first choice, and my wife and I are going to love it there.”
The Detroit Tigers just recently invested long term with Ace Justin Verlander, negotiating and finalizing his $80 million five-year contract earlier this afternoon. Last season Verlander proved himself as one of the league’s premier pitchers, racking up a total of 269 strikeouts in 240 innings with a 3.45 ERA.
Detroit ended their 2009 campaign with a 6-5 loss in 12 innings to the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central tie-breaker. This marked the only time in MLB history where a team lost a three game lead with four games to go in the regular season. Verlander is confident his team will be able to make the proper adjustments to further succeed in 2010.
“I want to win. That’s first and foremost,” he said. “I feel like this organization wants to win, and they’re going to put this team in a position year in and year out. That’s all I can ask for, to be part of a team that goes out there and has a chance to win our division and play in the playoffs. That was a major consideration for me.” The Tigers are scheduled to begin their new conquest in Kansas City against the Royals for three games from April 5th-8th. Detroit Tigers tickets are now available!
After last year’s heartbreaking 1-0 AL Central tie-breaking loss to the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins found themselves back in the same spot but this time would come out on top. It took 162 games and 12 extra innings for Alexi Casilla to hit a grounder between the right side infielders, scoring Carlos Gonzalez for the Twins to win 6-5 over the Detroit Tigers and take the division last night at the Metrodome.
From the 7th inning on there were three lead changes. Detroit’s offense dominated to start, initially producing a 3-0 lead by the 3rd. The Twins rallied back after Orlando Cabrera’s two-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the 7th. Following the Tigers come back in the 10th, Minnesota answered back to keep the game going until the 12 when they finally put their regular season to rest with the AL Central Division in their hands.
“This is absolutely the most unbelievable game I have ever played (in) or seen,” said Cabrera. “I’m really proud of my teammates. “When we were down, we got together and we had to pull it out. Here we are – we’re going to the postseason.”
The Twins after the winning run came in had 21 hours to get ready and travel to New York for their opening ALDS game against the Yankees. This year New York has dominated the Twins, defeating them in all seven regular season contests. Yankees ace pitcher CC Sabathia will be starting for New York against Minnesota’s Brian Duensing. Tickets for this series are now available!
New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez heading into their last regular season game needed two home runs and seven more RBI’s to top the list of most consecutive 30 HR 100 RBI seasons. In the sixth inning alone he did just that. A-Rod nailed a three-run shot and a grand slam all in the same inning to earn his record over Manny Ramirez, Babe Ruth, and Jimmie Foxx as the Yankees went on to dominate the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 last night at Tropicana Field.
Rodriguez thought his year by year streak would end yesterday, saying “I just didn’t think it was realistic at all, so therefore it wasn’t even a goal.” Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira was glad to see most everyone in the lineup contributing to their 10-run sixth inning. “It was awesome. That was a great inning for him and for the team,” he said. “It’s good to have a nice offensive output like that the last game of the season and give us some momentum.”
New York will have to wait and see who they will play host to first for their upcoming ALDS series. The Twins and Tigers are set to play a tiebreaker tomorrow night in Minnesota for the AL Central division.
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With less than a week left in this year’s regular season, most playoff bound teams have already clinched their spots. The New York Yankees look like they’ll be staying at the top of the league with 102 wins. Clinching the AL East Division this past weekend, they should expect to face the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers in the first round, unless the Minnesota Twins string a big set of wins together. The Tigers are currently 84-73 and lead Minnesota by two games.
The Boston Red Sox with a Texas Rangers loss were just able to earn the AL Wild Card. They are set to face the LA Angels of Anaheim who will finish as the AL West leaders. The matchup will mark the fourth ALDS meeting between the two teams. In 2004 and 2007 the Sox swept the Angels in the initial series on their way to win the World Series. Anaheim was able to avoid the sweep in last year’s contest but the Sox still took care of business in four games.
The American League playoff picture is pretty much set in stone. With the Yankees on a tear and Boston’s previous ALDS history against the Angels, it is very likely for another Sox/Yanks ALCS showdown in the near future. However, if Tigers ace Justin Verlander can shut down New York in one of the first two games it could be anyone’s series. The Angels despite years past have the upper hand on the Red Sox in 2009, winning 5 out of their nine games played. Don’t miss out on the most exciting baseball to come all year.
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Red Sox ace Josh Beckett struck out six over seven innings and allowed just three hits, as Boston went on to convincingly defeat the Detroit Tigers 8-2 Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Beckett’s performance led him to his 14th win, and kept the Sox at 5 1/2 games back in the AL East standings. “It’s a blast to play behind him.” said Jason Bay after the game. “He has Cy Young stuff. Every team needs that guy — that stopper, that ace. Right now, he’s that and then some.” Bay helped get things going on the offensive end with a two-run shot over the monster in the bottom of the third.
Kevin Youkilis was out after being suspended for five-games for charging the mound Tuesday night. Even with Youk out, the Sox didn’t miss a beat knowing Mike Lowell was back in the lineup. Lowell started the run production early for Boston in the second with a solo homerun. After Bays homer the Red Sox really put it away in the fifth inning, scoring five more runs and never looking back.
Boston will look to close the series at home with a win today at 1:35 pm, before heading to Texas for a three-game series against the Rangers.
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