April 19, 2013 |
Torii Hunter's first at-bat in Angel Stadium on Friday night was delayed by a standing ovation, which the Detroit Tigers right fielder acknowledged by waving his helmet. When Hunter took his position in the first inning, fans in the right-field bleachers rose in unison, one row of spectators holding up a large “THANK U TORII” sign. For Hunter, who hit .286 with 105 homers and 432 runs batted in during a five-year stint with the Angels in which he was also the heart and soul of the club, it wasn't just about appreciation.
April 18, 2013 |
The Angels take a major league-worst 5.43 earned-run average into Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers, but pitching is by no means the only problem for an underachieving club that has won only four of 14 games. The offense has posted some decent numbers, hitting .268 (fourth in the American League) with a .326 on-base percentage (sixth) and .419 slugging percentage (third), but hasn't produced much in the clutch. The Angels are batting a major league-low .155 (16 for 103)
March 29, 2013 |
Not that the Dodgers are pinching pennies these days, but the cost of retaining Clayton Kershaw just went up. Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreed Friday on a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $140 million, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. That is an average of $28 million per year, with an option for a sixth year at $22 million. What does this mean for Kershaw and the Dodgers? Verlander and Kershaw would have been the crown jewels in free agency after the 2014 season.
February 12, 2013 |
Remember that chalky pink piece of gum that used to come in every pack of baseball cards? Well you might want to steer away from the one Topps would have to make to match the Prince Fielder card it unveiled Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla. At 275 pounds, Fielder, who plays for the Detroit Tigers, is a big guy under normal circumstances. But his new baseball card is of Ruthian proportions, measuring approximately 90 feet tall and 60 feet wide, making it the largest baseball card ever made, according to Topps.
February 7, 2013 |
Clayton Kershaw had a great day Thursday, no matter what he did. The bar for his next contract was set even higher, with Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners agreeing on a seven-year, $175-million deal. That could put Kershaw in position to become the first pitcher in baseball history with a $200-million contract. Kershaw, 24, the Dodgers' ace, is two years younger than Hernandez and two years from free agency. Hernandez won the American League Cy Young Award in 2010 and finished second in 2009; Kershaw won the NL Cy Young Award in 2011 and finished second in 2012.
December 5, 2012 |
NASHVILLE -- The Detroit Tigers say they have no interest in closer Rafael Soriano. The agent for Soriano refuses to believe it. Soriano opted out of a contract with the New York Yankees that would have guaranteed him $14 million next season. With major-market teams either set for a closer or reluctant to spend big money to sign one, Boras has not yet found a team to give Soriano the expected multiyear contract. The Tigers, who bid farewell to Jose Valverde after his disastrous postseason, say their closer will be 21-year-old rookie Bruce Rondon.