| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:43 AM
The Sports Xchange
By Rick Kaplan, The Sports Xchange
MLB team-by-team midterm grades
With baseball at the ceremonial midpoint of the season, the biggest overachievers and underachievers are division rivals.
The American League West is home to the...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 11:08 PM
Sports is a star-driven business. In this town, baseball is about Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, about Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig.
But no team wins on star power alone. The supporting cast is critical.
For the everyman in baseball, for the men...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 4:22 PM
The first story line of the exhibition season: Can a college kid upstage the New York Yankees?
No, seriously. The Yankees open the Grapefruit League season Tuesday against Florida State, and the Seminoles' roster includes Heisman Trophy winner Jameis...
| Jul 29, 2012
The Tigers made sure the Blue Jays kept the brooms in the closet.
Jhonny Peralta hit two home runs, and Doug Fister struck out nine in eight innings of work as the Tigers beat the Blue Jays in the series finale at the Rogers Centre.
Peralta hit a three-...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 7:22 PM
Never underestimate Mike Ilitch's appetite for a championship.
While the Tigers loved what they got from Anibal Sanchez a year ago, they didn't have $80 million budgeted to keep him off the free-agent market. But that's what Dave Dombrowski persuaded...
| Jan 14, 2013
SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic — The lanky 15-year-old and I didn't share a full language, but on a breezy, balmy November night, we shared at least two words.
“Junior Lake?” I asked of the man in the home team's batting...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 8:13 PM
The Tigers beat the Royals 6-3 Monday night clinching the American League Central Division title. Detroit will make consecutive playoff appearences for the first time since 1934 and 1935.
Rick Porcello pitched 5 innings to earn his 10th win of the...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 10:54 PM
The Oakland A's forced a Game 5 in the American League Divisional Series, topping the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in game four on Wednesday at Oakland Coliseum.
It seemed like the Tigers would be advancing to their second straight ALCS and have a rested Justin...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 10:02 PM
Jose Valverde could've been the goat. But thankfully for him and the Detroit Tigers, Delmon Young was the hero.
Young hit an RBI double to rightfield that got just got by Nick Swisher to score Miguel Cabrera for the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th...
| Oct 14, 2012
| 4:42 PM
The Tigers left the Big Apple with a big lead in the ALCS.
The Tigers won Game Two of the ALCS over the New York Yankees 3-0 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with the best-of-seven ALCS heading to Detroit for the next three games.
| Oct 23, 2012
| 8:59 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — This is a one-man World Series.
The most valuable players in waiting, Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey, are here. So is Prince Fielder, the only one of baseball's $200-million men still in uniform this season. So is Matt Cain, who...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Bill Plaschke: One of baseball’s strangest traditions -- the champagne party after every postseason series win -- was on display again after the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees in the ALDS, and excuse me if I’m not all bubbly about...