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TAMPA, Fla. — No, Spencer Torkelson’s first start at third base this Spring Training did not include a can of corn. That would’ve been too easy. Instead, his first inning on Friday in the Tigers’ 1-1 draw with the Yankees actually put some heat into the hot corner. For someone who was looking to put
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Evan Petzold   | Detroit Free Press Show Caption Hide Caption Detroit Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull reacts to first spring training start Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull talks Thursday, March 4, 2021, about his first spring training outing. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press LAKELAND, Fla. — There were plenty of options for Nomar Mazara, a 25-year-old outfielder
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Chris McCosky | The Detroit News Lakeland, Fla. — You really need to be careful about making hard and fast judgments about players off a small sample size. Especially in baseball, where the normal measuring base is 162 games. Take new Tigers outfielder Nomar Mazara as a case study. From 2016 through 2019 with the Rangers, he averaged
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Evan Petzold | Detroit Free Press LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers utility infielder Greg Garcia is feeling déjà vu. He recalls playing for the 2019 San Diego Padres, a team that finished at the bottom of the National League West. One year later, with some noteworthy acquisitions, the Padres surged to the NLDS, snapping a 13-year playoff drought.
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Evan Petzold | Detroit Free Press LAKELAND, Fla. — There are high hopes for Spencer Torkelson, the Detroit Tigers‘ prized prospect and 2020 No. 1 overall draft pick. After watching him crush a barrage of home runs with a smooth swing at Arizona State it makes you wonder what will happen next. Steamrolling through the minor leagues? Reaching
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Today’s game revolves around power, no question, on the mound and at the plate. Pitchers are throwing faster than ever and hitters are smacking the ball harder than ever. The last full season in 2019 produced a record 6,776 homers and 2020’s shortened schedule featured 1.28 per team game, the second-highest average in history. Baseball
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Evan Petzold | Detroit Free Press LAKELAND, Fla. — A new face entered the Detroit Tigers‘ spring training facility as the team prepared for its matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays: Outfielder Nomar Mazara, and it won’t be long before he slides into the lineup. The 25-year-old battled a lengthy delay for travel and work visa issues while attempting
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Evan Petzold | Detroit Free Press LAKELAND, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers won, 8-2, against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers improved to 3-2 in Grapefruit League play. What happened The game only lasted seven innings — this is expected to be the final shortened contest for the Tigers
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LAKELAND, Fla. — The early scouting reports from Spencer Torkelson’s first Spring Training are in: 70-grade power, 80-grade sense of humor and humility. “I think everyone goes through it every now and then,” the Tigers’ top prospect said of his pratfalls. “But I chose a pretty good time to do it, the first week of
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