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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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Lou Gehrig, the man who was once a permanent fixture in the New York Yankees lineup, now has a permanent place on the Major League calendar. June 2 will hereby be known as “Lou Gehrig Day,” Major League Baseball announced Thursday. The annual, league-wide event will be a time not only to honor and celebrate
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Evan Petzold | Detroit Free Press  LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch wants everyone to understand there’s a bright future ahead for one of his top prospects. He believes this player is important to keep in mind for now and in the future. Third baseman Isaac Paredes — ranked No. 6 in the farm system by MLB
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LAKELAND, Fla. — Daniel Norris said after his first outing of the spring Wednesday that he wants to work on his curveball in camp. Asked if he’s working on anything in particular with it, he was matter of fact. “I mean, honestly, I realized I threw one last year,” the Tigers’ left-hander said. No, he
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Wander Franco’s first hit of the year was fit for a crowned prince. Franco had been 0-for-5 through his first two spring games before digging in against Miguel Yajure in the second inning. The 20-year-old shortstop smashed the offering over the right-field fence. Batting seventh and getting the start at short, Franco added a single
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