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St. Petersburg, Fla. — The look on Michael Fulmer’s face Wednesday afternoon when pitching coach Chris Fetter sauntered out to the mound was priceless. Fulmer, protecting a three-run lead, pitched a clean, 14-pitch eighth and had just won a 10-pitch battle striking out Jace Peterson for the second out in the ninth. “What the (bleep) are you
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By Steve Kornacki |  Special to The Detroit News Detroit — Tigers rookie right-hander Matt Manning left the mound after six innings pounding his glove with a look of satisfaction. He pounded his hand into his glove while walking back to the dugout congratulations. Manning outdueled Milwaukee Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff, whose 2.48 ERA ranked fourth in MLB,
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By Steve Kornacki |  Special to The Detroit News Detroit — The Tigers have displayed some real extra-inning magic with back-to-back 11th-inning walk-off wins against teams that are runaway winners in their divisions. Detroit also improved to 12-7 in extra-inning games and only Seattle, with 13 wins, has more in extras. Tigers manager AJ Hinch was
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By Brandon Rothenberg |  Special to The Detroit News At the flip of a switch, everything just seemed to click for Nick Plummer. Now 25 years old, the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals first-round draft pick out of Birmingham Brother Rice finally has found his groove at the plate, last month earning a promotion to Triple-A Memphis. He’s hitting .292
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By Ronald Blum |  Associated Press New York — The Seattle Mariners will host baseball’s 2023 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park. The team announced a news conference for Thursday at Seattle’s Space Needle with baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. The purpose of the news conference is to announce that Seattle will be the site of the 2023 All-Star Game,
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Detroit — You understand the rationale behind the shortened starts. With limited work in the pandemic-truncated 2020 season, workloads have to be managed carefully this season and both Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal have quadrupled their innings over last year. But, man, it would’ve been fun to see Skubal keep pitching on Sunday. “Yeah, he was great,”
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Detroit — Already, Tigers skipper AJ Hinch is getting tired of the “Little Engine That Could” narrative. How about the “Little Engine That Did?” The Tigers were down to their final strike Sunday when Jeimer Candelario blasted his second home run of the game, a two-run shot off reliever Andrew Kittredge to tie the game at
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By the final month of most professional baseball seasons — big-league, or minors — a ballplayer typically ticks downward. Numbers fall. Energy ebbs. Fatigue sets in. Ryan Kreidler has pulled an end-around. Ignore a .253 batting average in July, and Kreidler each month since June has raised his hitting numbers, which is how you win promotions from
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Detroit — The Tigers aren’t completely closing the door on Matthew Boyd pitching again this season, but the odds are stacked hard against that happening. “He’s going to see doctors next week,” manager AJ Hinch said Saturday. “He is scheduled to see Dr. (Keith) Meister in Dallas and then we’ll get further evaluations and opinions and
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Baseball Hall-of-Famer and Bally Sports Detroit color analyst Jack Morris was back in the booth Friday, marking the end of a 10-game suspension for seemingly imitating an Asian accent during an at-bat by Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani in August. Before the baseball began, though, the former Tiger still had a little cleaning up to do. Morris,
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