Chase Field

Detroit Tigers logo




Final Score




Arizona Diamondbacks logo

News & Analysis

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Arizona Diamondbacks

Javier Baez's slam carries Tigers past Diamondbacks

June 25, 2022, 4:37 AM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

Javier Baez continued his hot streak by belting a grand slam to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night at Phoenix.

Robbie Grossman hit a run-scoring double and Jeimer Candelario had two hits for Detroit, which snapped a three-game slide and won for just the third time in its past 12 games.

Baez has slugged four homers in the past six games after enduring a deep slump in his first season with the club. He signed a six-year, $140 million deal as a free agent in the offseason.

Arizona lost its fourth straight game and fifth in its past six contests. The Diamondbacks had three hits, all singles.

Detroit's Rony Garcia (2-2) gave up one run and three hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.

Four relievers combined to no-hit the Diamondbacks over the final 3 2/3 innings. Alex Lange got two outs in the sixth, Michael Fulmer worked the seventh, Andrew Chafin pitched a perfect eighth and Gregory Soto fanned two in a flawless ninth.

Arizona's Merrill Kelly (6-5) gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Detroit loaded the bases to start the third on consecutive singles by Eric Haase, Victor Reyes and Riley Greene.

Baez came up and unloaded on a belt-high curveball by Kelly and sent it 459 feet into the stands in left-center field. It was Baez's team-best seventh homer of the season.

Arizona got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Christian Walker and David Peralta singled with one out and Walker scored on Josh Rojas' sacrifice fly.

Detroit tacked on a run in the eighth inning. Miguel Cabrera singled off Sean Poppen with one out, and pinch runner Willi Castro scored from first on Grossman's double to deep left that landed just inside the foul line.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox

Javier Baez, Tigers look for hot start against D-backs

June 24, 2022, 2:43 AM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

Javier Baez was supposed to provide a big jolt to the Detroit Tigers' offense but instead has been the poster boy for another poor baseball season in Motown.

Suddenly, though, Baez appears ready to emerge from a season-long slumber at the plate. He will look for his fourth straight multi-hit game on Friday when the Tigers open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

The two-time All-Star, who signed a six-year, $140 million deal as a free agent in the offseason, went 7-for-12 with two homers, two doubles, one triple and three RBIs as Detroit was swept in three games by the Boston Red Sox earlier this week.

The spree raised Baez's average from .194 to .216 and gave manager A.J. Hinch hope that an extended hot streak is underway.

"I think his at-bats are very encouraging," Hinch said. "I mean, obviously, we've seen him do a little bit of everything so far in his time here with us. But when he is selective, and when he does go after pitches that he can handle, he does a lot of damage. And he's doing it to all fields."

Baez has belted three homers over the past five games, which raises his total to six. That meager output is tied for the team lead with Jonathan Schoop, which helps display the club's problems. Detroit ranks last in the big league with just 38 long balls.

The Tigers also rank last in the majors in runs (198). Hot-shot rookie Spencer Torkelson (.191 average, four homers) has been overmatched and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera (.299, three blasts) no longer packs a power bat.

So, the pressure is on Baez to produce.

"I think what encourages me is the track record. He's been very good for a very long time," Hinch said of Baez, who has four 20-homer seasons in his career. "The inconsistencies have been his battle, but he's very talented and very dangerous as a hitter, and he's carried teams for months at a time."

The Diamondbacks are also coming off being swept, as they dropped three road games against the San Diego Padres.

Christian Walker homered in Arizona's 10-4 loss on Wednesday, his third long ball in the past four games. Walker leads the team with 19 blasts and has produced three two-hit outings in the four-game stretch.

Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta (back tightness) could be ready to return after missing the San Diego series.

Arizona's highlight in the series came Wednesday when ace Madison Bumgarner recorded his 2,000th career strikeout.

"It's special for sure," Bumgarner said. "I'm not taking that for granted. I'm thankful for the opportunity to do that. This game has been around for a long time, and not many people have been able to do that."

Right-hander Merrill Kelly (6-4, 3.46 ERA) will start for the Diamondbacks in the series opener against Detroit. He has won three of his four starts this month.

Kelly gave up one run and five hits over seven innings while beating the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Two starts earlier, he tossed six innings of one-hit shutout ball in a win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Kelly, 33, has served up just four homers in 78 innings. He yielded 21 in 158 frames last year.

This will be Kelly's first career start against the Tigers. He has struck out Baez five times in 10 at-bats when the latter was in the National League. Baez does have two singles against Kelly.

Detroit will counter with right-hander Rony Garcia (1-2, 4.97), who will be making his sixth start and 14th appearance of the season. Garcia has struck out 41 and walked just nine in 38 innings.

However, he also has served up eight homers, including two in his latest outing on Saturday when he beat the Texas Rangers. The 24-year-old allowed four runs (three earned) and five hits in six innings.

Garcia has never faced the Diamondbacks in his three major league seasons.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres

Dodgers acquire OF Trayce Thompson from Tigers

June 20, 2022, 10:37 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson from the Detroit Tigers on Monday to help bolster their outfield in the wake of Mookie Betts' injury, multiple outlets reported.

The Tigers received cash considerations in the trade, per the reports.

The Dodgers will mark Thompson's third organization since the start of the season. He started the campaign with San Diego, going 1-for-14 before he was granted free agency on May 14 and signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on May 19.

Thompson, 31, is batting .305 with 17 home runs and 36 RBIs with an OPS of 1.085 at Triple-A this season.

He's a career .205 hitter with 26 HRs in 223 big league games with five teams, including the Dodgers (2016-17), when he hit 14 home runs in 107 games. He is the younger brother of the Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, who won his fourth NBA title last week.

Betts went on the injured list Sunday with a cracked right rib, that happened Wednesday in a collision with teammate Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers used infielder Eddy Alvarez in right field Sunday and he was unable to make a key play near the foul line in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Guardians scored two runs for a 5-3 victory.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

D-backs SS Nick Ahmed chooses to have shoulder surgery

June 14, 2022, 12:58 AM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed plans to undergo right shoulder surgery in hopes of returning to the team at some point this season, manager Torey Lovullo told reporters Monday.

Ahmed was put on Arizona's 60-day injured list last week after playing in just 17 games thus far this season.

Shoulder troubles have been a theme for Ahmed, who played much of the 2021 season despite being plagued with lingering issues. He was placed on the IL in the season's final week with inflammation in his throwing arm.

Ahmed, 32, is hitting .231 with three home runs and seven RBIs this season. He has been the D-backs' primary starting shortstop since 2018. In 2019, he put up a career-high 19 homers and 82 RBIs.

Since entering the big leagues in 2014 with Arizona, Ahmed owns a .236/.290/.382 batting line with 68 home runs and 305 RBIs in 816 games.

Geraldo Perdomo, 22, has already gotten 43 starts at shortstop this season in helping fill in for Ahmed, who also missed time dealing with shoulder pain at the start of this season and landed on the COVID-19 list in mid-May.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros

Tigers P Eduardo Rodriguez on restricted list for 'personal' reasons

June 13, 2022, 9:32 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, the Detroit Tigers' offseason free-agent splash, will be away from the team for personal reasons for an unspecified amount of time.

"Eduardo Rodriguez has informed the Club that due to personal matters he will not rejoin the team at this time. As a result, Eduardo has been placed on the restricted list until further notice," said a statement issued Monday by general manager Al Avila.

Rodriguez, who signed a five-year, $77 million contract in November, has been on the injured list since May 22 with a left ribcage strain but seemingly was nearing a return. He threw four scoreless innings on Thursday at Triple-A Toledo in a rehab outing.

He will not receive his salary nor will he accrue MLB service time while on the restricted list. He also doesn't count toward the 40-man roster.

Manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that he couldn't offer any additional information, such as the reason for the personal leave. He knew Rodriguez was headed to the restricted list.

"The statement is what it is," Hinch said.

"The restricted list part is the relationship with the player and the organization," Hinch added. "I knew he wasn't going to make his start, and he wasn't going to pitch in the minor leagues or the major leagues at this time. This was inevitable."

Rodriguez, 29, has started eight games for the Tigers and is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA on the season. He's given up 26 runs (19 earned) in 39 innings.

He joined the Tigers after six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, where he compiled a 64-39 record and a 4.16 ERA in 159 games (153 starts).

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Arizona Republic

D-backs reinstate RHP Luke Weaver from 60-day IL

June 12, 2022, 3:40 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated right-hander Luke Weaver from the 60-day injured list on Sunday.

He hasn't pitched for Arizona since Opening Day on April 7 when he allowed one run on three hits in 2/3 of an inning against the San Diego Padres. He went on the injured list with right elbow inflammation.

Weaver, 28, made two rehab appearances (one start) at Triple-A Reno and allowed two runs on six hits over six innings.

He owns a career record of 23-35 with a 4.66 ERA in 90 games (80 starts) with the St. Louis Cardinals (2016-18) and Diamondbacks.

Arizona also optioned right-hander Edwin Uceta to Reno after Saturday night's 4-0 loss in Philadelphia and designated infielder Drew Ellis for assignment.

Uceta, 24, has no decisions and a 5.00 ERA in four relief appearances (nine innings) with the Diamondbacks this season.

Ellis, 26, was 2-for-13 (.154) with a double and an RBI in six games for Arizona.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Arizona Republic

Diamondbacks activate C Carson Kelly from injured list

June 11, 2022, 4:49 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated catcher Carson Kelly from the 10-day injured list on Saturday.

Kelly, 27, was placed on the list on May 8 with a strained left oblique.

He is batting .105 with one RBI and 20 strikeouts in 20 games this season. He is a career .220 hitter with 36 homers and 123 RBIs in 331 games with the St. Louis Cardinals and Diamondbacks.

Kelly will take the roster spot made available after outfielder Cooper Hummel was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Arizona's 7-5 loss to the host Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

Tigers RHP Casey Mize to have Tommy John surgery

June 10, 2022, 10:00 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers right-hander Casey Mize will have Tommy John elbow surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Manager A.J. Hinch said Friday the procedure to repair Mize's right ulnar collateral ligament will occur "pretty soon."

Mize, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, has been on the injured list since April 15 with a right elbow strain.

The 25-year-old finishes the season 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts. Since making his Detroit debut in 2020, he is 7-13 with a 4.29 ERA in 39 starts.

Dr. Keith Meister, the team physician for the Texas Rangers, determined Mize needed surgery even though the ligament is not torn.

"Dr. Meister has diagnosed him with a stretched ligament that's lost its elasticity and functionality inside his elbow," Hinch said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "Any of the exams we've had, it's shown an intact ligament, which is true. But the symptoms continue to recur."

Mize has started two throwing programs since landing on the IL. Both times, however, he was shut down due to soreness.

The typical recovery time from Tommy John surgery ranges from 12 to 18 months.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Detroit Tigers

Tigers activate OF Robbie Grossman from injured list

June 10, 2022, 7:24 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers reinstated Robbie Grossman from the 10-day injured list on Friday and placed fellow outfielder Daz Cameron on the injured list.

Grossman, who had been sidelined with a neck sprain, was scheduled to bat in the lead-off position during Friday's game against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

The 32-year-old Grossman is off to a slow start this season, batting .199 with 10 RBIs in 42 games. He is a .247 career hitter with 73 homers and 331 RBIs in 924 games over 10 seasons with the Houston Astros (2013-15), Minnesota Twins (2016-18), Oakland Athletics (2019-20) and Tigers.

Detroit didn't designate an injury or time frame for Cameron, who is batting .232 with one homer and eight RBIs in 18 games this season.

Cameron, 25, is hitting .204 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 70 career games with the Tigers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

Tigers place Jeimer Candelario on IL, activate Austin Meadows

June 7, 2022, 8:33 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers placed third baseman Jeimer Candelario on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to a dislocated left shoulder.

The move was retroactive to Monday.

Detroit filled the opening by activating outfielder Austin Meadows from the IL. Meadows (vertigo) last played on May 15.

Meadows is slated to bat fifth and play right field in Tuesday night's road game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Meadows is batting .267 in 28 games but is homerless in 101 at-bats. He smacked 27 last season for the Tampa Bay Rays and hit a career-high 33 for the Rays when he was an All-Star in 2019.

The 27-year-old was acquired by the Tigers shortly before the start of this season.

Candelario was injured while making a diving attempt to snare a line drive in Sunday's loss to the New York Yankees. The ball deflected off his outstretched glove.

The 28-year-old Candelario has struggled with his bat this season, hitting just .181 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 52 games. His five blasts tie for the team lead.

Last season, Candelario tied for the major league lead with 42 doubles. He batted .271 with 16 homers and a career-high 67 RBIs in 149 games.

Candelario is a .240 career hitter with 58 homers and 215 RBIs in 534 games with the Chicago Cubs (2016-17) and Tigers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks

Braves put RHP Collin McHugh on IL

June 7, 2022, 7:23 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves put right-hander Collin McHugh on the injured list Tuesday and reacquired right-hander Jacob Webb from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Athletic reports that McHugh tested positive for COVID-19.

The Braves announced that Webb, acquired for cash considerations, will be available for Tuesday night's game against the visiting Oakland A's.

The Diamondbacks designated Webb for assignment over the weekend. Arizona claimed Webb off waivers April 19 after the Braves DFA'd Webb in the first week of the season.

McHugh, who turns 35 on June 19, is 0-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 21 relief appearances this season. The 10-year veteran is a former 19-game winner for the Houston Astros in 2015.

Webb, 28, was 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA in six games at Triple-A Reno and never made an appearance with the D-backs. He spent most of this minor league season on IL. He went 5-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 34 appearances with the Braves in 2021.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game One-Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Diamondbacks claim Cole Tucker off waivers

June 5, 2022, 7:48 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed recently waived infielder Cole Tucker, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and designated right-handed pitcher Jacob Webb for assignment on Sunday.

Tucker, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Pirates in 2014 who has seen his playing time decrease in recent seasons. Tucker saw 147 at-bats in 56 games as a rookie in 2019, but just 63 at-bats in 18 games this season.

A career .211 hitter, Tucker has five home runs, 18 doubles and 35 RBI over four MLB seasons.

Webb, 28, was 9-4 over three seasons in Atlanta before joining Arizona in April. He has a career 2.47 ERA over 76 2/3 innings pitched in the majors and has posted 71 strikeouts against 31 walks.

--Field Level Media

D-backs RHP Humberto Castellanos (elbow) lands on IL

June 1, 2022, 5:43 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Humberto Castellanos on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with a strained right elbow.

Castellanos, 24, started Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves and allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings. Arizona won the game 8-7 in 10 innings.

Castellanos is 3-2 with a 5.68 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) this season.

The Diamondbacks recalled left-hander Paul Fry from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding transaction. He was acquired in a May 18 trade that sent right-hander Luis Osorio to the Baltimore Orioles.

Fry, 29, appeared in 12 games this season with Baltimore, posting a 6.00 ERA with no decisions.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies

Utility man Kody Clemens, son of Roger, added to Tigers' roster

May 30, 2022, 4:17 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

Utility man Kody Clemens was added to the Detroit Tigers' roster on Monday before the matinee with the Minnesota Twins.

Clemens, 26, plays several positions in the infield and outfield. He is the youngest son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens.

The Detroit News reported Kody Clemens was with his Triple-A Toledo teammates on a bus early Monday when he received the call that he was going to the majors. He got off the bus and made his way to Detroit.

Kody Clemens replaces outfielder Robbie Grossman on the Tigers' roster. Grossman was placed on the injured list with a strained neck.

At Toledo, Clemens was batting .283 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs. A third-round pick in 2018, Clemens was on the MLB roster with the Tigers last season but has not yet appeared in a major-league game.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

Tigers-Guardians rained out, will play July 4 doubleheader

May 27, 2022, 11:25 PM

Photo Credit - USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers' home game against the Cleveland Guardians Friday night was postponed due to inclement weather in the area.

The American League Central rivals will meet up for a split doubleheader on Independence Day. After their originally scheduled game at 1:10 p.m. ET, they will make up Friday's game starting at 6:40 p.m.

Cleveland's Shane Bieber (1-3, 3.55 ERA) was set to oppose Detroit rookie Alex Faedo (1-1, 3.00 ERA) on Friday. Updated pitching plans for Saturday's and Sunday's games were not yet known.

The Tigers won the first game of what was supposed to be a four-game set on Thursday, 4-3, on a walk-off base hit by Miguel Cabrera.

It's already the second time the two teams had a game rained out this season. Their meeting in Cleveland last Saturday was postponed more than three hours before first pitch and rescheduled for July 14.

The Colorado Rockies and host Washington Nationals also saw their originally scheduled game Friday postponed by weather.

--Field Level Media