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One Down…161 To Go For The Tigers

There’s always something special about opening day in Detroit. The fans who start arriving in the middle of the night for their tailgate parties. The signs and tents popping up all over downtown. The green grass and perfectly groomed field at Comerica Park. The optimism and enthusiasm that the Tigers will win it all.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/06/2012

Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a game-tying RBI single in the 10th inning to score Jon Jay #19 during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Rangers vs. Cardinals: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Game 6

Let’s take a behind-the-numbers look at the 2011 season’s dramatic penultimate contest.

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Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates in the locker room after winning the American League Central Division in a game against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum on September 16, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Credit: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

World Series Bound And Pickin’ Up Steam

1968. 1984. 2006. Those years marked very special seasons for the Detroit Tigers. Now, you can include 2011 with that list of outstanding Tiger teams.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/18/2011

Relief pitcher Jose Valverde (File photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Put The Champagne On Ice

Get ready to pop the cork on your Dom Perignon. Better make it a Miller Lite. This is baseball, after all. And besides, who can afford a $500 bottle of champagne? The Tigers are about to celebrate their first division title since 1987.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/11/2011

Justine Verlander gets his 20th win as Tigers beat the Twins. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

20 The Magic Number?

He did it. Justin Verlander has now won 20 games, the first Tiger pitcher to achieve that feat since Bill Gullickson did it in 1991. And tell the truth, would you have known the answer to that trivia question?

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/28/2011

Brandon Inge #15 of the Detroit Tigers rubs the dirt during the game against the Kansas City Royals on July 7, 2011. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Brandon Inge: Class Act

I know. The big news of the weekend was the Tigers thrilling sweep over the Cleveland Indians. But lost in that excitement is the call up of Third Baseman Brandon Inge. After being exiled to Toledo for the past month, Inge made his triumphant return to the Tigers lineup Saturday night, when he promptly responded with a homerun in his first at bat back in Detroit.


CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 9: Starting pitcher Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 9, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Was Tiger Trade A Dud?

t’s still early. But so far, the results of the Tigers trade with the Seattle Mariners are mixed, at best. The Baltimore Orioles hit Doug Fister early and often on Sunday, as he allowed eight runs in his second straight loss since joining the Tigers. Meantime, rookie Charlie Furbush, who the Tigers traded away for Fister in a six player deal, allowed just one run to the hard-hitting Boston Red Sox, to pick up his third win.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/14/2011


Stocks Tumble..But The Tigers Are Riding High

These are the “Dog Days” of summer for Major League Baseball , when teams that were riding high in the spring are fading under the hot July and August skies. And as we move into the second week of August, the Tigers are riding high in first place in the American League Central, with a four game lead over second place Cleveland .

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/08/2011


Next Stop for Justin Verlander: Cy Young?

Whenever you hear about a matchup of two of the best pitchers in baseball, the game rarely lives up to the hype. Sunday’s game at Comerica Park pitting Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander against the Angels’ Jered Weaver was the exception. Both pitchers were sensational. But Verlander was better.


Victor Martinez Detroit Tigers. (Getty Images File)

Is It Deja Vu All Over Again For The Tigers?

At least it wasn’t a sweep. The Tigers managed to salvage one game of their their three game series with the White Sox, thanks to some clutch hitting by Victor Martinez and excellent work by the bullpen. Some thought the Tigers paid too much for Martinez, signed by the team as a free agent in the offseason. But he has turned out to be worth the investment, unlike some other high priced players signed by other teams, like Adam Dunn, who has been a dud for the White Sox and has become the subject of nearly constant booing by fans in Chicago.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/17/2011