Mar 18, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez (27) makes a play against the New York Mets in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Links: SS options, Mike & Mike in Detroit, Davis scratched again & Fielder has no regrets


Detroit Tigers rumors: shortstop edition – Joe White, ISportsWeb

Here is the list of names that have already popped up in one form or another, listed by category:

Internal options – Eugenio Suarez, Hernan Perez, and Danny Worth

Free agents – Stephen Drew

Trade candidates – Chris Owings, DiDi Gregorius and Cliff Pennington (all from Arizona), Nick Franklin (Seattle), Tyler Pastornicky (Atlanta), Pete Kozma (St. Louis)

I guess I can be considered “Team Eugenio Suarez.” He’s played well this spring and I can’t imagine any of these guys on this list not on the roster providing an immediate upgrade. Even if it is Perez or Worth, who have played decent in the spring but have struggled at the plate in their big league appearances, it would still be preferable than throwing away a draft pick or a promising prospect.

ESPN show ‘Mike and Mike’ to broadcast Detroit Tigers Opening Day festivities live from Ford Field – Eric Lacy, MLive

The special March 31 appearance to kick off the Detroit Tigers’ baseball season at Comerica Park was confirmed Monday by Detroit Sports 105.1 FM on its Twitter page. Hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic are expected to broadcast their show 6-10 a.m. from Ford Field as part of their 2014 Baseball Tour.

Doors for the show open at 5 a.m. The Ford Field parking deck, and other nearby parking locations will be available for fans.

Perhaps the Bronx and Boston were booked for that day? Seriously though, its pretty awesome to see ESPN setting aside its unapologetic East Coast bias to tell the rest of the world what we know–Detroit has the best Opening Day traditions in baseball. Although there is probably an ulterior motive here. Mike and Mike are aired on the fledgling sports station, 105.1 FM, that has struggled in the ratings against 97.1. This helps build awareness.

Rajai Davis scratched from second straight game due to tight hamstring – James Schmehl, MLive

For the second straight day, Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis has been scratched from the lineup due to tightness in his right hamstring. He was initially penciled to start in left field and bat leadoff today, but will be held out once again as a precautionary measure. Davis will be given four days of rest, and is expected to return to the lineup Friday. The Tigers are off Wednesday and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Davis won’t play Thursday.

It may be just preemptive and Davis may have seen action had this been a week of regular season games, but with the Dirks and Iglesias disasters compounded with the concerns with Anibal Sanchez‘s shoulder, this is not news anyone wanted to hear right now.

Prince Fielder hopes Detroit Tigers win division, doesn’t regret his word choices in ALCS – James Jahnke, Detroit Free Press

“I hope they win their division and have a great year,” Fielder told yahoo.com. “Unfortunately if they play us in the playoffs they might lose. If I didn’t say that, I’d be playing for the wrong team, wouldn’t I? I hope they have a great year. It’s a great bunch of guys, a great team.”

Fielder also said he doesn’t regret his infamous, “It’s over, bro,” declaration that ticked of Tigers fans after his poor showing in the American League Championship Series loss to the Boston Red Sox. The resulting fallout seemingly greased the skids for his departure from town.

“I don’t regret it,” Fielder told the site. “I don’t think it mattered what I said, to be honest. If I was upset about it, I would’ve been a crybaby. There was nothing I could’ve said, so I just said the truth. I like to stick to the truth. It works for me.”

It’s fitting Fielder doesn’t regret the callous “It’s over, bro” statement as the majority of Tigers fans don’t regret Prince heading all points south. G’luck, bro.

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  • http://tomaroonandgold.blogspot.com Matt Snyder

    I’m sad Fielder is gone. I liked the guy (still do). I truly hope fans can cheer him when the Rangers come to town this year, booing would reflect very poorly on the town.

    • Matt Pelc

      If given the chance, I wont boo him (I just am not a booer–as a former season ticket holder for the Lions, I find burying my head in my hand in disgust and disbelief is more effective for me than booing the home team) but I won’t cheer him either. If the guy didn’t want to be here, than I’m not sorry he’s not here.