Jun 30, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain (44) during the national anthem before the game against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Links: Joba's NYC return, David Price wants to fit in, Mario Impemba honored

Detroit Tigers’ Joba Chamberlain has no ill feelings about returning to New York – George Sipple, Detroit Free Press

Chamberlain does want to face former teammate and friend Derek Jeter at least one in the seven games the Tigers and Yankees will play. The Tigers begin a four-game series in New York tonight and the Yankees visit Comerica Park for three games, Aug. 26-28.

“I hope I get one chance to face him,” Chamberlain. “I would like the chance to face him, not only as being his teammate, also being his friend, but also (him) being one of the greatest players to ever play this game. I would like to have that one at-bat, just to get that head nod that I’ve seen for so long. He’s going to head nod me, I’m going to stick my tongue out at him.”

Joba has not experienced the best of numbers as of late, but here is hoping a return to his old stomping grounds for the first time will be motivation to get back to the dominant form we are used to this season. Of course Yankees’ fans may not recognize Joba, now that he has become a lumberjack in his spare time.

 

Price wants to fit in with Tigers, throw well – Jason Beck, MLB.com

Price knows the expectations the Tigers face, and he knows the expectations the Tigers have for him. It’s not something he wants to worry about. Pressure, Price said more than once in his 20-minute session with Detroit media, is perceived.

“It does add a little bit of pressure,” he said, “but in Tampa I was looked at as the difference-maker as well — not only the difference-maker, but just the leader of the staff. This staff, there’s five leaders, I feel like, with the way that these guys are throwing the baseball. I guess if Rick Porcello is our five, that’s pretty remarkable, the way he’s thrown the ball this year as well.

“I don’t add any extra pressure on myself. Like I said before, pressure is perceived. If I can go out there, first and foremost, I want to have fun on the baseball field. Whenever you lose sight of that, it really turns into a job, and then it’s not a whole lot of fun even if you are throwing the ball well. I want to go out there and have fun, enjoy my teammates, enjoy the environment, just help this team win.”

Price looked like he was fitting in pretty well Sunday morning. A very active Tweeter, Price, and his dog “Astro” are one of the more comical athletes on Twitter. Among the topics he touched on were how the Tigers’ fashion oneupmanship has him feeling like his clothes were purchased at Dollar General and that his dog will soon be soaking in the rays (no pun intended) in Detroit.

 

Detroit Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba honored with Ty Tyson Award – Sipple

Mario Impemba, the television voice of the Detroit Tigers, was honored with the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in SportsBroadcasting by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association in a ceremony prior to Sunday’s game at Comerica Park.

I think we are awfully lucky as baseball fans in Detroit. Many of us grew up on Ernie Harwell and now we have two of the best play-by-play guys in baseball doing radio and television. Its seamless really, if you gotta leave the TV and tune to the radio in the car, or vice versa, it is a seemless transition. Excellence in both booths.

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