The Detroit Tigers lineup saw a new name in it on Tuesday night, and luckily for Detroit, it paid made a difference.
First baseman Marc Krauss, who was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday afternoon, hit a home run in his first at-bat as a member of the Tigers. His solo shot gave Detroit a, 3-0, lead in the second inning.
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The first two runs of Tuesday’s game came from third baseman Nick Castellanos, who hit a two-run bomb in the at-bat just before Krauss. Tuesday was the second straight day Castellanos had gone deep in Seattle.
Castellanos recorded his first four-hit game on Monday, which raised his average over the last 10 games to over .400.
Finally, there has been a lot of discussion on MCB on whether the Detroit Tigers will be buyers or sellers. Presuming they are indeed buyers, The Detroit News has a list of starters the Tigers will chasing at the deadline.
"The Tigers claimed Krauss off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday and added him to the roster Tuesday afternoon. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus inserted him into the starting lineup at first base and in the seventh spot.Krauss brought a .192 career average in 365 at-bats in the majors to the Tigers. He has shown some pop — he now has 12 career home runs — but had not posted good offensive numbers in any of his brief stints in the majors.Krauss has a .279 average with 82 home runs in 2,081 at-bats in seven seasons in the minors."
"On Monday, he recorded his first career four-hit game. He hit his first home run since May 21 and recorded a key two-RBI single in the sixth inning of the Tigers’ 12-5 win. He had hit safely in 11 of the past 12 games entering Tuesday and was hitting .400 in his past 10 games.On Tuesday, he continued his hot streak with a two-run home run in the second inning.“I’m a pretty relaxed guy, so I have that down,” he said. “Now it’s just get good pitches to hit and swing.”Castellanos is hitting .245 with five home runs in his sophomore season."
Look for Tigers to chase one of these starters – Lynn Henning, The Detroit News
"This season is different for the Tigers only in that there is debate about which path the Tigers should pursue. Do they go for broke and add a starter, even if the team is deprived of an injured Miguel Cabrera for the next month or more?Or, should they resign themselves to 2015 not being their year and, rather than add a pitcher, begin selling off valuable parts for potentially valuable returns, which, in their case, would include advertising the very starter, Price, they spent heavily in snaring last July?Expect the Tigers to go a single route Dombrowski and his boss, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, will almost certainly favor as long as the divisional math supports it — shooting for the playoffs, which means a starting pitcher is all but guaranteed for Comerica Park sometime this month."