Detroit Tigers: Sunday 4/22 News and Notes
Here at The Corner, we round up Detroit Tigers news and rumors around the Tigers blogosphere so that you don’€™t spend hours surfing the web searching.
The Detroit Tigers dropped the finale against the Kansas City Royals as they fell 8-5. Francisco Liriano pitched a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a solo home run to Whitt Merrifield. The Royals would score 5 runs total to take the lead.
The Tigers would respond, however in the sixth and tie up the game. That would be as close they got however as they squandered a 2-0 lead to split the series played at Comerica Park. Alex Wilson gave up a grand slam in what was a bad performance from the bullpen on Sunday.
Liriano, Daniel Norris, and Mike Fiers all had solid outings against the Royals. According to Kurt Mensching, the secret to the starting rotations success so far has been the slider. This weekend showed that the Tigers are fun to watch so far. As Katie Strang, of the Athletic, points out, the lack of expectations for the season has contributed to baseball in Detroit being enjoyable.
JaCoy Jones has been playing surprisingly well so far this season. According to beat writer Anthony Fenech his confidence has been a driving factor in how well he has been playing so far this season.
The Detroit Tigers and Michael Fulmer gave a Make-A-Wish recipient a day to remember. The Detroit Free Press had a full write-up on the day and you’ll need some tissues handy if you plan on reading the article.
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Tigers prospect Kyle Funkhouser struck out nine batters while playing for Double-A Erie Seawolves. Pitching prospects for the Tigers have been solid so far this year, as Matt Manning struck out five batters in his debut for the West Michigan Whitecaps.
The Tigers are headed to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. They have tomorrow off but start the three-game series on Tuesday. As Free Press writer George Sipple points out, the Tigers bench will be a disadvantage for the Tigers playing against an NL Team.