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The would-be All-Star starters remain the same in both leagues, but with only three days left to vote on the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, there are five spots that remain too close to call.

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The would-be All-Star starters remain the same in both leagues, but with only three days left to vote on the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, there are five spots that remain too close to call.

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The Reds’ Scooter Gennett and the Cubs’ Javier Baez are pushing Ozzie Albies of the Braves at second base in the National League, while a pair of Astros — shortstop Carlos Correa and first baseman Yuli Gurriel — are trying to make lates move to take the voting lead at their respective positions in the American League.

Another Houston player, second baseman Jose Altuve, continues to have the highest vote total of any player in either league. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman leads all NL players in votes.

The Red Sox have two players — Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez — in line to start in the AL, while the Braves have three (Albies, Freeman and Nick Markakis) in the NL.

Voting to decide the starters for the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 17 at Washington’s Nationals Park continues until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Here are the latest voting results for both leagues:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

CATCHER
1. Wilson Ramos, Rays: 1,556,195
2. Gary Sanchez, Yankees: 1,116,568
3. Brian McCann, Astros: 961,325
4. Salvador Perez, Royals: 614,492
5. Yan Gomes, Indians: 522,139

There was no movement in the top five this week, though Ramos stretched his lead by about 280,000 votes over Sanchez, who landed on the disabled list with a groin injury. The Rays backstop, whose .290 average and 74 hits are tops among AL catchers, has a commanding lead of nearly 440,000 votes, putting him in good position to earn his first career All-Star start.

FIRST BASE
1. Jose Abreu, White Sox: 1,312,221
2. Yuli Gurriel, Astros: 1,088,068
3. Mitch Moreland, Red Sox: 907,955
4. Albert Pujols, Angels: 688,594
5. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 499,603

Gurriel picked up about 92,000 votes this week, moving within 224,000 of Abreu, whose 50 RBIs continue to be tops among AL first basemen. The rest of the top five remains the same, though this appears to be a two-man race. Moreland, whose .889 OPS leads all AL players at his position, sits in third place.

Video: KC@HOU: Gurriel cracks a grand slam to left field

SECOND BASE
1. Jose Altuve, Astros: 3,405,815
2. Gleyber Torres, Yankees: 997,724
3. Dee Gordon, Mariners: 528,270
4. Jason Kipnis, Indians: 372,885
5. Jed Lowrie, Athletics: 255,092

Altuve’s place in the AL starting lineup is secure, while his overall vote lead stands at 286,709 over Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts. Torres, Gordon and Kipnis remain in the three spots behind Altuve, while Oakland’s Jed Lowrie moved past Boston’s Dustin Pedroia to regain fifth place.

THIRD BASE
1. Jose Ramirez, Indians: 1,811,902
2. Alex Bregman, A Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey stros: 1,050,370
3. Miguel Andujar, Yankees: 963,641
4. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 590,283
5. Kyle Seager, Mariners: 447,940

Ramirez’s lead grew by more than 205,000 votes this week, giving him a comfortable 761,000-vote lead over Bregman, who surged past Andujar into the No. 2 spot. Ramirez is tied for second  Custom Cardinals Jersey in the Majors with 24 home runs, one behind Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez. Seager moved into the top five, replacing the Royals’ Mike Moustakas.

Video: CLE@OAK: Ramirez drills an RBI double to deep left

SHORTSTOP
1. Manny Machado, Orioles: 1,272,233
2. Carlos Correa, Astros: 1,135,152
3. Francisco Lindor, Indians: 898,977
4. Didi Gregorius, Yankees: 824,710
5. Jean Segura, Mariners: 675,140

Correa landed on the disabled list with a back ailment on Friday, and while the Astros’ star isn’t expected to miss much time, it remains to be seen whether his inactivity during the final days of voting hinders his ability to challenge Machado. Correa picked up more than 30,000 votes on Machado this week, leaving a 137,000-vote gap between them. Lindor jumped back into third ahead of Gregorius, while Segura continues to round out the top five.

Video: LAA@BAL: Machado crushes a 2-run homer to deep left

OUTFIELD
1. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 3,119,106
2. Mike Trout, Angels: 2,666,972
3. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 2,021,348
4. George Springer, Astros: 1,141,661
5. Michael Brantley, Indians: 1,093,376
6. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox: 1,071,135
7. Marwin Gonzalez, Astros: 768,281
8. Josh Reddick, Astros: 706,145
9. Eddie Rosario, Twins: 666,108
10. Mitch Haniger, Mariners: 652,563
11. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 636,087
12. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox: 506,993
13. Aaron Hicks, Yankees: 483,574
14. Nicholas Castellanos, Tigers: 469,578
15. Tyler Naquin, Indians: 344,639

Betts, Trout and Judge continue to hold sizeable leads to be the starters, while the top seven spots remain unchanged from a week ago. Reddick and Rosario surged two spots each, knocking Gardner down to the No. 11 spot. Betts might be assured a starting spot in the AL outfield, but his chances of catching Altuve for the overall lead look bleak as the gap swelled from 123,453 a week ago to 286,709 this week. The only change on the list this week? Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin, who replaced Seattle’s Ben Gamel to return to the top 15.

Video: BOS@NYY: Judge crushes a solo homer to center

DESIGNATED HITTER
1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox: 2,236,945
2. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees: 977,274
3. Evan Gattis, Astros: 953,460
4. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 601,794
5. Edwin Encarnacion, Indians: 559,915

Martinez’s lead over his pinstriped rival Stanton swelled from 936,000 to more than 1.25 million, lining up the Major League home run leader for his first All-Star start and second overall selection. Stanton and Gattis remain behind Martinez, while Cruz climbed to the No. 4 spot and Encarnacion returned to the top five, knocking injured Angels star Shohei Ohtani off the list.

Video: J.D. sets Boston franchise record for HRs before July

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CATCHER
1. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,384,631
2. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 1,240,132
3. Kurt Suzuki, Braves: 1,174,470
4. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 913,149
5. J.T. Realmuto, Marlins: 818,925

Posey led Contreras by roughly 92,000 votes a week ago, but the Giants’ catcher saw his lead grow to more than 144,000 votes. Suzuki remains a dark-horse contender, sitting about 210,000 votes behind Posey, who would be making his fourth straight start and fifth of his career. Realmuto, who leads NL catchers with a .908 OPS, makes his first appearance in the top five, knocking Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers off the list.

Video: MIA@SF: Posey opens the scoring with a solo homer

FIRST BASE
1. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 2,905,301
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: 1,178,915
3. Brandon Belt, Giants: 802,027
4. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers: 661,485
5. Joey Votto, Reds: 479,803

Freeman’s place in the NL’s starting lineup seems to be locked in thanks to a vote total more than twice of his nearest competitor. Although the top spot isn’t in doubt, it should be noted that Joey Votto of the Reds moved back into the top five after being bumped out by the Cardinals’ Jose Martinez last week.

SECOND BASE
1. Ozzie Albies, Braves: 1,857,185
2. Scooter Gennett, Reds: 1,689,393
3. Javier Baez, Cubs: 1,586,888
4. Joe Panik, Giants: 493,573
5. Logan Forsythe, Dodgers: 379,325

Albies lengthened his lead over Baez, but the Cubs’ second baseman might not be the one to watch. Gennett is making a late move to challenge Albies for the starting job, picking up nearly 75,000 votes on the leader this week to move within roughly 168,000 votes of the top spot. Gennett (.898), Baez (.892) and Albies (.823) finished the week with the top three OPS among qualified NL second basemen.

Video: ATL@STL: Albies bloops an RBI single into left-center

THIRD BASE
1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 2,326,711
2. Kris Bryant, Cubs: 1,370,631
3. Johan Camargo, Braves: 868,860
4. Eugenio Suarez, Reds: 601,219
5. Justin Turner, Dodgers: 496,912

Just as Arenado took the NL lead in home runs with two against the Dodgers this weekend, the Rockies’ third baseman saw his vote lead at third base swell by nearly 310,000 this week. Arenado is more than 950,000 votes ahead of Bryant, putting the Rockies star in position to make his second straight All-Star start and fourth consecutive appearance.

Video: COL@LAD: Arenado crushes a solo homer to center field

SHORTSTOP
1. Brandon Crawford, Giants: 2,303,516
2. Dansby Swanson, Braves: 1,162,263
3. Addison Russell, Cubs: 1,026,014
4. Trevor Story, Rockies: 820,484
5. Chris Taylor, Dodgers: 498,570

Crawford, whose .315 average and .884 OPS are No. 1 among NL shortstops, continues to hold a commanding lead at the position, setting him up for his second career All-Star appearance and first starting nod. The only change in the top five this week was the emergence of Chris Taylor of the Dodgers, who pushed his way past Washington’s Trea Turner for the No. 5 spot.

OUTFIELD
1. Nick Markakis, Braves: 2,457,648
2. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,046,534
3. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 1,777,221
4. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 1,310,107
5. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves: 1,204,321
6. Ender Inciarte, Braves: 1,101,511
7. Jason Heyward, Cubs: 1,018,320
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs: 939,907
9. Ben Zobrist, Cubs: 900,316
10. Christian Yelich, Brewers: 708,250
11. Odubel Herrera, Phillies: 664,335
12. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers: 613,205
13. Andrew McCutchen, Giants: 595,907
14. Corey Dickerson, Pirates: 540,093
15. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 509,936

This list looks remarkably similar to last week’s as the top 10 vote-getters remain the same. Markakis and Kemp appear to have locked up their starting spots, while Harper — who has said he would participate in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby as long as he’s on the NL roster — maintains a comfortable 467,000-vote lead over Blackmon. The Nos. 11-15 spots feature the same names as a week ago, though Herrera jumped from No. 14 to 11, flipping spots with Dickerson.

Video: WSH@PHI: Harper hits a 3-run homer for 20th of 2018

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on computers, tablets and smartphones — exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year’s All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league’s roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language cov Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey erage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, origi Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform nally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.

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The Tigers have signed more than 60 prospects during the last two international signing periods and are once again making a big splash this time around.

The Tigers have signed more than 60 prospects dur Custom Cardinals Jersey ing the last two international signing periods and are once again making a big splash this time around.

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According to industry sources, the club agreed to a $1.8 million bonus with outfielder Jose De La Cruz, ranked No. 15 on MLB.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list, and it also has a deal with shortstop Adinso Reyes (No. 19) for $1.45 million.

The Tigers have confirmed the signing of Reyes, as well as that of fellow Dominican shortstops Angel Cruz and Geury Estevez. The latter two are unranked.

The busy first day reflected a combination of the Tigers’ focus on player development and a larger international spending pool the last couple years.

“We’re excited,” Tigers international operations director Tom Moore said, “and we’re continuing to be aggressive.”

De La Cruz is considered a great overall package with lots of tools and has some of the best raw power in the class. The teen is very athletic with a strong and projectable body. His arm is strong enough to play the corner-outfield positions, but he’ll likely start his professional career in center field.

Reyes already shows a good approach at the plate with decent power and a good hit tool. There’s belief that the right-handed hitter will show more power with an improved swing and a focus on his overall hitting mechanics after signing. On defense, he shows good hands and a good arm, and there’s a chance he will end up at third base because of his skill set and his body type at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds.

Video: Top International Prospects: Adinso Reyes, INF

The preference, Moore said, is to keep Reyes at short.

“He’s an athletic kid, and obviously as we’ve seen over the recent time in the big leagues, there are some physical shortstops,” Moore said. “For us, the athleticism is what makes us think he’s going to play at short. And we’re really excited about the bat speed. He hits to all fields and with power to all fields.”

Cruz is also 6-foot-1, but a bit more wiry at 165 pounds. The Tigers see him as a strong defensive shortstop with a controlled bat, line-drive power and good speed.

“Speed is definitely one of his tools,” Moore said. “He’s been on our radar. Our area scouts have been watching him for a year and a half.”

The six-foot, 180-pound Estevez is a switch-hitter whom the Tigers project as a power hitter.

“He’s been a kid that’s really gotten stronger since watching him,” Moore said, “and the power is starting to play out some.”

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs, including the Tigers, received $4,983,500.

“The thing we’re really excited about since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is a more level playing ground with the signing pools,” Moore said. “We’re having signing pools we haven’t had.”

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75 percent of a team’s initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club’s bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least age 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.


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TORONTO — The Tigers entered Canada four days ago with a long losing streak and a coaching staff in flux. They nearly left Monday with two walk-off losses, a tough-luck blown lead for a veteran starter and a tough blown save for a young closer. As they packed up at Rogers Centre with a four-game series split and a 3-2 extra-inning win Monday afternoon, they weren’t giddy, but they were in a better spot than a couple days ago.

“The guys are playing,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ve talked about just competing, just keep playing. And that’s what they’re doing.”

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TORONTO — The Tigers entered Canada four days ago with a long losing streak and a coaching staff in flux. They nearly left Monday with two walk-off losses, a tough-luck blown lead for a veteran starter and a tough blown save for a young closer. As they packed up at Rogers Centre with a four-game series split and a 3-2 extra-inning win Monday afternoon, they weren’t giddy, but they were in a better spot than a couple days ago.

“The guys are playing,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ve talked about just competing, just keep playing. And that’s what they’re doing.”

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They keep playing, game to game, or in Monday’s case, inning to inning. They don’t dwell, not on a losing streak, nor a pitch at the belt that could’ve ended the game if called.

“People can say, ‘Oh, they’re 2-11 in their last 13,'” James McCann said. “But as a person who Custom Cardinals Jersey ‘s going through it on a daily basis, it’s more of a day to day thought process. If you start thinking about what you’ve done as a team the last 15 days, it’s a rollercoaster ride.”

They keep playing. In Niko Goodrum‘s case, they keep hitting and running, his one-out triple in the 10th setting up a Jose Iglesias sacrifice fly for the deciding run.

“A ‘W’ is always big, no matter the situation,” Goodrum said. “With that little streak we had, winning these last two is  Customized Falcons Jersey pretty big.”

Video: DET@TOR: Iglesias plates a run with go-ahead sac fly

In the big picture, the Tigers won back-to-back games in a place where they had won three games over the previous four seasons combined, beating a Jays team that entered the series having won eight of its last nine at home. They won a season series from Toronto for the first time since 2013, Jim Leyland’s final campaign.

Smaller picture, they didn’t allow the emotional swing from a blown lead to sink them, nor the frustration with an umpire’s strike zone. Just as the Tigers bounced back from their losing streak, they had to bounce back in extra innings after pinch-hitter Justin Smoak‘s bases-loaded walk tied the game with two outs in the ninth.

Video: DET@TOR: Smoak ties game with walk in the 9th

Joe Jimenez, filling in for injured Shane Greene at closer and facing the Jays slugger who beat him on a walk-off homer Saturday, had a 2-2 pitch at the belt that did not coax a call from plate umpire Nic Lentz. The motion of McCann to get out of his crouch as Jimenez was in his delivery suggested it w Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey as supposed to be higher.

“It was supposed to get him to chase,” McCann said. “We ended up throwing it in the strike zone, and it was called a ball.”

With the count full, Jimenez missed inside on his next fastball, tying the game. Though Jimenez walked three, one was intentional, and he had three close pitches that went for balls.

“It was a good pitch,” Jimenez said. “I didn’t get the call, but I have to do better after that. The pitch that mattered was the one after that.”

McCann hadn’t seen the pitches on the video, but said, “I do feel like we got squeezed a little bit in the ninth. It made Joe really work.”

By recovering for a Luke Maile groundout, however, Jimenez continued the game to extras, where Goodrum’s drive into the gap in right-center field rolled to the wall. That put him in position to score from Iglesias’ fly ball to right.

Video: DET@TOR: Jimenez induces grounder to escape the 9th

The late-inning drama cost Fiers a chance at his first win since June 4 for what was his deepest start since his no-hitter for the Astros three years ago. He needed just 21 pitches, 19 of them strikes, to traverse Toronto’s lineup in order through three innings, and just 89 pitches for the day.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Hardy for the save: With Greene injured and Jimenez having pitched the ninth, Gardenhire had a decision to make once the Tigers took the lead in the 10th. He played the matchups, using Buck Farmer to begin the inning, then turned to Blaine Hardy — a member of the Tigers rotation a week ago — once a leadoff single from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. brought up left-handed hitter Curtis Granderson with the tying run on base. Granderson bunted Gurriel to second, but Hardy struck out Randal Grichuk and retired Devon Travis for his first big league save.

“The adrenaline’s a little bit higher,” Hardy said, “especially when you’re on the road and one run ties it.”

Video: DET@TOR: Hardy retires Travis to notch save in extras

SOUND SMART
Goodrum went from home to third on his triple in 11.31 seconds, according to Statcast™. It was the Tigers’ fastest triple this season, and tied for their fastest since the start of last season.

“Out of the box, I was thinking three,” G Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform oodrum said. “In that situation, I have to try to get to third. It worked out.”

Video: DET@TOR: Goodrum triples, scores go-ahead run in 10th

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Iglesias over the shoulder: Like he has before, Iglesias made the over-the-shoulder catch look routine, chasing down Yangervis Solarte‘s fly ball into left field with his back to home plate. He then turned and fired on target to the plate, holding Grichuk at third with one out in the fourth inning.

Video: DET@TOR: Iglesias makes nice over-the-shoulder catch

HE SAID IT
“I could’ve let him run back out there. And he said, ‘If I go back out there [it’s for] the full thing, I don’t want you to take me out if I go back out.’ That’s not his decision. Him and I were laughing about it. Either you’re in or you’re out.” — Gardenhire, on the decision to pull Fiers for Jimenez to begin the ninth

ON THE MOVE
The Tigers optioned backup catcher Grayson Greiner to Triple-A Toledo after the game, and will select the contract of outfielder/first baseman Jim Adduci prior to Tuesday’s game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Adduci, an early-season sparkplug for the Tigers last year before injuries sidelined him, batted .309 at Triple-A Toledo with 22 doubles, seven home runs and 44 RBIs. The left-handed hitter will be part of a platoon at first base, Gardenhire said, with John Hicks backing up McCann at catcher as well.

UP NEXT
The Tigers return to the states for a two-game series against the Cubs, beginning with a 2:20 p.m. ET matinee Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Michael Fulmer (3-7, 4.20 ERA) gets the start for Detroit with a 1.83 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 19 2/3 innings against the National League this season. Kyle Hendricks (5-8, 4.21 ERA) gets the ball for Chicago.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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TORONTO — Just when the Tigers were poised to get bullpen reinforcements back from the disabled list, they lose the key to their relief corps — not to mention one of their most valuable trade pieces — to injury. Closer Shane Greene went on the 10-day DL Monday with a right shoulder strain.

Left-hander Daniel Stumpf, who was already expected to be activated from the DL Tuesday in Chicago, was activated for Monday’s game instead. He joined the team in Toronto Monday morning, as did outfielder Mikie Mahtook, recalled from Triple-A Toledo wit Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform h Leonys Martin placed on the 10-day DL Sunday.

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TORONTO — Just when the Tigers were poised to get bullpen reinforcements back from the disabled list, they lose the key to their relief corps — not to mention one of their most valuable trade pieces — to injury. Closer Shane Greene went on the 10-day DL Monday with a right shoulder strain.

Left-hander Daniel Stumpf, who was already expected to be activated from the DL Tuesday in Chicago, was activated for Monday’s game instead. He joined the team in Toronto Monday morning, as did outfielder Mikie Mahtook, recalled from Triple-A Toledo with Leonys Martin placed on the 10-day DL Sunday.

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Greene will travel with the team Monday night to Chicago, then head from there to have his shoulder examined by a specialist. He told manager Ron Gardenhire about the issue after he threw the ninth inning of Sunday’s 9-1 win.

“He said it’s been bothering him for a while,” Gardenhire said, “and his velocity was down yesterday.”

Greene threw just eight pitches Sunday, five of them fastballs, but they averaged just over 92 mph according to Statcast™, down from his season average of 95. It was his first outing in five days, and just his third outing in two weeks amidst Detroit’s 11-game losing streak after working four days in a row in mid-June.

Greene took back-to-back losses against Oakland last week at Comerica Park, giving up three runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings, raising concerns about his stuff. He’s 2-5 with a 4.03 ERA and 19 saves this season, allowing seven home runs over 38 innings with 42 strikeouts. His 3.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio is by far the best of his career, but his home-run rate has been a concern for much of the season.

The shoulder issue arises as baseball’s non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches on July 31, with Greene expected to be among the Tigers’ more marketable players. The 29-year-old right-hander has two more seasons to go before free agency, and his durability to pitch not only several days in a row but four-plus outs in a game was expected to make him among the more versatile relievers on the market.

That was far from the Tigers’ primary concern Monday.

“To me, it’s the health of the player,” Gardenhire said. “I can’t worry about all the trade talks. This is his life. This is his job.”

Video: DET@TOR: Jimenez K’s Morales to strand 2 in the 8th

With Greene shelved, setup man and All-Star candidate Joe Jimenez will fill in at closer. The hard-throwing 23-year-old has two saves in as many chances this season, striking out 44 Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  batters over 39 innings with 33 hits allowed and a 2.77 ERA. Long viewed as the Tigers’ closer of the future since his quick rise up the farm system a couple years ago, Jimenez gets a trial run now.

“This is a great learning experience,” Gardenhire said.

Stumpf has been on the 10-day DL since the end of May due to nerve irritation in his left elbow, but pitched at Triple-A Toledo on a rehab assignment for the past couple weeks. He allowed two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings with the Mud Hens, walking none and striking out six.

“They wanted to make sure I’m healthy, wasn’t getting the zings [in the elbow], and able to throw strikes and command all my pitches,” Stumpf said.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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DETROIT — The Tigers’ signings of top overall Draft pick Casey Mize and third-round pick Kody Clemens on Monday left one more domino to fall to complete the Tigers’ Draft dealings. That came Tuesday, when second-round pick Parker Meadows signed his pro contract to join the Tigers’ system and bypass college.

It’s a major deal for a team that considered itself fortunate Meadows fell out of the first round and to its pick atop the second. While the Tigers were confident Mize and Clemens would bypass their senior college seasons, it was far from a guarantee with Meadows. But the deals the Tigers worked out with Mize and Clemens set up the agreement with Meadows, who had committed to play college ball at Clemson.

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DETROIT — The Tigers’ signings of top overall Draft pick Casey Mize and third-round pick Kody Clemens on Monday left one more domino to fall to complete the Tigers’ Draft dealings. That came Tuesday, when second-round pick Parker Meadows signed his pro contract to join the Tigers’ system and bypass college.

It’s a major deal for a team that considered itself fortunate Meadows fell out of the first round and to its pick atop the second. While the Tigers were confident Mize and Clemens would bypass their senior college seasons, it was far from a guarantee with Meadows. But the deals the Tigers worked out with Mize and Clemens set up the agreement with Meadows, who had committed to play college ball at Clemson.

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Meadows signed for a $2.5 million bonus, accor Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ding to MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis, well above the $1,625,000 slot value for that pick. A good chunk of the extra money came from signing Mize for a $7.5 million bonus at a slot that had an assigned value of $8,096,000. Clemens’ $600,000 bonus came from a slot with a $750,800 assigned value. Those two signings left nearly $750,000 extra in the Draft pool.

Meadows ranked 42nd on MLB Pipeline’s Draft prospect list. Listed at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, the left-handed hitter has a body frame that should fill out with age, which is seen as key to his offensive development. He is already long on athleticism, with the speed to play center field. The hope is that his raw power strengthens as his body fills out.

Video: Draft Report: Parker Meadows, HS outfielder

If Meadows develops as hoped, he could be the kind of impact offensive prospect the Tigers desperately need in their farm system alongside their impressive pitching depth.

“With the types of players we got this year, it really worked out, probably because of where we picked,” amateur scouting director Scott Pleis said Monday. “We got athletic, we got upside. We’ve got a lot of that kind of talent.”

Parker is expected to follow the path of most high school picks and begin his pro career at the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The Tigers have two teams in that league to accommodate both Draft picks and international signings.

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While Mize joins last year’s top pick, Alex Faedo, among baseball’s top pitching prospects, the pair were together in Detroit on Tuesday to throw mound sessions for analysis by the University of Michigan Sport Science Initiative, a partnership that the Tigers began earlier this year.

The initiative brings together expertise from the University of Michigan faculty, athletics department and industry partners to try to optimize performance and health for athletes. For the Tigers, it’s a continuation of their move into analytics and technology under senior director of analytics Jay Sartori.

“In Spring Training, we had Derek Hill and Daz Cameron do some stuff running-wise,” Tigers player development director Dave Littlefield said. “We put some monitors, sensors on them and got some computer feedback as far as the gait and how things are working efficiently or not. As an example in Derek Hill’s case, he’s had some hamstring issues. There were some inefficiencies, so we looked at what to do to counter that as far as proper mechanics Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  and stretching and strength and conditioning.

“As we’ve moved forward, we did it with [Reynaldo] Rivera with hitting, Christin Stewart with hitting, Franklin Perez with pitching. And we did it today with these two guys. And basically, it’s to try to get a better insight. And with more technology that’s out there, it’s something that’s very interesting to us.”

Faedo, the Tigers’ top pick last year, traveled to Detroit on Monday for the testing, skipping a start for Double-A Erie. Mize was already in town for his official signing. Neither has had health issues, but the project allowed the Tigers to do some analysis on their deliveries and figure out potential ways to make them more efficient and keep them healthy.

“As your eye goes, you can only see so much,” Littlefield said. “Even with experience watching guys do this on a regular basis, there are things that are happening that are not caught by the eye. It’s a great example of some of the stuff that’s out there.”

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• Perez, who returned from a right oblique injury with a rehab start last weekend in the Gulf Coast League, will continue to work there and throw on a rotation schedule, Littlefield said. Perez, the Tigers’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline, will eventually progress to Class A Advanced Lakeland before joining the rotation at Double-A Erie, where he was projected to begin the season before his injury.

Outfield prospect Stewart left his game at Triple-A Toledo Tuesday afternoon with right calf issues, but Littlefield does not expect it to be a major injury. “We’ll see how he does tomorrow,” Littlefield said. “My sense is it’s very short-term.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

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Kyle Tucker isn’t just knocking on the door of the Major Leagues — he’s nearly knocking it down.

Tucker, the Astros’ No. Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey  1 prospect (No. 10 overall), connected on a first-inning homer as he extended his hitting streak to 15 games in Triple-A Fresno’s 9-5 loss against El Paso. It was the second homer in as many days for Tucker, who finished 1-for-5 at the plate in Tuesday’s contest.

After a modest first two months of his season, Tucker has erupted in June to slash .411/.450/.678 with 37 hits, including 13 extra-base hits, in 22 games. The 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .484 (31-for-64) during his hitting streak, while his overall average has jumped from .269 to .316 thanks to nine multihit performances in that span.

Meanwhile, with 12 home runs and 13 steals already this season, Tucker is well on his way toward achieving his second straight 20-homer, 20-stolen base campaign after he totaled 25 and 21, in 2017. He also ranks among the Pacific Coast League leaders with 59 RBIs (second), 59 runs scored (second), 92 hits (third) and 153 total bases (third).

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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

• No. 27 overall prospect Kyle Wright (Braves’ No. 3) allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks but also set a career high with 13 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision for Double-A Mississippi. He settled down after a rocky first inning to strike out the side in order in each of the next two frames. The 22-year-old righty has pitched to a 4.11 ERA in 16 starts this season, compiling 84 strikeouts and 36 walks in 82 1/3 innings.

Wright’s 13th strikeout

• No. 38 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels’ No. 1) launched his sixth homer in 11 games as well as a double to finish 2-for-4 in his third straight multihit game for Class A Advanced Inland Empire. The 19-year-old outfielder has hit 10 of his 16 homers in the 31 games since his promotion to the California League. He’s hitting .329 overall, with 75 hits, 53 RBIs, and 11 steals in 56 games across two levels. Brandon Marsh also had a big game for the 66ers, as the Angels’ No. 4 prospect (No. 91 overall) hit a pair of triples and scored two runs to finish 3-for-4.

Watch: Adell goes yard

• No. 50 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers’ No. 2) allowed one earned run on eight hits in his second straight seven-inning start for Class A West Michigan. The 2016 first-rounder recorded eight strikeouts and did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 67 of his 90 pitches for strikes. Manning, 20, owns a 3.40 ERA with 76 strikeouts and a .229 opponents’ average in 55 2/3 innings (11 starts) on the season.

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Blue Jays No. 28 prospect Jonathan Davis became the first player in Double-A New Hampshire’s franchise history to hit for the cycle. He accomplished feat in his first four at-bats, too, tallying a double and a home run in the first two innings, respectively, before adding a fourth-inning single and a triple in the sixth to finish 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. The 26-year-old outfielder is hitting .307 in 70 games this season and leads the Eastern League with 86 hits.

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• Braves No. 18 prospect Drew Waters hit a solo home run and went 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot as Class A Rome edged Greenville, 4-3. It was the seventh home run of the season for the 19-year-old switch-hitter, who’s hitting .298/.348/.535 w Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ith 34 extra-base hits and 11 steals in his first full season. Right-hander Freddy Tarnok (Braves’ No. 24) logg Custom Cardinals Jersey ed a career-high four scoreless innings, mixing one hit with one walk and five strikeouts, to earn the win out of the bullpen. The 19-year-old has been excellent this season, posting a 1.26 ERA with 49 strikeouts and a .164 BAA over 35 2/3 innings (16 appearances).

Watch: Waters blasts homer

Dodgers No. 13 prospect Cristian Santana had been 0-for-20 in his previous five games before connecting on a pair of solo homers in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga’s 6-0 win against Lake Elsinore. The two homers pushed Santana’s season total to 12, a new career high for the 21-year-old first baseman after he went deep 10 times in 54 games during an eye-opening 2017 campaign.

• Giants first-rounder and No. 2 overall pick Joey Bart hit his first pro double in his first career multihit game in the Rookie-level Arizona League. The 21-year-old backstop finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, one day after tallying his first career knock. Playing in 57 games as a Georgia Tech junior this past spring, Bart batted .359/.471/.632 with 16 homers.

Marlins No. 20 prospect Jordan Yamamoto was lights-out once again as he improved to 4-0 in six starts by leading Class A Advanced Jupiter past St. Lucie, 1-0. Tossing seven scoreless innings for a second straight start, the 22-year-old righty scattered four hits, walked one and struck out two while throwing 61 of his 92 pitches for strikes. Yamamoto sports a 1.30 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 34 2/3 innings this season — his first in Miami’s system after coming over from Milwaukee in the offseason Christian Yelich trade.

Pirates No. 10 prospect Taylor Hearn fired a seven-inning shutout, allowing four hits and striking out seven, in Game 1 of Double-A Altoona’s eventual doubleheader sweep of Harrisburg. It was the first shutout of Hearn’s career and his second complete game after the 23-year-old left-hander was credited with a complete game in his most recent turn — a rain-shortened, four-inning loss. Hearn has been impressive in his first Double-A campaign, pitching to a 3.28 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 28 walks in 74 innings (14 starts).

Hearn’s seventh strikeout

• Another big night at the plate from Rays No. 14 prospect Brandon Lowe was the difference in Triple-A Durham’s 6-4 win over Charlotte. The 23-year-old hit his sixth homer in as many games, matched his season high with five RBIs and reached base four times, ultimately finishing the games 3-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored. Overall, Lowe has compiled a .289/.391/.540 batting line with a career-high 14 homers across two levels this season.

Lowe smacks three-run homer

Twins No. 11 prospect Lewis Thorpe racked up seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings of one-run, four-hit ball in a no-decision for Double-A Chattanooga. The 22-year-old southpaw has fanned 28 batters in 19 innings over his past three starts — highlighted by a career-best 12-strikeout effort in his most recent turn — during which he’s also lowered his 2018 ERA from 4.95 to 4.06.

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DETROIT — The Tigers let a six-run lead slip away against the Athletics on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Sometimes, it was a bandage being ripped off quickly, like when Chad Pinder hit a two-run home run in the fifth. Other times it was a slower burn, like when the A’s strung together four hits to go ahead  Customized Falcons Jersey in the ninth.

All told, everything was enough to erase what had appeared to be a comfortable 6-0 lead and flipped it to a 9-7 loss.

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DETROIT — The Tigers let a six-run lead slip away against the Athletics on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Sometimes, it was a bandage being ripped off quickly, like when Chad Pinder hit a two-run home run in the fifth. Other times it was a slower burn, like when the A’s strung together four hits to go ahead in the ninth.

All told, everything was enough to erase what had appeared to be a comfortable 6-0 lead and flipped it to a 9-7 loss.

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After winning five in a row against the Twins and White Sox on the road, the Tigers have now lost seven straight.

This one had a distinct turning point, too. Blaine Hardy was working through another strong showing, something he’s done often, helping patch up a Tigers pitching staff hampered by injuries. He was one out away from leaving the fourth with no runs allowed, when first baseman John Hicks dropped a routine throw from Niko Goodrum at shortstop. It was a costly mistake, as the A’s posted three runs, all unearned, to narrow their deficit to 6-3.

Video: OAK@DET: Piscotty reaches first on missed catch error

Stephen Piscotty hit a grounder to Goodrum at shortstop. Goodrum fielded the ball and threw what appeared to be a routine throw to Hicks at first. But he didn’t catch it.

“It just kept carrying,” Hicks said. “I was going down, getting ready to pick it, and when it stayed up I tried to come up and I just handcuffed myself.”

Theoretically, Hardy could have gotten just one more out and nobody would be talking about Hicks’ error, expect maybe to joke about it. Instead, Mark Canha hit a ground-rule double to left to score one run, and Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double to stamp Hardy with three unearned runs.

Video: OAK@DET: Lucroy hammers double to score 2 in the 4th

“That gave them life,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They definitely got back in the game quickly. You know what? They smelled it. They kept coming, and we couldn’t stop it.”

Even after those three runs, Detroit was working with a sizeable cushion. Nicholas Castellanos and Goodrum doubled in the first as part of a four-run inning. The Tigers, who hadn’t scored more than four runs since last Tuesday against Cincinnati, added two more in the third with a two-run triple from Dixon Machado to make it a 6-0 game.

Video: OAK@DET: Machado plates a pair with a hard-hit triple

The Tigers padded their lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single from Hicks, but the A’s continued to jump on Hardy in the fifth with three more runs to make it 7-6, enough to chase him before he got an out in the inning.

Hardy said the error had an impact on him.

“Today, it affected me more than it should have,” Hardy said. “That being said, those are the types of things that are going to happen in baseball. Errors are going to happen, and I didn’t do my job to limit the damage.” Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform 

More than the runs scored in the game, Hicks’ error meant that Hardy, normally a reliever, had to stretch out his arm more than he typically does. He ended up throwing a career-high 95 pitches.

“I think you guys all know where we’re at right now with our bullpen,” Gardenhire said. “We have to try to do something. We have to try to get some more innings.”

The Tigers went into the ninth inning tied, 7-7, but the A’s scored two runs off Shane Greene and Warwick Saupold to cap a tough night that initially looked like an easy victory. 

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Considering the fire that started with the match that was Hicks’ error, he had a chance to redeem himself at the plate in the eighth inning. Tied at 7-7, Hicks was up with the bases loaded and two outs. He got ahead, 0-2, but fouled off a pair of pitches to even the count at 2-2 before whiffing on a high fastball.

Video: OAK@DET: Buchter whiffs Hicks to leave bases loaded

Hicks said after the game that the error was still on his mind, and that he hadn’t been able to shake it off. And he was thinking of his pitcher.

“I haven’t said anything to him yet,” Hicks said. “I plan to. During the game I’m letting him pitch. I’ll say something to him. I cost him three runs right there.”

SOUND SMART
With a 2-for-3 performance, including the run-scoring double in the first, Castellanos now has three consecutive multi-hit games. He has gone 6-for-12 with two doubles and four RBIs in that stretch. Castellanos leads the Tigers with 30 multi-hit games this season.

Video: OAK@DET: Castellanos plates a run to open the scoring

HE SAID IT
“The starter is going to go out there and obviously try to get us deep into the second half. Everybody knows what’s going on here. I don’t want them to put any more pressure on them than they already have when they take the mound. We need a ‘pick-us-up’ [performance] right now. Hopefully we’ll get it.” — Gardenhire, on needing to get more innings out of his starters

UP NEXT
The Tigers continue their series against the A’s on Wednesday with a 7:10 p.m. ET first pitch at Comer Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ica Park. Mike Fiers (5-4, 4.29 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers. Fiers has gone into the sixth inning only once this month, but has given up two runs or less in his past three home starts. Chris Bassitt will start for the A’s, filling in for previously scheduled starter Daniel Mengden, who was placed on the DL.

Tyler Fenwick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.


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DETROIT — As voting continues for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, it appears the Tigers are in danger of not starting a pl Customized Falcons Jersey ayer in this year Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ‘s contest.

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DETROIT — As voting continues for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, it appears the Tigers are in danger of not starting a player in this year’s contest.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

Nicholas Castellanos, the Tigers’ best hope of starting, currently ranks No. 14 among American League outfielders. Castellanos put himself in contention for a spot by hitting .356 in May with 12 RBIs and three home runs. He’s hitting .304 overall with 44 RBIs and 10 home runs.

Miguel Cabrera remains in the rankings in All-Star Game voting, coming in at No. 5 among first basemen, but Cabrera underwent season-ending left biceps surgery after rupturing a tendon on June 12 against the Twins.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on computers, tablets and smartphones — exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year’s All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league’s roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star W Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey eek and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Tyler Fenwick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.


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DETROIT — Right-hander Casey Mize, the top overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Tigers, sat down with outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and closer Shane Greene during their 619 podcast to talk about what it was like being a Division I student-athlete at Auburn, adjusting to life in the Minor Leagues and how he’ll handle the expectations that come with being the first overall pick.

Mize joined Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg as players to go from undrafted out of high school to becoming the top pick out of college. Mize pitched three seasons at Auburn. In his final season, Mize threw three complete games, including a no-hitter, with 156 strikeouts and only 16 walks. He was a key reason the Auburn Tigers were still playing in the postseason, which meant Mize’s season was not over when Detroit selected him. Mize was at Comerica Park on Monday to officially announce his signing.

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DETROIT — Right-hander Casey Mize, the top overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Tigers, sat down with outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and closer Shane Greene during their 619 podcast to talk about what it was like being a Division I student-athlete at Auburn, adjusting to life in the Minor Leagues and how he’ll handle the expectations that come with being the first overall pick.

Mize joined Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg as players to go from undrafted out of high school to becoming the top pick out of college. Mize pitched three seasons at Auburn. In his final season, Mize threw three complete games, including a no-hitter, with 156 strikeouts and only 16 walks. He was a key reason the Auburn Tigers were still playing in the postseason, which meant Mize’s season was not over when Detroit selected him. Mize was at Comerica Park on Monday to officially announce his signing.

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Mize said he didn’t know in advance that the Detroit Tigers were taking him No. 1.

“I think that made it even more special,” Mize said. “Me, my family and my teammates all got to hear it at the same time, and I think that was really special.”

Mize spent most of that day traveling back  Customized Falcons Jersey to Auburn after playing in South Carolina, and even when he got there, there wasn’t much time to soak in the excitement of the Draft.

Video: OAK@DET: Mize talking about going No. 1, college days

“The next day you wake up and you kind of have to flush it because we were getting ready for the next weekend,” Mize said. “We were going to Gainesville, Fla., to play the Gators. It was really cool. It was a cool process, but you had to enjoy it and not let it be too caught up in your mind.”

The three years he spent playing at Auburn is when Mize said he learned how to fail, which ultimately made him good enough to be taken first overall. It was different from high school, where he was clearly the most talented player in almost every contest.

“Not being the best player on the field anymore, it beat me down a little bit,” Mize said. “But I think I did a really good job of harnessing it because I wanted to learn from it, and I didn’t want to be that guy anymore.”

After Greene and Castellanos shared stories a Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey bout their struggles early adjusting to life in the Minor Leagues, Mize admitted it’s going to be a dramatic transition for him to go from major college baseball in the SEC to the lower levels of professional baseball.

“I have a lot of anxiety about that kind of stuff,” Mize said. “I’m probably going to set a bunch of alarms and try not to miss anything.”

Most players who get drafted and sign are going to be dealing with lofty expectations, set by a combination of themselves and everyone around them. This is especially true with the first overall pick. Castellanos said he found it useful to ignore those expectations and stay focused in the moment, but Mize said he has embraced the expectations that are being set for him.

“I think those expectations are a good thing, honestly,” Mize said. “I’m trying not to look at that as a negative. I think that’s a good thing that I even put myself in that position for that to even happen. Obviously, I’m going to try to put myself in position to meet those expectations and exceed them. That’s the goal.”

The 619 podcast is an unfiltered conversation between Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and reliever Shane Greene. Look out for new episodes featuring special guests and honest talk about life as a Major Leaguer. Download, subscribe and help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or your favorite platform.

Tyler Fenwick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.


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DETROIT — The Tigers terminated the contract of pitching coach Chris Bosio on Wednesday for insensitive comments made toward a team employee in violation of company policy.

Bullpen coach Rick Anderson, who filled in for Bosio during a medical absence earlier this season, will take over as pitching coach for the remainder of the year. Roving pitching instructor A.J. Sager will serve as bullpen coach through the Tigers’ next road trip, which ends next Wednesday. Triple-A Toledo pitching coach Jeff Pico, a former pitching coach with the Reds, will take over as bullpen coach from there.

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DETROIT — The Tigers terminated the contract of pitching coach Chris Bosio on Wednesday for insensitive comments made toward a team employee in violation of company policy.

Bullpen coach Rick Anderson, who filled in for Bosio during a medical absence earlier th Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey is season, will take over as pitching coach for the remainder of the year. Roving pitching instructor A.J. Sager will serve as bullpen coach through the Tigers’ next road trip, which ends next Wednesday. Triple-A Toledo pitching coach Jeff Pico, a former pitching coach with the Reds, will take over as bullpen coach from there.

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General manager Al Avila would not specify the comments or to whom they were directed. Avila said the comments were brought to his attention on Tuesday and were investigated by baseball legal counsel John Westhoff, among others. Avila said he informed Bosio of the decision Wednesday afternoon when he reported to the ballpark.

“First and foremost, I have to take seriously what the comments were, and the action we took was appropriate,” Avila said. “We felt that obviously it was the right move, and that’s the most important thing for us. Secondary is what’s going to happen to the pitching, and we feel more than confident with the experience of Rick Anderson and Jeff Pico to lead the way the rest of the season.”

The Tigers also issued the following statement on Bosio:

“Effective immediately, the Detroit Tigers have terminated the contract of pitching coach Chris Bosio for his insensitive comments that violated Club policy and his Uniform Employee Contract. The organization holds all of our personnel to the highest standards of personal conduct both on and off the field. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior. The Club will have no further comment on this matter.”

Asked about the seriousness of the comments, Avila said, “For me and our organization, we felt that this was a much-needed move.”

Manager Ron Gardenhire said he did not witness the comments made by Bosio, nor did he factor into the decision. Given what took place, though, he said the organization had to act.

“We have that class in Spring Training. We go through everything,” Gardenhire said. “It’s not one you can say, ‘I don’t want to go to.’ It’s something that we went through this spring, what you should say and how you handle situations and everything. It’s the way of the world today. We all know this. This organization acted quickly. It’s just the way it is, and it’s a really sad deal.”

Players were informed of the move on Wednesday afternoon.

“I think a lot of us had heard rumors of what had taken place,” reliever Alex Wilson said. “Especially this morning when I showed up, you could just tell that something was different. A different feeling in the room.”

The Tigers hired Bosio last fall after he parted ways with the Cubs f Customized Falcons Jersey ollowing six seasons as their pitching coach. His hiring was seen as a major boost for a team entering a rebuild based around a group of talented young arms, both in Detroit and the Minor League system. He set a tone almost immediately after his hire, watching video on every pitcher. He emphasized in Spring Training that he wanted pitchers to work quickly and efficiently.

“I want to go on the record to say that he’s been a good pitching coach,” Avila said. “He definitely was a good pitching coach.”

Bosio has had heavy say over the pitching staff, from throwing schedules and rotation plans to rehab. In many cases this season, Gardenhire referred to Bosio’s schedule for the rotation order.

“I had a great relationship with Bos,” Gardenhire said. “We were working good together. He was a good pitching coach here. Outside of that, that’s it. It’s business here, and that’s what we do. Everything else that’s happened is out of my control.”

Anderson will reprise the pitching coach role he held under Gardenhire with the Twins from 2002 to 2014.

“Andy’s a great pitching coach,” Gardenhire said. “He’s very knowledgeable, good at running the bullpen. The whole package, like Bos. It’s the same. These guys are veteran guys that have been there and done it. They’re different, but yet they both have a great understanding of baseball, so we just have to move forward here. This is a tough situation.”

Said Wilson: “Rick and Bos are two totally different minds. The tempo and aggressiveness that Bosio put in place is huge. We have to keep that. We saw dramatic impacts on what that can do for us. Moving forward, I think Rick is a little more approachable person for a lot of the guys. For me, I had a great relationship with Bos personally.”

Reaction from the Cubs to Bosio’s dismissal was similar. While Bosio was considered an old-school type of pitching coach, the appreciation for the work he put in went through the organization.

“It’s sad, it’s very sad,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I feel bad for him and his family. He did a lot of great work for us for so many years. That’s a tough situation to be in.”

As for Bosio’s personality, Maddon said, “He was Bos. He’s a blunt object. There’s difficult conversations, but we didn’t have that issue.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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