DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – If you’re thinking about spending your summer at the ball park, the Detroit Tigers are giving you an exclusive preview this weekend.
Potential new season ticket buyers are invited to Comerica Park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 for a special select-a-seat event and open house.
This free event is designed to give potential buyers the opportunity to view available season ticket locations for full season, 41-game, 28/27 game and 20 game flex plans, which include Opening Day tickets. Ticket packages are available for as low as $13 per game and include great benefits. Fifteen-game plans are also available.
Attendees of this Select-A-Seat event can enter to win two infield box tickets to a 2018 regular season game at Comerica Park, as well as autographed merchandise.
Complimentary parking will be available in the Tigers Parking Garage (enter the garage off of the I-75 service drive). Then, guests will enter the park through the Tiger Den Lounge Entrance off Montcalm Avenue.
For more information, contact Tigers Season Ticket Sales at 313-471-BALL or visit tigers.com.
LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire has already warned media not to pay any attention to the lineups he posts early in spring training.
But the nine players typed onto the lineup card for Saturday’s home opener are very likely to be the starting nine when the Tigers open the regular season on March 27 at Comerica Park.
The Tigers (0-1) play the Toronto Blue Jays (1-0) at 1:05 p.m. at Joker Marchant Stadium. The game will be available on radio (97.1 FM The Ticket in Detroit). There is no television.
The starting nine are the players that you might expect. It’s the order that might be in question.
Gardenhire has said he’ll move players up the lineup in order to get them extra at-bats. That may be why Jose Iglesias is higher than might be expected (at No. 2) and Mikie Mahtook is lower (No. 8).
“It’s more about getting at-bats, but yeah, this is a pretty good group of baseball players,” Gardenhire said. “So I just took what I read in the newspapers and wrote out (a lineup card). I’ll just go with it.”
The full lineup and possible pitchers behind starter Jordan Zimmermann are listed below.
1. Leonys Martin, CF
2. Jose Iglesias, SS
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Nicholas Castellanos, 3B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. James McCann, C
7. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
8. Mikie Mahtook, CF
9. Dixon Machado, 2B
Starting pitcher: RHP Jordan Zimmermann
Reserves: Jim Adduci, LF; Harold Castro, 2B; Sergio Alcantara, SS; Niko Goodrum, 3B; Victor Reyes, RF; JaCoby Jones, CF; Edwin Espinal, DH; John Hicks, 1B; and catchers Derek Norris, Grayson Greiner and Jake Rogers.
Potential relievers: Left-handers Blaine Hardy, Daniel Stumpf and Matt Hall*; right-handers Sandy Baez, Victor Alcantara, Mark Ecker*, Matt West*, Zac Houston*, Dane Myers*, Alfred Gutierrez*.
TAMPA — With the addition of left-hander Francisco Liriano, who signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon, the team designated left-handed reliever Jairo Labourt for assignment.
Labourt, 23, came to the Tigers in their 2015 trade deadline deal with the Blue Jays for left-hander David Price. Labourt only saw limited time with the Tigers in September last season, making six appearances. He allowed three runs on four hits, walked seven and struck out four.
He will be exposed to waivers and if he clears – which is likely – will be assigned to the minor leagues.
Labourt was one of a number of unproven pitchers the Tigers could have chosen to remove from the 40-man roster. He is known for having a big arm, but so far has lacked the control necessary for sustained success. He threw in the team’s exhibition opener against Florida Southern on Thursday.
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Minor-league signing: The Tigers signed right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman to a minor-league deal on Thursday afternoon, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Coleman, 31, spent last season in Triple-A with the Diamondbacks and Reds. In six seasons with the Royals and Dodgers, he has posted a 3.51 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He is years removed from his best seasons, which came in 2011-12, when he posted a 3.25 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
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Tigers non-roster invitee Chad Huffman singles with an RBI in the first inning as the Detroit Tigers lose 3-1 to the New York Yankees in spring training at Publix Field at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. on Feb. 23, 2018. Robin Buckson, Detroit News
By MARK DIDTLER
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Detroit agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano, giving the Tigers added pitching depth.
The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, which acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline. He is 102-99 in a 12-year big league career.
Tigers general manager Al Avila said it has not been decided whether Liriano will start or pitch in relief.
“He told us he would like to start but if we needed him to work out of the bullpen, he would do that also,” Avila said. “We do have some question marks. It’s good to know you have a versatile guy that’s very experienced.”
The deal came after the Tigers watched Liriano throw off a mound in Miami. It was announced Friday during Detroit’s 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees, the Tigers’ first exhibition of the year against a big league opponent.
Liriano pitched in Minnesota from 2006-12, a time when new Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire managed the Twins.
“He’s a great kid,” Gardenhire said. “Just fantastic. He’ll fit in perfect here. He’s a worker.”
Liriano can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts.
Notes: DH Victor Martinez, 39, is scheduled to play for first time in Saturday’s game against Toronto. He had a heart problem that cut his 2017 season short. . Miguel Cabrera made his debut Friday against the New York Yankees, and had an opposite-field single to right in two at-bats. Cabrera had off year last season, hitting .249 with 16 homers and 60 RBIs.
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