Now Nathan is behaving like the pitcher who tortured the Tigers for years and who treated other teams almost as cruelly. His remedy was as ironic as the mechanical malady that in earlier games had him walking batters and getting bashed.
Verlander, who's had a miserable month of starts, was on his game in Saturday night's 5-4 victory, tossing seven shutout innings. And Coke, who so often draws the fan's ire, closed it out, striking out three in the 10th.
Welch was an accomplished right-handed pitcher whose highlight moments began when he was 21 with an epic ninth-inning World Series strikeout of Reggie Jackson and spanned nearly two decades, 211 victories, and a room full of plaudits and trophies.
Baseball is a terribly merciless game. It doesn't suffer weakness. If you have a single component part out of kilter, you're vulnerable..
Trauma is probably too strong of a word. Anxiety is too weak. The Tigers on Monday pulled into U.S. Cellular Field for four games against the White Sox, and they could have been in a merrier state of mind.
The Tigers grabbed Hill and wanted him at No. 23 overall more than the two players drafted just ahead of him that some of us — hand raised — thought they would have preferred.
One day's spring-training drama explains a team's sudden torments. The Tigers, rocked by what was destined to be a long layoff for their starting shortstop Jose Iglesias, are no closer today to settling the infield's crown position than they were in March.
Somehow, after days and even weeks of displaying the best baseball a big-league team could brandish, the Tigers entering Tuesday's road game against the A's had authored a horrific eight-game stretch.
Lynn Henning joined The Detroit News sports staff in 1979 after 3½ years as a sports writer and columnist for the Lansing State Journal. A lifelong Michigan native (St. Johns) and a 1974 journalism graduate from Michigan State, Henning has specialized through the years in covering baseball, as well as Michigan and Michigan State, Lions and Red Wings, and in writing about the outdoors. Henning spent seven years during the 1990s as editor of PGA Magazine and as a writer for the national weekly, Golfweek.
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