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Feb 23

How Pistons can make playoffs, and why they won’t

MLive.com Detroit returns from All-Star break Friday Reggie Jackson’s return will provide a lift Blake Griffin will be better integrated into the offense Andre Drummond will continue to be motivated and engaged Continued improvement from Stanley Johnson

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Feb 23

There is such a thing as having too many options. Tigers’ Buck Farmer can’t get rid of them.

LAKELAND, Fla. — If right-handed pitcher Buck Farmer doesn’t make the 25-man roster this spring, the Detroit Tigers can option him to Triple-A Toledo for the fifth consecutive year. How is that possible when players are only allowed to be optioned — or freely transferred between the big leagues

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Feb 22

Pistons eye competition for ideas on utilizing Blake Griffin

AUBURN HILLS – While "Black Panther" shattered box office records in theaters across the country last week, Stan Van Gundy was busy watching Grizzlies, Bucks, Timberwolves and more. The Detroit Pistons coach spent the better part of the All-S…

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Feb 21

With Chris Tillman off market, is Tigers’ pursuit of starting pitching over?

LAKELAND, Fla. — Free-agent starter Chris Tillman opted to stick with his old club, signing an incentive-laden Major League contract with the Baltimore Orioles just two days after working out privately for the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers were intereste…

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Feb 19

Draymond Green couldn’t handle Fergie’s strange NBA All-Star Game national anthem

LOS ANGELES – You can’t blame Draymond Green for this one. The Golden State Warriors forward couldn’t help but let out a laugh during Fergie’s cringe worthy performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” before the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. And he wasn’t alone. The moment

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Feb 19

8 Tigers roster battles to watch in spring training

The last of the stragglers are expected to arrive in Tiger Town today, giving the Detroit Tigers 62 players in their Major League camp for Monday’s first official workout. Over the next five weeks, new manager Ron Gardenhire will pare that number down to a 25-man roster. In many years, as many as

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Feb 19

Red Wings fall to Leafs on late goal by Auston Matthews

DETROIT – Petr Mrazek hasn’t drawn much, if any, interest in the trade market, not last summer and not in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 26 deadline. But he is playing much better over the past month. Mrazek gave the Detroit Red Wings a chance to win Sunday, making 31 saves. But Auston Matthews

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Feb 18

‘Most skilled’ player in NBA used to be with Drive and Pistons

All right, this might not be totally accurate, but Spencer Dinwiddie is the most skilled player in the NBA. At least he was Saturday. The former second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons and former member of the G League’s Grand Rapids Drive won the 2018 Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star

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Feb 18

They’re (almost) all here: Tigers’ full squad reports for spring training today

LAKELAND, Fla. — Twenty-four position players will formally report to Tiger Town today, joining the 31 pitchers and seven catchers who have already been working out for several days. The first full-squad workout is Monday morning. For practical purpos…

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Feb 18

Entering first spring as starter, Tigers’ Mikie Mahtook ‘not going to hold back for anything’

LAKELAND, Fla. — A year ago, Mikie Mahtook arrived at Tiger Town for the first time hoping to win a bench job as a platoon player and avoid a trip to Toledo. Fortunes can change quickly in baseball. Mahtook seized a starting job last season and enters 2018 as the Tigers’ everyday left fielder. And

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Feb 17

Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma of Flint shines in NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Flint native Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Team USA in Friday’s 155-124 loss to Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge at the Staples Center. The game was part of the NBA’s All-Star Game festivities. Kuzma came off the bench and played

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Feb 17

As Tigers extend deal with Mud Hens, Gardy glad to have Doug Mientkiewicz in Toledo

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Toledo Mud Hens will remain the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers through at least the 2020 season. The Tigers announced the extension of their player development contract on Friday. The short 60-mile drive between Toledo a…

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Feb 17

Michigan’s Brad Keselowski is odds-on favorite to win Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – No Michigan-born driver has ever won the Daytona 500. But Rochester Hills’ Brad Keselowski is the Las Vegas favorite to take the trophy in the Great American Race, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 on FOX at Daytona International Speedway. VegasInsider.com gives Keselowski

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Feb 16

‘Strange’ Pistons face obstacles following All-Star break

DETROIT – These Detroit Pistons are one of the most unpredictable teams Stan Van Gundy has coached. “It has been very high and very low, not just in terms of the streaks, but in terms of some of the people we’ve beaten and people we’ve struggled with,” Van Gundy said. “We’re

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Feb 16

Tigers’ Chad Bell aiming for consistency (and a roster spot) in 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — Chad Bell was 28 years old when he was called up to the big leagues for the first time last season. Then, after a career of waiting for an opportunity, he had to wait 10 days before getting in his first game. He made it count, pitchin…

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Feb 16

Check out sights and sounds from Day 2 of Tigers’ spring training

LAKELAND, Fla. — It’s still a few days before the position players are due to spring training, but Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers are starting to get more company. The clubhouse is starting to get more crowded, too. On Thursday, while pitchers and catchers went through their regular drills

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