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We talk a bit about the Tigers’ struggles, the trade deadline and other news around baseball.

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Happy Memorial Day, Detroit Tigers faithful. The past two Mondays were off days where I would rather have had a baseball game. Today is not, and I would hazard a guess many of us wish it were. We could use a break.

One for three on the weekend

On Saturday, we saw the Tigers manage to take one game of their doubleheader on the back of some good pitching from Buck Farmer who was brought up for a spot start. Jordan Zimmermann took the bump on Sunday. After a promising first few innings, the game turned into a hot mess. I would normally just say I was happy to be getting out of whatever town the Tigers had just played in, but I’m not sure the venue matters so much at this point.

Other Tigers news

After giving him more than enough time to prove that he couldn’t do any one thing particularly well, the Tigers designated outfielder Tyler Collins for assignment. It was a move that definitely needed to be made. The issue is the timing. This is something many people would have liked to have seen quite some time ago. The team is hoping he clears waivers — which he likely will — as they apparently still see some potential in the outfielder.

Quite possibly the only bright spot in Tigers baseball in recent days is Buck Farmer’s 11-strikeout spot start in the doubleheader on Saturday. Farmer was immediately sent down after the game, as he was brought up solely for the spot start. Maybe we will get the chance to see him again soon.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler was the latest Tiger to hit the disabled list on Saturday. The hamstring tightness he has been battling for some time finally warranted an extended stretch of rest. He joins outfielder Jim Adduciwho has resumed baseball activities — and another recent addition to the DL, catcher James McCann.

One crucial month

On Friday, Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi dropped this neat little nugget.

On a related note, you can read what Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had to say about top potential deadline targets. Only three Tigers made his list of 70 and they are all in the top 11.

Additionally, if you’re already rosterbating for next seasons free agent class, MLB Trade Rumors has it on good authority that you shouldn’t count on all the extra money laying around from a Justin Upton opt-out.

Jim Bunning

Former Tiger great Jim Bunning died on Friday at the age of 85. Bunning, who by all accounts was a strong-willed individual, pitched for the Tigers and Phillies — throwing perfect games for both teams — before retiring. And by retiring, we mean he spent some time managing the Toledo Mud Hens before he became a United States Senator. Quite the life.

For your spare time

Pace of play is headed in the wrong direction. Tyler Glasnow loves that rap music. Homer Simpson gets inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bryce Harper is not a fan of participation trophies.

Baseball is awesome

As far as handshakes go, this is tough to beat.