It was a great night for the Detroit Tigers Monday night as they saw everything click. Jordan Zimmermann was solid in his six-plus innings of work, easily one of his best starts of the season. The offense put the Tigers up so many runs against the Kansas City Royals that the bullpen had an easy time maintaining the lead. The Tigers went on to win 10-2 to take the first game of the series. Detroit looks to continue the three game win streak tonight as Matthew Boyd makes his first start in the majors since May 31. You can read more about the Tigers-Royals series with our Behind Enemy Lines Q&A with Royals Review.
J.D. Martinez was unexpectedly pulled from Monday night’s game in the sixth inning, causing a flurry of speculations. Many thought he had been traded, however, it turned out to be a precautionary measure as Martinez was dealing with some lower back tightness.Martinez was also named American League Player of the Week for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career.
Tigers fans received great news yesterday as we learned that Michael Fulmer will not be traded, as Al Avila said in reference to a Fulmer trade that the “probability of [a trade] is probably zero.” Kurt touches on this subject in his latest column as he lets us know why the Tigers must keep Fulmer but should try to deal JV.
Someone who is likely be traded is Justin Wilson as the Tampa Bay Rays have expressed interest in the hard-throwing lefty. Tigers prospect Derek Hill tripled twice in a West Michigan Whitecaps victory, and you can read more news on the Tigers minor league system here.
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Powered by back-to-back home runs from Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia, the Seattle Mariners knocked off the Houston Astros in extra innings on Monday night. Prior to the game, the Astros held a funeral for now full-time DH Carlos Beltran’s glove. Former Tiger and now Brewers’ closer Corey Knebel and his wife showcased a unique way to reveal the gender of their baby.
Giancarlo Stanton did what he does best last night — crush home runs — as his latest multi-homer game puts him at 24 home runs on the season, the first of which bounced off the auxiliary scoreboard. Speaking of crushing home runs, Home Run Derby champion Aaron Judge, despite struggling offensively since the break, showed off another aspect of his game — a 97.7 mph throw from the outfield to cut Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier down at home plate.
Stephen Strasburg took the mound Monday afternoon and absolutely dominated the Cincinnati Reds as he racked up 11 strikeouts over seven innings while allowing just one run on four hits and a walk. This helped the Washington Nationals win the game 6-1. This game also saw Nationals first basemen Ryan Zimmermann set the franchise record for most career home runs with 235, surpassing Vladimir Guerrero.
Both New York Mets starters Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey began throwing yesterday for the first time since their injuries. Meanwhile Houston Astros starter and 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel is close to re-joining the Astros’ rotation as he made his first rehab outing on Monday.
Unfortunately, amidst the good news of many players returning from injury or inching closer, the New York Yankees weren’t so lucky as they lost Michael Pineda for the season to Tommy John surgery and first basemen Greg Bird will be out until at least September as he will undergo ankle surgery.
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Mahtook that ball out of the park! pic.twitter.com/dZabvsMpPD— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 18, 2017