Results tagged ‘ Tigers ’

7/6 Rizzo and Porcello

The Cubs and Tigers have announced a special partnership encouraging fans to vote to #VoteRizzo and #PickRick for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, presented by

Fans can vote for Rizzo and Porcello online at or, or text “N4” for Rizzo or “A3” for Porcello to 89269 in the United States. Standard message and data rates may apply. Mobile voting is also available in Canada by texting the player codes to 101010.

Fans have until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday to vote. There is NO LIMIT to the number of times fans may vote in All-Star Game Final Vote. The winners will be chosen exclusively by fan voting totals.

10/29 Manager update

The Cubs did interview Eric Wedge at Wrigley Field today for the manager’s job. Wedge, 45, was the American League manager of the year in 2007 when the Indians won 96 games and finished first in the American League Central. He compiled a 561-573 record in Cleveland but was dismissed after a 97-loss season in 2009. Wedge has been the Mariners manager since 2011, posting a 213-273 record, but left the team before the regular season ended, saying it was “painfully obvious” that he wasn’t part of Seattle’s future. Wedge also missed 27 games this season after suffering a minor stroke.

Meanwhile, Rick Renteria, 51, is a hot commodity. He has interviewed for the Cubs’ opening as well as the Mariners, and there were reports Monday that Renteria was going to talk to the Tigers. The Tigers also have interviewed Brad Ausmus, who Comcast Sportsnet Chicago says also could be on the Cubs’ list. Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski knows Renteria from their time with the Marlins. Renteria managed for four years in the Marlins system. Padres manager Bud Black told the Detroit Free Press that Renteria “has the leadership qualities that a manager needs to have.”

The Cubs now have talked to Wedge, Renteria, Dave Martinez, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta.

— Carrie Muskat

12/13 Cubs and Sanchez – UPDATED

Anibal Sanchez apparently has decided to stay with the Tigers. The Cubs were one of the teams to make an offer to the free agent pitcher, but he agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with Detroit. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and MLB Network, the Cubs did discuss a five-year, $75 million deal, and apparently raised the salary figure to $77.5 million early Friday. Sanchez, 28, would have given the Cubs a more competitive rotation next season. However, he had to decide whether to join a team still in rebuilding mode or stay with the defending American League champions.

— Carrie Muskat

10/16 Cubs complete Baker deal

The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Marcelo Carreno from the Tigers to complete the Aug. 5 trade for infielder Jeff Baker. Carreno, 21, went 9-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 27 starts for Class A West Michigan, striking out 119 batters and walking 28 over 139 1/3 innings. He was ranked No. 11 prospect in the Tigers’ system by The trade is now complete, with the Cubs receiving Carreno and a cash consideration for Baker. Baker, 31, batted .269 in 54 games with the Cubs before he was dealt to the Tigers, and batted .200 in 15 games with them before he was designated for assignment on Aug. 31, then traded to the Braves. He was 2-for-19 in 14 games with Atlanta.

— Carrie Muskat

8/5 Baker to Tigers

The Cubs continued to deal veteran players, sending utility man Jeff Baker to the Tigers on Sunday for two players to be named. The ability to move Baker helped the Cubs decide to promote top prospect Josh Vitters. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said they had some talks with the Tigers at the Trade Deadline about Baker, and Detroit claimed the versatile right-handed hitter off waivers. The two teams then worked out a deal.

“I’m happy for Jeff,” Hoyer said. “They wanted him a lot and he gets to go into a pennant race and we get to bring up Josh and give him a chance he’s earned.”

Baker wasn’t surprised at the news. The Cubs now have dealt Paul Maholm, Ryan Dempster, Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and Baker this week.

“When you see the direction they’re going here now, you knew it was a possibility,” Baker said. “When they made the moves with Maholm, Reed, and Demp, to be honest, I don’t blame them. They’ve got to go young and see what they’ve got and see what they’ve got for the future. I just made up 21 games in the standings, so I’m definitely excited about that.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/20 Cubs consider Dodgers offer

Ryan Dempster is still scheduled to start tonight for the Cubs, who are considering the latest offer from the Dodgers for the right-hander. According to’s Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers have made an offer but won’t get into a bidding war because they also need to add offense, preferably a corner infielder, even more than they need Dempster.

The Dodgers farm system also is a little thin in the kind of prospects needed to land All-Star caliber players like Dempster, the Padres’ Chase Headley, or the Phillies’ Shane Victorino. Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, has said they’re looking to improve on pitching in the organization. That said, Dempster, 35, would be a pure rental for the Dodgers, which most likely is affecting the negotiations. He is in the last year of his four-year contract with the Cubs, which is paying him $14 million this season. Players must be with a team for an entire season in order to qualify for draft-pick compensation, according to the new CBA.

Dempster has played 10 years in the Major Leagues and five with the Cubs, so he has the right to veto any deal. However, the right-hander was expected to approve of a trade to the Dodgers, where he would be reunited with his friend, Ted Lilly.

Epstein has kept Dempster up to date.

“It’s just kind of like, ‘Hey, there’s teams interested,’ and that’s great,” Dempster said Thursday. “Nothing imminent, not that I know of. I’m sure if they have something, they’ll come to me. But right now, I’m just trying to get ready for [Friday’s] game.”

The Tigers and Braves also were believed to be pursuing Dempster as well. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that talks regarding Dempster could “drag on a few more days.”

This season has been the right-hander’s best, despite two stints on the disabled list, and he currently leads the Major Leagues with a 1.86 ERA. He missed time April 21-May 3 because of a right quad strain, and was sidelined June 18-July 8 because of right lat tightness. His record would be better if he had gotten any run support early in the season. Dempster went 18 starts, dating back to August 2011, without a win until June 5 when he beat the Brewers. He has 10 quality starts out of his 14 this season. Dempster has won his last five starts without giving up a run, and his 33-inning scoreless streak is the longest by a Cubs pitcher since Ken Holtzman’s 33-inning streak in 1969.

The Cubs will have an extra pitcher on hand in St. Louis. Casey Coleman was scratched from his start Thursday for Triple-A Iowa but a team official said that was done in case newly acquired pitcher Justin Germano could not get there in time for Friday’s game. The Cubs acquired Germano from the Red Sox late Thursday for cash considerations.

— Carrie Muskat

7/18 Dempster, Garza rumors

The New York Post reports the Dodgers as the favorite to land Ryan Dempster before the Trade Deadline with the Tigers seen as “strong pursuers” and the Red Sox as long shots. FOX Sports reports the Cubs are exchanging names with teams interested in Dempster. The Red Sox are also interested in Matt Garza.

The Chicago Tribune noted Stephen Fife, who made his ML debut, is a former Red Sox prospect who could be included in a Dempster-to-Dodgers deal. Fife, 25, filled in for injured Chad Billingsley, and gave up one run over six innings Tuesday night. The Dodgers acquired him from the Red Sox last summer in the Trayvon Robinson deal. A sinkerball pitcher, he’d be a good fit at Wrigley. Dempster has a 1.86 ERA, tops in the Majors. reported the Royals have inquired about Garza. They have had a scout at this week’s Cubs games. Dempster is in the last year of his $14 million contract, and, essentially a rental player for the final months of this year. Garza is under team control for 2013.

— Carrie Muskat

6/14 Extra bases

Thursday’s crowd of 42,292 was the biggest of the season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs-Tigers series drew 124,782, the largest mid-week, three-game series in the ballpark’s history.

“I love it here,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “It’s a great atmosphere. I’ve always said a Cubs game is more than a game, it’s a happening. It’s kind of a neat atmosphere. Fortunately, we came in and won two out of three.”

That’s what happened, unfortunately for the Cubs, who lost, 5-2, on Thursday.

* Leyland was impressed by the Cubs middle infield of Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro.

“[Barney] had a hell of a series against us,” Leyland said of the second baseman, who is riding a five-game hitting streak. “He didn’t do anything wrong against us.”

As for Castro, Leyland said: “That shortstop looks like he’s going to be a superstar to me. I’m just looking, but he looks to me like he’s got a chance to be a superstar. That kid Castro is smooth, doesn’t panic, got some power.”

* Tigers ace Justin Verlander struck out eight and wanted to make sure Tony Campana wasn’t running around the bases.

“He gets on base and wreaks havoc,” Verlander said. “That’s the guy, for me, today, that I focused on.”

Said Campana: “My first at-bat, he was throwing it seemed like B.P. fastballs, they were like 90 miles an hour, and sometimes you look up at the board and he was throwing 97 [mph]. Adding and subtracting, that keeps us off-balance — that’s good pitching.”

* Travis Wood (0-3) took the loss in his fourth career Interleague start. He allowed the leadoff batter to reach in each of his seven innings pitched, but limited the Tigers to two hits in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. He also induced three double play balls.

* Alfonso Soriano has hit in 10 straight games. It’s his 17th career hitting streak of at least 10 games. He’s batting .314 with seven doubles, 12 homers, 24 RBIs and a .735 slugging percentage since May 15.

* Next up are the Red Sox. Dale Sveum was a coach there for two seasons, including 2004 when they won a World Series. But only David Ortiz and Kevin Youkillis remain.

“To me, it’s no different from any other series,” Sveum said. “You’re playing an American League team, you’re playing a good offense. You prepare for them like any other.”

Pitching matchups:

Friday: Ryan Dempster (2-3, 2.31) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 7.20)

Saturday: Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 3.96) vs. Jon Lester (3-4, 4.57)

Sunday: Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.91) vs. Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.14)

— Carrie Muskat

6/13 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face Rick Porcello Wednesday night in Game 2 of the three-game Interleague series against the Tigers. Here’s the lineup:

Campana CF

Castro SS

DeJesus RF

Soriano LF

LaHair 1B

Clevenger C

Barney 2B

Stewart 3B

Garza P

— Carrie Muskat

1/24 Prince Fielder to Tigers

Prince Fielder has agreed to terms with the Tigers on a nine-year, $214 million deal, which means he’s out of the NL Central. But, he’ll be back at Wrigley Field on June 12-14 for Interleague games against the Cubs. Wrigley is one of his favorite places to hit. In 49 games there, Fielder batted .298 with 11 home runs and 15 doubles.

— Carrie Muskat