VIDEO: Real Madrid Play Some (American) Football at Eastern Michigan’s Rynearson Field

Real Madrid will take the field at Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon, for a highly anticipated exhibition match against Manchester United.

In preparation for that contest, Real held a practice at Eastern Michigan’s Rynearson Stadium this week, while also spending some time with a couple of EMU’s athletic teams. Real posted a video of their players trying out some American football on the Eagles’ field, before one of their practices.

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VIDEO: Austin Jackson Given Standing Ovation by Tigers Fans After Being Traded

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had to replace Austin Jackson in the middle of the seventh inning Thursday, moments after reports surfaced that the Tigers had traded Jackson as part of a David Price deal.

Rajai Davis took Jackson’s spot in center field, as Jackson left the field to a standing ovation from the Comerica Park crowd.
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David Price Traded to Detroit Tigers; Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly Dealt as Part of Three-Team Trade

The Detroit Tigers have upgraded their starting rotation, potentially at the expense of their lineup.

In a trade deadline blockbuster, the Tigers acquired Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price in a three-team trade that reportedly will ship Austin Jackson and Drew Smyly out of Detroit. Jackson was pulled from the Tigers-White Sox game in the middle of the seventh inning, all but confirming that he is indeed part of that deal.
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Detroit Tigers Trade Rumors: David Price in Play, Andrew Miller Talks Have ‘Fallen Apart’

It’s starting to look like if the Detroit Tigers do anything on MLB Trade Deadline Day, it will be something huge. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Tigers are among the frontrunners in a potential David Price trade, with a three-team deal between the Mariners, Tigers and Rays mentioned as a possibility by ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine.

Earlier in the day, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Tigers were closing in on a trade for Boston Red Sox reliever (and former Tiger) Andrew Miller. That’s no longer happening:

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Detroit Red Wings Salary Cap Update: Tomas Tatar Re-Signing Erases Any Wiggle Room

The Detroit Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent Tomas Tatar to a three-year deal worth a reported $2.75 million average. That number makes Tatar the fifth highest-paid forward on the current roster, behind only Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen.

It also all but eliminates any extra spending money the Wings may have wanted to maintain moving forward. With Danny DeKeyser still unsigned and Daniel Alfredsson mulling his future, Detroit is down to little more than $5.2 million free, per CapGeek’s calculations.
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Detroit Tigers Rumors: Jose Iglesias Trade Possible?

Detroit TigersThe Detroit Tigers are rumored to be thinking about dealing shortstop Jose Iglesias due to their excitement regarding Eugenio Suarez’s play, according to Nick Carafrdo of the Boston Globe.

Out for the rest of the season with bi-lateral stress fractures in his legs, Iglesias was once viewed as the Tigers’ shortstop of the future. A defensive wizard, Iglesias was never a player to swing a big stick. Suarez has shown a little bit more offensive life than Iglesias did after the Tigers had acquired him and has shown well in the field. Suarez is currently slashing .254/.343/.389.  Continue reading

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VIDEO: Austin Jackson Robs Kole Calhoun of Extra Bases With Great Leaping Grab

Austin Jackson has been the Detroit Tigers’ spark plug on offense since moving to the leadoff spot. In Thursday night’s series opener against the Angels, Jackson got it done with the glove too.

Detroit led 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Kole Calhoun lifted a drive to deep center. Jackson raced back to the track, then leaped at the wall to nab Calhoun’s blast, taking away at least a double.

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Joakim Soria Trade Reinforces That the Detroit Are All In … So Dave Dombrowski Must Go All Out

It may be stretching reality a bit to say that the Detroit Tigers should have won the World Series last season. But the truth is that had it not been for an ill-fated pitch to David Ortiz, Detroit would have been in prime position to knock off the eventual champs.

The bullpen proved too problematic for Detroit to overcome last season, and it loomed as the heartbreaking Achilles heel again in 2014. So general manager Dave Dombrowski did something to fix the issue Wednesday, trading away promising reliever Corey Knebel and top starting pitching prospect Jake Thompson for Texas closer Joakim Soria.

Without question, that price tag is a high one. Dombrowski also had no choice but to pay it, given how badly everyone not named Joba Chamberlain has struggled out of the ‘pen this season.

The Tigers had to sacrifice a couple potential pieces of their future to land Soria. And if they want to win the World Series, Dombrowski should keep right on mortgaging tomorrow for today.
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