Mike Babcock Granted Permission to Meet With Other Teams; Decision Expected Later This Month

The Mike Babcock sweepstakes officially have begun, with the World Championships providing the backdrop for much of the drama. TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger reported Friday that the Detroit Red Wings will allow Babcock to talk with other teams about his coaching future, even though his contract runs through the end of July.

Both Babcock and GM Ken Holland are attending the IIHF Worlds in Prague.

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Dave Dombrowski, Brad Ausmus Keep Setting Tigers’ Bullpen up to Fail

The Tigers led by three, with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, when things unraveled Wednesday night. Joba Chamberlain gave up a single, then another (a line shot Nick Castellanos said he should have caught), followed by a game-tying home run.

Inexplicably, Chamberlain stayed out for three more batters. All three singled, driving home the go-ahead run in what became a 7-6 Detroit loss.

This is a Brad Ausmus problem. The Tigers’ second-year manager actually strayed from his usual approach earlier in the game, pulling Al Alburquerque for Tom Gorzelanny in the sixth — at least an inning before Gorzelanny’s southpaw talents tend to be put to work.

When push came to shove in the eighth, though, Ausmus settled back into his unimaginative self. Chamberlain started the inning because, well, he’s the setup guy. Chamberlain remained on the mound until the scoreboard had flipped because, as we later learned, Ausmus felt he had to save Blaine Hardy in case the game went extra innings.
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Detroit Tigers Player Power Rankings: Jose Iglesias Cracks the Top Five

The Detroit Tigers hold the smallest of leads in the AL Central — at 17-9, they’re a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Royals.

Which players are getting the job done so far? We break it down in our first Detroit Tigers Player Power Rankings of the season:

25. Hernan Perez: “We’re afraid to lose him on waivers” is becoming an increasingly less convincing argument to keeping Perez, especially as the Tigers continue to lack pop off the bench.

24. Alex Wilson: His biggest contribution to date came in helping David Price out of a jam vs. the Twins. His other two appearances have come in relief.

23. Al Alburquerque: On this week’s podcast I compared Alburquerque to Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn … before they buy him his glass in “Major League”. Expected to be a key setup guy, AA currently carries the team’s worst ERA (9.00) and WHIP (2.25).

22. Ian Krol: Still hasn’t quite figured out the situational-reliever role, so he can’t really be used in that way. He’s yet to allow an earned run when he lasts longer than 1/3 of an inning.

21. Andrew Romine: Might be ranked higher if played more, but if he played more he probably would not be as effective. He’s 6-for-11 (.545) so far this season, with three steals.
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The Detroit Sports Show: Detroit Lions Draft Grades

We’re grading the Detroit Lions’ 2015 NFL draft on the latest episode of The Detroit Sports Show. Joining us to break down Detroit’s draft class is the Free Press’ Dave Birkett, who can be found on Twitter @davebirkett.

In case you want to skip ahead, here’s where to find the key moments this week:

16:00: Dave Birkett calls in to answer some questions about the Lions’ draft. How will the Laken Tomlinson and Ameer Abdullah picks help this team? Were there any surprises in how GM Martin Mayhew went about the 2015 draft?

40:15: The Detroit Tigers go under the microscope. What’s the biggest worry about this team coming out of a four-game split in Kansas City?

56:00: Closing the show with a quick look at the Mike Babcock situation in Hockeytown. Should he come back as head coach next season?

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The Detroit Sports Show: Red Wings – Lightning Game 7 and Lions Mock Draft

The boys come out firing with Andrew Tomlinson, Max DeMara and Chris Burke talking about the Detroit Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall suspension for Game 7 of the First Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Moving on, the trio breaks down what has happened in the series, what is to come and what winning or losing Game 7 might mean for the team.

Chris heads out for a birthday dinner midway through the show, so Max and Andrew take over to talk some Detroit Lions draft. The two give their three round mocks for the team and talk about some other prospects that intrigue them.


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The Detroit Sports Show, Ep. 68: What’s Next in the Red Wings-Lightning Series?

Can the Detroit Red Wings bounce back from a Game 2 loss to upset the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL playoffs? Are the Detroit Tigers really as good as their early record indicates, or are injuries to Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez going to prove their undoing?

We hit those topics in the latest Detroit Sports Show podcast — our first in several months. The show will be back on the air next Monday at 7 p.m. ET, which will serve as our usual timeslot from now on.

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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Preview: Discussing the Matchup With the Tampa Bay Lightning And Beyond

detroit_red_wings_logoThe usual things are certain in life, like death, taxes and many vegetables not tasting good. Now, adding the Detroit Red Wings making the playoffs to that list might be a good idea.

For the 24th straight season, the Red Wings will play in the tournament for Lord Stanley’s mug, and take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in round one. Detroit has been forced to play playoff hockey for a few weeks now to fend off the opposition down the stretch, and haven’t exactly been striding to the finish.

With goaltending and injuries becoming an issue, will the Red Wings have what it takes to pull the minor upset of the Lightning, a team they beat just once in the regular season? How far will they go, and what will happen in the rest of the playoffs? Continue reading

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Will Detroit Pistons be Losing Greg Monroe to New York Knicks? Rumors Are Beginning to Swirl

pistons-logo1For all intents and purposes, the Detroit Pistons’ season is over, but there are still games to play out on the schedule.

That hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from starting to churn. A few days ago, it was rumored that a deal between Greg Monroe and the New York Knicks is all but done. Frank Isola of The New York Daily News first broke the story.

Maybe the worst kept secret in the NBA is that Phil Jackson plans to pursue Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe in free agency this summer, In fact, one league executive called it “about as close to a done deal as you can get.”

If it’s a secret, it’s a secret that was news to Monroe. The Pistons big man refuted the report himself two days ago, saying he had not discussed anything regarding his future. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press has his quotes. Continue reading

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