VIDEO: David Price Receives Standing Ovation in Return to Tampa Bay

David Price will pitch against his old team, the Tampa Bay Rays, on Thursday. He was on the bench Tuesday night when the Rays rolled a video tribute to their former pitcher, who spent the first six-plus years of his career in Tampa.

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VIDEO: Did Joe Nathan Flip Off the Comerica Park Crowd After the Tigers’ Win Over Pittsburgh?

Detroit Tigers fans long ago lost their patience with closer Joe Nathan, who again was booed Wednesday night after walking the first two batters of the ninth inning with his team up four.

Nathan worked out of the jam by getting a deep fly out to left and a 5-3 double play. But as he walked up to exchange a fist bump with Tigers catcher Alex Avila, Nathan appeared to make an unseemly gesture toward the sellout crowd. He then turned toward the team’s congratulatory handshake line and repeated that gesture with his opposite hand.
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Detroit Pistons Might Now Be Left With No Other Good Option But To Trade Greg Monroe

pistons-logo1Some Detroit Pistons’ fans would take Tuesday’s report—that Greg Monroe would consider signing a one-year qualifying offer deal with the team—as positive news. The reality as it relates to Detroit’s future, however, is that it is not.

With the announcement, leaked early Tuesday from Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, it becomes clearer that Monroe does not want to play in Detroit long term. From that standpoint, the Pistons would be smartest to act as soon as possible to get value for their disgruntled forward. It’s been an embarrassing offseason to say the least with Monroe, full of trade rumors and confusion on what the next move might be for both parties. It seems each side has dared the other to blink first. As Goodwill admits, the clock is now ticking louder. Continue reading

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Detroit Pistons Rumors: Greg Monroe ‘Definitely’ Open to Signing One-Year Qualifying Offer, Per Report

The Detroit Pistons’ waiting game with restricted free agent forward Greg Monroe could end with Monroe signing a one-year, $5.3 million qualifying offer and then testing the market again next summer. That’s per a report from the Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill, who quotes a source as saying that Monroe is “definitely” open to that idea.

While taking the qualifying offer is a risk if he gets injured — he has missed just one of his last 310 games — it’s the biggest leverage he and his agent, David Falk, have.

If Monroe signs the qualifying offer, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next summer, free to sign wherever he likes — and for the following season, he would have to approve any trade, as he likely would try to secure a long-term deal with any new team.

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Detroit Tigers Trade Rumors: Daniel Nava on the Radar as Tigers Look for Another Hitter

Update: Count Daniel Nava as the first, though certainly not the last, bat linked to the Detroit Tigers ahead of the waiver deadline. Nick Cafardo of reports that both the Tigers and Royals already are showing interest in Nava, who has not yet been placed on waivers.

Nava is a switch-hitter and batting .276 with a .360 OBP from the left side of the dish. The Tigers do not have many lefty options, especially with Andy Dirks’ status still uncertain.

The Detroit Tigers’ AL Central lead continues to dwindle and the offense continues to struggle — after putting up five runs early Sunday in Toronto, the Tigers went scoreless for the final 15 innings of that 6-5 loss.

So now, with the waiver-trade deadline approaching, GM Dave Dombrowski may be looking for another bat. (“No kidding,” said every Tigers fan at the same time.)

The Tigers have “kicked around a trade” for a hitter, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported. “[The] problem is few quality bats will be available to the Tigers in the waiver process. There also is no obvious position for the Tigers to upgrade. They are pretty much set in the outfield, and their rookies on the left side of the infield are performing right around the league average.”
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Kellen Moore Gives Detroit Lions Best Chance to Win if Stafford is Out

Kellen Moore Detroit LionsKellen Moore was one of the few bright spots in Saturday’s snoozer of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and showed why he gives the Detroit Lions the best shot at winning if Matthew Stafford goes down injured.

Moore went 11-13 with 121-yards through the air and one beautiful touchdown pass to Corey Fuller to seal the win on Saturday. Meanwhile in the 2nd and 3rd quarters Dan Orlovsky went 12-23 with only 89-yards through the air and no touchdowns. Orlovsky, the former 0-16 quarterback, looked lost at times on the field and seemed to barely know the scheme when he did play. Moore in his three years of preseason play has been nothing but efficient with over 300-yards passing every full preseason and a total of only one interception and six touchdowns while he’s played with the third team and mostly against the backups to the other team’s backups on defense.  Continue reading

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Detroit Pistons Reportedly Increase Their Offer to Greg Monroe

The Greg Monroe standoff continues to drag on, with the Detroit Pistons’ restricted free agent still hoping to land a max offer from someone while mulling what’s on the table from his current team.

That current contract offer from the Pistons has increased some, according to the Free Press’ Vince Ellis.

The Pistons have moved from the initial five-year, $60-million offer and an offer that’s slightly better than the four-year, $54-million deal that Josh Smith signed last summer is on the table.

But the offer to make him the highest paid player on the roster hasn’t brokered an agreement. And negotiations aren’t ongoing.

The impasse could last into next month unless a sudden sign-and-trade materializes. There were discussions with the Blazers early in the process and Yahoo! Sports reported recently that brief discussions with Suns and Hawks didn’t gain traction. That’s probably because the Pistons are placing a premium on Monroe that teams so far have proven unwilling to pay.

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Former Detroit Lions QB Scott Mitchell to Appear on Next Season of ‘The Biggest Loser’


Scott Mitchell weighs 366 pounds now. Don’t want to bury the lead, so we will just get that out of the way up front.

The former Detroit Lions quarterback will be a cast member of the 16th season of “The Biggest Loser” — a show that challenges its cast members to see who can lose the most weight. Mitchell (top row, second from the right in that picture above) will be joined by another former Lions player, Damien Woody, on the program.
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