Player Notes - Tampa Bay and Detroit
Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Evan Longoria3BTampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria has started as the DH the past two games due to a sore forearm, according to mlb.com.Longoria says he played through the injury for five days and hopes to be back at third base Wednesday. He said it doesn't bother him when he hits.8/26/2014 10:09:00 PM
Jake OdorizziSPTampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi served up four dingers Monday at Baltimore.He allowed eight runs on 11 hits in four innings. The right-hander had given up one homer in his previous 22 2/3 innings and 13 homers in 136 1/3 innings this season prior to Monday. Odorizzi has given up 13 home runs and posted a 5.61 ERA on the road this season, compared to a 3.18 ERA and four home runs at home.8/25/2014 10:06:00 PM
Yunel EscobarSSRays shortstop Yunel Escobar won't be traded to the Athletics, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.The A's claimed Escobar off revocable waivers, but the Rays have pulled him back. Escobar's offense has been in decline for years and he also has a negative UZR at shortstop for the first time in his career. As a result, he's been worse than replacement level this season (-0.1 WAR).8/25/2014 6:01:00 PM
ColdDesmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just a .100 hitter (2-for-20) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.Jennings was supposed to be the next "Carl Crawford" but he's not even at that level. He's a 12 HR, 20 SB guy ... at best, while Crawford was a 13 HR, 50 SB guy for multiple seasons.8/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
Evan Longoria3BTampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .433 hitter with five home runs against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.That's the most home runs by any hitter off Tillman. Longoria continues to produce below expectations and its time to admit he's not going to reach last year's totals and will probably never reach the levels we expected when he exploded onto the scene as a rookie in 2008.8/25/2014 9:44:00 AM
HotChris ArcherSPRays starter Chris Archer has recorded a 1.99 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings this month.Archer walks a lot of batters (3.43 BB/9), but he has given up just six homers all year and struck out 147 batters in 157 1/3 innings. The right-hander held the Blue Jays to one run on six hits and struck out six over seven innings Sunday.8/24/2014 5:33:00 PM
HotJeremy HellicksonSPRays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has recorded a 2.61, a 1.08 WHIP and a 33/9 K/BB over 38 innings since he returned from elbow surgery.Hellickson missed the first three months of the season and he didn't make it out of the fifth inning in his first three starts, but he's looked sharp in his last four. In that span, he's gone 1-1 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP. He struck out a season-high eight batters and allowed two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings Saturday at Toronto.8/23/2014 4:47:00 PM
Logan Forsythe2BTampa Bay 2B Logan Forsythe is in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.He's hitting .245 with a .658 OPS, five homers and 20 RBI in 241 at-bats this season, but he has a .773 OPS against lefties and is 5-for-7 (.714) with two doubles and a walk against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle. Ben Zobrist, the usual starting second baseman, is in right field, Brandon Guyer is in left and Sean Rodriguez is at first base while Matt Joyce, Kevin Kiermaier and James Loney are out of the lineup.8/23/2014 12:53:00 PM
Ben Zobrist2BTampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has hit a bit of a rough patch -- 8-for-42 (.190) in his last 10 games -- but he's hitting .359 with a .920 OPS against lefties this season and .381 in his career against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.Despite the poor average in the last two weeks, Zobrist is still batting .343 in his last 26 games.8/23/2014 11:13:00 AM
Desmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitting .421 with a double in 19 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.Jennings is hitting .264 with five homers and an .861 OPS against lefties this season while batting .234 with five homers and a .646 OPS against righties. His excellent numbers against Buehrle and Buehrle's struggles over the past two months make Jennings a solid option in the outfield on Saturday.8/23/2014 11:12:00 AM


Detroit
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Anibal SanchezSPAccording to MLB.com, an ultrasound exam revealed Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has scar tissue breaking off from his original pectoral strain.Sanchez suffered a setback on Monday as he felt pain in his chest when he raised the intensity on his throws. The starter has been out with the strained right pectoral muscle since August 8. The Tigers desperately need him and are hoping he returns some time in September.8/27/2014 10:16:00 AM
HotRick PorcelloSPTigers right-hander Rick Porcello beat the Yankees Tuesday to tie teammate Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright, Wily Peralta and Clayton Kershaw for the Major League lead with 15 wins.Porcello gave up two homers to nemesis Jacoby Ellsbury but they were solo shots and he didn't give up any more runs. The right-hander is 15-8 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP on the year.8/26/2014 11:02:00 PM
Anibal SanchezSPTigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) felt pain while throwing Monday, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.Tigers brass is meeting Tuesday to determine what to do with the right-hander. Sanchez left his start on Aug. 8 with a strained right pectoral muscle.8/26/2014 5:24:00 PM
Miguel Cabrera1BTigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (right ankle) was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but is back on the lineup card for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees.The two-time MVP has a modest five game hitting streak. He's batting .308 with 17 home runs, 88 RBI and an .876 OPS this season.8/26/2014 4:19:00 PM
HotVictor MartinezDHTigers DH Victor Martinez is on fire and has a nice matchup against Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy.Martinez is a career .375 hitter against the Yankees starter. He's batted .409 over the past two weeks and for the season is hitting .328 with a career-high 25 HR along with 84 RBI. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.8/26/2014 10:54:00 AM
Torii HunterRFDetroit right fielder Torii Hunter is 8-for-19 with a 1.187 OPS versus Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.Hunter started out ice cold this month, but he's gone 8-for-22 (.364) this week. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.8/26/2014 10:50:00 AM
Miguel Cabrera1BTigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (right ankle) was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees.We'd call this an "off" year for the two-time MVP, batting .308 with 17 home runs, 88 RBI and an .876 OPS this season, but most mortals would love to be able to produce at this level.8/26/2014 9:50:00 AM
Ian Kinsler2BTigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a walk, one RBI and three runs Sunday against the Twins.Kinsler has gone 9-for-32 (.281) in his last seven games, but he's hitting just .233 with nine extra-base hits since the All-Star break.8/24/2014 7:19:00 PM
Rajai DavisCFTigers center fielder Rajai Davis has hit .236 in August, but he went 2-for-6 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Minnesota.Throughout his career, Davis has been a much better hitter against lefties than righties and this year has been no different. He's hitting .343 with 13 doubles, two triples and three homers against southpaws and .245 with 10 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI against righties. The Tigers had to make Davis the starting center fielder when they traded Austin Jackson in the David Price deal, and Davis may be getting exposed as an everyday player.8/24/2014 7:04:00 PM
HotVictor MartinezDHTigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 25th homer of the season Sunday against the Twins, tying his career high.Martinez' outstanding season continues. He went 3-for-6 with four RBI Sunday and has 26 RBI in August. The AL batting title is going to be a four-man race between Jose Altuve (.334), Martinez (.328), Adrian Beltre (.327) and Robinson Cano (.326).8/24/2014 6:58:00 PM