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DET   8/9/2015
Frustrations bubbled over inside the Tigers dugout during Friday's game and Jose Iglesias and James McCann got into a heated exchange. McCann confronted Iglesias after the shortstop appeared to give up on a couple of plays that might have resulted in different outcomes had he delivered more effort. The two exchanged words and Iglesias shoved McCann, and later threw his glove at the catcher. Tempers are bound to flare up over the course of a 162-game season, but this one was very public -- photos and video have circulated the internet and the situation may hint at a bigger issue. The team has struggled in 2015 and the reset button was pushed at the non-waiver trade deadline.
DET   7/14/2015
After starting the season on an 11-2 run, the Tigers stumbled into the All-Star break with a 33-42 (.440) record. Their offense is statistically the best in the league, but they have struggled to consistently score runs at times. And the numbers say their pitching is one of the worst in the American league. They limped into the break trailing the Royals by a season-high nine games and the Twins by 4.5, and a playoff berth is looking harder and harder to earn. They would need to go 47-27 (.635) to come close to the Royals and that's only if that team struggles along with a .500 record the rest of the way.
DET   4/18/2015
The Tigers' offense is among the league's best through the first week of play. Collectively, the team is batting .355 with a .433 on-base percentage; it's the team's best start since 1985.
DET   4/12/2015
Detroit is off to its hottest start in 30 years. The team is 6-0 for the fourth time in team history and the first time since 1985.
DET   4/9/2015
The Tigers set a new modern AL record for the longest shutout streak to start a season, extending their string to 24 innings in a 7-1 win over the Twins on Thursday. Minnesota's only run came in the seventh inning. The previous record was 22 innings and it was held by the 1947 Chicago White Sox. The MLB record (since 1912) remains at 32 innings and is owned by the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.
PHI   8/14/2011
With the recent revelation of Cole Hamels experiencing arm fatigue and the sheer amount of innings pitched by Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, Phillies' pitching coach Rich Dubee has not ruled out the squad using a six-man rotation during the final weeks of the season, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. This is all just speculation presently, but with the Phils all but assured home field in the NL, it wouldn't surprise if they brought Kyle Kendrick back into the rotation if the team wants to rest their aces heading into the playoffs.
PHI   8/13/2011
With the playoffs a little more than a month away, Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro Jr., is hopeful of having right-handers Joe Blanton (elbow) and Jose Contreras (forearm) back during September, according to the Phiadelphia Inquirer. Blanton has missed most of the season, but young Vance Worley has fared well. Contreras can give the team a boost out of the pen and the Phillies would love to add him back to the roster.
PHI   3/12/2011
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has signed a four-year contract extension, which carries him through the 2015 season, the Phillies' official site reports. "He's done an outstanding job for the organization," team president David Montgomery said. "I remember at the time we hired Ruben, I said I thought he had a situation where he had been excellently prepared for this opportunity, and I think, in my judgment, he's exceeded the expectations we had for him at that time."
PHI   3/10/2011
The Phillies signed manager Carlie Manuel to a two-year extension Thursday, the team's official site reports. The extension, which is believed to be worth around $7.5 million, makes Manuel one of the highest-paid managers in the game.

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