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Jason Beck

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Detroit Tigers beat writer for MLB.com

Tigers beat reporter for MLB.com. Recovering marathoner, Xavier basketball and Chelsea FC fan. Convert to wRC+.

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  1. Michael Lorenzen is Tigers' All-Star

    Michael Lorenzen found out about his first All-Star selection from manager A.J. Hinch, who called him into his office with the coaching staff. He did not see it coming. Lorenzen: "The way he was saying it, I was like, 'Did I get traded or something? I think I got traded.' ... "I'm
  2. Tigers top prospect hits 473-foot home run

    More than one evaluator who has seen Colt Keith play this year say he's a Major League hitter right now. For Tigers, the patience is about developing him as a Major League defender, while figuring out how much further he can develop as a hitter against Triple-A pitching (better t
  3. Javier Báez still chasing, but heating up

    “History has told us that he has snapped out of this, usually with a sort of massive hot streak,” A.J. Hinch said of Javier Báez last weekend. It might not be massive yet, but after lot of early hitting, he’s quietly heating up. He’s still chasing, but he’s connecting more often. “
  4. Sometimes prospects struggling is good

    Reese Olson carried a 9.67 ERA in Triple-A Toledo until a few weeks ago. On Friday, the Tigers prospect carried a no-hit bid into the 6th inning for the Tigers in his MLB debut. In a roundabout way, it's an example why prospects struggling sometimes can be a good thing. “I think m
  5. Wilmer Flores (the pitching prospect) tackles struggles head-on

    Wilmer Flores was a breakout pitcher in the Tigers farm system last year, and skyrocketed up prospect rankings, even cracking MLB Pipeline’s Top 100. Now he’s encountering the first real struggles of his pro career, including his power fastball, but the big right-hander is tackli
  6. Sometimes the No. 5 pick works out well

    As Detroit stews over another draft lottery defeat, Tigers outfielder Riley Greene shows how drafting fifth sometimes still yields a pretty good talent (yeah, I know, different sport).
  7. Maton turns table on hitting struggles

    One of the biggest questions for Nick Maton’s potential has been whether he can hit the breaking ball. On Sunday, the Tigers won after the breaking ball hit him.
  8. Tigers’ top catching prospect on a tear

    Dillon Dingler’s Detroit aspirations seemed in serious question after an offseason sore knee became a torn meniscus and led to surgery. Now he’s tearing up the Eastern League and reminding everyone he’s still a top catching prospect. "I’m happy. I just have to make sure that it’s
  9. Watching a game with the ball-strike challenge system

    Watched a Toledo Mud Hens game Sunday with the automated balls-and-strikes challenge system, which was interesting. Then talked with Justyn-Henry Malloy, Parker Meadows and Anthony Iapoce about the strategy behind it, which was fascinating.
  10. This is the Eduardo Rodriguez the Tigers signed

    Not since Max Scherzer in 2012 had a Tigers pitcher delivered 8 scoreless innings with no walks and 10+ strikeouts. The only other Tiger to do it was Wild Bill Donovan. Not since Armando Galarraga's would-be perfect game in 2010 had the Tigers played a quicker game than the 1-0 wi
  11. Kerry on: Carpenter keeps slugging

    The last time the Tigers had three consecutive walkoff wins, they got walkoff homers from Eric Munson (to Comerica Park's center-field camera well), Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young. This time, they have red-hot Kerry Carpenter, who would've had four homers in five games if not for a
  12. Miggy's first pinch-hit walkoff, Javy's longest at-bat

    On Saturday Miguel Cabrera accomplished a first for his 21-year career: His 3,095th career hit was his first walkoff pinch-hit (stunning, I know, but he had just 28 career pinch-hit appearances coming into today). But he had to share the spotlight with another sort-of historic fe
  13. Báez pulled from game after losing track of outs

    Javier Báez was out on the bases in the worst way, having lost track of outs on a fly ball. Then he was out of the game. It was one mistake too many (or two, since he didn’t run out of the box immediately on his double) for a Tigers team that made mental mistakes all series in To
  14. A look at Comerica Park’s new fences

    Happy Tigers home opener from Comerica Park, where we got a look at the new outfield fences and padding before players took the field for batting practice. The right-field fence has decorative greenery rather than shrubs above it to help fill the gap between it and the railing. T
  15. Tigers Opening Day lineup: 1. Matt Vierling, RF 2. Javier Baez, SS 3. Riley Greene, CF 4. Eric Haase, C 5. Spencer Torkelson, 1B 6. Austin Meadows, LF 7. Miguel Cabrera, DH 8. Jonathan Schoop, 2B 9. Ryan Kreidler, 3B SP: Eduardo Rodriguez
  16. Tigers trade for Zach McKinstry

    Six years ago, Zach McKinstry was a talented but overlooked shortstop at Central Michigan who ended up going in the 33rd round of that year's MLB Draft. He's now a Detroit Tiger after being acquired from the Cubs for minor-league RHP Carlos Guzman. The Toledo-born McKinstry fills
  17. Meet the Tigers’ WBC winner

    While Javier Báez and Miguel Cabrera were in the spotlight for Puerto Rico and Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Tigers advance scouting manager Kan Ikeda worked behind the scenes with Team Japan to prepare them for their run. He was the one Tiger to return to camp with a
  18. Catching up with Mike Maroth, 20 years after 20 losses

    From the newsletter: 20 years after MLB’s last 20-loss season, Mike Maroth has moved on, now pitching coach at his alma mater, UCF. He isn’t defined by 2003, but he doesn’t think any pitcher will lose 20 in a season again in today’s game. "There’s a lot of things that I went throu
  19. Ryan Kreidler is a man on move in his case for Tigers roster

    Ryan Kreidler could still end up as the Tigers' shortstop of the future if Javier Baez opts out of his contract at season's end. But if Kreidler's going to make this year's team, he needs to be a man of many gloves (he has at least 5 for now). “Play as well as I can wherever they
  20. Riley Greene talks hitting, backspin and mentality as he crushes Spring Training

    Riley Greene arrived at Spring Training a few weeks ago talking about "swing thoughts." Now we're getting an idea what he meant, because he's crushing balls left and right. He's 7 for his last 16, with 8 balls in that span hit at 103 mph or harder. Greene gave some great insight W

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