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Thursday, May 21, 2015

VIDEO: Watch James McCann hit his first professional game-winning home run

James McCann's first career home run was an inside-the-park job.

His second career home run — the first over-the-fence homer — was a game-winner in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday afternoon, his first walk-off homer since college in 2011.

What will he do for an encore?

"I'd like to play for a good long time. That would be a good encore," he said.

You can watch him talk about the home run here:

And you can watch him hit it here:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

VIDEO: Avila has trained his padawan, James McCann, very well ...

There are some things that James McCann does very differently from Alex Avila.

And some he does quite the same.

Wednesday night, he took a page out of Avila's book to retire Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, jumping onto the backstop netting to catch the foul fly. Avila did the same thing, last September.

Here's the video:

It's not a dream — Tigers pick up on Ausmus T-shirt meme

There have been any number of Brad Ausmus memes since he took over as the manager of the Tigers, but not many have made their way into the team's clubhouse.

Now one has.

Every locker had a T-shirt in it by Wednesday afternoon, and all of them had Brad Ausmus' face on them, along with the word "Dreamy," spelled with an Olde English D.

 The T-shirts, made by Big Water Apparel, were apparently ordered by hitting coach Wally Joyner. [UPDATE: Joyner said he didn't order the shirts. "I wish I had. That would've been a good one for Brad."] [UPDATE II: Another potential culprit, Joba Chamberlain, the man behind the Zubaz suits, has been ruled out.]

"I don’t really have one," Ausmus said with a sheepish grin, when asked if he had a reaction. "Well, Alex (Avila) walked in with it on, to show me, like he had a question to ask. I haven’t walked through the clubhouse, to see if they’re all wearing them."

He won't ask for one, necessarily. But he won't avoid them, either.

"If it starts a winning streak, I’ll wear one," he joked.

There are any number of products with various Ausmus memes, including tote bags with Ausmus' face, and a "Hey Girl" quote.

"I know there’s a tote bag," Ausmus grudgingly admitted. "I’ve signed them, but I don’t know if there’s a relation."

UPDATE III: Process of elimination has settled on Alex Avila as the probable culprit. "I think it was Alex. That’s my guess," Ausmus said, admitting the catcher, currently on the disabled list, has the most time on his hands. "He boldly walked into the room the other day, wearing it in front of me. I assume that was his way of bragging."
Ausmus did say his wife, Liz, found out about the shirts on the internet.
"Somebody must’ve tweeted it, because she said ‘Who bought the T-shirts?’ She asked me last night," he said. "No, she doesn’t want one. Instead of 'Dreamy,' hers would say ‘Nightmare.’"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

VIDEO Watch Anthony Gose make a diving, run-saving catch

While his predecessor in center field, Austin Jackson was reticent to dive — citing the possibility of the ball getting past him and rolling to the wall in the spacious center field at Comerica Park — Anthony Gose has shown no fear doing so, so far.

The first-year Tigers center fielder robbed a hit from Milwaukee's Khris Davis Monday night, with a diving stab in the seventh inning, keeping a run from scoring.

Watch the video here:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

VIDEO: Watch Miguel Cabrera reach the 400-homer milestone

Miguel Cabrera became the 52nd player in Major League Baseball history to hit 400 home runs with a first-inning shot against the Cardinals on Saturday.

You can read more it here, and more about Miggy's thoughts on becoming the all-time home run leader among Venezuelan-born players here.

Watch the history:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

VIDEO: Watch Jose Iglesias do ridiculous Jose Iglesias things

Jose Iglesias is a human highlight reel, no one questions that — when he's in the lineup, at least.

It's a good thing for Anibal Sanchez that the defensive wizard was on his game early in Thursday's contest against the Minnesota Twins, after briefly looking like he wouldn't be earlier in the day, thanks to a lineup snafu.

Iglesias turned a slick double play in the first inning, using his glove to flip the ball from behind second base to Ian Kinsler at the bag, forcing out Minnesota's Brian Dozier. It helped that Kinsler barehanded the flip, and whizzed the ball to first base to complete the literally figurative Twin killing.

Watch the video here:

VIDEO: Watch Tigers prospect Joey Pankake hit an inside-the-park HR for Whitecaps

Catcher James McCann isn’t the only Tigers prospect to hit an inside-the-parker as his first home run of this season: West Michigan’s Joey Pankake duplicated the feat Wednesday night against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

A seventh-round pick of the Tigers in last June’s First-Year Player Draft, Pankake hit a pair of home runs with short-season Connecticut in the New York-Penn league last season, but Wednesday’s was his first homer with the Whitecaps.

The second baseman went back-to-back with teammate Michael Gerber, whose second-inning homer off Bowling Green’s Hyrum Formo was of the more conventional variety.

Here’s a look at the play: