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Wed, 01 May 2013 06:46:56 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Drew Smyly has worked back-to-back eighth innings and has shifted into a setup role from a long-relief role.
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:02:28 -0700
Detroit Tigers Ps Drew Smyly and Darin Downs are unavailable for the game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 13, after making lengthy appearances Friday, April 12. However, RP Phil Coke (illness) said he would be available to pitch Saturday, despite spending the previous night at the team hotel due to illness.
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:28:04 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly worked four perfect innings in relief while striking out five to earn his first career save against the New York Yankees Friday, April 5.
Fantasy Tip: Don't read anything into this as far as Smyly entering the picture of Detroit's closer-by-committee situation. Phil Coke remains the best option to own for saves, with Joaquin Benoit the next in line. The signing of Jose Valverde makes him intriguing in the long run, but there's no guarantee he'll be closing games in Detroit just yet. He should be scooped up, though.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:38:29 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello won the final spot in the starting rotation. SP Drew Smyly will pitch in relief.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:57:26 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello is likely to be the No. 5 starter unless the team receives a significant offer for him. That means SP Drew Smyly likely begins in the minors.
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:59:48 -0800
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly has added a changeup to his repertoire, and the results have been encouraging so far this season. "It's still a work in progress," Smyly said. "But it's clicked. It's amazing that the smallest change can make a world of difference. It's a whole other pitch. I'm excited about it." Smyly pitched two innings with one hit and no walks Monday, Feb. 25, in his latest outing.
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:00:36 -0800
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly is getting an early start to spring camp this year, and he's focusing on his changeup while working with pitching coach Jeff Jones. "That's been our focus with him this offseason. It looks like it's getting better, so I'm curious to see how it's going to be," Jones said.
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:01:13 -0800
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello, who will compete for the No. 5 rotation spot with SP Drew Smyly in spring training if he isn't traded before then, said he's been focusing on his slider this offseason and shoring up his mechanics with the help of mentor Jeff Jones. "Right now, I've been focusing on my slider, because that's the pitch that I'm going to throw more than my curveball generally," Porcello said. "A lot of it has to do with just your consistency in your delivery and your arm angle. If all of those fall into place, then your pitches should be where they need to be. That's the main thing I've been focusing on is just repeating my delivery and getting all my body parts where they need to be." Hitters were more aggressive against Porcello last season, but he allowed a .310 average against and he allowed the most doubles in baseball with 53. His struggles with command led to left-handed hitters feasting off of him.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:38:58 -0800
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said SP Rick Porcello has a "leg up" on the No. 5 starting rotation post this season. SP Drew Smyly will be Porcello's main competition this spring. "Smyly did such a good job for us last year and, ideally, you want a left-hander in your rotation," Dombrowski said. "So I don't know which way that will end up going, but Porcello would have to be a leader."
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:13:39 -0800
The Detroit Tigers are taking calls on SP Drew Smyly, as well as SP Rick Porcello. The team is not committed to trading one or the other, but there has been plenty of interest.