|2013 Detroit Tigers|
|American League Central Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Dave Dombrowski|
|Local television||Fox Sports Detroit|
(Mario Impemba, Rod Allen)
|Local radio||Detroit Tigers Radio Network|
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
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The 2013 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 113th season. They finished 93–69, first place in the American League (AL) Central Division. During the season, the Tigers finished one game ahead of the second place Cleveland Indians. They became the first Tigers team to win three consecutive titles since the 1907, 1908 and 1909 won three consecutive American League pennants. The Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics in five games in the American League Division Series and advanced to the ALCS for the third straight season, the first time a Major League team has done so since the New York Yankees advanced to four straight from 1998 to 2001. They lost the American League Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox, four games to two. Manager Jim Leyland announced his retirement following the American League Championship Series.
Third baseman Miguel Cabrera was named the AL Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year and starting pitcher Max Scherzer was named the AL Cy Young Award winner. Shortstop Jose Iglesias was runner-up to Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL Rookie of the Year.
At the conclusion of the 2012 season, the Tigers extended manager Jim Leyland's contract for one season. and announced that Gene Lamont was moved from third base coach to bench coach. Lamont says the move was primarily for health and mobility reasons. Tom Brookens moved from first base coach to third base coach and Rafael Belliard took over as first base coach. The Tigers also hired veteran third base coach Jeff Cox as a baserunning consultant.
On November 14, 2012, The Tigers signed free agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year, $26 million contract. Hunter was the new starting right fielder for the season. The Tigers also signed free agent catcher Brayan Peña to a one-year contract. They re-signed free agent pitcher Aníbal Sánchez to a five-year, $80 million contract.
The Tigers exercised the team options on infielder Jhonny Peralta and pitcher Octavio Dotel. They also avoided arbitration when they reached one-year deals with catcher Alex Avila, outfielders Brennan Boesch and Austin Jackson, and pitchers Phil Coke, Doug Fister, Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer. Previously-released Don Kelly was signed to a minor league contract.
On March 28, the Tigers extended ace starting pitcher Justin Verlander's contract for another five seasons (in addition to his old contract, which had two seasons remaining on it) with a $180 million deal, meaning he will is under contract until at least 2019, with an option for 2020.
The Tigers did not re-sign outfielder Delmon Young, backup catcher Gerald Laird, or closer José Valverde, releasing them to free agency. However, the Tigers brought back Valverde on April 4 when they signed him to a minor league contract, and called him back up to the major league club on April 24. He was again designated for assignment to the Toledo Mud Hens on June 21. The Tigers unconditionally released Valverde on August 7.
The Tigers released utility player Ryan Raburn, and non-tendered pitcher Daniel Schlereth's contract, making him a free agent. Matt Hoffman was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, and the contract of left-handed relief pitcher Adam Wilk was sold to the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization. They also released outfielder Brennan Boesch.
During the offseason, the Tigers traded starting pitcher Andrew Oliver to the Pittsburgh Pirates for catching prospect Ramón Cabrera. Cabrera was assigned to Class AAA Toledo. The Tigers also acquired two Rule 5 draft picks through separate trades. The club picked up second-baseman Jeff Kobernus from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for utility player Justin Henry, who had been assigned to Toledo. The Tigers also received left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations. Kobernus was returned to the Nationals on March 23. The Tigers traded catcher Curt Casali to Tampa Bay in exchange for the rights to Rule 5 pitcher Kyle Lobstein, who was out-righted to Class AA Erie.
On May 19, Miguel Cabrera hit three home runs in a game for the second time in his career. He finished the game with four hits and five RBIs, but the Tigers still lost the game, 11–8, to the Texas Rangers.
On May 21, Max Scherzer retired 21 consecutive batters in a 5–1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Scherzer allowed three baserunners in the first inning before retiring every hitter he faced over the next seven innings.
On June 1, the Tigers hit four home runs in the fourth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles. This was the first time the Tigers hit four homers in one inning since they last accomplished the feat on September 10, 1986. Víctor Martínez started the barrage with a solo shot down the right-field line; Jhonny Peralta followed with a long fly into the fourth row of the left-field bleachers before Alex Avila blasted one into the Orioles' bullpen. Miguel Cabrera would later join the fun with a grand slam, giving him 17 home runs and a Major league-leading 65 RBIs.
The Tigers sent six players to the 2013 All-Star Game, giving them more representatives than any other major league team, and matching their most representatives since 1985. Miguel Cabrera was voted in as the starter at third base in the fan voting; Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta, Torii Hunter and Max Scherzer were selected as reserves in the player voting; Justin Verlander was added by manager Jim Leyland. The Tigers had a chance to send seven players to the All-Star Game this season, as Joaquín Benoit was one of the five finalists for the AL in the All-Star Final Vote, but Benoit was beaten out by pitcher Steve Delabar of the Toronto Blue Jays. On July 15, Scherzer was selected to start the game by his manager, Jim Leyland, who managed the AL squad this season.
On July 29, the Tigers traded outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later to the Houston Astros, in exchange for relief pitcher José Veras. To make room on the roster, pitcher Luke Putkonen was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
On July 30, the Tigers traded outfielder Avisail García to the Chicago White Sox and pitcher Brayan Villarreal to the Boston Red Sox in a three-team deal to acquire infielder José Iglesias from the Red Sox.
On August 5, 2013, shortstop Jhonny Peralta was among 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. As a first-time offender of the league's drug policy, Peralta received a 50-game suspension.
On August 8, after a 10–3 win over the Cleveland Indians, Scherzer became the third pitcher in major league history to start a season 17–1, following Roger Clemens in 2001 and Don Newcombe in 1955.
On August 17, Miguel Cabrera hit a walk-off home run off Aaron Crow to defeat the Kansas City Royals, 6–5. This was Cabrera's major league leading thirteenth game-tying or go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later in the last five seasons.
On August 18, Miguel Cabrera hit his 361st career home run, taking the number 77 spot on the career home runs list, tying Hall of Fame outfielder Joe DiMaggio. Cabrera became the third player since 1921 to have at least 40 home runs and 120 RBIs while batting .350 or better through 116 games, joining Hall of Fame members Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.
On August 25, with a win over the New York Mets, the Tigers became the first Major League team this year to have five pitchers with double-digit wins. The last time the Tigers had five pitchers (including starters and relievers) with double-digit wins was the 1984 World Series winning team, the last time the Tigers had five starting pitchers with double-digit wins was in 1949.
On September 6, the Tigers had a season high 26 hits in a 16–2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The last time the Tigers had at least 26 hits in a game was on May 27, 2004, in a 17–7 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Oddly, the Tigers had lost their previous game to the Boston Red Sox by a 20-4 score. Thus, the Tigers became the first MLB team to lose a game by at least 14 runs and then win the next game by at least 14 runs since the 1922 St. Louis Browns.
On September 6, Omar Infante and Andy Dirks were both 5-for-5, the first time the Tigers had two players with five hits in the same game since 1917, when Hall of Famer Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach and Ossie Vitt all had five hits.
On September 20, after a 12–5 win over the Chicago White Sox, Scherzer became the first major league pitcher this year to reach 20 wins. Scherzer became the second Tiger's pitcher to reach 20 wins since Bill Gullickson in 1991, following Justin Verlander in 2011, and 45th in Tiger's history. Scherzer finished the regular season with 21 wins, the most in the major leagues.
On September 21, the Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox, 7-6, after trailing 6-0 in the ninth inning. This marked the first time that a Tigers team won a game after trailing by at least six runs in the ninth since 1947, when they rallied from a 6–0 deficit for a 7–6 win over the Washington Senators.
The Detroit Tigers set the major league single-season strikeouts record with 1,428 strikeouts. The Tigers became just the third team in major league history to have three pitchers strike out 200-plus batters in a single season, following the 1969 Houston Astros and 1967 Minnesota Twins.
Miguel Cabrera finished the regular season with a .348 batting average, winning his third straight AL batting title. Cabrera became the first Tiger to win three consecutive batting titles since Ty Cobb from 1917 to 1919. With his 44 home runs, Cabrera became the third player in Tigers history to hit 40+ home runs in consecutive seasons, joining Hank Greenberg (1937–38) and Cecil Fielder (1990–91).
On November 12, Max Scherzer was named the American League Cy Young Award winner, receiving 28 of 30 first-place votes. Scherzer went 21–3 during the season, and was the major leagues' only 20-game winner. He also posted a 2.90 ERA, league-leading 0.97 WHIP, and 240 strikeouts.
On November 14, Miguel Cabrera won his second straight AL Most Valuable Player award, on the strength of a league-leading .348 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. Cabrera also led the major leagues in on-base percentage (.442), slugging percentage (.636) and OPS (1.078). He received 23 of 30 first-place votes. Miguel is only the third Tiger player to win the MVP award more than once, joining Hank Greenberg (1935, 1940) and Hal Newhouser (1944–45).
On October 10, during Game 5 of the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics, Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, before it was broken up by Yoenis Céspedes. Verlander finished with 10 strikeouts and one walk in a shutout to seal the series victory. In his career, Verlander has thrown 30 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason against the Athletics, a major league record for a pitcher versus one team, surpassing Christy Mathewson's 28 scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Athletics from 1905–11.
On October 12, during Game 1 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, the Tigers were within two outs of a combined no-hitter, before it was broken up by Daniel Nava. The only other time a no-hitter was broken up in the ninth inning in postseason history was during the 1947 World Series.
On October 12, during Game 1 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, Aníbal Sánchez became the first pitcher in Detroit Tigers history to strike out four batters in one inning. This was possible because Shane Victorino initially struck out after Jacoby Ellsbury did the same, but the ball got away from catcher Alex Avila, and Victorino advanced to first on a wild pitch. Sánchez later struck out David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. Sánchez became the second player in Major League history to strike out four batters in one inning during the postseason, following Orval Overall in the 1908 World Series.
On October 15, during Game 3 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, Justin Verlander tied a postseason record by striking out six consecutive batters. Verlander finished the game with 10 strikeouts, marking the sixth time he has had at least 10 strikeouts in a postseason game, and setting a postseason record.
The Detroit Tigers set a franchise record by going 23 consecutive innings without allowing a run. The streak began in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics, and continued until the sixth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox. The previous franchise record, set in 2006 and matched in 2011, was 20 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Detroit Tigers starting rotation set a Major League record for the most strikeouts in a postseason series with 55 strikeouts in the American League Championship Series. The previous record was 51, set by the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2001 World Series. The Tigers pitching staff finished with a total of 73 strikeouts in the ALCS, a postseason record.
American League Central
|Kansas City Royals||86||76||0.531||7||44–37||42–39|
|Chicago White Sox||63||99||0.389||30||37–44||26–55|
|Tigers win||Tigers loss||Game postponed|
|2013 Game Log (93–69)|
American League Division Series
American League Division Series vs Oakland Athletics (Tigers win series 3–2)
American League Championship Series
American League Championship Series vs Boston Red Sox (Red Sox win series 4–2)
|2013 Detroit Tigers|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
+Totals with Tigers only.
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
+Totals with Tigers only.
- Great expectations finally come to fruition MLB.com, September 26, 2013
- Verlander sends Tigers past A's in Game 5 gem cbssports.com wire reports on October 10, 2013.
- Leyland steps down after eight years with Tigers MLB.com, October 21, 2013
- "Leyland signs on for another season with Tigers". MLB.com. October 29, 2012.
- "Lamont's Mobility Issues Reason for Changes". MLB.com. December 5, 2012.
- "Jeff Cox joins Tigers' staff as baserunning consultant". MLB.com. January 21, 2013.
- "Sources: Hunter, Tigers reach deal". Fox Sports. November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
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- "Tigers, Scherzer avoid arbitration with one-year deal". MLB.com. February 4, 2013.
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- "Peralta, Dotel will return, Young, Valerde won't return". Fox Sports Detroit. October 30, 2012.
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- "Valverde focused on present day in Detroit". MLB.com. April 24, 2013.
- "Jose Valverde designated for assignment by the Tigers". NBC Sports. June 21, 2013.
- "Tigers release former closer Valverde". MLB.com. August 7, 2013.
- "Tigers Release Raburn, Open Up Spot for Rondon". MLB.com. November 20, 2012.
- "Lefty reliever Schlereth non-tendered by Tigers". MLB.com. November 30, 2012.
- "Tigers Sell Contract of Left-Hander Adam Wilk, Outright Matt Hoffman". MLB.com. December 19, 2012.
- "Separate ways: Tigers release outfielder Boesch". MLB.com. March 13, 2013.
- Tigers Deal Oliver to Pirates for Cabrera MLB.com December 5, 2012
- Tigers Add Speed, Lefty Arm in Rule 5 Draft MLB.com December 6, 2012
- Tigers Return Rule 5 Pick Kobernus to Nats MLB.com, March 23, 2013
- Tigers Send Lobstein to Double-A; Trade Casali MLB.com, March 25, 2013
- Anibal sets Tigers record with career-high 17 K's MLB.com, April 26, 2013
- Verlander flirts with no-no as Tigers rout Astros MLB.com, May 5, 2013
- Miggy's big hitting night in loss a first in MLB MLB.com, May 26, 2013
- Scherzer gets max out of Miggy's encore vs. Tribe MLB.com, May 21, 2013
- Anibal's bid for no-hitter denied by Mauer MLB.com, May 24, 2013
- Box Score - Brewers at Tigers, September 10, 1986 Baseball-Reference.com, June 1, 2013
- Five Tigers homers power Verlander past O's MLB.com, June 1, 2013
- Peralta's walk-off HR provides much-needed closure MLB.com, June 20, 2013
- "Detroit's Scherzer moves to 11-0 as Tigers rout Boston". June 22, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Dealing Scherzer baffles Blue Jays, rolls to 13-0 MLB.com, July 3, 2012
- All-Star Rosters mlb.mlb.com on July 14, 2013.
- Matt Harvey, Max Scherzer on hill ESPN.com, July 15, 2013
- Torii single shy of cycle in Tigers' rout of Tribe MLB.com, July 6, 2013
- Jahnke, James (July 29, 2013). "Detroit Tigers land RP Jose Veras in trade with Astros". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Dombrowski Says Tigers Accomplished Their Trade Goal By Signing Veras CBS Detroit, July 30, 2013
- Detroit Tigers acquire Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Avisail Garcia and Brayan Villarreal MLB.com, July 30, 2013
- Avila's slam off Strasburg sends Anibal, Tigers to win MLB.com, July 30, 2013
- Hunter's monster day backs Verlander's strong effort
- Peralta accepts 50-game suspension MLB.com, August 5, 2013
- Tigers 10, Indians 3: Tribe wave the white flag
- Despite Cabrera's heroics, Tigers' winning streak ends MLB.com, August 9, 2013
- Miggy delivers late again with walk-off homer MLB.com, August 17, 2013
- With No. 40, Miggy matches DiMaggio all time MLB.com, August 18, 2013
- Scherzer's gritty effort in duel nets win No. 19 MLB.com, August 24, 2013
- Tigers have five with 10 wins for first time since '84 MLB.com, August 27, 2013
- Tigers march past Royals behind 26-hit parade MLB.com, September 6, 2013
- Scherzer secures No. 20 as Tigers cut magic number MLB.com, September 20, 2013
- Improbable rally cuts Tigers' magic number to two MLB.com, September 21, 2013
- Tigers' pitching staff sets strikeout record MLB.com, September 29, 2013
- "Pitching Season Finder, For single seasons, From 1901 to 2017, (requiring SO>=200)". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- Miggy claims third straight AL batting title Miggy claims third straight AL batting title Archived October 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine MLB.com, September 29, 2013
- Cabrera belts 40th, Scherzer wins No. 18 as Tigers roll cbssports.com wire reports, August 18, 2013.
- Stellar season earns Scherzer AL Cy Young Award MLB.com, November 13, 2013
- MiggyVP! Tigers slugger goes back to back MLB.com, November 14, 2013.
- Tigers' Miguel Cabrera named 2013 AL Most Valuable Player Axisa, Mike at cbssports.com, 14 November 2013.
- Verlander's gem books Tigers' return trip to ALCS MLB.com, October 10, 2013
- Did you know? ALDS Game 5: DET 3, OAK 0 MLB.com on October 11, 2013.
- Tigers flirt with combined no-no in win over Sox MLB.com, October 13, 2013
- Anibal makes history with four K's in one inning MLB.com, October 13, 2013
- Verlander ties K mark but allows decisive home run MLB.com, October 15, 2013
- Tigers' hurlers setting records early in ALCS MLB.com, October 14, 2013
- Did you know? ALCS Game 6: BOS 5, DET 2 MLB.com, October 20, 2013
- Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2013). Baseball America 2014 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-48-0.
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