2013 Detroit Tigers season
|2013 Detroit Tigers
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|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 is the team's 113th season. The Tigers are defending both their American League Central title and their American League Championship title this year, with hopes of a third consecutive playoff appearance.
- On October 29, the Tigers extended Manager Jim Leyland's contract for one more season.
- On December 4, the Tigers confirmed that Gene Lamont was moved from third base coach to bench coach. Lamont says the move was primarily for health and mobility reasons. To accommodate the change, Tom Brookens moved to third base, and Rafael Belliard took over at first base.
- On January 21, the Tigers hired veteran third base coach Jeff Cox as a baserunning consultant. 
- On October 29, the Tigers picked up the option on the contracts of infielder Jhonny Peralta and pitcher Octavio Dotel.
- On November 14, it was announced that free agent outfielder Torii Hunter and the Detroit Tigers had reached a two-year agreement worth $26 million.
- On December 10, the Tigers signed catcher Brayan Peña to a one year contract.
- On December 14, the Tigers re-signed pitcher Aníbal Sánchez to a five-year, $80 million contract. 
- On January 16, the Tigers signed the previously released Don Kelly to a minor-league contract. 
- On January 18, the Tigers avoided arbitration when they reached one-year deals with catcher Alex Avila, outfielders Brennan Boesch (who was later released)  and Austin Jackson, and pitchers Phil Coke, Doug Fister, and Rick Porcello. 
- On February 4, the Tigers avoided arbitration with pitcher Max Scherzer with a one-year deal. 
- 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'll remain a Tiger until at least 2019, with an option for 2020. 
- On October 29, the Tigers announced they will not re-sign outfielder Delmon Young or closer José Valverde, instead 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 on April 24. 
- On October 31, the Tigers announced backup catcher Gerald Laird will test the free agent market, and not re-sign with the Tigers.
- On November 20, the Tigers released utility player Ryan Raburn.
- On November 30, the Tigers non-tendered pitcher Daniel Schlereth's contract, making him a free agent.
- On December 19, outfielder Matt Hoffman was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, and the contract of left-handed relief pitcher Adam Wilk was sold to a team in the Korea Baseball Organization.
- On March 13, the Tigers released outfielder Brennan Boesch. 
- On December 5, the Tigers traded starting pitcher Andrew Oliver to the Pittsburgh Pirates for catching prospect Ramón Cabrera. Cabrera will likely be assigned to Class-AA Erie or Class-AAA Toledo.
- On December 6, the Tigers 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.
- On March 25, the Tigers traded catcher Curt Casali to Tampa Bay in exchange for the rights to Rule 5 pitcher Kyle Lobstein, who was outrighted to Class-AA Erie. 
American League Central
|Kansas City Royals||34||36||0.486||5||17–16||17–20|
|Chicago White Sox||29||39||0.426||9||16–14||13–25|
|Tigers win||Tigers loss||Game postponed|
|2013 Game Log (39–31)|
- 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. 
- On April 26, Aníbal Sánchez struck out 17 Atlanta Braves' batters, breaking a franchise record previously set by Tigers' left-hander Mickey Lolich in 1972. 
- On May 5, Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the 7th inning against the Houston Astros before it was broken up by Carlos Peña. It would have been the third of his career. 
- 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 May 24, in a game against the Minnesota Twins, Sánchez was within two outs of his second career no-hitter, when it was broken up by Joe Mauer. 
- 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. 
Record vs. opponents
- Source: MLB Standings Grid
Detroit Tigers roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
60-day disabled list
25 active, 15 inactive
7- or 15-day disabled list
- 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
- Tigers exercise '13 options on Peralta, Dotel MLB.com, October 29, 2012
- "Sources: Hunter, Tigers reach deal". Fox Sports. November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- Tigers add veteran Pena as backup catcher MLB.com, December 10, 2012
- Sanchez, Tigers agree to five-year, $80 million deal MLB.com, December 14, 2012
- Kelly, Castellanos Among 17 Non-Roster Invitees MLB.com, January 16, 2013
- Separate ways: Tigers release outfielder Boesch MLB.com, March 13, 2013
- Tigers able to avoid arbitration with six players MLB.com, January 18, 2013
- Tigers, Scherzer avoid arbitration with one-year deal MLB.com, February 4, 2013
- Verlander agrees to five-year extension MLB.com, March 28, 2013
- Peralta, Dotel will return, Young, Valerde wont return Fox Sports Detroit, October 30, 2012
- Tigers sign Valverde to Minor League contract MLB.com, April 4, 2013
- Valverde focused on present day in Detroit MLB.com, April 24, 2013
- Dave Dombrowski: Gerald Laird seeking more playing time, salary than Detroit Tigers can offer Mlive.com, October 31, 2012
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Miggy's big hitting night in loss a first in MLB MLB.com, May 26, 2013
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