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PostSubject: Re: Scott Sizemore NEWS   Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:32 pm

Sizemore, Weinhardt cut as Tigers trim roster
Second baseman, righty among five players sent to Minors
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 03/22/11 9:43 AM ET

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Scott Sizemore, viewed for a good stretch as seemingly the favorite to win the Tigers' second-base position, is headed back to Triple-A Toledo. So is Robbie Weinhardt, whose bid for one of Detroit's last bullpen openings appeared the strongest of anyone in camp.

Those were the two main surprises out of the Tigers' Spring Training cuts Tuesday morning. Outfielder Clete Thomas joined Sizemore and Weinhardt in being optioned to Toledo, while lefty reliever Fu-Te Ni and catcher Max St. Pierre were assigned to Minor League camp. The moves put the Tigers' roster at 28 players -- not counting injured Joel Zumaya and Carlos Guillen -- with one more round of cuts to go next week before the club breaks camp in a week.

Sizemore opened last season at second base for the Tigers before his hitting struggles and limitations with a surgically repaired left ankle prompted a move back to Toledo in May. This spring, however, he looked much improved physically with another year of health and a full offseason to condition himself. A strong start to camp had him in a strong position to take the logjam at second base.

Sizemore has alternated starts with Will Rhymes for much of camp, but had started just two of Detroit's last seven Spring Training games. More recently, he had only one plate appearance over the Tigers' last three contests, a single on Sunday that marked his first hit in six days.

Meanwhile, fellow infield prospect Danny Worth has made a strong bid for the spot. Both Sizemore and Worth bat right-handed. While Worth and Rhymes remain in competition at second, Sizemore will be a Mud Hen for a third straight year.

Weinhardt, meanwhile, had re-established himself in camp as a ground-ball specialist, mixing his sinker with an improved slider to get some key ground balls. He inherited a bases-loaded jam last Wednesday against the Blue Jays and retired all five batters he faced. Before that, though, he had three outings in which he allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work.

While Weinhardt returns to Toledo, Brayan Villarreal's bid for a spot remains very much alive. He and Enrique Gonzalez are the two right-handers left in camp without a spot assured. The left-handed relief competition, meanwhile, has been whittled down as well to Daniel Schlereth and rookie Adam Wilk, with Brad Thomas seemingly having a job sealed.

Ni made a good early impression in camp, looking physically stronger with better command. He allowed a run on four hits in 10 innings, but he also walked five, including two in one inning last Friday against the Red Sox.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Scott Sizemore NEWS   Tue May 03, 2011 1:11 am

Tigers recall Sizemore, option Rhymes
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 05/02/11 8:50 PM ET

DETROIT -- When Will Rhymes was named the Tigers' Opening Day second baseman, manager Jim Leyland said Rhymes was getting the first shot at the job. Scott Sizemore is getting the next shot.

With the Tigers' offense sputtering and Rhymes' playing time diminishing, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski flipped the switch on Monday night, recalling the hot-hitting Sizemore from Triple-A Toledo and optioning Rhymes back to the Mud Hens.

The move is the Tigers' first step in their attempt to fix an offense that batted .249 in April and has played a major role in Detroit's seven-game losing streak, the latest blow a 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday night at Comerica Park. Rhymes certainly didn't bear the brunt of responsibility, but his struggles to escape his early slump looked bad while Sizemore kept hitting up a storm in a Mud Hens uniform.

Sizemore was a late scratch for the Mud Hens on Monday at Pawtucket once the Tigers made the decision. He joins the Tigers after hitting .408 (31-for-76) with seven doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs for the Hens. In his past 10 games, Sizemore hit .452 (14-for-31) with seven walks, four doubles, a home run and nine RBIs.

Sizemore's return to Detroit comes almost a year after he lost the starting job at second base last year, having struggled early while working his way back from ankle surgery during the previous offseason. Sizemore's improved health was evident during Spring Training in the way he moved around the infield defensively. It was not as obvious in his hitting.

With Carlos Guillen opening the season on the disabled list, Rhymes won the starting job in Spring Training based in part on his success last year, and the fact that Rhymes hadn't done anything to lose the job. A .221 average (15-for-68) in 19 games with only one extra-base hit and two RBIs hurt his chances, despite the 10 walks he drew.

The Tigers' other offensive struggles didn't help Rhymes, either. Part of his strength is the ability to move runners in the No. 2 spot, and Austin Jackson's struggles atop the batting order didn't give Rhymes many opportunities. Likewise, Magglio Ordonez's slow start behind Rhymes impacted the way opponents pitched to the infielder.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Scott Sizemore NEWS   Wed May 04, 2011 12:10 am

Sharp focus led Sizemore back to Tigers
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 05/03/11 8:45 PM ET

DETROIT -- Scott Sizemore was struggling to stay in the big leagues at this point a year ago before getting optioned to Triple-A Toledo in mid-May. It doesn't feel like a year ago to Sizemore, not that he has been counting the months.

"To be honest, I didn't really even think about it," said Sizemore, who returned to the Majors with a statement on Tuesday, recording a hit off Yankees starter CC Sabathia in each of his first three at-bats. "I didn't let the stuff that I couldn't control affect me. I was really just focused on the field. It seemed to have paid off thus far."

To hear Sizemore explain it, he didn't go to Toledo feeling like somebody wronged in the Spring Training competition at second base. By keeping his focus on where he was, rather than where he wanted to be, he was able to hit his way back.

"I have to say physically, obviously, it's good to be healthy and feeling good about the way I can play the game," Sizemore said. "But the mental side of it has probably been the biggest thing, just really staying focused and not giving at-bats away, not taking pitches off, just looking to stay as mentally focused as I can every pitch."

That said, Sizemore didn't expect to hit that well, not .408 through the first month of the season. A three-week stretch at Class A West Michigan is the only time Sizemore can remember hitting that well for an extended stretch.

"I can't really expect to ever hit like that going into a season," Sizemore said. "Of course, I know that I'm capable of doing that. It's really just being mentally focused every at-bat, and it's not really necessarily looking at my results, but just what I do with the at-bat, how I go about the approach and all of that. And it seems to go well for me."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Scott Sizemore NEWS   Thu May 05, 2011 3:24 am



Last Updated: May 03. 2011 1:00AM
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Tigers' Scott Sizemore arrives with confidence
Tom Gage / / The Detroit News

Detroit— It's not the first time Scott Sizemore has been back with the Tigers.

But it's the first time he has brought a .408 average with him.

Sizemore walked into the Tigers clubhouse about 4 p.m. Tuesday, knowing ahead of time he would be in manager Jim Leyland's lineup against the Yankees as their second baseman and would be batting second.

It's the chance Sizemore didn't do much with last season — he wasn't quite ready for it.

But this sounds like a new, genuinely confident Sizemore, a player who's been able to shake all health problems and didn't get bogged down with non-productive wondering about when the call back to the major leagues would come.

And a player who was hitting every kind of pitch thrown to him in 23 games for Triple-A Toledo. He hit a lot of CC Sabathia's pitches too, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Tigers' 4-1 victory.

"I seem to have a pretty good knowledge of my strike zone right now," Sizemore said after unpacking his gear.

Not every hitter with knowledge of his own strike zone hits the way Sizemore was hitting, however.

"You can't ever expect to hit like that going into a season," he said. "It's just a matter of being mentally focused on every at-bat and not looking at my results.

"I didn't let the stuff I couldn't control affect me. Any time you worry about what you don't control, it takes some control away from you."

The trick, however, will be for success to make the leap with him from Toledo to the majors.

Last season, Sizemore began the season as the Tigers second baseman, struggled, and was optioned to Toledo on May 15. He was back up for a week in July, then spent the final month with the Tigers.

In 48 games, he hit .224 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.

Sizemore contended for a roster spot during spring training, but didn't hit enough to take the job away from Will Rhymes.

Eventually, however, he did.

"That's the nature of the business," Leyland said. "We broke one heart last night, and made another guy happy. A month ago, it was the other way around."

Going to Toledo with the right attitude helped Sizemore.

"You're not going to get handed a job," Sizemore said. "You have to force the issue. That was my mentality. Just go down there and do all I could to get another shot."

Which he did.

But that's not the reason for his added confidence.

"This year, my body feels healthy and my mind is in the right place," he said.

Said Leyland: "He knows he's a good player, a big league player and he believes that."

There was still a lingering injury issue last season after the fibula Sizemore broke — and the ensuing surgery — during the Arizona Fall League the previous October.

"I feel good about everything I've been doing on the field," Sizemore said. "I'm just hoping to carry it over and put it into practice here."

Defensively, Sizemore said his range "for sure" is better than it was last season because he's entirely over the injury, even though he made an error that led to the Yankees' only run.

"My flexibility also is better," he said.

So, have we not seen the real Sizemore because of all he was trying to cope with last season?

"I'd like to think so," he said. "I know I have a lot more in the tank."

Than the .224 he hit last year?

The Tigers certainly hope so.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110503/SPORTS0104/105030430/Tigers’-Scott-Sizemore-arrives-with-confidence#ixzz1LSLhSfxs


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PostSubject: Re: Scott Sizemore NEWS   Fri May 27, 2011 8:06 pm

Tigers trade Sizemore to Oakland for Purcey
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Just got back from the Tigers clubhouse, where the team announced a relative stunner of a trade by sending Scott Sizemore to Oakland for lefty David Purcey. Dombrowski said the Tigers have coveted Purcey for a while and tried to get him from Toronto last winter, and then later before the Blue Jays dealt him to Oakland. He becomes a middle-inning piece of what is now a lefty-heavy bullpen. Sizemore joins the A’s Triple-A team and becomes a potentially nice piece to their infield if they can get him to translate what he did at Toledo into big league numbers.


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