Report: Tigers listening to offers for Granderson

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As a career .272/.344/.484 hitter with a good glove in center field Curtis Granderson is one of the better all-around players in the league. He’s also just 28 years old and under team control through 2013 at around $9 million per season.
All of that would seemingly make him a long-term building block in Detroit, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that “the Tigers have let teams know that Granderson could be had for the right package.”
Sherman naturally focuses on the Yankees’ potential interest, but any number of teams would likely line up for a shot at a 28-year-old who’s been worth an average of about 50 runs more than a replacement-level center fielder during the past four seasons.
Toss in various rumors about the Tigers shopping Edwin Jackson and it’s pretty clear that general manager Dave Dombrowski is suddenly working under some very tight payroll constraints. Not only did Detroit give Magglio Ordonez enough playing time down the stretch to trigger his $18 million for next season, the Tigers still have over $30 million committed to Dontrelle Willis, Jeremy Bonderman, and Nate Robertson.

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.