We are now in the aftermath of the Prince Fielder signing, and while he has finally chosen his number, the Tigers are still in the race to sign a big prospect outfielder. The Pistons have won two games in a row, the Red Wings have started the unofficial second half of the regular season, and Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford won an award.
Detroit Tigers: Well, new Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder has chosen a number for the season, and it’s number 28, what most experts predicted. You can pre-order your Prince Fielder jersey on the Tigers website.
Even with the big contract that was put out to Fielder, the Tigers are still in the running to sign one of the biggest prospects outside of major league baseball. Yoenis Cespedes is the star of the Cuban League and the Tigers are one of the six teams in the mix to sign him.
According to his Twitter, former Tigers infielder Brent Dlugach has signed a contract with the Tigers. Presumably it is a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Dlugach spent last year with the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, after spending his first five seasons in the Tigers organization. The signing of Dlugach would give the Tigers some more depth in the infield.
In some former Tigers news, former second baseman Carlos Guillen has signed with the Seattle Mariners. His contract is a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. He will earn $1 million if he makes the team, plus incentives based on plate appearances. The Mariners were the first team he broke into the league with. Former Detroit Tiger Magglio Ordonez is being evaluated by the Oakland Athletics. Ordonez re-fractured his ankle in the ALCS this past year and the Tigers chose not to re-sign him.
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons, despite losing 20 games overall, have won their past two in a row. They beat the Milwaukee Bucks 88-80 on Friday, and the New Orleans Hornets 89-87 on Saturday, both at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons now have their fifth and sixth wins of the season.
The Pistons finished the month of January with three wins and 16 losses. Greg Monroe still leads the team in three categories: points, rebounds, and steals, while Rodney Stuckey leads assists and Ben Wallace leads blocks.
The Pistons next games will be against the New Jersey Nets in a home and home, the first game being in New Jersey. They then come home to play against the Washington Wizards on Saturday at 6:00pm. The Pistons will be giving away a Brandon Knight Youth Jersey, sponsored by the Detroit Medical Center.
Detroit Red Wings: Following the NHL All-Star break, in which goaltender Jimmy Howard and forward Pavel Datsyuk represented Detroit, the Red Wings started the unofficial second half of the regular season with a road trip to Canada. It would be their last road trip of the season north of the border.
They started with a game against the Calgary Flames, and beat them 3-1. Cory Emmerton beat Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to put the Wings ahead early in the first period. Former University of Michigan Wolverine Michael Cammalleri tied the game at one beating Jimmy Howard on the power play, but after that it was all Red Wings. Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller scored early in the third period to win it for the Wings.
Two nights later, they went to Vancouver to take on the Canucks and beat them in a shootout, 4-3. Danny Cleary, Hudler and Miller all scored for the Wings in regulation with Datsyuk and Hudler scoring in the shootout to win it.
Once again, two nights later, the Red Wings took on the red hot Sam Gagner’s, I mean Edmonton Oilers. Oilers star forward Sam Gagner had put up eight points (4 goals, 4 assists), in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He continued his dominance against the Red Wings with a goal and two assists in the first period on Saturday. The Oilers ended up winning in a shootout, 5-4.
The Red Wings crawled back into the game, without All-Star goaltender Jimmy Howard, who is out 4-6 weeks with a broken pinky finger. Backup Ty Conklin started, but was replaced by Joey MacDonald to begin the second period. It is not clear who will start at home against Edmonton on Wednesday, when the Red Wings go for 18 consecutive wins at home.
Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, who was snubbed from the Pro Bowl, got his due winning the 2011 Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Stafford beat out six other players, receiving six more votes than second place vote getter, D’Qwell Jackson of the Cleveland Browns. He’s the first Lion to win the award, and ninth quarterback.