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TIGERS AGREE TO CONTRACTS WITH LH PITCHERS

lefthanded pitchers Matthew Boyd, Blaine Hardy and Daniel Norris.

DETROIT TIGERS AGREE TO 2019 CONTRACTS WITH THREE PITCHERS

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with lefthanded pitchers Matthew Boyd, Blaine Hardy and Daniel Norris. The club has avoided arbitration with each of the three players.

Boyd, 27, started a career-high 31 games in 2018 and went 9-13 with a 4.39 ERA (170.1IP/83ER) and 159 strikeouts, which were the second-most in a season by a Detroit lefthanded pitcher since 1974, trailing only Mickey Lolich, who fanned 202 batters that season. Boyd finished the season ranked 10th in the American League with a .228 (146×639) opponents batting average. Among AL pitchers following the All-Star break, he ranked seventh with a 1.08 WHIP and 10th with a .230 (63×274) opponents batting average. Boyd has made 90 appearances, including 86 starts, in his Major League career, posting a 22-35 record with a 5.07 ERA (460.0IP/259ER) and 394 strikeouts.

Hardy, 31, pitched in 30 games, including 13 starts, in 2018, posting a 4-5 record with one save, a 3.56 ERA (86.0IP/34ER) and 66 strikeouts. He also made nine appearances, including four starts, with Triple A Toledo and went 3-0 with a 1.03 ERA (26.1IP/3ER) and 34 strikeouts. In 194 appearances, including 13 starts, at the Major League level, Hardy has compiled a 13-9 record with one save, a 3.60 ERA (245.1IP/98ER) and 200 strikeouts.

Norris, 25, was limited to 11 appearances, including eight starts, with the Tigers last season, and went 0-5 with a 5.68 ERA (44.1IP/28ER) and 51 strikeouts. In five seasons at the Major League level, Norris has posted a 12-17 record with a 4.56 ERA (282.0IP/143ER) and 257 strikeouts.

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