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March 28, 1990 - Former Tigers first baseman Johnny Neun dies at the age of 89 in his hometown of Baltimore.  During the 1927 season, Neun stole five bases in a single game against the New York Yankees (July 9), stole home twice in one day against the Washington Senators (July 13), and turned an unassisted triple play against the Cleveland Indians (May 31).  

March 28, 2014 - Perennial All-Star Miguel Cabrera signs an eight year contract extension with the Tigers worth $292 million, the largest contract in baseball history.  Legions of happy fans immediately rush to local Little Caesar's outlets to purchase Hot-n-Ready pizzas in an attempt to "do their part."

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March 29, 1988 - The Tigers return minor league pitcher John Wetteland to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Wetteland was selected in the Rule 5 draft by the team, but manager Sparky Anderson has made him one of the final cuts of spring training.  Wetteland will go on to be a three-time All Star who ranks 14th in MLB history with 330 career saves.

March 29, 2004 - The Tigers sign free agent pitcher Ugueth Urbina to be their closer for the 2004 season.  He is the last of a series of high profile signings made by general manager Dave Dombrowski before the season in an attempt to return the club to respectability.  Urbina will rack up 30 saves in 79 appearances before being traded to Philadelphia in one of Dombrowski's best deals, netting the Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco.  Urbina is, of course, currently in prison in his native Venezuela.

March 29, 2013 - Pitcher Justin Verlander agrees to a contract extension worth 5 years and $120 million.  The contract includes a club option for a sixth year valued at $22 million.  The contract will not come to fruition, as Verlander is traded to the Houston Astros during the 2017 season in a clear salary dump that team officials weakly claim is not a salary dump.

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7 minutes ago, BoomGaspar said:

March 29, 2013 - Pitcher Justin Verlander agrees to a contract extension worth 5 years and $120 million.  The contract includes a club option for a sixth year valued at $22 million.  The contract will not come to fruition, as Verlander is traded to the Houston Astros during the 2017 season in a clear salary dump that team officials weakly claim is not a salary dump.

The oldest kid has asked several times about going to the Houston at Detroit games.  Its during the school week, so we ain't going.  I'm not sure I can handle it.  I can understand my dad's angst about when Willie Horton was traded.

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March 30, 1971 - The Tigers acquire two-time All Star pitcher Dean Chance from the New York Mets in exchange for reliever Jerry Robertson.  Chance, who won the 1964 AL Cy Young Award on the strength of 20 wins, a 1.65 ERA, and 11 complete game shutouts, will bounce between starting and relieving in his final major league season, ending the year with a record of 4-6 in 31 games, 14 of them starts.   He will be released at the end of the season and not offered a contract by any other team.

March 30, 1993 - The Tigers purchase relief pitcher Bob MacDonald from the Toronto Blue Jays, adding him to their opening day roster.  He will be the team's most heavily used reliever despite an ERA of 5.35, appearing in 68 games and pitching to a 3-3 record with 3 saves.  It will be his only season in a Tigers uniform, as he files for free agency in December.

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March 31, 1942 - The Tigers sell pitcher Bobo Newsom to the Washington Senators for $40,000.  Newsom was the team's Opening Day starter in both 1940 and 1941, making the AL All-Star team in 1940 and finishing with a 21-5 record.  However, he led the majors in losses in 1941, going 12-20, one of three 20-loss seasons in his career.

March 31, 1998 - The Tigers defeat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 11-6 in that franchise's first ever regular season game.  Pitcher Justin Thompson picks up the win for Detroit, while catcher Joe Oliver and third baseman Joe Randa have 3 RBI each.  Wade Boggs homers for Tampa Bay.

March 31, 2009 - The Tigers unexpectedly release slugger Gary Sheffield, who has 499 career home runs, after Sheffield bats .178 in spring training.  He will sign with the New York Mets, for whom he will hit his 500th home run on April 17.

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April 1, 1981 - The Tigers purchase infielder Mick Kelleher from the Chicago Cubs.  Kelleher will bat .221 in 61 games for the Tigers in 1981, going his entire 11-season career without ever hitting a home run.  He will return to the team as a coach under manager Alan Trammell in 2003, staying until the 2005 season.

April 1, 1994 - The Tigers trade backup catcher Rich Rowland to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for fellow catcher John Flaherty, who will bat .238 with 15 home runs and 67 RBI in 193 games for the Tigers over 3 seasons.  Rowland will hit .218 over two seasons as Boston's backup catcher over two seasons before being released.

April 1, 1996 - The Tigers lose 8-6 to the Minnesota Twins, the first of 109 losses in the '96 season.  New designated hitter Eddie Williams cracks a 2-run home run in the 8th inning, but the team's rally falls short as Williams grounds out to second base with the tying run on second in the 9th.  First baseman Cecil Fielder goes 0-5 with 2 strikeouts and pitcher Felipe Lira takes the loss, surrendering 6 earned runs in just 3 innings pitched. 

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