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36 Joe Nathan RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 11/22/1974 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Stony Brook | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 78/61 | Average Draft Position: 106.84
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Joe Nathan makes it interesting, but picks up save No. 26


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan saved his 26th game Tuesday against the Rays.

Nathan was spotted a three-run lead, but managed to make things interesting. With two outs, Nathan gave up a single to Ben Zobrist and then walked the next hitter. Evan Longoria then singled in a run. With the possible tying run at the plate, Nathan was able to strike out Sean Rodriguez to end the game. Nathan's ERA is 5.28 this season.


Joe Nathan collects 25th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan saved his 25th game Saturday against the Mariners. 

Nathan entered the game with a three-run lead, but did find himself in some trouble during his one inning of work. Nathan allowed a leadoff single, which would come around to score on another single later in the inning. With the tying run at the plate and only one out, Nathan was able to induce a game-ending double-play. Nathan's ERA jumped to 5.20 ERA after the outing.


Joe Nathan blows another save in loss to Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Struggling Tigers closer Joe Nathan couldn't make it out of the ninth inning Saturday in Toronto after blowing his sixth save opportunity of the season and raising his ERA to 5.36.

Nathan took over with a one-run lead and gave up two walks and two singles, including one by Dioner Navarro that tied it. He was removed after walking the bases full.


Joe Nathan picks up save after loading bases Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan pitched around one hit and two walks to strand the bases loaded while picking up his 24th save in his team's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Nathan retired the first two batters he faced but then allowed a single and walked two batters to put himself in a precarious situation. He was able to get the next batter to foul out and give his team a win. Nathan owns a 5.18 ERA and 46:19 K:BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan secures 23rd save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan delivered his 23rd save Tuesday, needing nine pitches to toss a 1-2-3 12th inning in his team's 4-3 win over the Yankees.

Nathan has turned in six straight scoreless outings, giving up just two hits and one walk during that stretch. He finally appears to be settling down after a rocky first half. Nathan owns a 5.31 ERA and 45:17 K:BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan closes out Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan struck out one and worked his way past a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Friday. He has converted 22 saves in 27 attempts, with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 39 2/3 innings of relief.

Locked-in slider helping Joe Nathan lock in


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) In the wake of a trade for possible replacement Joakim Soria, Tigers closer Joe Nathan managed his most impressive performance of the season Thursday night. He fanned the side against the host Angels to collect his 21st save. And he had a rediscovered slider to thank for it.

Nathan has been working on that pitch recently. That work certainly paid off in that appearance.

"That was as long as I've seen his slider, I think all year possibly," Brad Ausmus told mlbblogs.com. "It was clear that the hitters weren't picking up the rotation on his slider. It looked like a fastball to them and they swung right over the top. That's the slider I remember facing. ... You start your swing and it just drops out of the strike zone. It almost has a split-finger action to it."

Nathan has been coming around after his latest slump. He has pitched scoreless ball in his last three outings with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed in three innings. He has picked up two saves in the process.


Joe Nathan strikes out the side for save No. 21


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan needed only 12 pitches to strike out the side in the ninth for the save Thursday night against the Angels. Nathan has converted 21 save in 26 tries. He owns a 5.73 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Joe Nathan to remain the closer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan will remain the team's closer, according to MLB.com.

Detroit acquired Joakim Soria Wednesday, muddying up the roles in the bullpen. According to general manager Dave Dombrowski, Nathan will proceed as the club's closer. Nathan has a 5.89 ERA over 36 2/3 innings. 


Joe Nathan earns 20th save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan locked up his 20th save Monday, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Nathan has pitched on three straight days, including giving up three earned runs in a loss Saturday, so he's due for a day off Tuesday. He owns a 5.89 ERA and 39:16 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan still closer despite another dud Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Embattled Tigers closer Joe Nathan is safe in his spot for now despite his continued struggles, per MLive.com, which has reported that Brad Ausmus is not considering a change.

Nathan gave up a three-run double in the ninth inning of a tie game Saturday against Cleveland. He has yielded at least one run in four his last eight appearances.

"I'm sure there's a possibility I could reach a point sometime," Ausmus said in regard to replacing Nathan. "I'm not near that point. I'll let you know when I am."


Joe Nathan takes loss Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan was stuck with a loss Saturday, giving up three earned runs on two hits and two walks in one inning and striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Indians.

Nathan (4-3) had put together four scoreless outings in July before Saturday's meltdown, and the Tigers may expedite their search for bullpen help as a result. He owns a 6.23 ERA and 37:16 K:BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan escapes shaky outing with 19th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan worked past a shaky outing for the save Friday night against the Royals in Kansas City. 

Nathan gave up one hit and one walk while striking out one in a scoreless frame to secure a 2-1 victory. Of his 27 pitches, only 13 were strikes. He is 19 of 24 in save chances, with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP over 33 2/3 innings of relief.


Joe Nathan finding his form


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan has pitching coach Jeff Jones and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer to thank for saving his season.

"They did some research and noticed my arm was two inches higher than it's ever been," Nathan said, per MLive.com. "And the only way I can do that is by pulling my head towards first base. That's the only way you're going to get your arm even higher, so I knew my head wasn't going towards the target, going towards the plate and everything was kind of out of whack.

"It was more with the alignment and keeping everything towards the target. It was making me have to work harder than I had to. They say drop the arm angle, but for me it was more keeping my head in position, which will naturally bring your arm out and away from your body, which lowers your arm angle a little bit."

Nathan got to work fixing the flaw in his pitching mechanics and started implementing a few changes, beginning with a June 19 outing against the Royals. Since then, he has a 3.38 ERA and has converted five of six save chances.

"At first, like anything, when you start to change something, it feels awkward," Nathan said. "I knew there was more zip behind (my pitches), I knew there was more whip in my arm and I was locating better. So I knew this was the way to go (since the adjustmant) and if I kept doing it it would get more and more comfortable. Now I'm starting to get a good feel for release point as far as breaking pitches and stuff like that."


Joe Nathan fans two for 18th save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Nathan struck out two batters and retired one on a groundball to close out the game, on just 14 pitches. He lowered his ERA to 5.79, while recording his 18th save in 23 chances in a 4-1 win. 


Joe Nathan secures 17th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan surrendered a solo home run Saturday but still managed to earn his 17th save in his team's 4-3 win over the Astros.

Nathan has given up a run in three straight appearances, but despite his shaky numbers, he has converted four of his last five save opportunites. The closer owns a 6.37 ERA and 30:13 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan surrenders run in 16th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan gave up one earned run on two hits Wednesday but also struck out a batter while securing his 16th save in his team's 8-6 victory over the Rangers.

Nathan gave up a double and a single with one out to plate a runner, but he was able to retire the next two batters he faced to finish off the game. After giving up runs in back-to-back appearances, Nathan owns a 6.28 ERA and 29:13 K:BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.


Tigers confident Joe Nathan has turned corner


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Tigers believe that Joe Nathan has turned a corner, and the team will not look to add a new closer before the trading deadline, the Detroit News reports.

"Well, we do not need a closer at this point, so we would not look for that," general manager Dave Dombrowski said on MLB Network Radio Wednesday. "We may need a little bit of help in the bullpen, maybe middle relief. But we’re not looking for that closer, and that gives you a very comfortable feeling."

Nathan has converted 15 of his 20 save opportunities while posting a 6.18 ERA and 28:13 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings. He's been markedly better over the last two weeks, giving up one earned run in 4 2/3 innings over his last five appearances.


Joe Nathan blows save No. 5


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan blew his first save in more than three weeks Saturday, in a game the Tigers would go on to win 5-4 in extras against the Indians.

Nathan struck out the first two batters he faced with a one-run lead, but came apart from that point on. He allowed three straight singles to bring the tying run across. The offense would score once in the 10th inning to earn Nathan the win, his fourth of the season.

Nathan's struggles continue, thought he has struck out seven batters in his last three appearances. He is just 15 for 20 on save chances on the season, with an ugly 6.18 ERA in 27 2/3 innings. 


Arm slot change has been behind Joe Nathan surge


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan credits a mechanical adjustment for his recent emergence from the doldrums. He told the Detroit News that an "almost sidearm" arm slot has resulted in two saves and five strikeouts in his last two appearances.

Nathan has managed four straight scoreless outings after giving up 10 earned runs in his previous 3 1/3 innings.


Joe Nathan records second straight save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan tossed his fourth scoreless outing in a row Friday, as he closed out a 6-4 win over the Indians.

Nathan retired the side while allowing one hit for his second save in as many nights. He struck out two batters on 19 pitches for his 15th save of the season, and just second in the month of June. 


Joe Nathan fans three to nail down save against Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan had a bounce-back performance Thursday afternoon. And it couldn't have come with a greater flourish or at a better time.

Nathan struck out Billy Butler, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain in the ninth to allow his team to salvage the finale of a four-game series against a Kansas City team that had wrested first place away from it.

The appearance will quiet the critics for now that had called for Nathan to be removed from the job. He had given up 10 runs on 14 hits and five walks in his previous five innings pitched.


Joe Nathan picks up rare win Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan picked up a win Sunday against the Twins.

Nathan entered with the game tied 2-2 in the ninth inning. He made things interesting, allowing two singles during the outing, but managed to prevent the Twins from scoring. In the bottom of the inning, the team won on a walkoff hit, giving Nathan the win. Nathan's record improved to 3-2 on the year. 


Manager: Age a non-factor in Joe Nathan collapse


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Brad Ausmus has downplayed the age factor in regard to the struggles of 39-year-old Tigers closer Joe Nathan.

Nathan's latest dud was Friday night in a non-save situation against Minnesota. He walked two and threw a wild pitch in 2/3 of an inning.

"You guys keep bringing the age up," he said via MLive.com. "He's six months older than he was last year and it might have been the best year of his career. I understand that fage is a factor in athleticism, sports. Usually what you see is a decline in velocity, and I haven't really seen that in Joe. He's throwing the same as he was a year ago. Now maybe the location isn't great, but I wouldn't say that's a result of age."

Nathan has surrendered 10 earned runs runs on 12 hits and five walks in his last four innings covering six appearances. He yielded two runs on three hits in his only save during that stretch.


Tigers profess faith in Joe Nathan


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he's not wavering in his support of closer Joe Nathan, who's allowed 10 runs in his last 3 1/3 innings. "I’m not concerned about him," Ausmus told the Detroit Free Press. "He will get it ironed out. We need him to get it ironed out."