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Justin Verlander Returns to All-Star Form

Justin Verlander is known for being a voracious competitor and uncompromising. He has been one of the best pitchers of the past decade. However, things started to change two seasons ago and many had written the veteran Detroit hurler off. Some even thought the Tigers should take him out of the rotation. His arm started to bother him, tightening up so much that he had to keep throwing in the cage just to keep it loose. He called it miserable. He said things took a turn for the worse when he turned 30. That year he pitched 200 innings and said not... 
 

Detroit Tigers in Playoff Race Thanks to Trio of Pitchers

Few Major League Baseball teams had the success during the 2011 to 2014 regular seasons, as did the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers won four American League Central division titles and a total of 366 games during the regular season over that span though the World Series remained elusive the entire time. Last season it looked as though the window for winning with its current core of players was going to close. Detroit was 49-52 on July 30 of last year, but were only 3 ½ games behind in the wildcard race, five teams were in front of them. Detroit was... 
 

Tigers Closer Says He Had Zika Virus During Offseason

Francisco Rodriguez a closer for the Detroit Tigers is someone who experienced firsthand the effects of the Zika virus. He says he would tell those athletes traveling to the Rio Olympics to do their homework. Rodriguez is a Caracas, Venezuela native who contracted Zika during the offseason and learned how serious it can be. He said he was laid up for at least two weeks with severe body aches, headaches, joint pain and a number of other virus symptoms. Considering that the effects of this illness can be more devastating for females, especially those... 
 

Tigers Trade David Price to Blue Jays

Just a couple days after landing star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the Toronto Blue Jays have come away with the top pitcher on the market, David Price. The Dodgers, Giants and Yankees also showed strong interest in Price.  Blue Jays prospect Daniel Morris will be heading back to the Tigers likely with outfielder Anthony Alford.  the deal is contingent on the players involved passing  physicals, as always. Just yesterday, general manager Dave Dombrowski said he told multiple teams Wednesday afternoon that the Detroit Tigers will listen on... 
 

Tigers Miguel Cabrera to the DL for the First Time in Career

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus saw slugger Miguel Cabrera leave last night’s game with a left calf strain suffered while running the bases and knew it was not going to be good news after the game. He was right. The Tigers placed the veteran Cabrera on the 15 day DL, marking the first time he has ever been on the disabled list in his career according to MLB.com ”I’m not optimistic at all,” Ausmus said afterwards. ”When Miggy says he can’t play, it is serious, because Miggy plays through everything.” The... 
 

Washington Nationals on the Rise, Detroit Tigers Window Closing?

The Washington Nationals have their man, Max Scherzer.  Scott Boras has done it again.  Just when you thought Scherzer was going to be cooling his heels while everyone else was reporting to spring training, he signed a contract with a deferd cash deal that makes everyone happy.  Scherzer got his cash he was looking for and the Nats become even better while not blowing up their bank accounts right now.  Vegas has spoken and moved the Nats to the odds on favorite to win the 2015 World Series. With the signing of Scherzer they have a horse they... 
 

Tigers Acquire Alfredo Simon from Reds

The Detroit Tigers have acquired pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. It’s the second trade the Tigers have made today. Earlier they sent Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Simon, a veteran right-hander, made a career-high 32 starts for the Reds last season. Prior to that he pitched in their bullpen. In 2010, he served as the closer for the Baltimore Orioles, notching... 
 

Red Sox, Tigers swap Yoenis Cespedes, Rick Porcello

Boston’s rotation reconstruction continued Thursday morning. The Red Sox acquired 25-year-old right-hander Rick Porcello from the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, right-handed reliever Alex Wilson and a minor leaguer, according to multiple media reports. The 29-year-old Cespedes was traded to Boston at last July’s deadline in the transaction that sent Jon Lester to Oakland. At the time, the A’s were one of the best teams in baseball, but subtracting the Cuban-born slugger from their lineup proved detrimental. Cespedes... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer is the prize of the free agent market. The right-hander is likely to secure the biggest contract awarded this offseason. He turned down a big contract extension offer by the Detroit Tigers and after having another excellent year on the mound, he’s going to turn out a winner on that gamble. The 30 year-old Scherzer has spent the last five seasons with the Tigers after being acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In those five seasons, he’s produced 22.9 fWAR, which ranks 6th in the major leagues. Scherzer has... 
 

Orioles Use Eight Run Eighth to Pull Away from Tigers

The Baltimore Orioles downed the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards in the first game of the ALDS. A solid outing from Chris Tillman, four good innings from the bullpen, key home runs from Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy and a huge 8th inning led to a 12-3 victory. Cruz started the scoring with a two run shot against Tigers starter Max Scherzer. Leadoff hitter Nick Markakis singled, and Alejandro de Aza was hit by a pitch. After Adam Jones bounced into a double play, Cruz blasted a first-pitch heater over the center field fence. That lead wouldn’t... 
 

Detroit Tigers Victor Martinez’ Fantastic Season

The Detroit Tigers have endured several bumps in the road during the 2014 season. Nevertheless, they have a one game lead on the Kansas City Royals with six games remaining, and are virtually assured of at least a wild card berth. Designated hitter Victor Martinez has been a rock in the middle of their lineup. After an unimpressive 2013 season, Martinez has turned in one of the top offensive seasons of 2014. Martinez was signed to a four year deal worth $50 million in the 2010 offseason. His power numbers took a hit in his first year in Detroit,... 
 

Ian Kinsler Proving to be Key Acquisition for Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers currently enjoy a 1.5 game lead on the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. With just 13 games remaining, the Tigers odds of winning the division sit at 75 percent, and they are virtually assured of a playoff spot. Though they endured an extended rough patch, this team should be dangerous in the playoffs. The Tigers have plenty of star power. Their pitching staff features Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello. Meanwhile on the other side of the ball they have the slugging Miguel Cabrera... 
 

Rick Porcello Is Helping to Stabilize a Detroit Tigers Rotation in Flux

Thanks to a post All-Star break skid and a surge by the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers playoff odds are in jeopardy. Their rotation is missing Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander only just returned from the disabled list. As a consequence, rookies Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer have been thrust into starting duty. One rotation member who has helped keep the Tigers‘ heads above water is Rick Porcello. Despite being in the midst of his 6th big league season, Porcello is just 25 years of age. Prior to this season, his lowest ERA was 3.96,... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers Interested in Ian Kennedy or Joaquin Benoit

The San Diego Padres moved third baseman Chase Headley and closer Huston Street prior to the July 31 trade deadline. Still, they declined to move two key pieces in Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit, both of whom were in high demand. With the recent hiring of A.J. Preller as the General Manager, an August trade could be in order. It figures to be at least a couple years before the Padres will be in a position to contend, and Benoit and Kennedy become free agents after the 2015 season. The Padres picked up Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks at... 
 

Rangers Trade Joakim Soria to Tigers For Prospects

The Detroit Tigers have reached an agreement with the Texas Rangers that will send Joakim Soria to the Tigers in exchange for prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Kyle Bogenschutz was first to report the news on Twitter. The trade is pending physicals of all players involved. Thompson and Knebel were rated among Detroit’s ten best prospects coming into the year per Baseball America. The 30-year-old Soria is 16-for-17 in save chances this year and carries a 2.67 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. Joe Nathan the current... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Tigers Banking on Pitching Talent from 2013 MLB Draft Going Forward

The Detroit Tigers have made their fair share of deals to address pitching this winter. After trading starter Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, inking closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal, adding former Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain, the Tigers also made sure other teams knew that 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer was available for the right deal, in one of this winters biggest head scratchers. All those moves notwithstanding we need only to look the 2013 MLB Draft to see that the Tigers may have had a plan all along. The Tigers... 
 

Brett Gardner for Austin Jackson Makes Sense for Yankees and Tigers

The Yankees and Tigers appear to be on two separate missions this winter, but they could come together for one deal. No, the Yankees won’t be getting a starting pitcher they still need and the Tigers wouldn’t be receiving power to help fill the void of Prince Fielder‘s departure to Texas, nor would they get a late inning arm to replace Joaquin Benoit (and setup for Joe Nathan). Instead, New York and Detroit have been rumored to be in talks about swapping two out fielders, in this case, Brett Gardner and former Yankees’ prospect,... 
 

Tigers Reach Agreement with Joba Chamberlain

The Detroit Tigers reached an agreement with Joba Chamberlain, signing the 28 year-old righthander to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Chamberlain’s contract contains performance bonuses. Chamberlain is coming off the worst year of his major league career. He appeared in 45 games for the New York Yankees, throwing 42 innings with a 4.93 ERA and 5.64 FIP. He issued 26 walks and gave up 8 home runs. After a debut season in which he showcased his 100 mile per hour fastball and surrendered just... 
 

Is Shin-Soo Choo Worth a $140 Million Deal ?

With the signing of Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo is the best hitter available in the free agent class. The 31 year-old outfielder is looking for a big deal, something in the range of seven years at $20 million per year. There are a bevy of teams that are reported to be interested in Choo, including the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers.  How much is Choo worth? Should he command a deal in the Ellsbury range? Choo is an on-base machine. He owns a career .389 OBP... 
 

Tigers Max Scherzer “Definitely in Play”

Detroit Tigers ace and Cy Young winner Max Scherzer is available for trade according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.  The 29 year-old Scherzer will hit free agency next year, and is projected to earn over $13 million in arbitration this season. Scherzer has been dominant the last two years, as he’s posted a 3.29 ERA and a 2.99 FIP. His 29.0 percent strikeout rate is second only to Yu Darvish. Opposing hitters hit just .196 against Scherzer in 2013. The reigning Cy Young winner has only been traded four times before. Last year it was R.A.... 
 

Detroit Tigers Reach Agreement With Rajai Davis

The Detroit Tigers have reached an agreement on a two-year deal with free-agent outfielder  Rajai Davis. While several teams were in the mix for Davis, the Tigers were said to be the favorites along with the Minnesota Twins. He would likely serve as the Tigers’ fourth outfielder. Davis was largely a part time player for the last three seasons in Toronto where he hit  .252/.299/.369 and stole 125 bases over that period. He has been seeking a starting opportunity this offseason. Davis has played much of his eight-season career in left... 
 

Detroit Tigers Close Deal On Closer Joe Nathan

The Detroit Tigers reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the top free-agent closer on the market,  Joe Nathan,  according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Nathan had been seeking a multiyear deal worth at least $10 million per season and turned down a $9 million option with the Texas Rangers to become a free agent. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nathan  instantly becomes the Tigers closer a position that team was unable to stabilize during the 2013 season, Joaquin Benoit did provide some relief later in the... 
 

Washington Nationals Swindle Detroit Tigers, Grab Doug Fister

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, lefty reliever Ian Krol, and pitching prospect Robbie Ray. The deal was originally reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. This looks like a great deal for the Nationals. The 29 year-old Fister has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last three years. Additionally, he’s set to make just under $7 million in arbitration this year, and doesn’t hit free agency until 2016. Since... 
 

Rangers, Tigers Agree to Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler Trade

The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a deal that would send Prince Fielder to the Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Both players would have to pass physicals. Since there is a significant amount of cash in the deal the Commissioner’s Office will have to approve the transaction. Kinsler is due $62 million over the next four years while Fielder is due $168 million over the next seven. The Rangers will get cash back in the deal. Fielder, 29, has spent the past two seasons with the Tigers and hit .279 with 25 home runs... 
 

Miguel Cabrera Goes Back-to-Back With MVP’s

Miguel Cabrera limped through the last month of the season with a variety of ailments but the first five months of his season were enough for him to earn his second consecutive American League Most Valuable Player award. He outpointed Mike Trout as he did last year and became the first player in 45 years to win back-to-back MVP awards. Cabrera lead the majors in hitting at .348 and finish second with 44 home runs and 137 RBI. Trout hit .323 with 27 homers and 97 RBIs this year, stole 33 bases, and led the AL in runs and walks. Baltimore first... 
 

Lets Not Forget, Tigers Justin Verlander is Still Dominant

A lot has been made of the Oakland Athletics’ decision to start Sonny Gray in Game Five over Bartolo Colon, who had the second-lowest ERA in the AL this year. I fully agree with the Athletics’ decision for the simple reason that I believe Gray is better. However, with all the discussion about Gray, people are overlooking the man who will take the mound opposite him, Detroit Tigers hurler Justin Verlander. Much was made of Verlander’s so-called off year in 2013. Sabermetric evangelist/blowhard Brian Kenny suggested the Tigers... 
 

Detroit Tigers Rally to Force Game 5 Against Athletics with 8-6 Win

After jumping out to an early 1-0 series lead on Friday behind a strong effort by Max Scherzer, the Detroit Tigers would falter heading into the weekend, dropping both Games 2 and 3 to the Oakland Athletics. Facing elimination at the start of Tuesday’s match-up in Detroit, the Tigers mustered up the firepower to even the series and force a Game 5, outlasting the Athletics by a score of 8-6 in a back-and-forth contest. Oakland got out to an early lead in the first inning, scoring a run on a Jed Lowrie RBI single to left field. Lowrie would... 
 

Nick Castellanos Called Up By Detroit Tigers

As expected Detroit Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos has been called up  to the major leagues along with infielder Danny Worth and pitcher Evan Reed.  Castellanos spent most of the season with Triple-A Toledo, hitting .276/.343/.446 with 17 homers and 74 RBI over 591 plate appearances. The outfielder is not on the 40-man roster, but can be added without a corresponding move. The news was first reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade. Castellanos is one of, if not the best pure hitter in the minor leagues, as he is able to effectively adjust... 
 

Tigers Max Scherzer Outpitches Mets Matt Harvey For 19th Win

The Detroit Tigers Max Scherzer outpitched the New York Mets Matt Harvey , striking out 11 and hitting a RBI double that sent the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets. Scherzer (19-1) joined Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only major league pitchers to win 19 of their first 20 decisions in a season. “I pitched well today but I didn’t pitch efficiently,” Scherzer said. “I wasn’t quite as sharp as usual, but I thought I made big pitches when I needed to and that was the... 
 

Max Scherzer Wins 17th, Tigers Win 12th Straight

The Detroit Tigers won their 12th straight game and  Max Scherzer became baseball’s first 17-game winner besting the Cleveland Indians 10-3. Scherzer (17-1) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. Scherzer threw 100 pitches, and left with a 2.84 ERA this year. The Tigers have won 12 in a row for the first time since Sept. 2-14, 2011. Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs as the AL Central leaders completed a four-game sweep and opened a seven-game lead over the Indians. Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk during a six-run third and... 
 

Detroit Tigers Trade For Astros Closer Jose Veras

The Detroit Tigers shored up the back end of their bullpen acquiring Houston Astros closer Jose Veras in exchange for outfield prospect Danny Vasquez. Opponents are hitting .192 against Veras this season, and Dombrowski says the team is pleased to add an experienced arm to the bullpen, though it remains to be seen what role the right-hander will assume. Vasquez hit .281 with 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 39 RBIs in 96 games with Class A West Michigan this season. “We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen,”Tigers’... 
 

Scouting Report: Detroit Tigers Nick Castellanos

The Detroit Tigers selected Nick Castellanos with the 44th overall pick in the 2010 first-year player draft and nearly three years later is considered one of the best pure hitting prospects in the minor leagues. Castellanos has improved in terms of plate discipline, hitting variability, and adding pop to his bat with Triple-A Toledo, as his strikeout rates are slightly down and power numbers are up from split time between both High-A Lakeland and Double-A Eerie last season. In 76 games this year for the Toledo Mud Hens, Castellanos is hitting... 
 

Tigers Justin Verlander Dominates Toronto in 11-1 Rout

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander appears to have worked out the kinks that have overshadowed much of his season, as he helped lead the Tigers in an 11-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Independence Day. Coming into Thursday’s game, Verlander held onto an 8-5 record and 3.77 ERA in 112.0 innings of work across 17 starts this season. Although stout numbers for a starting pitcher, the results have been regarded as mediocre for the former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner. Verlander attributes much of his struggles to the inability to repeat... 
 

Tigers Max Scherzer First to 13-0 Since 1986 in Tigers Victory

Detroit Tigers right-hamder Max Scherzer pitched his way to his 13th victory of the season, improving his record to 13-0 and becoming the first pitcher in 27 years to start the season by winning 13 straight decisions. The last pitcher to do so was Roger Clemens in 1986 when the Boston starter went 14-0 to start the season. Scherzer was strong in his 17th outing of the season, working 6 1/3 innings and surrendering two runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking two. With his eight punch-outs, Scherzer has now struck out at least six... 
 

No Way Jose: Detroit Tigers DFA Jose Valverde

Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde  has been designated for assignment. Valverde has struggled mightily of late and has a 5.59 ERA over 19 1/3 innings of work. He  saved nine games for the Tigers  in 12 opportunities and the opposition has a batting average of .237 against him. In most recent appearance on Wednesday he gave up four runs and five hits in one inning of work.  The Tigers setup man Joaquin Benoit  is said to be the favorite for taking over for Valverde. Tigers manager Jim Leyland went on record saying, “If Benoit is available,... 
 

Devon Travis MVP of Midwest League All Star Game

Devon Travis, Detroit Tigers prospect with the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps, was named the MVP of the Midwest League All Star Game on Tuesday, leading the Eastern Division squad to a 6-5 victory over the Western Division at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio (home of the Dayton Reds). Travis would go 2-for-2 with a three-run triple in the game, which he hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning, leading the East squad to an eventual 6-5 victory. A 13th round draft pick by the Tigers in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Florida... 
 

Tigers Anibal Sanchez, Alex Avila Placed on the 15-day Disabled List

The Detroit Tigers have placed right-hander Anibal Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila  on the 15 day disabled list. Sanchez has been battling shoulder problems and is expected to miss at least two starts. Sanchez signed a five-year $88 million deal in the off-season and is pitching to a 2.76 ERA, with a 6-5 record. Avila has a bruised left forearm the result of being hit by a pitch and is hitting  .172/.271/.288 with five home runs in 48 games. In corresponding move , the Tigers recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia and catcher Bryan Holaday. The Tigers... 
 

Torii Hunter Slugs 300th Career HR in 5-2 Tigers Victory

In a career that has spanned across 16 years with the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels, and now this season with the Detroit Tigers, Torii Hunter has solidified his name as a perennial all-star caliber player. On Sunday afternoon, Hunter added a milestone to his successful resume, slugging the 300th home run of his career against the Minnesota Twins in a 5-2 victory for the Detroit Tigers. With Austin Jackson on second base and a 2-0 count, Hunter connected on a pitch from Minnesota starter P.J. Walters that would clear the left field bleachers.... 
 

Detroit Tigers Sign First Round Pick Jonathon Crawford

The Detroit Tigers reached an agreement with first-round pick Jonathan Crawford. He was 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 69 strikeouts for the Florida Gators in 2013.  Crawford,  21, will receive a full slot value  signing bonus of $2,001,700. In 2012 Crawford posted a 2.30 ERA with a 13/2 strikeout to walk ratio in 15.2 innings, highlighted by a complete-game no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman in the Gainesville Regional (the first for a Florida pitcher since John Burke no hit Furman on May 23, 1991). Crawford features a high octane fastball and a... 
 

Detroit Tigers Activate Austin Jackson, Option Avisail Garcia to Triple-A Toledo

The Detroit Tigers announced they will activate center fielder Austin Jackson from the disabled list in time for the series opener against the Minnesota Twins tonight. Jackson has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo and went 3-f0r- 13  over three games with the Mud Hens. Jackson has been out on the disabled list since May 12 nursing a poor left hamstring and was hitting .272 with 11 RBI and five stolen bases this season. To make room for Jackson the Tigers have optioned Avisail Garcia  back to Toledo. Garcia hit .288 with a couple... 
 

Jose Valverde, No Team Wants a Closer Who Blows Saves

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander did what he always does. Verlander has a 15-2 record with a 2.56 ERA in 25 starts against the Kansas City Royals and he dominated again, with seven shutout innings, giving up just three singles and not permitting a runner past first. He struck out eight and walked two, while throwing 117 pitches. “Probably my best start of the season. I’m not exactly where I want to be, but pretty doggone close.” Tigers manager Jim Leyland handed a 2-0 lead to the Tigers bullpen. Drew Smyly pitched a one-hit eighth,... 
 

Victor Martinez Provides Spark, Tigers Beat Indians Behind Verlander

Victor Martinez homered to begin a three run second inning and the Tigers would lead 5-0 after four innings, holding on to win 7-5. Justin Verlander threw seven innings and gave up just three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts, but it was Martinez and his three hits which won the game for Detroit. Martinez’s first hit broke the scoreless tie and he would add two more base knocks and score three times, raising his average to .241. Martinez delivered just one of his hits against Indians’ starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, who lasted just three... 
 

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera Named AL Player of the Month

Miguel Cabrera is at it again this season, putting up masterful offensive numbers in a season that could very well result in a second straight Triple Crown, a feat that has never been accomplished in major league history. The Detroit third baseman was superb in the month of May, batting .379 (44-for-116) with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 28 games. Over the course of the month, Cabrera has held multiple double-digit hitting streaks, an 11 game streak that ended on May 13 and a 12 game streak that started the following day. That May 13 game would be... 
 

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers Slam Orioles

The Detroit Tigers scored eight runs in the fourth inning including a  Miguel Cabrera grand slam  to beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-3. The Tigers slammed five home runs off Baltimore pitching, including shots by Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, Prince Fielder, Alex Avila,  and Cabrera. Cabrera’s home run was his 17th of the season and trails only Chris Davis who has 19 home runs for the American League lead. Cabrera already leads the American League in batting average (.369) and  RBI with (65).  Cabrera is attempting to repeat as Triple... 
 

Doug Fister K’s 12 In TIgers Loss to Pirates

Detroit Tigers starter Doug Fister  struck out 12 batters in seven innings and allowed four hits, but it was a Russell Martin bases loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning that gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 win over the Tigers. Neil Walker led off the 11th with a single to right field off Tigers relief pitcher Luke Putkonen, who then walked Andrew McCutchen on four pitches. Gaby Sanchez singled past a diving Miguel Cabrera at third base to load the bases. That set up Martin for the game-winning hit. The Pirates improved to 34-20 with... 
 

Justin Verlander Rebounds with 13 Ks in Tigers Victory

The Detroit Tigers and their fans can breath a little easier following Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as Tigers ace Justin Verlander rebounded from two straight “uncharacteristic” starts. Verlander worked seven innings, surrendering three runs on seven sits, striking out a season-high 13 batters and walking two in a 5-4 victory for Detroit. In his past two starts, Verlander surrendered 13 runs in 7.2 innings, wherein he saw his ERA jump from 1.93 to 3.66. Verlander appeared to right the ship on Monday, regaining... 
 

Max Scherzer Perfect at 7-0 After Slaying Minnesota

Detroit Tigers gunslinger Max Scherzer entered Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon with a perfect 6-0 record on the season, looking to extend that perfection against the Minnesota Twins. Scherzer would do exactly that, working six innings of one-run ball, surrendering three hits while striking out six batters and allowing three walks. Aside from an RBI single by Twins second baseman Jamey Carroll in the fifth inning, Scherzer dominated the Minnesota offense with effective use of his powerful four-seam fastball, which had good movement and painted... 
 

Anibal Sanchez Loses No-Hitter Settles For One-Hit Shutout

Anibal Sanchez lost a no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning when Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer lined a  single up the middle. It would have been the second no-hitter in Sanchez’s career.  His first no-hitter as a rookie came Sept. 6, 2006 As the video shows it was a clean hit and Sanchez instinctively reached for the ball, but had no shot. Sanchez settled for a one-hit shutout, the fifth one hitter of the 2013 season. Jordan Zimmermann, Chris Sale, Shelby Miller and Jon Lester have also thrown one-hitters this season. Sanchez... 
 

Miguel Cabrera Continues Assault on Major League Pitching

Miguel Cabrera homered for the fourth consecutive game and finished with three RBI and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6. Cabrera is now  batting, .391/.467/701 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI, but it was an intentional walk in the eighth inning that set up the comeback win for the Tigers. After the walk Prince Fielder singled off Jared Burton and the Tigers took a 7-6 lead. Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect inning of relief, while Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his fifth save. The Tigers trailed 6-3 going into the bottom... 
 
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