Tigers lament pitching woes against Pirates

Tigers lament pitching woes against Pirates

DETROIT -- Earlier this season, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called Alfredo Simon the most consistent pitcher in his rotation.

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Tigers can't rally in loss to Pirates

Tigers can't rally in loss to Pirates

DETROIT -- Second baseman Neil Walker's two-homer night propelled the Pirates to a season-high 21 hits as they topped the Tigers, 9-3, on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

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Wilson becoming an important piece for Tigers bullpen

Wilson becoming an important piece for Tigers bullpen

DETROIT -- You couldn't blame Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez for misspeaking early Wednesday morning when answering a question about right-hander Alex Wilson, who had just tossed 3 1/3 shutout innings of relief in extras.

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Ryan takes mound in series finale for Tigers

Ryan takes mound in series finale for Tigers

The sight of a left-hander probably won't make Neil Walker disappear Thursday afternoon, when the Pirates and Tigers conclude their Interleague Series with a matinee at Comerica Park. The switch-hitting Pittsburgh second baseman has historically been weaker from the right side, and has not started seven of the last nine times a southpaw opposed the Bucs.

That is likely to change Thursday. Walker loves hitting in Comerica Park where he is an over .300 hitter in 10 career games. Not only that, but his game-winning 14th-inning hit Tuesday came off lefty Tom Gorzelanny, giving him three hits in his last four ups against lefties.

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Ausmus not concerned about hit-by-pitches

Ausmus not concerned about hit-by-pitches

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus agrees with Victor Martinez -- both believe Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole plunked Detroit's designated hitter intentionally on Tuesday night.

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Verlander settles in, nets quality start in return

Rough start to night turns around as Tigers righty pitches into seventh inning

Verlander settles in, nets quality start in return

DETROIT -- Despite his early struggles, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander cobbled together a quality outing Tuesday night after missing a start due to back stiffness.

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Tigers can't rally twice in 14-inning loss

Tigers can't rally twice in 14-inning loss

DETROIT -- Neil Walker's double down the right-field line scored the go-ahead run in the 14th inning as the Pirates outlasted the Tigers, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

V-Mart unhappy with hit-by-pitch

Tigers designated hitter one of four players plunked in Tuesday's contest

V-Mart unhappy with hit-by-pitch

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez isn't happy with right-hander Gerrit Cole and the Pirates.

During the fourth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh at Comerica Park, Detroit starter Justin Verlander plunked Starling Marte on a 1-2 pitch with two outs and a runner on first. Then, in the bottom half of the frame, Cole hit Martinez with a 95-mph fastball, and the Tigers' designated hitter appeared to take offense, staring at the pitcher as he walked slowly to first.

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Iglesias contributes heavily from No. 9 spot

One of Tigers' leaders in batting average, OBP remains at bottom of order

Iglesias contributes heavily from No. 9 spot

DETROIT -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was batting .330 entering Tuesday, the second-highest average on the team. He boasted a .384 on-base percentage and just 21 strikeouts this season. Yet, in almost every game, he has hit ninth in the order.

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Harbaugh throws ceremonial first pitch

University of Michigan coach, lifelong baseball fan wears Fidrych jersey

Harbaugh throws ceremonial first pitch

DETROIT -- During Jim Harbaugh's Aerial Assault quarterback camp earlier this month in Ann Arbor, Mich., the University of Michigan football coach showed off his baseball skills, picking throws off the turf as if he were a first baseman.

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#ASGWorthy Cespedes surpassing expectations

#ASGWorthy Cespedes surpassing expectations

DETROIT -- The Tigers expected Yoenis Cespedes, who is vying to start in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, to add punch to their lineup this year, but even manager Brad Ausmus admitted he didn't know the left fielder would be quite this good.

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Tigers add infield depth with Casilla swap

Tigers add infield depth with Casilla swap

The Tigers and Rays worked out a Minor League trade that sent veteran infielder Alexi Casilla to Detroit for a player to be named later.

In his debut with the organization on Monday, Casilla went 1-for-3 for Triple-A Toledo vs. his former Durham Bulls teammates.

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Moya launches two homers for Mud Hens

Tigers No. 1 prospect has his first multi-homer game of the season, No. 3 prospect throws 7 strong frames

Moya launches two homers for Mud Hens

Last July, Steven Moya had the best month of his professional career. If Monday night was any indication, the Tigers' No. 1 prospect is gearing up for a repeat performance.

Moya, 24, swatted two solo home runs for Triple-A Toledo in a 4-1 win over Durham, giving him eight homers on the year. His big game came on the heels of a mini-drought (0-for-8) that was quickly remedied in the fourth inning. Moya, whose last multi-homer game was on July 4, 2014, appears to be heating up as the Mud Hens close in on the end of June.

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McCann's walk-off HR caps late Tigers rally

McCann's walk-off HR caps late Tigers rally

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez's game-tying, bases-clearing double in the eighth set up catcher James McCann's walk-off home run an inning later as the Tigers beat the White Sox, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

V-Mart puts clutch gene on display with big hit

V-Mart puts clutch gene on display with big hit

DETROIT -- Last season, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus claimed the only person in baseball who could protect Miguel Cabrera in the lineup was Cabrera himself. But he later amended his statement: Victor Martinez could also provide the support.

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Verlander set for return after bullpen session

Verlander set for return after bullpen session

DETROIT -- Right-hander Justin Verlander will start Tuesday's game for the Tigers against the Pirates, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed after Sunday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.

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McCann making most out of round-trippers

McCann making most out of round-trippers

DETROIT -- The Orioles have pie. The Nationals have chocolate syrup. And the Tigers have scoops of dirt.

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Couple brings leukemia initiative to Detroit

DETROIT -- In Nestor Aparicio's own words, this isn't a baseball story. Well, not really.

Nestor and his wife, Jennifer, made the 16th stop of their 30-day, 30-ballpark tour to raise awareness for the international bone marrow registry on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

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Rain washes out Tigers' game vs. White Sox

Contest to be rescheduled as part of day-night doubleheader Sept. 21

DETROIT -- Saturday afternoon's White Sox-Tigers game at Comerica Park was postponed due to inclement weather.

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Now you can say you're voting Miggy and Yo via emoji

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Now you can say you're voting Miggy and Yo via emoji

Language has taken us a long way -- out of our Neolithic days, past the invention of the printing press, all the way through the age of the Internet. It's how we make ourselves individuals and how we make ourselves known to one another, how we express the most complex of our feelings.

Well, it was how we expressed the most complex of our feelings. Actual words have had a great run, but it's time for them to cede their ground to the new best way of communicating: emojis.

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Location culprit in bevy of dingers off Anibal

Tigers starter has allowed 18 home runs this season after allowing four overall in 2014

Location culprit in bevy of dingers off Anibal

DETROIT -- Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez continues to be plagued by home runs, and manager Brad Ausmus is blaming poor pitch location -- and a little bit of bad luck.

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Teenage girl leads way at Comerica Pitch, Hit & Run

Eight regional winners have chance to attend national competition in Cincy

DETROIT -- Kaitlyn Brannstrom's throw bounced off the backstop and rolled back to her feet. As the Pitch, Hit & Run participant prepared for her next toss, the chain structure began to tip, nearly clattering to the ground before a volunteer righted it.

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June boon: J.D. setting blistering power pace

With winning homer in eighth, Tigers right fielder has clubbed 19, including 10 this month

June boon: J.D. setting blistering power pace

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's first swing Friday night brought the crowd to its feet as 38,455 fans watched the ball soar toward the center-field wall.

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Triple double: Miggy has #ASGWorthy night

Tigers star achieves feat for third time in career, just misses third four-hit game of season

Triple double: Miggy has #ASGWorthy night

DETROIT -- Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Miguel Cabrera's impressive Friday night was that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn't asked about it at all during his seven-minute-plus postgame news conference. Not once.

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J.D.'s jack gives Tigers final word over White Sox

J.D.'s jack gives Tigers final word over White Sox

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's go-ahead home run in the eighth inning powered the Tigers to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Avila puts in 5 solid innings in 1st rehab start

Recovering from knee injury, Tigers catcher notches single, saves run at plate

Avila puts in 5 solid innings in 1st rehab start

DETROIT -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila went 1-for-3 with a single for Triple-A Toledo on Friday night in his first competitive appearance since being placed on the disabled list on May 8.

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Old Tigers fans show off secret handshake after hit

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Old Tigers fans show off secret handshake after hit

Baseball's a fundamentally joyful game. The crack of the bat, the sound of the ball hitting the glove -- it has a way of making everyone feel like a kid again, harkening back to a time when everything was simple and wearing a bubble gum bucket on your head was applauded. 

Exhibit A: Friday night's White Sox-Tigers game, where two elder Detroit fans took Yoenis Cespedes' RBI triple as an opportunity to bust out their remarkably intricate secret handshake -- and to prove that no, you can never be too old for this.

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