Anibal, Tigers have no answer for streaking KC

Anibal, Tigers have no answer for streaking KC

DETROIT -- Eric Hosmer ripped five hits, including his first career grand slam, and the Royals pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, thus sweeping the three-game series.

The Royals won their season-high eighth straight game and remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians in the American League Central.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Rondon's HBP of Moose raises eyebrows, ire

Benches clear during ninth inning of KC's 16-2 win over Tigers

Rondon's HBP of Moose raises eyebrows, ire

DETROIT -- The Royals completed a three-game series sweep of the Tigers with a 16-2 win Wednesday that did not leave much suspense. It did not lack for drama, however, once a Bruce Rondon fastball hit Mike Moustakas and cleared the benches in the ninth.

By the time the game resumed at Comerica Park, Rondon had been ejected. Danny Duffy, the winning pitcher a night earlier, had to be held back from Rondon. Andrew Romine, the Tigers' super-utility player who had entered the game earlier at first base, moved over to the mound to finish the game.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Norris gets cortisone shot for left groin injury

Norris gets cortisone shot for left groin injury

DETROIT -- The good news for left-hander Daniel Norris is that a second MRI on his injured left groin showed nothing worse than the initial results did. The bad news is that he'll basically have to start the rehab process over again after receiving a cortisone shot.

Norris will have to rest from any baseball activity for a few days following the shot, then he'll begin rehabbing. No timetable has been set for his return, but while he should be able to pitch again this season, the Tigers aren't expected to rush him back and risk a worse injury.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Facing Astros, Zim up against healthy Keuchel

Facing Astros, Zim up against healthy Keuchel

Former American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel will be activated from the disabled list after missing eight weeks with neck discomfort to start the Astros' series opener against the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park. Keuchel is 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA but hasn't pitched since June 2.

"It feels like April all over again, except for the command," said Keuchel, who made two Minor League rehab starts to prepare for Friday's return. "I feel like my command is still there. We'll see on Friday. It's going to be a really good test. Even though they're not doing too well in the standings, it still is a Detroit Tigers team that's very capable of putting some numbers up very quick."

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mahtook's maturation on display after mistake

Mahtook's maturation on display after mistake

DETROIT -- Mikie Mahtook offered no excuse for his baserunning error late in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Kansas City. Instead, the oft-energetic Mahtook solemnly owned up to his mistake of being doubled up at first base on a deep fly ball that he initially though was a base hit he could score on.

"Regardless of thinking it [is going to land], you have to check," he said. "That's the cardinal rule, that's the number one rule in getting on base, is paying attention to where your outfielders are."

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Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite loss, Fulmer showcases top-notch stuff

Tigers righty rebounds from last start vs. KC to go 8 solid innings

Despite loss, Fulmer showcases top-notch stuff

DETROIT -- The last time Michael Fulmer faced the Royals, they took advantage of three first-inning errors, he started pitching for strikeouts and Kansas City sent him to the worst start of his career. That was five days ago.

Fulmer's first pitch of the rematch ended up in the left-field seats of Comerica Park Tuesday night, putting the Royals ahead for good in a 3-1 Tigers defeat. This time, though, Fulmer recovered for four consecutive strikeouts, six on the night over eight quality innings and some of his best stuff of the season.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers place 3 RHPs on Top 100 Prospects list

Manning (72), Faedo (78), Burrows (99) lead a farm system loaded with pitching

Tigers place 3 RHPs on Top 100 Prospects list

DETROIT -- For the first time in five years, the Tigers have three prospects ranked in MLBPipeline.com's Top 100. Right-handers Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows all cracked the list in MLB Pipeline's midseason rankings released Monday night.

Manning, who has been on the list ever since the Tigers drafted him last year, rose two spots from 74 to 72. This year's Tigers top pick, Alex Faedo, checked in at 78. Beau Burrows, Detroit's top pick in 2015, was ranked 99th.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Verlander has stuff to put contender over top

Verlander has stuff to put contender over top

Somebody should have told Justin Verlander to waste the 2-2 pitch to Whit Merrifield in the seventh inning Monday night.

If the count had gone full, one of the greatest Tigers pitchers ever would have thrown 120 pitches in what may have been his final outing for the organization.

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Tigers can't back Fulmer in loss to Royals

Tigers can't back Fulmer in loss to Royals

DETROIT -- The Royals turned a critical double play in the eighth inning that helped them preserve their season-high seventh straight win, 3-1 over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

With Justin Upton on third and Mikie Mahtook on first and one out, Victor Martinez lined a hard shot into the right-field corner off Royals reliever Joakim Soria that Jorge Bonifacio snared. Upton tagged at third, but Mahtook strayed too far off first, and Bonifacio's throw back to first beat Mahtook, thanks to a great stretch from Eric Hosmer, for the double play.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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JV, Avila have strong nights as Deadline nears

Righty goes 7 strong, catcher has key hit with scouts on hand vs. KC

JV, Avila have strong nights as Deadline nears

DETROIT -- In his 184th game at Comerica Park, Justin Verlander may have walked off the mound for the last time in a home uniform. He left Monday's game, an eventual 5-3 loss to the Royals in 12 innings, to grand appreciation, as many fans from the announced crowd of 26,415 rose to applaud their longtime ace.

For a fleeting moment, Verlander entertained the thought that it was the end of his time in Detroit.

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Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers claw back vs. KC before falling in 12

Tigers claw back vs. KC before falling in 12

DETROIT -- Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back home runs in the 12th inning, powering the Royals to their sixth straight win with a 5-3 victory over the Tigers on Monday night at Comerica Park.

The win kept the Royals 1 1/2 games behind the Indians in the American League Central. Kansas City moved alone into the second AL Wild Card spot, a game over the Rays.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Norris sidelined again by groin injury

Norris sidelined again by groin injury

DETROIT -- Daniel Norris was back in the clubhouse at Comerica Park on Monday, reunited with his teammates. It's the end goal the Tigers' young left-hander wanted, but not the circumstances, not with his groin injury again forcing him off the mound.

A day after Norris' injured left groin flared up on him during a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo, Norris was back in Detroit for a visit with team doctors to determine the cause and extent of an injury that landed him on the 10-day disabled list just before the All-Star break.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

VerHagen's long-term role with Tigers not settled

VerHagen's long-term role with Tigers not settled

DETROIT -- Throughout Drew VerHagen's five years in the Tigers' organization, his 133 pitching appearances have been split almost exactly in half between relief outings and starts. In his mind, he still has work to do to determine which way he'll go for his long-term role.

"I mean, here I am throwing out of the 'pen today," said VerHagen, 26, who was called up Sunday from Triple-A Toledo, for which he's been a starter all year. "So no, I don't feel like I've solidified anything. But I feel comfortable doing both and I've stretched out to where I can do both."

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Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boyd's strong effort is promising for rotation

Tigers lefty fans career-high 8 against Twins, but dwells on walks

Boyd's strong effort is promising for rotation

MINNEAPOLIS -- Everything seemed to be working for Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd on Sunday at Target Field.

Boyd had a great feel for his entire repertoire, and used it in the right spots to rack up a career-best eight strikeouts in the 9-6 victory over the Twins. He threw a season-high 105 pitches, while allowing three runs over six-plus innings.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. He covered the Tigers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Lugo makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Lugo makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week contains some familiar faces and some new faces in new places.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers top Twins to end road trip on high note

Tigers top Twins to end road trip on high note

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Iglesias homered late to support a solid showing by Matthew Boyd as the Tigers claimed the series finale over the Twins, 9-6, on Sunday at Target Field. The win was Detroit's third series victory over Minnesota in as many meetings, and the Tigers hold a 6-3 record against the Twins.

With the loss, the Twins dropped to third place in the American League Central.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis who covered the Tigers on Sunday.

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Lugo hits two homers for Erie

Lugo hits two homers for Erie

Max Schrock took full advantage of Double-A Midland's doubleheader, collecting a total of five hits and six RBIs in the two wins over Corpus Christi on Sunday.

The Athletics No. 18 prospect got off to a fast start in the first game, a 12-2 Midland win, as he doubled in the first, singled in the third and fifth and capped his perfect day with a two-run homer in the sixth.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Upton does his part to get Tigers back in game

Outfielder homers, prevents runs with defense

Upton does his part to get Tigers back in game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Upton's fingerprints were all over Saturday's game at Target Field.

The Tigers left fielder practically did it all. On the defensive end, he made catches at the wall and threw runners out. He paced the offense as well, sparking a late rally with the game's only homer. Detroit was unable to reward Upton for his efforts, however, in the 6-5 loss to the Twins, who evened the three-game weekend set.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers score 5 in 8th, but rally falls short

Tigers score 5 in 8th, but rally falls short

MINNEAPOLIS -- Early run support by the offense backed a solid showing from right-hander Kyle Gibson to ultimately help the Twins edge the Tigers, 6-5, on Saturday at Target Field. Minnesota staved off a late push by Detroit to snap its three-game losing streak to the American League Central rival. The Twins also kept pace in the division, as both the Indians and Royals won.

Gibson spun a season-best 7 1/3 innings of three-run ball to earn his sixth win of the year. It marked his longest outing since he tossed eight frames on Sept. 13, 2016, against the Tigers. Alex Presley notched three of the Tigers' five hits off Gibson, including an RBI double in the eighth to chase Gibson out of the game. Gibson struck out five batters and walked three, lowering his season ERA to 6.08.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Saturday.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Ausmus willing to use Greene in variety of ways

Reliever on pace to set career high in appearances

Ausmus willing to use Greene in variety of ways

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Detroit's bullpen phone has rang this season, more often than not it's been for reliever Shane Greene.

Greene was the second Tigers reliever called upon during Friday's 6-3 victory over the Twins at Target Field. He was tasked with getting the final two outs in the seventh frame, which he accomplished in eight pitches. It marked Greene's American League-leading 47th appearance, one more than Bryan Shaw of the Indians.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

V-Mart's two homers lift Tigers past Twins

V-Mart's two homers lift Tigers past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Victor Martinez recorded his first multihomer game of the season to back right-hander Anibal Sanchez and lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win against the Twins on Friday night at Target Field.

Twins All-Star right-hander Ervin Santana struggled, lasting a season-low 3 1/3 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. He gave up a solo blast to Martinez in the second, an RBI double off the wall to Justin Upton in the third and a two-run shot to Martinez in the fourth. He also threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Pudge looking forward to induction into HOF

Heralded catcher played 13 seasons with Rangers

Pudge looking forward to induction into HOF

ARLINGTON -- Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is just nine days away from the crowning moment of his Major League Baseball career.

On July 30, Rodriguez will be standing on a podium in the upstate New York village of Cooperstown. Behind him will be seated some of the greatest players in the history of the game and, on that Sunday afternoon, Rodriguez will join them as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers befuddled by A. Wilson's recent woes

Tigers befuddled by A. Wilson's recent woes

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers are trying everything they can to get right-handed reliever Alex Wilson out of his recent funk.

During Thursday's 16-4 loss to the Royals, Wilson allowed four runs on six hits in an inning of work. He threw 35 pitches, which tied his season high, including 22 strikes.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer chased early after defense's miscues

Starter allows 8 runs (5 earned) in career-low 2 2/3 innings

Fulmer chased early after defense's miscues

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Fulmer stood up and took the blame, like he has many times in visitors' clubhouses this year when he probably shouldn't have had to. In an otherwise quiet Tigers clubhouse after a 16-4 loss to the Royals, it seemed like somebody had to.

"It's tough," Fulmer said, "but it comes all back onto me."

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers unable to slow relentless Royals

Tigers unable to slow relentless Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Mike Moustakas had three hits and three RBIs, Brandon Moss drove in a season-high four runs, and every Royals starter had at least one hit as Kansas City cruised to a 16-4 victory over the Tigers on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals, who had season highs in runs and hits with 19, returned to .500 and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Indians in the American League Central. The Royals scored four runs in four innings for the first time in franchise history.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Romine starts in RF as Tigers mix, match

Adduci recalled from Triple-A for Detroit's outfield rotation

Romine starts in RF as Tigers mix, match

KANSAS CITY -- Andrew Romine has played every position but catcher in his Tigers career. He had never started in right field, until Thursday.

In the second inning of the Tigers' 16-4 loss to the Royals, Romine made a four-star catch, according to Statcast™. He covered 51 feet in 3.5 seconds to rob Alex Gordon of a leadoff hit -- a grab that had a 35 percent catch probability.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers open-minded with pitchers in trade talk

J. Wilson, Verlander, Fulmer among Detroit's coveted arms

Tigers open-minded with pitchers in trade talk

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers have a burgeoning market for Justin Wilson, believed to be up to 14 teams. If they were to make the unlikely decision to entertain trade interest in Michael Fulmer, that market would be greater. Their incoming interest in Justin Verlander is more tepid, thanks to the remaining years and dollars on his contract.

Verlander has two more seasons guaranteed on his contract at $28 million each, plus a $22 million option for 2020 that vests if he finishes in the top five in Cy Young voting in 2019. His full no-trade rights give him some leverage over that.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson has rare blown save in wild ninth

Tigers closer upset about walk that leads to loss to Royals

Wilson has rare blown save in wild ninth

KANSAS CITY -- Justin Wilson wasn't thinking about the trade rumors that have enveloped him as the Tigers closer stood at his locker following Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Royals.

He was not thinking about the oppressive Midwestern heat that left the field simmering, the bullpen smoldering and him sweating. Nor was he looking back on the summer-long success that has made him one of the most valued relievers on the trade market and the Tigers' most trusted closer in quite a few years.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers' home hosts international soccer game

PSG defeats Roma in exhibition match at Comerica Park

Tigers' home hosts international soccer game

DETROIT -- Comerica Park underwent quite a transformation over the past week, from a concert venue to a baseball stadium to a soccer pitch. In its latest form, the park hosted a 2-1 win (penalty kicks) for Paris Saint-Germain over AS Roma in an exhibition game on Wednesday.

It was the first professional soccer match in the history of Comerica Park, which opened in 2000, and part of the fifth-annual International Champions Cup, a tournament of preseason friendly matches between European clubs. The tour has stops in 11 U.S. cities (of which Detroit was the first), as well as in China and Singapore.

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Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.