Zim looking to bounce back in series finale

Zim looking to bounce back in series finale

Chicago White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will be looking for a belated birthday gift on Sunday afternoon as he gets the nod against the Detroit Tigers in a four-game series finale.

Gonzalez, who turned 33 on Saturday, will face off against Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, looking to put an exclamation point on a strong start to Chicago's seven-game homestand.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers top White Sox in Farmer's career day

Tigers top White Sox in Farmer's career day

CHICAGO -- Buck Farmer set a career high with 11 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings, helping the Tigers gain a split in Saturday's doubleheader with a 4-3 victory over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox won the opener, 3-0, with Tyler Danish picking up his first career win in his first big league start.

"It's been a long time coming, I'll say that," said Farmer, who also earned his first career win. "I've waited the better parts of three different seasons for it, so it feels good to kind of get that weight off my shoulders."

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Saturday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Farmer makes his mark during brief callup

Righty fans career-high 11, holds White Sox scoreless over 6 1/3 IP, earns first Majors win

Farmer makes his mark during brief callup

CHICAGO -- Buck Farmer may not have guaranteed himself a Major League roster spot with his brief audition on Saturday afternoon, but the right-hander certainly did more than enough to plant the seeds in the minds of those in charge of making that decision.

Farmer, making his season debut and just his ninth big league start, was brilliant at Guaranteed Rate Field, shutting down the White Sox over 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Tigers earned a doubleheader split with a 4-3 victory.

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

Tigers fall in G1 despite Fulmer's 8-inning CG

Tigers fall in G1 despite Fulmer's 8-inning CG

CHICAGO -- Tyler Danish might not have been quite as dominant as his mound counterpart, Michael Fulmer, but the rookie still pitched well enough to claim his first big league victory in a 3-0 White Sox win over the Tigers during Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

"That's great," Danish said. "I mean, you dream as a kid to pitch in the big leagues. To get my first win in my first career start was special. I'm glad my mom was here. I'm glad she got to enjoy that. It was a very special day, something I'll always remember."

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Saturday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Hamstring strain lands Kinsler on 10-day DL

Tigers option Bell, DFA Cuevas; Jones, Leon called up from Triple-A

Hamstring strain lands Kinsler on 10-day DL

CHICAGO -- The Tigers have been hit hard by their schedule this week, wrapping up the weekend with four games in the span of about 48 hours. However, their biggest blow from this two-city road trip won't be from a lack of sleep.

Detroit will be without a major cog in its lineup and middle infield, as the club placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers unable to slow slugging Sox

Tigers unable to slow slugging Sox

CHICAGO -- Mike Pelfrey allowed one unearned run over five innings, as he defeated his previous employer from Detroit in an 8-2 White Sox victory Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field and snapped the team's three-game losing streak. The first game of a planned Friday doubleheader was postponed and moved to Saturday due to inclement weather, and the nightcap's first pitch was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Pelfrey yielded four hits and fanned seven, after striking out 11 in six previous starts combined, throwing 50 of his 86 pitches for strikes. He also pitched around two errors, which helped give the Tigers their first run in the second and set up a scoring chance in the fourth. Chris Beck, Anthony Swarzak, Dan Jennings, Tommy Kahnle and Gregory Infante finished off the victory.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Friday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Command eludes Boyd in loss to Chicago

Tigers left-hander is 0-4 in last five starts

Command eludes Boyd in loss to Chicago

CHICAGO -- Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd admits that not every pitch can be perfect. But of the 100 he threw Friday night, there's just one imperfect pitch that stuck in his mind.

It was an 83 mph changeup with the bases loaded that stayed up to White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia, which Garcia quickly turned on for a bases-clearing double. The three runs that scored on that play were all that the Sox pitching staff needed to hand Detroit an 8-2 loss.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. He covered the Tigers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Funkhouser thrives in prospect duel

Funkhouser thrives in prospect duel

Angel Perdomo and Kyle Funkhouser put together quite a pitcher's duel on Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin topped Lakeland, 3-1.

Perdomo, the Blue Jays' No. 20 prospect, put together his best start of the season, giving up three hits over six scoreless innings. Control has been a struggle for the 23-year-old in the past, but he was able to harness it Friday.

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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.

Hicks up to spell Avila with McCann on DL

Righty Farmer appointed Tigers' 26th man for doubleheader

Hicks up to spell Avila with McCann on DL

CHICAGO -- John Hicks has only squatted behind the dish in the big leagues for the Tigers for one inning. He should see a much bigger workload than that in coming days.

The 27-year-old catcher/first baseman was called up Friday from Triple-A Toledo. Hicks was slated to start at first base and bat eighth in Friday's game vs. the White Sox. He will likely start behind the plate for Saturday's doubleheader against Chicago.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Hall order: Verlander's goal Cooperstown

Hall order: Verlander's goal Cooperstown

PHOENIX -- Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander is one of the best and the brightest of this generation's starting pitchers. He still "likes" the win as a statistic, is aiming at eventual induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and thinks he has a shot at 300 wins to ensure his election.

"It's not going to happen much anymore, but I still have a chance," Verlander said in a recent interview with MLB.com. "I wouldn't have thought that a couple of years ago because of injuries. I'm healthy now, feel good and think I can make a run at it."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Martinez's two big swings

Statcast of the Day: Martinez's two big swings

Thanks to the inviting presence of the Crawford Boxes in left field, Detroit's Jose Iglesias and Houston's Alex Bregman both homered on balls with exit velocities below 91 mph and hit probabilities below 10 percent on Wednesday.

But there's also another side to Minute Maid Park, which former Astro J.D. Martinez got a taste of on Thursday, in Houston's 7-6 victory. Even with the removal of Tal's Hill from center field before this season, Minute Maid Park can play big in certain situations.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Homers not enough, as Verlander hit hard

Homers not enough, as Verlander hit hard

HOUSTON -- Jake Marisnick's go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth decided a back-and-forth battle that included six homers -- three in one inning off Justin Verlander -- sending the Astros to a 7-6 win over the Tigers Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros took three of four from the Tigers in the series, improving their Major League-best record to 32-16.

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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.

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

Fateful fourth inning disappoints Verlander

Fateful fourth inning disappoints Verlander

HOUSTON -- Justin Verlander had a three-run lead, a low pitch count and high hopes about his pitches. With the middle of the Astros order due up in the fourth, he had a chance to put the game in the Tigers' control.

These are the situations where he usually earns his status. As he surveyed the damage late Thursday night following Detroit's 7-6 loss, including three home runs in that fourth inning, he had a hard time figuring out how it got to that point.

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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.

Big night at plate was needed for Iglesias

Tigers infielder had three hits Wednesday vs. Astros

Big night at plate was needed for Iglesias

HOUSTON -- Jose Iglesias has tried his best to trust the process. But he needed a game like Wednesday as reassurance.

The Tigers' shortstop fell a triple shy of the cycle in Wednesday's 6-3 win, including a two-run homer in the ninth inning. But after a 4-for-36 slump led to a couple days off to clear his head, his first three-hit game since April 14 hit the mark in terms of positive reinforcement.

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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.

Burrows goes six strong for Lakeland

Burrows goes six strong for Lakeland

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Avila would like leeway with interference rule

Avila would like leeway with interference rule

HOUSTON -- Alex Avila had his catching hand wrapped in ice as he talked with reporters Wednesday night, the result of being hit by George Springer's swing during the Tigers' 6-3 win over the Astros.

Avila was fine Thursday, but his bigger soreness was with the catcher's interference call that resulted in Springer going to first base and Houston getting a leadoff baserunner against Daniel Norris in the third inning.

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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' bats come alive late to top Astros

Tigers' bats come alive late to top Astros

HOUSTON -- The Tigers broke a tie by scoring twice in the eighth inning against Astros relief ace Chris Devenski, and Jose Iglesias capped a big night with a two-run homer in the ninth as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

After Astros starter Charlie Morton gave up two runs in seven innings and Tigers starter Daniel Norris allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings, Iglesias (3-for-4) led off the eighth with a double and Ian Kinsler followed with a single, with Kinsler taking second base when Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick overthrew the cutoff man on the infield.

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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.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Richard Justice

Ausmus earns save for Tigers' bullpen

Making change at closer helps relievers turn things around

Ausmus earns save for Tigers' bullpen

HOUSTON -- What about the Detroit Tigers' bullpen? No, seriously. Maybe it's time to forget everything you thought you knew about that problem area.

"It's always a topic in Detroit," Tigers catcher Alex Avila said.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Rare homers in Houston

Statcast of the Day: Rare homers in Houston

With Statcast™, we can measure the quality of contact made on each batted ball in play. Naturally, the quality of contact on the majority of home runs is classified as a "barrel" or "solid contact." But there are a good number of balls that clear the fence despite being classified as neither.

Two homers hit on Wednesday night provide cases in point, and they both came at the ballpark that has yielded the highest percentage of non-barreled and non-solid-contact home runs in the Statcast™ era (beginning in 2015): Minute Maid Park in Houston.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Norris doesn't buckle after early struggles

Norris doesn't buckle after early struggles

HOUSTON -- On most nights, Daniel Norris has a point when he loses his mechanics and he's searching for the way he throws a baseball. Sometimes, he never figures it out, and it dooms him. Other times, that inning fuels him.

It was fear of the former that had Tigers manager Brad Ausmus warming up long reliever Warwick Saupold as Norris worked with two on and nobody out in the fourth inning.

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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.

Fulmer has fun taping 'Play Ball' segment

Fulmer has fun taping 'Play Ball' segment

HOUSTON -- Michael Fulmer isn't used to attention when he works in the bullpen between starts. Usually it's a quiet place for him to get in his work. On Wednesday, he had a MLB Network crew and Eric Byrnes with him as he walked into the bullpen at Minute Maid Park.

As anyone who has watched Byrnes on the network would realize, it was anything but quiet.

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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.

Mahtook's HR not enough to pick up Zimm

Mahtook's HR not enough to pick up Zimm

HOUSTON -- Yuli Gurriel and Juan Centeno rocketed solo home runs off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann, and Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. eased through another scoreless outing, paving the way in Houston's 6-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Between Gurriel and Centeno's homers in the second and fourth innings, respectively -- traveling a combined 822 feet, according to Statcast™ -- Josh Reddick scored on Detroit third baseman Nicholas Castellanos' eighth error of the season. Castellanos added another error in the eighth, tying his season total from last year.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Astros on Tuesday.

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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Tigers tripped up by defensive missteps

Three errors give way to four unearned runs

Tigers tripped up by defensive missteps

HOUSTON -- Jordan Zimmermann has shown a remarkable ability to limit the damage from the 13 home runs he has allowed this year. He can only do so much, though, to pitch around defensive errors behind him.

Though Zimmermann yielded two homers in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Astros, both were solo shots, both survivable once the Tigers mustered some offense. Houston's other four runs were unearned thanks to three defensive gaffes.

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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.

Cabrera: Road hurdles no excuse for Tigers

Detroit currently on third three-city trip of season

Cabrera: Road hurdles no excuse for Tigers

HOUSTON -- The Tigers arrived in town around 4 a.m. CT Monday morning, faced the Astros 15 hours later and looked like they might have been sleepwalking against Brad Peacock and the Astros bullpen in a 1-0 loss. But manager Brad Ausmus and slugger Miguel Cabrera said it was more about good pitching than poor sleeping.

Hard as the travel has been for the Tigers this season, Cabrera insisted it's not an excuse. It can't be an excuse.

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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.

Anibal makes Triple-A debut with mixed results

Anibal makes Triple-A debut with mixed results

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Anibal Sanchez's debut start with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday didn't end as smoothly as it began, but it still served as a stepping stone for the veteran righty as he works to regain a starting role in the Majors. Sanchez allowed three runs (two earned), including two home runs, in two-plus innings while walking two and striking out three.

Sanchez's fastball sat around 90-91 mph, which matches his 90.73 mph average in the Majors this season, according to Statcast™. Mud Hens manager Mike Rojas said Sanchez is primarily focused on pitching deeper into games rather than boosting velocity.

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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.

Avila, Ausmus impressed with Gose's arm

Left-hander clocked at 99 mph in Class A pitching debut

HOUSTON -- Major League managers and GMs don't normally find themselves talking about 26-year-old pitchers in Class A ball. When the pitcher in question is a left-handed outfielder who throws a 99 mph fastball in his pro pitching debut, though, it's anything but a normal situation.

This is where the Tigers now find themselves with Anthony Gose. Their Opening Day center fielder from last year is now a relief prospect, and what seemed like a crazy idea at the end of Spring Training now has some momentum behind it.

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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.

Jaye fans 11 over six scoreless for Erie

Jaye fans 11 over six scoreless for Erie

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.