Anibal stays tough on KC as Tigers earn split

Anibal stays tough on KC as Tigers earn split

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez continued his mastery of the Royals, and Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run homer as Detroit salvaged a split in the four-game series with a 6-4 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 38,326 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

That was the Royals' third straight sellout.

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Iglesias aims to play despite groin tightness

Iglesias aims to play despite groin tightness

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias continued his early-season highlight reel in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Royals with a twirling play up the middle, but his defensive wizardry might be on hold after leaving the series finale with left groin tightness.

Iglesias, who is listed as day to day, is optimistic he'll be able to play in Tuesday night's series opener against the White Sox. Part of the reason he left Sunday's game in the sixth inning with a 6-0 Tigers lead was to better his chances to play through it.

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Anibal displays front-line stuff in key series

Anibal displays front-line stuff in key series

KANSAS CITY -- Anibal Sanchez said he wasn't thinking about a perfect game through his first five innings. Alex Avila said he doesn't think about a perfect game normally until the seventh or eighth inning.

But as the zeros piled up and the Tigers' lead grew, Sanchez had the perfect ending in the works to this series with the Royals.

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Greene, Tigers look to keep rolling vs. White Sox

Greene, Tigers look to keep rolling vs. White Sox

For the second time in three weeks, the White Sox will send their top starters up against the Tigers, trying to find some much-needed momentum. This time, Chicago won't have to deal with the front end of Detroit's rotation in turn.

Just like their mid-April weekend series at Comerica Park, the White Sox send Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana to the mound. Unlike that series, the Tigers won't be countering with David Price or Anibal Sanchez, both of whom pitched over the weekend to salvage a four-game series split against the Royals. Shane Greene, who beat the White Sox in the rubber match two weeks ago, starts the opener on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Tigers are in good place after KC showdown

Defending AL Central champs feel their best baseball yet to come

Tigers are in good place after KC showdown

KANSAS CITY -- Four weeks into the season it is a little early to get too excited.

The four-time defending American League Central champion Detroit Tigers, however, have to be feeling pretty good about the way things are coming together.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitching, timely hits key for salvaging series

Anibal's stellar start pivotal in finale between division rivals

Pitching, timely hits key for salvaging series

KANSAS CITY -- The quiet tranquility of the Tigers' Sunday morning clubhouse was briefly interrupted by the arrival of Miguel Cabrera in his getaway-day gear, including a fuchsia suit that caused a stir.

It was a different suit than Cabrera wore on his way into this city four days earlier. In the American League Central standings, however, the Tigers left town looking pretty much the same as they came in, a half-game up on the Royals after Sunday's 6-4 win.

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Price takes fielding practice to tighten defense

Price takes fielding practice to tighten defense

KANSAS CITY -- David Price went the distance on the mound for the Tigers in Saturday night's 2-1 win over the Royals. He was back on the field at Kauffman Stadium long before many of his teammates had arrived on Sunday morning.

As bullpen catcher Jeff Kunkel hit him ground balls, Price was trying to shore up the one area of his game that nearly drove him crazy in his five-hitter on Saturday. Essentially, after his fielding error on a potential double-play grounder from Alex Gordon nearly fueled a Royals rally, he assigned himself pitchers fielding practice.

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Economical Price a model of efficiency

Lefty throws 106 pitches, never wavers in complete-game victory over Royals

Economical Price a model of efficiency

KANSAS CITY -- About the only thing that slowed down David Price in Saturday's 2-1 Tigers win at Kauffman Stadium was a fly -- not a fly ball.

He was on his way out for the fourth inning as soon as the Tigers had been retired in the top half. He quickly turned back and beckoned head athletic trainer Kevin Rand to take a look.

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Price too much for Royals

Price too much for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Detroit left-hander David Price threw a complete-game five-hitter to earn his third win of the year as the Tigers beat the Royals, 2-1, on Saturday night in front of 38,692 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Price lost his shutout when Lorenzo Cain hit a home run with two outs in the ninth. He didn't walk a hitter and struck out three.

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Price's latest start makes big statement

Left-hander allows one run in complete-game gem against Royals

Price's latest start makes big statement

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski walked into manager Brad Ausmus' office in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday night, sat down on the couch and smiled.

"That was impressive," he said.

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Gose's speed torments Royals

Outfielder changes game in Tigers' favor on basepaths

Gose's speed torments Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Only the rulebook could slow down Anthony Gose on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

After Gose's third hit of the night against the Royals, he took off on a pitch Ian Kinsler hit to center field, getting such a jump that he was sliding into second base as Lorenzo Cain caught the ball. He got back to first base with ease, but was ruled out because the umpires ruled he had technically turned towards third base and didn't retouch second base afterward.

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Tigers keep rotation order, stick with Lobstein

Lefty to make next start on turn Thursday

Tigers keep rotation order, stick with Lobstein

KANSAS CITY -- Kyle Lobstein will make his next start on turn Thursday against the White Sox in Chicago. Manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday he decided to keep his rotation in order coming out of Monday's off-day, giving all of his starters an extra day of rest.

It's a minor difference in days; the Tigers would needed a fifth starter no later than Saturday, anyway. It's a more significant difference in opponent, since Lobstein will face the White Sox on turn rather than get a second straight matchup with the Royals next weekend at Comerica Park. It's a bigger message about the role of Lobstein in the rotation with Justin Verlander out for the foreseeable future.

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Tigers tweak shift after bunt singles

Ausmus adjusts defensive alignment after two Royals take advantage in opener

Tigers tweak shift after bunt singles

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers aren't going to abandon their infield shift on Royals left-handed hitters after bunt singles from Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer down the third-base line on consecutive nights. They are, however, going to tweak it.

They already began doing so by the time Hosmer came up again Friday night, after his bunt single had helped extend the opening inning for Kansas City's three-run outburst. They didn't move third baseman Nick Castellanos back over to the left side, but they moved shortstop Jose Iglesias in on the infield dirt on one-strike counts, manager Brad Ausmus said.

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Lobstein, Tigers pinned down in KC rematch

Lobstein, Tigers pinned down in KC rematch

KANSAS CITY -- Royals spot starter Chris Young tossed five innings of no-hit ball, and the bullpen kept the no-no going for seven innings before the Tigers' Nick Castellanos singled in the eighth, but Kansas City held on for a 4-1 victory on Friday night in front of 38,186 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Castellanos broke up the combined no-hitter with a line-drive single to left off reliever Kelvin Herrera.

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Miggy loses fierce battle with Royals' Herrera

Miggy loses fierce battle with Royals' Herrera

KANSAS CITY -- The long-anticipated championship boxing match isn't until Saturday night in Las Vegas. The heavyweight battle came together in the Tigers' 4-1 loss on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Miguel Cabrera-Kelvin Herrera won't show up on the undercard for Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao. Yet on a night when Chris Young and Ryan Madson no-hit the Tigers for seven innings, it set up as the main event.

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Tigers hitters still baffled against KC's Young

Tigers hitters still baffled against KC's Young

KANSAS CITY -- Chris Young stands 6-foot-10, tall enough that he was a center for Princeton University's basketball team years ago before making baseball his full-time career. He literally and figuratively towers over the Tigers.

Young won the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award last year with a 12-win season that included two victories against the Tigers, quieting the AL's most productive offense for 12 innings of two-run ball on seven hits with 10 strikeouts. As unusual as that seemed, his five hitless innings on Friday for the Royals in a 4-1 loss for the Tigers seemed baffling.

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Nesbitt may get bigger role in Tigers' bullpen

Nesbitt may get bigger role in Tigers' bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- The radar gun at Kauffman Stadium registered Angel Nesbitt's fastball at 96 mph. The late swing from Royals hitter Lorenzo Cain suggested the same.

It was the second out of the eighth inning on Thursday night. Four pitches and two swings-and-misses later from Eric Hosmer, Nesbitt had retired the side in order, one of just three innings from the Royals without a baserunner. It meant little in an 8-1 Detroit loss. It could foretell something more important down the road.

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Ausmus dons gear for Greene's side session

Tigers skipper, former catcher gets bird's-eye view of right-hander's work

Ausmus dons gear for Greene's side session

KANSAS CITY -- Brad Ausmus wanted to take a different look at Shane Greene after the right-hander's struggles over his last couple of starts. So the Tigers manager took a look at him from the angle he knew well for 17 Major League seasons.

And for just the second time since he became a manager, Ausmus became a catcher again, donning the mask and mitt to catch Greene's side session on Friday.

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Tigers tamed by rival Royals in opener

Tigers tamed by rival Royals in opener

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy delivered his longest outing of the season, seven-plus innings, and his offense banged out 14 hits in an 8-1 victory over Detroit on Thursday in the first meeting between the American League Central rivals this season.

Eric Hosmer slammed a two-run homer in the third, and the Royals poured on five runs in the fifth to go up 8-0. The Royals reclaimed first place in the division after a 15-7 April.

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Miggy draws walk, appeals to first to make sure

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Miggy draws walk, appeals to first to make sure

Miguel Cabrera has been doing a lot of Miguel Cabrera things in the early going of the 2015 season.

For starters, he's working with a .373/.464/.627 slash line that probably has Tigers fans salivating. He's got eight multi-hit games and has jacked two dingers in a game on two occasions, including Wednesday's game against the Twins.

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Third MRI on tap for Verlander

Third MRI on tap for Verlander

KANSAS CITY -- Justin Verlander will undergo his third MRI during the Tigers' trip to Chicago next week in order to gauge whether the inflammation in his strained right triceps is subsiding.

Doctors gauge the inflammation by the amount of fluid gathered around the triceps. Verlander is expected to undergo periodic MRIs until the fluid is gone, at which point he'll be cleared to move ahead in his rehab.

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Ausmus: V-Mart moving in right direction

Ausmus: V-Mart moving in right direction

KANSAS CITY -- The frustration was evident after Victor Martinez's final swing on Thursday night, in the eighth inning of the Tigers' 8-1 loss to the Royals. He took two steps out of the box before slamming his bat into the ground, his fly ball still in the air over center field.

"He just missed that ball," manager Brad Ausmus said.

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Nathan undergoes Tommy John surgery, begins rehab

Closer's season over after four pitches, but he intends to return to Majors

Nathan undergoes Tommy John surgery, begins rehab

Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery and flexor repair on Wednesday. The closer confirmed the news via text message on Thursday, the first day of his rehab.

"Everything went very well," Nathan said.

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Rondon faces hitters for first time in rehab

Rondon faces hitters for first time in rehab

KANSAS CITY -- Hard-throwing reliever Bruce Rondon threw to hitters on Thursday for the first time in his rehab as he continues his way back from biceps tendinitis.

Rondon threw at the Tigers' Spring Training complex in Lakeland, Fla. If he feels fine on Friday, he'll throw one more session before being considered for a Minor League rehab assignment.

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Miggy, Tigers claw back, win wild finale over Twins

Miggy, Tigers claw back, win wild finale over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a wild game that saw six combined homers, including an inside-the-parker, Andrew Romine connected on a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, keyed by a missed popup on the infield, to lead the Tigers to a 10-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

With the game tied at 7 in the eighth, Yoenis Cespedes hit a high pop fly for what looked like an easy second out, but it dropped and hit off the base of the mound and was ruled an infield single off reliever Casey Fien. It came back to haunt the Twins, as James McCann singled with two outs to set up Romine for his game-winning RBI single to left. Fien came back out for the ninth, and gave up a two-run blast to Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers insurance runs.

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Miggy faces competition for starting nod in All-Star Game

Miggy faces competition for starting nod in All-Star Game

DETROIT -- While Miguel Cabrera tries for his third consecutive All-Star starting nod, Victor Martinez, Jose Iglesias, Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez will try for their first. They're among the Tigers on this year's All-Star ballot released Wednesday.

Cabrera again encounters a packed field of candidates at first base, led by White Sox slugger Jose Abreu and hot-hitting Yankees veteran Mark Teixeira. Other former All-Stars at first include ex-teammate Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer.

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