Sanchez aims for success vs. Padres

Sanchez aims for success vs. Padres

The Tigers are hopeful Anibal Sanchez 2.0 is just as good in his second start.

Sanchez, after being demoted to Triple-A Toledo earlier in the season, made his first start of the year on Monday in a loss at Seattle. The right-hander didn't factor into the decision, but the Tigers were upbeat with him allowing two runs over five innings.

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Fulmer's hard-luck outing a familiar tale

Fulmer's hard-luck outing a familiar tale

SAN DIEGO -- Detroit's Michael Fulmer should be fuming.

The Tigers fell to the San Diego Padres, 1-0, to extend their losing streak to a season-high seven games on Friday. But when deciphering what didn't go right on a delightful night in San Diego, don't look at the Tigers' hard-throwing right-hander.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Tigers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers frustrated by shutout, as skid hits 7

Tigers frustrated by shutout, as skid hits 7

SAN DIEGO -- Luis Perdomo dodged danger, ever so slightly flirted with history and got just enough run support as the Padres downed Detroit, 1-0, on Friday night in the series opener at Petco Park.

The San Diego right-hander walked five over his first four innings, throwing more balls than strikes in the process. But he held the Tigers hitless until Andrew Romine's leadoff single in the fifth, a grounder that rolled through the right side with a 37-percent chance of being a hit, according to Statcast™. Despite Perdomo's erraticism, catcher Austin Hedges was impressed with his batterymate's arsenal.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Tigers on Friday.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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Struggling K-Rod released by Tigers

Struggling K-Rod released by Tigers

SAN DIEGO -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had a difficult task on Friday morning: informing popular reliever Francisco Rodriguez that he was being released.

"It's never fun to tell guys you like, or good people, bad news,'' Ausmus said before the Tigers faced the Padres on Friday at Petco Park. "That is not something anyone would enjoy doing.''

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Tigers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers hit with knockout blows in tough series

Kinsler believes last-place club can turn its season around

Tigers hit with knockout blows in tough series

SEATTLE -- The look on Robinson Cano's face after connecting with Tigers reliever Francisco Rodriguez's fastball suggested he didn't think he got all of it. He shook his head as he started toward first base, gently dropping his bat.

The look from Rodriguez suggested the opposite. He didn't have to turn his head to know it was gone.

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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.

Kinsler's power surge isn't enough to slow M's

Kinsler's power surge isn't enough to slow M's

SEATTLE -- It's taken the Mariners all season to climb over the .500 mark, but they finally made it as Robinson Cano cranked two home runs and a career high-tying six RBIs in a 9-6 victory over the Tigers on Thursday night to complete a four-game series sweep.

Cano hadn't homered in his previous 15 games, but he roped a two-run shot in the third and a grand slam in the seventh to give him 13 homers and 48 RBIs on the year. That provided plenty of run support for right-hander Andrew Moore, who won his Major League debut with seven innings of three-run ball.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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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V-Mart begins light activity by hitting off tee

V-Mart begins light activity by hitting off tee

SEATTLE -- Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has started baseball activity a little sooner than expected.

Martinez, who went on the 10-day disabled list on Friday after being hospitalized with an accelerated heartbeat, began hitting off a tee on Wednesday, according to manager Brad Ausmus.

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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.

J.D. Martinez feels Trade Deadline looming

J.D. Martinez feels Trade Deadline looming

SEATTLE -- The Tigers are all well-aware of the ramifications of a subpar record as the non-waiver Trade Deadline nears. No one might be more keenly aware than outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Of all the players who could be dealt if the Tigers decide to become sellers next month, Martinez tops the list, a free agent to be and an impact hitter on a team that needs to reduce its payroll no matter what happens the rest of this season. That's why when Martinez is asked if he's feeling the urgency of the club's struggles, he has a slightly quizzical look.

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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.

Verlander's perfect-game bid unravels in loss

Verlander's perfect-game bid unravels in loss

SEATTLE -- What began as a perfect start for Justin Verlander turned into a perfect finish instead for the Mariners as Seattle rallied for a 7-5 victory Wednesday night at Safeco Field.

Verlander didn't allow a baserunner until one out in the sixth, but things quickly unraveled from there as Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano ripped two-run doubles and Mitch Haniger added a solo homer to help Seattle score seven runs in the sixth and seventh.

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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.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Verlander: 'Best I've felt in a long time'

Tigers righty takes perfect game into sixth, strikes out 11

Verlander: 'Best I've felt in a long time'

SEATTLE -- Justin Verlander took the mound for the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 7-5 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field with a four-run lead, a perfect game and a fastball topping out at 98 mph. He left seven batters later, still in the sixth inning, with the tying run in scoring position. He went from trying to push for perfection to hoping to preserve the lead. 

A 50-foot dribbler from Jarrod Dyson got it all started.

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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.

Miggy uses glove to inspect fan's beard

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Miggy uses glove to inspect fan's beard

In Wednesday night's Tigers-Mariners game at Safeco Field, a foul ball was lofted toward the seats down the first-base line. Naturally, Detroit first baseman/serial fun-haver Miguel Cabrera ranged over, where some Mariners fans had obviously become consumed with figuring out where the ball was heading.

But that's irrelevant to this story, since this story concerns what happened besides the foul ball's trajectory. You see, Cabrera's eye caught a particularly formidable beard sported by a Mariners fan, and did the only natural thing: Go in for a close-up with his glove.

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Tigers not affected by Trade Deadline talk

Ausmus says chatter doesn't change approach on the field

Tigers not affected by Trade Deadline talk

SEATTLE -- There is no panic at Safeco, from what Tigers manager Brad Ausmus can see. There shouldn't be any pressing, either, at least not about the Trade Deadline.

Though Detroit entered Wednesday's game against the Mariners having lost nine of 12 to fall six games under .500, with the Trade Deadline about six weeks away, Ausmus said it's not a factor for them right now. In that sense, he echoed comments made by his left fielder, Justin Upton, after Tuesday's walk-off loss.

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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 sign fifth-round Draft pick McMillan

Tigers sign fifth-round Draft pick McMillan

SEATTLE -- The Tigers took a chance in last week's Draft when they used their fifth-round pick on high school catcher Sam McMillan. While they were happy to take advantage after McMillan fell that far, they were also taking a chance that McMillan might decide to go to college, instead, anticipating a higher pick (and higher bonus) later.

On Wednesday, the Tigers' risk paid off. While it'll take time to find out whether McMillan has a big league future, he's at least in Detroit's system, having agreed to terms with the Tigers.

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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.

Miggy needs voting surge on All-Star ballot

Miggy needs voting surge on All-Star ballot

SEATTLE -- Miguel Cabrera needs a surge of votes in the final days of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot to have any chance of getting back into the starting lineup for the Midsummer Classic. As voting heads into the home stretch, he's the only Tiger with a chance.

That chance is quickly fading. Despite a resurgence at the plate, the Tigers' first baseman has fallen to third in voting among AL first basemen, plummeting out of a close race with Oakland's Yonder Alonso. Cabrera is now about 105,000 votes behind Kansas City's Eric Hosmer, who enjoyed a sudden surge of votes over the past week.

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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 hit 3 HRs but fall in 10th to Mariners

Tigers hit 3 HRs but fall in 10th to Mariners

SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager doubled in pinch-runner Tyler Smith with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning for a walk-off win as the Mariners topped the Tigers, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Safeco Field for their first extra-inning win in five chances this season.

Tigers reliever Justin Wilson walked Nelson Cruz leading off the inning. Smith replaced Cruz and took second on a wild pitch before Seager laced a line drive into the right-field corner for Seattle's third straight win.

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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.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Rivera highlights Tigers' latest Draft signings

2nd-round pick was national Junior College Player of the Year

Rivera highlights Tigers' latest Draft signings

SEATTLE -- The Tigers continue to sign their Draft picks at a rapid rate. Detroit announced deals Tuesday with 17 of its 40 selections in last week's Draft, including eight of its top 10 selections.

Among the deals announced was second-rounder Reynaldo Rivera, the highest-drafted Tigers selection to sign so far. The national Junior College Player of the Year agreed to terms on a deal that includes an $850,000 bonus, according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis. The bonus is well below the $1,148,400 slot assigned to the 57th overall selection.

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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 vow to fight on, avoid panic

'I think we've still got plenty of time,' Zimmermann says after 9th loss in 12 games

Tigers vow to fight on, avoid panic

SEATTLE -- For a moment, the Tigers had run and slugged their way to new life Tuesday at Safeco Field, building an eighth-inning rally on a mad dash around the bases by Ian Kinsler and a game-tying homer from J.D. Martinez. They had the makings of a comeback win that could propel them out of their midseason doldrums.

Two innings and a Kyle Seager walk-off double later, they had another loss, and another step toward the fate they don't want to ponder.

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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.

Back in Seattle, Hicks recalls 'frustrating time'

Back in Seattle, Hicks recalls 'frustrating time'

SEATTLE -- John Hicks got his big break here at Safeco Field. It wasn't when the Mariners first called him up.

"I got called up in 2015," Hicks said. "It wasn't good."

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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.

Manning dominates for Connecticut

Manning dominates for Connecticut

The ball was flying out of the yard for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, as Jeimer Candelario, Mark Zagunis and Victor Caratini all hit home runs to power the Cubs past Omaha, 6-4.

Candelario, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect and No. 84 on the Top 100, was the last of the trio to join the home-run party, though it was his two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning which ultimately proved the difference in the victory. It was the second homer in three games and ninth of the season for Candelario, who's slashed .268/.357/.521 with 33 extra-base hits (21 doubles) and 40 RBIs in 60 games.

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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.

After 'refresh,' Sanchez impresses in return

Tigers righty holds Mariners to 2 runs in first start of '17

After 'refresh,' Sanchez impresses in return

SEATTLE -- The Tigers lost Monday for the seventh time in 10 games. Don't blame Anibal Sanchez.

If anything, credit Sanchez in his first start of the season for doing his job and keeping the Tigers close in what became a 6-2 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field. It wasn't necessarily smooth, and it felt at times like a high-wire act, but with two runs allowed over five innings in a no-decision, Sanchez did his job.

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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' missed chances add up in loss to M's

Tigers' missed chances add up in loss to M's

SEATTLE -- Mike Zunino slugged a pair of two-run home runs, Guillermo Heredia launched one of his own and Mariners' bullpen did not allow a run in a 6-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Safeco Field, opening a four-game series.

Zunino's line-drive homer came on a 3-2 count with the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, and it traveled a projected 403 feet with a launch angle of 18 degrees, his lowest angle on a home run since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.

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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.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

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Verlander: Pitcher-catcher signs slow game

'Signs have to be more advanced than they ever were before,' Tigers veteran says

Verlander: Pitcher-catcher signs slow game

SEATTLE -- The Tigers know all about the debate over pace of play in baseball. With the third-highest average time of game in the Majors at 3:19 -- 15 minutes longer than last year -- they're arguably at the heart of the debate. Ask Justin Verlander why, and he'll contribute to the debate by pointing to the signs.

He's not talking about advertising or commercials. He means the signs that go from the catcher to the pitcher, specifically with runners on base. The game within the game to hide signs or steal them, Verlander said, has slowed 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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morgan highlights slate of Draft signees

U. of Washington catcher was Pac-12 Player of the Year

Morgan highlights slate of Draft signees

SEATTLE -- Three summers ago, Joey Morgan was a college catcher without a college, his scholarship having been pulled from the University of Oregon when they overrecruited on catchers. This week, Morgan officially became a pro catcher, signing with the Tigers after becoming their third-round pick in last week's MLB Draft.

It's a turn, he said, that makes him appreciate what happened even more.

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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.

Farmer heads to Triple-A after 2 rough starts

Sunday's 7-run, 2 1/3-inning outing seals deal for 26-year-old righty

Farmer heads to Triple-A after 2 rough starts

DETROIT -- Buck Farmer tossed 13 scoreless innings over his first two Tigers starts. He allowed 13 runs over 4 2/3 innings in his next two, including seven runs in Sunday's 9-1 loss to the Rays. As a result, Farmer's next start will be for Triple-A Toledo.

Farmer's fall from Tigers folk hero to a Mud Hen again was so swift, so extreme, it could make for a country ballad. But it's an example of baseball being a game of adjustments. In the Majors, between ample video and small armies of scouts, the adjustments come quickly.

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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.

Fan gets souvenir, refuses high-five request

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Fan gets souvenir, refuses high-five request

One young Tigers fan had his very own "Field of Dreams" moment during Detroit's Father's Day loss to the Rays on Sunday: Not only did he get to cheer on his favorite team with dad at the ballpark, but he even ended up with a souvenir off the bat of Tampa Bay's Tim Beckham. 

As you might imagine, he was pretty excited -- so excited, in fact, that he neglected to honor one fellow fan's request for a high-five.

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Offense falls flat in series finale vs. Rays

Offense falls flat in series finale vs. Rays

DETROIT -- The Rays used a two-homer game from Logan Morrison and a grand slam from Steven Souza Jr. to split the four-game series against the Tigers at Comerica Park, jumping on Buck Farmer during a 9-1 win on Sunday afternoon.

"Like I've said before, we can hit," Morrison said. "We just have to play defense and we'll be above .500."

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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.

Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the Rays on Sunday.

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