V-Mart single wins it after Miggy, Tigers get HR happy

V-Mart single wins it after Miggy, Tigers get HR happy

DETROIT -- On a night when the Tigers and Phillies combined for six solo home runs, two of them from Miguel Cabrera, Detroit pulled ahead on a Victor Martinez seventh-inning single that scored Cabrera for a 5-4 victory Monday at Comerica Park.

The Tigers' seventh win in eight games moved them back to .500 (22-22) for the first time since May 6.

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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.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Miggy on prolific tear -- even by his standards

Cabrera goes 3-for-3 with two HRs and double; hasn't swung and missed since Wednesday

Miggy on prolific tear -- even by his standards

DETROIT -- This Miguel Cabrera looks familiar. It's just that some wondered whether they would see it again.

As the latest opposite-field drive from Cabrera made its path into the right-field seats, the first of two Cabrera solo homers in Monday's 5-4 Tigers win over the Phillies, the swing and the result resembled the Cabrera of a few years ago. When the Detroit slugger pulled a curveball from Phillies sensation Vince Velasquez and powered it into the left-field seats his next time up, the worries about Cabrera's strength in his legs seemed like they were meant for somebody else.

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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.

MRI shows Zimmermann has minor groin strain

MRI shows Zimmermann has minor groin strain

DETROIT -- The Tigers received good news Monday on the injury front. Starter Jordan Zimmermann's MRI results revealed a Grade 1 groin strain, the least severe on the scale, while Miguel Cabrera returned to the starting lineup after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left knee.

Zimmermann is expected to miss his turn in the rotation this weekend in Oakland, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed, but he is considered day-to-day from there. If he's ready by early next week, the Tigers could get by without needing a fill-in starter for the rotation or a disabled list move for Zimmermann, who is the Tigers' best starter so far this 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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stewart, Labourt among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 4 prospect makes strong Double-A debut, Marlins' No. 2 has first pro multi-homer game

Stewart, Labourt among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in the RoughRiders' lopsided 11-1 win.

Monday's outing marked the third time in his last four starts that Ortiz matched his career high mark with six innings while allowing one or no earned runs. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA through eight games (seven starts) with Frisco and Class A Advanced High Desert this year.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miggy, Maybin named AL Players of Week

Miggy, Maybin named AL Players of Week

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and Cameron Maybin have been named American League Co-Players of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 5-1 record last week.

Maybin, who made his season debut on May 16 after recovering from left wrist and right shoulder injuries, hit .600/.652/.750 with one home run, five RBIs and four stolen bases in his first six games in his second stint with the Tigers.

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

Red-hot Maybin remaining in seventh spot for now

Red-hot Maybin remaining in seventh spot for now

DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin's torrid week to open his second stint as a Tiger earned him American League co-Player of the Week honors. It will not earn him a spot higher in the batting order, at least for now.

"That could happen," manager Brad Ausmus said, "but I probably wouldn't do it right now. Haven't really thought about it too much, because as long as we're hitting and scoring runs, that's not something that's crossed my mind."

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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.

Verlander looks to ride momentum against Phillies

Verlander looks to ride momentum against Phillies

After picking up his 2,000th career strikeout last week, Justin Verlander (3-4, 4.58 ERA) will try to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season Tuesday night against the Phillies.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 3.99 ERA) will get the ball for Philadelphia, having won his last two starts.

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

Trammell, Cook to represent Tigers at Draft

Trammell, Cook to represent Tigers at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers option VerHagen, recall Farmer

Tigers option VerHagen, recall Farmer

DETROIT -- The Tigers are waiting to decide whether they need to make a move to fill Jordan Zimmermann's spot in their rotation, but they made a move in their bullpen Sunday after their 9-4 win, optioning Drew VerHagen to Triple-A Toledo and calling up Buck Farmer to take his place.

It's essentially a swap of young relievers who can pitch multiple innings. VerHagen went an inning-plus in relief of an injured Zimmermann Sunday afternoon, but gave up two runs on three hits in the process, raising his ERA to 7.11. The 25-year-old right-hander has yielded 28 hits over 19 innings, including three home runs, while walking seven and striking out 10.

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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.

Wilson not getting away with mistakes in May

Left-hander was a bright spot in Tigers' bullpen during opening month

Wilson not getting away with mistakes in May

DETROIT -- A Major League bullpen can be like a lineup in the sense that different parts within it can go hot and cold at different times. It can be different, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, in that it's more difficult to move pieces around in a bullpen when a reliever goes cold than when a hitter does. That presents a difficult spot for the Tigers with lefty Justin Wilson.

A few weeks ago, Wilson was the bright spot in a Detroit bullpen that was looking like the strength of the team. His 11 consecutive scoreless innings to begin the year -- eight hits allowed, two walks and 15 strikeouts -- made him look like the shrewdest acquisition of general manager Al Avila's first offseason in charge.

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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.

Change for the better: Fulmer mystifies Rays

After adding changeup to repertoire, Tigers top prospect fans 11 over seven innings

Change for the better: Fulmer mystifies Rays

DETROIT -- Tigers top prospect Michael Fulmer came into his fifth career start Saturday having never gone deeper than the fifth inning. He had not struck out more than six batters in a game. He had typically only relied on his fastball and his slider.

All of that changed when the 23-year-old fanned 11 Rays over seven innings while featuring a changeup to lead the Tigers to a 5-4 win. It was his first start at Comerica Park after four outings on the road.

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Kyle Beery 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' HRs aid Fulmer's K's in win vs. Rays

Tigers' HRs aid Fulmer's K's in win vs. Rays

DETROIT -- James McCann beat his old college teammate, Drew Smyly, for a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning, sending his current Tigers teammate, Michael Fulmer, to a victory in Detroit's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday at Comerica Park.

For the Rays, the game wasn't the only loss, as Kevin Kiermaier left with a fractured left hand after diving for a bloop single in center field.

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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.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Tigers coaches Play Ball with youth players

Members of the Detroit Tigers' coaching staff paid a visit to more than 90 eager youth baseball players at Millennium Park in Northville, Mich., on Saturday.

Assistant hitting coach David Newhan, third-base coach Dave Clark and former Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones each hosted sessions on separate diamonds, teaching kids the basics of batting, fielding and pitching. The clinic was a part of the Tigers' "Play Baseball Detroit" program.

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

McCann has former batterymate's number

Catcher's last two MLB HRs have been go-ahead shots vs. Smyly, his former college and Tigers teammate

McCann has former batterymate's number

DETROIT -- James McCann was Drew Smyly's catcher at the University of Arkansas. They were Tigers second-round Draft picks, one year apart, and Spring Training teammates when Smyly made Detroit's Opening Day rotation in 2012.

After two meetings as opponents, and two tiebreaking home runs, McCann is becoming Smyly's nemesis.

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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.

Greene to continue rehab assignment in Triple-A

Tigers righty 'felt good' after Class A outing, expected to make at least one more start before returning

Greene to continue rehab assignment in Triple-A

DETROIT -- Shane Greene felt a little sore, but generally fine Saturday morning after the first outing of his Minor League rehab assignment Friday night for Class A West Michigan. He'll make at least one more rehab start, moving up to Triple-A Toledo to pitch Wednesday morning against Durham.

It's a buildup process for Greene, who threw 42 pitches over three scoreless innings for West Michigan at Fort Wayne. He gave up two hits and a walk while striking out five.

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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.

Erasing mini-slide, Miggy back in prime form

Tigers superstar collects 35th career multihomer game in losing effort

Erasing mini-slide, Miggy back in prime form

DETROIT -- Rays manager Kevin Cash has seen this Miguel Cabrera before.

As Cabrera's second home run on Friday night clanked off the front of Comerica Park's center-field camera well, bringing the Tigers within a run in the seventh inning, all Cash could hope for was that Cabrera wouldn't come back up with a chance to tie or win 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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maybin's positive energy, and bat, sparking Tigers

Wiser than in first stint with club, outfielder giving clubhouse a lift

Maybin's positive energy, and bat, sparking Tigers

DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin's three-hit effort in Friday's 7-5 loss to the Rays pushed him to 8-for-13 in his second stint with the Tigers, and he has four stolen bases in as many tries. Maybin's bigger impact, though, might be in the dugout and clubhouse.

"I'm going to be honest with you: Cam's personality has been huge for us," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "He brings energy. He brings excitement to the game. He loves to play the game. When you add a personality like that, it helps everybody."

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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.

Miggy homers twice but can't lift Tigers alone

Miggy homers twice but can't lift Tigers alone

DETROIT -- Kevin Kiermaier broke a tie in the sixth inning with a bases-clearing triple, helping send the Rays to their fourth straight win, a 7-5 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The victory ended Detroit's four-game winning streak.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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.

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Positioning behind Iglesias' improved 'D'

Positioning behind Iglesias' improved 'D'

DETROIT -- While the Tigers took batting practice on Friday afternoon before their series opener against the Rays, Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler took part in their usual middle-infield routine, which centers on the unusual double plays they turn. One after another, Iglesias flipped and tossed the ball to a waiting Kinsler, focusing on getting the ball where the second baseman can best make a grab and turn a relay throw.

As a double-play duo, Kinsler and Iglesias have assembled a highlight reel of plays over the past season-plus. As a shortstop, Iglesias has his own resume of unbelievable grabs and throws. This appears to be the season he has the advanced metrics to back up his prowess.

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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.

Tigers see signs of Upton heating up

Tigers see signs of Upton heating up

DETROIT -- The biting chill in the breeze that stuck around Comerica Park through April finally began to relent this week. The forecast is giving Michiganders a nod to what they've been anticipating for months since that frozen stretch of January but have only been teased about since Opening Day.

Justin Upton's bat is finally starting to warm up. What, you thought this was about spring in Michigan?

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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.

Verlander joins Lolich as only Tigers with 2,000 K's

Righty strikes out 10 over 7 1/3 solid innings in win over Twins

Verlander joins Lolich as only Tigers with 2,000 K's

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander became the second Tigers pitcher in history with 2,000 career strikeouts when he fanned Minnesota's Eddie Rosario in the fourth inning for his seventh strikeout in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Twins.

As Verlander walked off the mound in the eighth inning, a video popped up on the left-field video board showing his milestones and memorable highlights during his 10-plus years with the Tigers.

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Kyle Beery 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 sweep Twins behind Kinsler, Verlander

Tigers sweep Twins behind Kinsler, Verlander

DETROIT -- For the second time in three weeks, the Tigers have found the answer to their struggles in a series against the Twins. Ian Kinsler's sixth-inning home run completed a three-hit, two-RBI day in support of Justin Verlander, whose 7 1/3 quality innings sent Detroit cruising to a three-game sweep of Minnesota with a 6-3 win Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Tigers began the series in a tailspin, having lost 11 of their last 13, but rebounded to outscore the Twins by a 23-13 margin for their second sweep of Minnesota this season. Wednesday's finale had little suspense after big innings propelled the Tigers in the previous two games.

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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.

Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Twins on Wednesday.

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Jones among top prospect performers Wednesday

Jones among top prospect performers Wednesday

It's been five starts and 25 innings since Jon Harris has given up an earned run. The Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect is in the middle of the best stretch of his young career and Wednesday's start against Fort Wayne was just the latest example.

The 22-year-old right-hander fired seven scoreless frames for Lansing, while giving up just four hits and a walk.

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

Brad Ausmus' ejection hoodie is being auctioned off for charity

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Brad Ausmus' ejection hoodie is being auctioned off for charity

On Monday, Brad Ausmus, a bit perturbed after a strike call, had some words with the home-plate umpire. He was quickly ejected, but not before he draped his hoodie sweatshirt over home plate. It was almost as if he was saying the strike zone had died and he wanted to give it a decent burial.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, that hoodie can now be yours.

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Ausmus back after watching from suite Tuesday

Ausmus back after watching from suite Tuesday

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has talked several times about the vantage point of watching games from the dugout. On Tuesday, he got a different view, watching his team from Justin Verlander's club suite.

Ausmus said he found out around an hour and a half before first pitch that he had the evening off, thanks to Major League Baseball's one-game suspension for his on-field tirade the previous game. While bench coach Gene Lamont filled in, Ausmus was a spectator, barred from the dugout and clubhouse.

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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.

Tigers' 7-run frame earns series win over Twins

Tigers' 7-run frame earns series win over Twins

DETROIT -- One night after the Tigers put up an eight-run opening inning and had to rally late, Miguel Cabrera's first triple in 365 days sparked a seven-run seventh inning to lift Detroit to its third straight victory with a 7-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Phil Hughes, who outpitched former Twins teammate Mike Pelfrey in an unlikely pitching duel, exited with a 2-1 lead after Cabrera tripled and scored on a Victor Martinez sacrifice fly. The Tigers pounced on Minnesota's bullpen for seven hits in the next eight batters, including back-to-back home runs from Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez.

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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.

Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Twins on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers' offense able to deliver knockout blow

Miggy's triple, Castellanos' soft knock keys to 7-run seventh inning

Tigers' offense able to deliver knockout blow

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos has 21 hits in two-strike counts this season, 10 after falling into an 0-2 hole. Nearly all of them were hit harder than the blooper he delivered off Twins reliever Michael Tonkin in the seventh inning on Tuesday night.

Few, however, were bigger in terms of momentum than that loft he put into short right field. It was the softest-hit ball of the seven-run, eight-hit rally that lifted the Tigers to a 7-2 win at Comerica Park, but it was the hit that continued what they started against Phil Hughes that inning with Miguel Cabrera's triple and Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly.

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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.