Wolf, Tigers overpowered in rematch with Royals

Wolf, Tigers overpowered in rematch with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Cheslor Cuthbert homered and had four RBIs, Kendrys Morales and Lorenzo Cain each homered and had three RBIs, and right-hander Yordano Ventura matched a career high with 11 strikeouts as the Royals pummeled the Tigers in a 12-1 win on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Ventura pitched seven strong innings, giving up just five hits and one run. It was his fifth straight quality start -- he's posted a 1.13 ERA over that span. And his 11 K's matched his previous outing.

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Miggy tossed after arguing called strike three

Miggy tossed after arguing called strike three

DETROIT -- American League batting leader Miguel Cabrera was ejected from the Tigers' 12-1 loss to the Royals on Wednesday after arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning.

Cabrera's seventh career ejection, oddly enough, came from third-base umpire and crew chief Gary Cederstrom, not home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott, who made the call on Yordano Ventura's 99-mph full-count fastball leading off the inning. MLB.com's Gameday showed the pitch around the upper portion of the inside corner.

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Kinsler, Verlander voted top Tigers in August

Kinsler, Verlander voted top Tigers in August

KANSAS CITY -- Ian Kinsler's August push couldn't help the Tigers creep closer in the American League Wild Card chase. At least it didn't go unnoticed.

It's a small consolation for Kinsler, but the second baseman was voted the Tigers' Player of the Month by media members. He batted .362 (38-for-105) with 22 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples, four home runs and 15 RBIs. He beat out Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez for the honor, among others.

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Tigers employ Boyd for rubber game against Royals

Tigers employ Boyd for rubber game against Royals

Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez hasn't lost since the Tigers beat him three weeks ago. He has also beaten every American League Central opponent this season except Detroit, which has toppled him twice. He gets another chance in the rubber game on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez has a win and two no-decisions since the Tigers roughed him up for six runs on eight hits over seven innings on Aug. 12 in Kansas City. They also swiped a 2-1 win against Volquez here on May 2 behind a David Price complete game. The only win Volquez has against Detroit in his career came in a Pirates uniform last year at PNC Park.

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Alburquerque dealing with soreness in hip area

Alburquerque dealing with soreness in hip area

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers' procession of relievers over the past week has not included right-handed strikeout specialist Al Alburquerque. He hasn't pitched since last Monday while dealing with soreness in his upper right leg, around his hip.

Alburquerque said he first sustained the injury during the Tigers' series against the Cubs in mid-August, in the midst of five outings in six days. He pitched twice after that, including a tumultuous outing at Cincinnati where he gave up two hits and a walk without retiring a batter during a 10-run sixth inning.

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Kinsler's blast helps power Tigers past Royals

Kinsler's blast helps power Tigers past Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Justin Verlander threw 6 2/3 innings of strong ball, giving up just two earned runs, and Ian Kinsler pounded a two-run homer as the Tigers held off the Royals for a 6-5 win on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals' lead in the American League Central was cut to 12 games with Minnesota's win over the White Sox.

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Verlander gets job done without his best stuff

Verlander gets job done without his best stuff

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Justin Verlander spent part of his weekend in Toronto doing the edge walk along the outside of the city's CN Tower, hanging off the side by a harness from a height of about 1,750 feet. For an encore on Tuesday night, he walked a tightrope in the Tigers' 6-5 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Verlander took the mound against the defending American League champions without a consistent slider or a sharp breaking ball, nor did he have the safety net of defensive support. Essentially, he had a fastball and a change of speeds, and a working knowledge of who he was facing.

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Norris, Anibal take field during catch sessions

Norris, Anibal take field during catch sessions

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers starter Daniel Norris' right oblique injury was bad enough when he first suffered it last road trip that sneezing was a painful experience.

"The first couple days, I would sneeze and it hurt so bad I wanted to cry," the left-hander said. "I came in one day and I was like, 'OK, I sneezed today and I didn't feel it.'"

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Jones among Tigers' prospects to play in AFL

Jones among Tigers' prospects to play in AFL

KANSAS CITY -- JaCoby Jones will take his breakout prospect status with the Tigers and put it to the test against some of the top young players in the game in the Arizona Fall League.

Jones, who came over from Pittsburgh in the Joakim Soria trade and more than held his own at Double-A Erie, was one of seven Tigers Minor Leaguers assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions, joining prospects from the Giants, Indians, Red Sox and Twins organizations. Nelson Santovenia, who worked at Class A Advanced Lakeland this year, will serve as one of the hitting coaches.

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Turnbull strikes out a career-high 12 for Whitecaps

Tigers No. 5 prospect retires first 12 hitters before allowing a hit for Class A West Michigan

Turnbull strikes out a career-high 12 for Whitecaps

The season may be winding down, but Spencer Turnbull is just getting going.

The Tigers' No. 5 prospect turned in his best start as a professional Tuesday, striking out a career-high 12 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings as Class A West Michigan defeated Great Lakes, 10-0.

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Holaday, Ryan first of Tigers' September callups

Holaday, Ryan first of Tigers' September callups

DETROIT -- Al Avila took over as Tigers general manager four weeks ago with a reminder that they're still competing for this year. As the Tigers finish a 10-17 August that ranks as their roughest since September 2008, it's time to start thinking about next season.

For the first time in years, the Tigers go into the final month of the season thinking more about the future than the present. It's not necessarily the distant future, with the Tigers expecting to contend again in 2016, but it's the type of outlook that could put a different emphasis on September callups as rosters expand.

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Simon, Tigers overpowered by long ball in finale

Simon, Tigers overpowered by long ball in finale

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs for the second day in a row to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

TORONTO -- After three games, four home runs and 11 RBIs, the Tigers finally found a pitch that Edwin Encarnacion couldn't hit. The problem was, the pitch hit him.

Or to be more accurate, it tapped him. Getting struck by a 47-mph pitch would seem to test the definition of hit-by-pitch. Whether or not the "hit" part was accidental, the pitch was something Detroit starter Alfredo Simon meant to throw in the Tigers' 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

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Davis playing through left middle finger injury

Davis playing through left middle finger injury

TORONTO -- Rajai Davis started all three games in left field for the Tigers at Rogers Centre this weekend, trying to get his bat going after ceding playing time to Tyler Collins. There might be a health reason to blame in part for Davis' downturn at the plate.

Davis has a left middle finger injury that he has been dealing with since mid-May. He didn't want to use it as the reason for his struggles, saying he doesn't put that finger on the bat when he swings. Still, Davis said, "It doesn't help."

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Gose apologizes for mistake in center field

Believing there were two outs, Tigers outfielder allowed run to score from second on sac fly

Gose apologizes for mistake in center field

TORONTO -- Anthony Gose owned it. The Tigers' center fielder took responsibility for his fourth-inning gaffe in Saturday's 15-1 loss to the Blue Jays, and he said he apologized to starting pitcher Buck Farmer for the run that resulted.

"I can't go back and change it," Gose said Sunday morning before he took his usual spot in center for Sunday's series finale. "It happened. It was stupid."

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Tigers unable to contain Encarnacion in loss

Tigers unable to contain Encarnacion in loss

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion belted three homers, including a grand slam, and Drew Hutchison made an impactful return to the starting rotation, as the Blue Jays crushed the Tigers, 15-1, on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion drove in nine runs and Russell Martin added a solo shot, as the Blue Jays racked up 18 hits -- five during a six-run seventh inning -- to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. For the Tigers, it meant their eighth loss in their last nine games. Buck Farmer took the loss, going four innings while allowing eight hits and five earned runs. The right-hander ran into trouble early when he surrendered a three-run shot to Encarnacion in a four-run first inning. Farmer went on to allow a run in each of his next three innings before getting the hook.

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Miggy officially back in the hunt for AL batting title

Miggy officially back in the hunt for AL batting title

TORONTO -- Miguel Cabrera officially rejoined the American League batting race during the Tigers' 15-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday. In the process, he became one of the rare Major League hitters to take over the lead in the AL's batting race with an 0-for-4 performance.

On the same day Cabrera went hitless for just the second time in two weeks, his four plate appearances gave him 400 on the season in the Tigers' 129th game. That's an average of 3.1 plate appearances per game, the pace required to qualify among the leaders in batting average and other percentage-based statistics. He fell under the rate when he missed six weeks with a strained left calf.

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Mental lapse a teachable moment for Gose

Mental lapse a teachable moment for Gose

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays scored more than enough runs in the Tigers' 15-1 loss on Saturday at Rogers Centre. They didn't need any extra. But they also weren't going to turn down a gift. A counting error by Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose gave them one, courtesy of a two-base sacrifice fly.

And in a game that featured three Edwin Encarnacion homers, eight Blue Jays extra-base hits and one 1-2-3 inning against Tigers pitching, it was Gose's miscue that became the lowlight.

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Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

TORONTO -- Victor Martinez started at first base on Saturday for the fourth time in nine games, this time on the spongy artificial surface at Rogers Centre, a sign that his troublesome left knee isn't bothering him. That doesn't mean it's at full strength.

Given Martinez's struggles at the plate, manager Brad Ausmus isn't sure he's fully recovered from the meniscus tear, which required surgery in February. He has recovered enough to play without trouble, but probably not enough to play the way he or the Tigers expect.

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VerHagen a good fit for Tigers' bullpen

VerHagen a good fit for Tigers' bullpen

TORONTO -- Drew VerHagen has a low, quiet voice that befits his laid-back personality. He does not come off as an adrenaline junkie. To hear VerHagen talk about a relief role fitting him, however, sounds like an entirely different person on the mound.

"I found as a starter, if I ever got too amped, there was always a valley where -- if I peaked too high -- my adrenaline would fall off in the next inning or two," VerHagen said. "I don't really have to worry about that in the 'pen. It's really fun not having to tone that back."

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Gose shows power, defensive ability in return

Tigers center fielder makes impact nine months after trade from Blue Jays

Gose shows power, defensive ability in return

TORONTO -- Matt Boyd wasn't the only former Blue Jay taking the field at Rogers Centre on Friday night for the first time since being traded to the Tigers. Anthony Gose just wasn't as recent a Toronto player, and his trade wasn't as prominent.

Nine months have passed since the Blue Jays dealt Gose to Detroit for Devon Travis, long enough for old ties to nearly be forgotten. Gose made an impact by powering home two of Detroit's three runs and potentially denying Toronto an add-on tally in the Tigers' 5-3 loss.

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Tigers go deep twice, overpowered by Jays

Tigers go deep twice, overpowered by Jays

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo shots to power the Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers in the series opener at Rogers Centre on Friday.

Tulowitzki and Donaldson went back-to-back in the third to break a 1-1 tie before Bautista put Toronto ahead, 5-1, in the fifth with his 10th homer of August. Ian Kinsler homered in the first before former Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose went deep with a two-run shot in the seventh, but Toronto's bullpen came on and locked it down over the final 2 2/3 innings to secure the win. Roberto Osuna recorded his 16th save as he struck out the side in the ninth.

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Boyd takes lesson from homers surrendered

In seventh career start, Tigers lefty allows three solo shots to Blue Jays

Boyd takes lesson from homers surrendered

TORONTO -- No team hits left-handed pitching harder than the Blue Jays -- for average, for slugging percentage and for OPS.

Tigers lefty Matt Boyd, meanwhile, gave up more home runs at Rogers Centre in two starts when he was with the Blue Jays than all but three current Toronto pitchers have all season. And he was facing a club that knows his stuff.

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Fulmer wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

Bernard, Green join Tigers prospect on end-of-season All-Star team

Fulmer wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

TORONTO -- The Erie Seawolves own the second-worst record in the Double-A Eastern League, but they ended up with more players on the league's end-of-season All-Star team than any other club, headlined by the pitcher who joined the team just four weeks ago.

Before the Tigers acquired Michael Fulmer in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, the big right-hander was a dominant pitcher in the Mets' system at Double-A Binghamton. He didn't let up once he jumped across the league to Erie, and the combined effort earned him the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Year award.

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Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

Ace said Tigers' trade was 'probably best move' at non-waiver Deadline

Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

TORONTO -- David Price saw his former Tigers teammates Friday afternoon, and it was like he never left. He said hello to defensive coordinator Matt Martin and staff in the dugout long before batting practice. He made his way through the visitors' clubhouse at Rogers Centre and hugged just about everybody.

"One of the best people in the game," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Wish he wasn't wearing a Blue Jay hat, though."

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Wolf not yet conceding to Father Time

Crafty lefty delivers second straight strong outing

Wolf not yet conceding to Father Time

DETROIT -- Randy Wolf continues to work ahead in the count on Father Time. He doesn't need run support for that. He does need it to get a result on the field.

"I feel like every start I kind of have to, in a way, prove people wrong, that I'm not at the geriatric level quite yet," the 39-year-old left-hander said.

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Gose still learning to navigate basepaths

Runs into two outs against Angels in shutout loss

Gose still learning to navigate basepaths

DETROIT -- On a positive note, Anthony Gose did what no other Tiger could against right-hander Matt Shoemaker on Thursday afternoon, twice reaching base safely during a 2-0 loss to the Angels.

But both times ended poorly for Detroit's center fielder, who was picked off first base by catcher Carlos Perez to end the third inning and was caught stealing for the final out in the sixth.

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Wolf shortchanged by lack of support

Wolf shortchanged by lack of support

DETROIT -- Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with at least 50 friends and family members in the stands, Matt Shoemaker dominated the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory.

"It's incredibly special," Shoemaker said. "Family and friends, tons of them here. It means a lot, definitely special, getting a win for this ballclub in a tight playoff race."

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