Price rebounds, battles way to win vs. Twins

Lefty still searching for consistency as season's first month draws to a close

Price rebounds, battles way to win vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Last time out against the Yankees, David Price was far from great. On Monday against the Twins, he wasn't exactly back to his old self, but he was good enough.

Price pitched effectively into the seventh inning, bouncing back from last week's shellacking, as the Tigers beat the Twins, 5-4.

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Tigers pounce early and hold off Twins in opener

Tigers pounce early and hold off Twins in opener

MINNEAPOLIS -- David Price tossed 6 1/3 effective innings and was backed by early home runs from Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes to help lead the Tigers to a 5-4 win over the Twins on Monday night at Target Field.

Price gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts, but needed 108 pitches. He allowed a run in the first on an RBI single from Trevor Plouffe after Brian Dozier reached on a double that was originally ruled a foul ball. The Twins didn't score again until the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Dozier, and knocked Price from the game on an RBI single from Danny Santana.

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Verlander's MRI shows less inflammation in right triceps

Long road ahead remains for ailing veteran

Verlander's MRI shows less inflammation in right triceps

MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Verlander's rehabilitation from a strained triceps muscle in his pitching arm continues to take baby steps forward.

The Tigers confirmed on Monday that Verlander, who started the season on the disabled list and has not thrown a ball since April 15, had a second MRI on Friday, and the results showed less inflammation in his right triceps.

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Sanchez, Tigers look to stay hot vs. Pelfrey, Twins

Sanchez, Tigers look to stay hot vs. Pelfrey, Twins

Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez will be looking to duplicate his recent success against the Twins when the American League Central rivals meet at Target Field on Tuesday night in the second game of this series.

The Twins will counter with right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who has been a pleasant surprise in the first month of the season.

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Cabrera continues to haunt Cleveland

Miggy's 38th career home run against Indians tops all active players

Cabrera continues to haunt Cleveland

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera left town for the Tigers' next road trip Sunday night dressed in an all-white suit and tie. The Cleveland Indians left town ready to show Cabrera the white flag again.

A day after Indians pitchers intentionally walked Cabrera three times en route to his first career four-walk game, Carlos Carrasco threw him strikes in the Tigers' 8-6 win on Sunday. Cabrera ended up with a pair of singles and a two-run homer in a three-RBI game that added to his reputation as a Cleveland nemesis.

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Davis day to day with right groin tightness

Davis day to day with right groin tightness

DETROIT -- Rajai Davis finally showed up against the Indians this weekend. Now the Tigers have to hope his season isn't halted.

The sight of Davis pulling up out of the batter's box in the eighth inning of Sunday's 8-6 win over the Twins brought back bad memories for Tigers fans to the groin injury that bothered him last postseason. However, Davis said his right groin tightness isn't nearly as severe and shouldn't keep him out long, if at all.

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Lobstein, Miggy lead Tigers to series win vs. Indians

Lobstein, Miggy lead Tigers to series win vs. Indians

DETROIT -- Left-hander Kyle Lobstein logged seven solid innings, stymieing the Indians' lineup and leading the Tigers to an 8-6 victory on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. Detroit took the series and improved to 5-1 against Cleveland this season.

The Tribe, which fell to 1-6 against left-handed starters this year, managed only three runs on six hits against Lobstein, who struck out four and walked two in his second win over the Indians this year. The lefty was supported by a three-hit day from slugger Miguel Cabrera, who launched a two-run home run (his third on the season -- all against Cleveland) in the sixth.

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Practice pays off on Iglesias' over-the-shoulder catch

Shortstop makes big grab in ninth inning

Practice pays off on Iglesias' over-the-shoulder catch

DETROIT -- Jose Iglesias practices over-the-shoulder catches, so that he's ready for plays like the one he made on Sunday, even if no one else is.

"I've seen him practice that play," his double-play partner, Ian Kinsler, maintained after Iglesias' ninth-inning grab in Sunday's 8-6 win over the Indians. "He practices going over his head, going up and catching the ball, backwards like that. He works on it. If you see a guy work on stuff like that, you can't say much. And he caught it, so there's not much to say."

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Soria brings stability to closer's role for Tigers

Righty fully healthy and racking up saves

Soria brings stability to closer's role for Tigers

DETROIT -- Joe Nathan will visit orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Meister in Texas this coming week, likely to plan out surgery on his torn elbow ligament and flexor pronator muscle. For him, the comeback begins after Tommy John surgery.

For Joakim Soria, the comeback to his days as a shutdown closer seems to be complete.

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Stoic Simon just keeps winning for Tigers

Righty becomes American League's first four-game winner in 2015

Stoic Simon just keeps winning for Tigers

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus took a look at Alfredo Simon as he was preparing to take the field Saturday afternoon.

"Right before we run out on the field, first thing, he's like, 'Man, Simon looks nervous.' Being sarcastic," catcher Alex Avila said.

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Free pass: Miggy has career-high four walks

Cabrera adds to accomplishments with rare game

Free pass: Miggy has career-high four walks

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera has compiled a stack of accomplishments in this game with one of the greatest swings ever seen in a right-handed hitter. He accomplished a first on Saturday without swinging the bat at all.

Hours after Indians manager Terry Francona talked about pitching Cabrera inside, most of the pitches Cabrera saw were three feet outside. Cleveland intentionally walked Cabrera three times Saturday for just the second time in his career.

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Simon, V-Mart team to tackle Tribe, end skid

Simon, V-Mart team to tackle Tribe, end skid

DETROIT -- Alfredo Simon became the first Tigers pitcher to win his first four starts in a season since Frank Tanana in 1988, delivering 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball to help the Tigers end a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

On a day when Miguel Cabrera walked four times in a game for the first time in his career, Detroit didn't need much offensive output to put Simon ahead for good. With a pair of run-scoring singles, Victor Martinez drove in three, one more run than the entire Tigers lineup produced over the previous two games combined. Two of those runs were scored by Rajai Davis, who added an insurance tally in the fourth when he hit a two-out single, stole second base and scored on Ian Kinsler's double.

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Gose sits amongst spate of strikeouts

Gose sits amongst spate of strikeouts

DETROIT -- The good news for Anthony Gose is that his production hasn't plummeted from his torrid Spring Training, batting .333 (15-for-45). However, his strikeouts have flared up, leading manager Brad Ausmus to give him a break from the starting lineup on Saturday.

After sitting back-to-back games against lefty starters, Gose is 4-for-17 over his last four games. More to the point, he has struck out 10 times in that stretch, more than doubling his total for the season. He went 1-for-5 with a single and four strikeouts Friday night against Danny Salazar and Anthony Swarzak.

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Avila defends Castellanos' decision to grab bunt in opener

Third baseman fields it fair, helping fuel big inning for Indians

Avila defends Castellanos' decision to grab bunt in opener

DETROIT -- The road to Shane Greene's first loss as a Tiger on Friday night included the curve of Jason Kipnis' bunt down the third-base line to help fuel a six-run fifth inning in a 13-1 defeat. Catcher Alex Avila, however, said third baseman Nick Castellanos made the right decision to pick up the ball as it swerved from foul territory back onto the line.

"I thought Nick did the right thing," Avila said. "It went foul and we could tell that it was going to stay fair once it rolled fair."

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Greene takes lessons from first loss of season

Righty gives up eight runs after surrendering one in first three starts

Greene takes lessons from first loss of season

DETROIT -- Shane Greene has drawn comparisons to Rick Porcello ever since the Tigers traded for him last December. His roll of three straight victories only strengthened those. In a weird way, his first loss compared well with Porcello, too.

Few teams gave Porcello quite the growing pains as a pitcher as the Indians, whose lefty-heavy lineup tended to be feast or famine on a right-handed sinkerballer like Porcello. When Porcello diversified his arsenal with a curveball and a cutter, the difference was never more evident than against Cleveland, which he dominated the last two years.

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Greene hit hard, bats cold in loss to Tribe

Greene hit hard, bats cold in loss to Tribe

DETROIT -- After Shane Greene gave up one earned run and posted three wins in as many starts, the Cleveland Indians made it look easy beating the Tigers righty. Brandon Moss homered twice as part of a seven-RBI outburst, sending Greene to his first loss and the Tigers to their fourth in a row as the Indians rolled to a 13-1 win Friday night at Comerica Park.

The 12-run margin was the first double-digit victory for the Indians over the Tigers since April 17, 2008. Detroit had won seven in a row against Cleveland, including three at Progressive Field two weeks ago, since Danny Salazar's shutout against the Tigers on Sept. 3.

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Whitaker honored during Negro Leagues Tribute weekend

Former Tigers second baseman discusses importance of hard work

Whitaker honored during Negro Leagues Tribute weekend

DETROIT -- Lou Whitaker has advice for kids looking to get into baseball: If you want to make it, you have to work at it.

"If African-American kids want it, step up," Whitaker said.

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Despite struggles, Alburquerque feeling fine

Tigers reliever gives up four runs on two homers against Tribe

Despite struggles, Alburquerque feeling fine

DETROIT -- The velocity has been down for Al Alburquerque, the pitches have been up and too many are going out. It's a tough combination for Detroit's resident strikeout reliever at a time when the Tigers' injury-depleted bullpen needs him badly.

At least he has his health, from what he's saying.

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Nathan to have season-ending Tommy John surgery

Tigers closer, 40, does not plan to retire as a result of the injury

Nathan to have season-ending Tommy John surgery

DETROIT -- Tigers closer Joe Nathan will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with tears of the ulnar collateral ligament and flexor pronator in his right arm, ending his season and potentially his career.

At this point, Nathan said, he isn't planning on the latter yet. At age 40, however, he's preparing for it.

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Strong start from Anibal not enough vs. Yanks

Strong start from Anibal not enough vs. Yanks

DETROIT -- The New York Yankees became the first team to cool off the Tigers, in part by lighting up Detroit's bullpen at Comerica Park. In Thursday's series finale, it was the difference in the game, with Jacoby Ellsbury doubling and scoring off Tom Gorzelanny in the eighth inning for a 2-1 Yankees win.

With a 33-degree temperature at first pitch, both offenses were similarly cool for much of the day, combining for four hits over 6 1/3 innings against Anibal Sanchez and Masahiro Tanaka. The Tigers converted a leadoff double from Anthony Gose into a Victor Martinez sacrifice fly in the first inning but never added on, giving the Yankees and Ellsbury a chance to take advantage.

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Shane Greene's scorching start is no fluke

Tigers righty exceeding expectations after being acquired from Yankees in offseason deal

Shane Greene's scorching start is no fluke

It's time to believe in Shane Greene.

Coming off his third consecutive strong start to begin the season (seven innings, five hits, one earned run on Sunday against the White Sox) and the first in which he actually allowed a -- gasp -- earned run, Greene is leading the Majors with a 0.39 ERA in 23 innings. While three starts isn't enough time to radically change the outlook of a pitcher, the right-handed starter has now been exceeding expectations since last July, when he pitched for the Yankees.

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Tigers' bats have cooled following hot start

Detroit held to nine runs during four-game series vs. Yankees

Tigers' bats have cooled following hot start

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera walked into the Tigers' clubhouse earlier in the week and nearly shivered at the conditions.

"It's so cold," Cabrera said, "I might bunt."

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Yankees score on balk; Ausmus ejected

After seeing video, Tigers manager says umpire made the correct call

Yankees score on balk; Ausmus ejected

DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez looked like he had found the way out of his jam Thursday afternoon against the Yankees. Instead, it was Tigers manager Brad Ausmus who took the exit after Sanchez's game-tying balk.

Detroit ended up taking the 2-1 loss, and Ausmus later took the blame for arguing the call.

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Tigers call up Wilson, option Krol to Triple-A

Detroit in need of a pitcher for bullpen following brief outing by Price

Tigers call up Wilson, option Krol to Triple-A

DETROIT -- Ian Krol seemingly solved his issue of getting ahead in counts against hitters. He couldn't do much for the Tigers' issue of fresh arms for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.

Thus, when the Tigers called up right-hander Alex Wilson, it was Krol -- who pitched two hitless innings against the Yankees on Wednesday night -- who became the odd man out. Krol was optioned back to Triple-A Toledo, where he ended last season before making the Opening Day roster this year.

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Yankees get jump on Price as Tigers fall

Yankees get jump on Price as Tigers fall

DETROIT -- David Price said he had forgotten his last meeting with the Yankees, who put up nine consecutive hits against him last August. The Yankees seemed to remember, sending 11 batters to the plate in a six-run opening inning and 21 batters over 2 1/3 innings in a 13-4 win over the Tigers on a chilly Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

On a night when the temperature sat at 38 degrees at first pitch, Price and Yankees starter Adam Warren combined for 10 runs and 87 pitches over a 52-minute opening inning. While Warren settled down after four first-inning walks, the Yankees kept up the pressure on Price, scoring two runs on three straight two-out hits in the second inning, including back-to-back triples from Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley.

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Miggy off to strong start in Tigers' Franchise Four voting

Miggy off to strong start in Tigers' Franchise Four voting

Miguel Cabrera already has the resume to rank among the greatest right-handed hitters in Major League history. Where he ranks right now among the greatest Tigers in history is a question worth tackling. The first Franchise Four balloting contest attempts to do that.

The initiative gives fans a chance to make their opinions on the four most impactful players in the history of each franchise, voting among a field of eight candidates. For the Tigers, the eight-man field essentially places the two faces of Detroit's current run of success among a group of Hall of Famers and one arguably should-be Hall of Famer.

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