#ASGWorthy Cespedes surpassing expectations

#ASGWorthy Cespedes surpassing expectations

DETROIT -- The Tigers expected Yoenis Cespedes, who is vying to start in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, to add punch to their lineup this year, but even manager Brad Ausmus admitted he didn't know the left fielder would be quite this good.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moya launches two homers for Mud Hens

Tigers No. 1 prospect has his first multi-homer game of the season, No. 3 prospect throws 7 strong frames

Moya launches two homers for Mud Hens

Last July, Steven Moya had the best month of his professional career. If Monday night was any indication, the Tigers' No. 1 prospect is gearing up for a repeat performance.

Moya, 24, swatted two solo home runs for Triple-A Toledo in a 4-1 win over Durham, giving him eight homers on the year. His big game came on the heels of a mini-drought (0-for-8) that was quickly remedied in the fourth inning. Moya, whose last multi-homer game was on July 4, 2014, appears to be heating up as the Mud Hens close in on the end of June.

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McCann's walk-off HR caps late Tigers rally

McCann's walk-off HR caps late Tigers rally

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez's game-tying, bases-clearing double in the eighth set up catcher James McCann's walk-off home run an inning later as the Tigers beat the White Sox, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

V-Mart puts clutch gene on display with big hit

V-Mart puts clutch gene on display with big hit

DETROIT -- Last season, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus claimed the only person in baseball who could protect Miguel Cabrera in the lineup was Cabrera himself. But he later amended his statement: Victor Martinez could also provide the support.

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Verlander set for return after bullpen session

Verlander set for return after bullpen session

DETROIT -- Right-hander Justin Verlander will start Tuesday's game for the Tigers against the Pirates, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed after Sunday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCann making most out of round-trippers

McCann making most out of round-trippers

DETROIT -- The Orioles have pie. The Nationals have chocolate syrup. And the Tigers have scoops of dirt.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Couple brings leukemia initiative to Detroit

DETROIT -- In Nestor Aparicio's own words, this isn't a baseball story. Well, not really.

Nestor and his wife, Jennifer, made the 16th stop of their 30-day, 30-ballpark tour to raise awareness for the international bone marrow registry on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

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Verlander back in action for showdown with Cole, Bucs

Verlander back in action for showdown with Cole, Bucs

After missing his last scheduled start, Justin Verlander will return to the mound Tuesday night as the Tigers begin a three-game series against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates at Comerica Park.

Verlander threw a bullpen session Saturday after skipping his last outing due to a stiff back. The right-hander also missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season with a triceps strain, limiting him to only two starts, during which he's allowed eight runs in 11 2/3 innings.

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Rain washes out Tigers' game vs. White Sox

Contest to be rescheduled as part of day-night doubleheader Sept. 21

DETROIT -- Saturday afternoon's White Sox-Tigers game at Comerica Park was postponed due to inclement weather.

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Now you can say you're voting Miggy and Yo via emoji

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Now you can say you're voting Miggy and Yo via emoji

Language has taken us a long way -- out of our Neolithic days, past the invention of the printing press, all the way through the age of the Internet. It's how we make ourselves individuals and how we make ourselves known to one another, how we express the most complex of our feelings.

Well, it was how we expressed the most complex of our feelings. Actual words have had a great run, but it's time for them to cede their ground to the new best way of communicating: emojis.

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Location culprit in bevy of dingers off Anibal

Tigers starter has allowed 18 home runs this season after allowing four overall in 2014

Location culprit in bevy of dingers off Anibal

DETROIT -- Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez continues to be plagued by home runs, and manager Brad Ausmus is blaming poor pitch location -- and a little bit of bad luck.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teenage girl leads way at Comerica Pitch, Hit & Run

Eight regional winners have chance to attend national competition in Cincy

DETROIT -- Kaitlyn Brannstrom's throw bounced off the backstop and rolled back to her feet. As the Pitch, Hit & Run participant prepared for her next toss, the chain structure began to tip, nearly clattering to the ground before a volunteer righted it.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

June boon: J.D. setting blistering power pace

With winning homer in eighth, Tigers right fielder has clubbed 19, including 10 this month

June boon: J.D. setting blistering power pace

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's first swing Friday night brought the crowd to its feet as 38,455 fans watched the ball soar toward the center-field wall.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Triple double: Miggy has #ASGWorthy night

Tigers star achieves feat for third time in career, just misses third four-hit game of season

Triple double: Miggy has #ASGWorthy night

DETROIT -- Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Miguel Cabrera's impressive Friday night was that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn't asked about it at all during his seven-minute-plus postgame news conference. Not once.

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J.D.'s jack gives Tigers final word over White Sox

J.D.'s jack gives Tigers final word over White Sox

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's go-ahead home run in the eighth inning powered the Tigers to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Avila puts in 5 solid innings in 1st rehab start

Recovering from knee injury, Tigers catcher notches single, saves run at plate

Avila puts in 5 solid innings in 1st rehab start

DETROIT -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila went 1-for-3 with a single for Triple-A Toledo on Friday night in his first competitive appearance since being placed on the disabled list on May 8.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Old Tigers fans show off secret handshake after hit

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Old Tigers fans show off secret handshake after hit

Baseball's a fundamentally joyful game. The crack of the bat, the sound of the ball hitting the glove -- it has a way of making everyone feel like a kid again, harkening back to a time when everything was simple and wearing a bubble gum bucket on your head was applauded. 

Exhibit A: Friday night's White Sox-Tigers game, where two elder Detroit fans took Yoenis Cespedes' RBI triple as an opportunity to bust out their remarkably intricate secret handshake -- and to prove that no, you can never be too old for this.

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Tigers climb back, but 'pen falters in extras

Tigers climb back, but 'pen falters in extras

DETROIT -- Carlos Sanchez's bases-clearing triple in the 10th inning was just enough to propel the White Sox to an 8-7 win over the Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rondon brings heat, efficiency in 2015 debut

Tigers reliever gets two K's in pressure situation, totaling eight pitches and hitting 101 mph

Rondon brings heat, efficiency in 2015 debut

DETROIT -- Bruce Rondon's return to the Tigers also marked the return of triple-digit readings on the Comerica Park radar gun.

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Offensive substitutions don't pay off vs. Sox

Ausmus replaces V-Mart on basepaths in ninth, loses his bat in extras

Offensive substitutions don't pay off vs. Sox

DETROIT -- With two runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning in a one-run game, the White Sox intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera.

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Righty Jimenez to rep Tigers at Futures Game

Righty Jimenez to rep Tigers at Futures Game

DETROIT -- Reliever Joe Jimenez will be the lone Tigers representative in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati during All-Star festivities.

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Ausmus being patient with Castellanos

Manager says Tigers are prioritizing helping third baseman amid plate struggles

Ausmus being patient with Castellanos

DETROIT -- When asked on Thursday morning about Nick Castellanos, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' response followed three themes. First, Ausmus said he expects Castellanos will rebound from his uncharacteristically low batting average -- .219 heading into the game. Next, Detroit will prioritize helping its third baseman produce at the plate. And finally, don't expect a turnaround overnight.

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Ausmus on Miggy: 'Even Superman' needs off

Absence in finale not injury-related, just a day of rest for Tigers slugger

Ausmus on Miggy: 'Even Superman' needs off

CLEVELAND -- Brad Ausmus knew the question was coming Wednesday morning, before Detroit's 8-2 loss to the Indians, as soon as the Tigers manager posted a lineup without Miguel Cabrera in it.

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Farmer can't contain Tribe in emergency start

Farmer can't contain Tribe in emergency start

CLEVELAND -- Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor stole the show, reaching base four times and belting his first career home run to help Cleveland jump on Detroit's emergency starter Buck Farmer in an 8-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field.

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Tigers recall Rondon to fill out bullpen depth

Farmer optioned to Triple-A Toledo after starting Wednesday's finale in Cleveland

Tigers recall Rondon to fill out bullpen depth

DETROIT -- Bruce Rondon is headed to the Tigers bullpen. It came a week and a half later than previously planned.

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Tigers unable to finish strong on long road trip

Tigers unable to finish strong on long road trip

CLEVELAND -- The Tigers left town Wednesday afternoon looking like a team that ready to set up at home for a while. The way they've played at Progressive Field this season made this city feel like a second home.

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Gorzelanny experiments with new arm angle

Following former teammate Duke's example, Tigers lefty switches to sidearm delivery

Gorzelanny experiments with new arm angle

CLEVELAND -- With inspiration from a former teammate and the frustration of this season's early struggles, Tigers left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny has made a change.

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