Quiet early, Tigers solve Nolasco, win 5th straight

Quiet early, Tigers solve Nolasco, win 5th straight

DETROIT -- Justin Upton's go-ahead two-run homer punctuated a sixth-inning outburst in support of Justin Verlander, sending the Tigers to their fifth consecutive win with a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Albert Pujols' first-inning solo homer off Justin Verlander was the game's only offense for five innings despite eight baserunners in that span off Angels starter Ricky Nolasco. While Verlander settled in to retire 19 of 20 batters from the end of the first inning through the seventh, Detroit finally capitalized on Nolasco (4-12) with back-to-back doubles from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, followed by Upton's 17th home run of the season and his fourth of the week.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Tigers eye another break between Fulmer starts

Tigers eye another break between Fulmer starts

DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer will take the mound on Saturday for the first time in eight days. He could get an even longer break before his next start, depending on how aggressively the Tigers want to watch his innings.

The Tigers have their next scheduled off-day next Thursday. If manager Brad Ausmus kept his rotation on turn, Fulmer would pitch the day after that. However, the Tigers can push him as far back as Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day, without needing an extra starter.

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Back in Detroit, Iglesias gets extra day before return

Back in Detroit, Iglesias gets extra day before return

DETROIT -- Jose Iglesias returned to the Tigers' clubhouse feeling healthy after straining his left hamstring two weeks ago. He did not return from the 15-day disabled list just yet.

While the Tigers recalled the slick-fielding shortstop from his Minor League rehab assignment, they decided to wait until Saturday before activating him from the DL, allowing him a day to rest after playing the last four nights for Triple-A Toledo on rehab.

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In first meeting, Aybar reflects on time with Angels

In first meeting, Aybar reflects on time with Angels

DETROIT -- It came as a big surprise to Erick Aybar when the Angels traded him to the Braves last November after 10 seasons with the club.

"It was difficult at first," Aybar said. "Imagine being with one organization for your whole career and then all of a sudden you get traded. So it was difficult, but that's the way the business is. It's baseball."

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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 the man as Tigers sweep Twins

McCann the man as Tigers sweep Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a lull in mid-August, Detroit's offense is starting to heat up. The Tigers stayed hot against the Twins, reaching eight runs for a fourth straight game in an 8-5 win to complete a three-game sweep at Target Field on Thursday.

It moved the Tigers two games back of the second American League Wild Card spot and was Detroit's fourth straight win, while Minnesota has lost seven in a row.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Thursday.

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After strong start, Norris still aiming higher

Lefty tosses season-high 6 1/3 innings, believes he can pitch deeper into games

After strong start, Norris still aiming higher

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that left-hander Daniel Norris had his best start of the season in Thursday's 8-5 win over the Twins at Target Field, but Norris insisted that he still didn't have his best stuff and that he can continue to work deeper into ballgames.

"It was another one of those games where you kind of go out there without your best stuff and you've just got to grind through it, and that's what we did," Norris said. "It showed me I can go out there and compete without my best stuff and get deep into games. That's ultimately what I want to do, and give the team a chance to win."

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Upton's production up after time off

Outfielder notches 4 straight multihit games upon return

Upton's production up after time off

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's only been five games since his return, but it sure looks like a three-day break to work on his swing and clear his head was exactly what Justin Upton needed to find his groove again.

Upton had been mired in a 1-for-31 slump in the nine games before his break, but he recorded four straight two-hit games following his return to the lineup, collecting four runs scored, three homers and nine RBIs in that span. He went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the Tigers' 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday night before the multihit streak ended Thursday, when he went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Detroit's 8-5 win over Minnesota.

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Tigers take charge early against reeling Twins

Tigers take charge early against reeling Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera set the tone with a solo homer in the first inning, and the Tigers capitalized with a five-run third, capped by a three-run blast from Justin Upton, in a 9-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday at Target Field.

It gave Detroit a second straight win over Minnesota, and the Tigers remain three games back of the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Wednesday.

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Show of force: Miggy has 44th four-hit game

Show of force: Miggy has 44th four-hit game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera's otherworldly hitting has become such a given that it doesn't even seem to faze anyone in the clubhouse when he has a four-hit game.

"I've been watching that on [television] for a long time," said teammate Justin Upton after the Tigers' 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday night. "It's no surprise -- like I said, it's fun to watch."

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Tigers sending scout to Tebow workout

Tigers sending scout to Tebow workout

DETROIT -- The Tigers have a history of exercising due diligence when it comes to watching showcase workouts, from rehabbing Major Leaguers to Cuban stars to international standouts. With that in mind, they will send a scout to Los Angeles next week to watch football player Tim Tebow work out on the diamond.

It's a long shot, but as with many other players over the years, the Tigers want to keep their eyes open.

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Two HRs, solid Anibal keep Tigers in Wild hunt

Two HRs, solid Anibal keep Tigers in Wild hunt

MINNEAPOLIS -- It took a little while for Detroit's offense to get rolling, but the Tigers used back-to-back three-run innings in the sixth and seventh to down the Twins in an 8-3 win on a drizzly Tuesday night at Target Field.

Detroit is three games out of a Wild Card berth.

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Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Tuesday.

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Anibal looks like Anibal of old against Twins

Anibal looks like Anibal of old against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a shaky start to the season for the second year in a row, Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez has finally turned the page and started to look like his old dominant self in the last month. He stayed the course in Tuesday night's 8-3 victory over the Twins, allowing three runs in seven innings for his fourth quality start in his last five outings.

"I think with every good outing he has, whether it's at home or on the road, it's a building block for him, because he had such a rough go last year and he got off to a rough start this year," said manager Brad Ausmus. "I think they all kind of build on each other.

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Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis who covered the Tigers on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pass it on: Verlander mentoring Fulmer

Tigers' ace advising rookie on shoulder maintenance with innings limit looming

Pass it on: Verlander mentoring Fulmer

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander has been where Michael Fulmer is now.

A decade ago, Verlander was the rookie sensation in the Tigers' rotation, delivering like an ace every five games and pitching Detroit into contention. He was the youngster pitching beyond his previous innings level, trying to maintain not only his rotation spot but the quality pitching that got him there.

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J-Up, Verlander carry Tigers over Red Sox

J-Up, Verlander carry Tigers over Red Sox

DETROIT -- Justin Upton, denied a potential game-tying home run by Comerica Park's deep center field Saturday night, put a pair of three-run homers into the left-field seats Sunday afternoon, powering the Tigers to a four-game series split against the Red Sox with a 10-5 win.

The win kept Detroit seven games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. Boston remained a half-game behind Toronto for the AL East lead.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

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With mammoth HRs, J-Up busts out in big way

Tigers slugger had been slumping, but stayed positive

With mammoth HRs, J-Up busts out in big way

DETROIT -- As Justin Upton simmered over the 420-foot double he hit off the center-field wall Saturday night, denied a game-tying home run by inches in his first game back in the lineup, he was asked if he could still take positives out of his return.

"I try to take positives out of every day," he said early Sunday morning.

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Back sooner than expected, Maybin delivers

Iglesias begins rehab stint Monday; Zimmermann set for rehab start Friday

Back sooner than expected, Maybin delivers

DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin picked up a bat, stepped into the batter's box and took his swings against Jordan Zimmermann during Zimmermann's simulated game Sunday morning. A couple of hours later, he was taking swings in a game that counted.

The Tigers activated Maybin from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's 10-5 victory over the Red Sox, several days sooner than expected. After weeks of bad news on the injury front, it was the first surprisingly good development for the Tigers in a while.

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Ausmus catches Verlander between innings

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Ausmus catches Verlander between innings

While Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hasn't caught a big league game since 2010, he hasn't lost much in that time. Heading into the top of the sixth inning of Sunday's Red Sox-Tigers game, catcher James McCann needed some more time to get his gear on. With backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the lineup, Ausmus saved Austin Romine's legs as he went out to warm up Justin Verlander.  

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Tigers keep it close, but fall to Red Sox

Tigers keep it close, but fall to Red Sox

DETROIT -- David Ortiz received a retirement gift from the Tigers, then reminded them he's still working. His three-hit game included a two-run home run to put the Red Sox up for good -- though by inches at the end -- in a 3-2 win Saturday at Comerica Park.

Before the first pitch, which was delayed one hour and 20 minutes due to rain, the Tigers gave Ortiz a framed picture from the 2005 All-Star Game, then Ortiz created more memories with his 11th three-hit performance of the season. After a first-inning infield single against the shift and a third-inning line drive up the middle, he feasted on a hanging breaking ball from Detroit starter Daniel Norris (1-2) and sent it into the right-field seats for a 3-1 lead.

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After extended breather, J-Up nearly delivers

Bradley Jr. almost makes spectacular catch to end game

After extended breather, J-Up nearly delivers

DETROIT -- Justin Upton spent three days out of the Tigers lineup, working with hitting coach Wally Joyner on his swing. His best swing on his return will go down as a 420-foot double, and his latest initiation to the deep dimensions of Comerica Park.

"I was obviously shocked, but at the same time, you know what park you play in," Upton said after his ninth-inning drive fell inches shy of a game-tying homer in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox. "It's a big yard out there."

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Castellanos improving, but return a ways off

Tigers 3B has X-rays on hand; Maybin takes BP, while Fulmer gets pushed back

Castellanos improving, but return a ways off

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos' injured left hand is progressing, according to tests, but the Tigers' third baseman remains a ways off from being able to swing a bat, let alone return to game action.

Castellanos, who went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 7 with a fracture of his fifth metacarpal of his left hand, underwent an X-rays Friday to check the progress. While there's healing, there's not enough for him to be cleared to grab a bat and do anything hitting-wise. Nor is he in shape to take ground balls.

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Tigers scuffle vs. Porcello on rough night for Fulmer

Tigers scuffle vs. Porcello on rough night for Fulmer

DETROIT -- Rick Porcello returned to Comerica Park and quieted his old team, holding down the Tigers for seven innings as the Red Sox roughed up rookie Michael Fulmer for a 10-2 win Friday night.

Boston's seventh win in its last eight games closed its gap to a half-game behind Toronto in the American League East. Detroit, meanwhile, fell seven games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, though the Tigers remain 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Red Sox on Friday.

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Tigers witness rarity from young Fulmer

Tigers witness rarity from young Fulmer

DETROIT -- It was going to happen. This was just a bad time for it.

Michael Fulmer was eventually going to struggle like he did on Friday. Pretty much every pitcher does, rookie or veteran, heavy innings total or light. The Tigers had to hope timing would be in their favor, much like his other subpar starts.

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Romine producing without putting ball in play

Romine producing without putting ball in play

DETROIT -- The list of Major League leaders in bases-loaded walks includes reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson, his slugging Toronto teammate Troy Tulowitzki, home run producers Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds, and selective slugger Shin-Soo Choo. It also includes Andrew Romine.

Yes, Andrew Romine.

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Tigers use late rally to halt Red Sox's surge

Tigers use late rally to halt Red Sox's surge

DETROIT -- The fourth city in five days for the Red Sox was the one that ultimately ended their winning streak. Andrew Romine's bases-loaded walk off Brad Ziegler completed a three-run Tigers rally in the eighth inning, ending Detroit's three-game losing streak and Boston's six-game winning streak with a 4-3 Tigers victory Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Red Sox rebounded quickly from a rain-lengthened Wednesday night in Baltimore and a late flight to Detroit to carry a 3-1 lead, buoyed by Hanley Ramirez's go-ahead single in the top of the eighth. But Ian Kinsler, Erick Aybar and Miguel Cabrera each lined base hits off Junichi Tazawa to start the home half, with Cabrera singling home Kinsler for his 1,000th RBI as a Tiger.

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Tigers rediscover clutch gene at right moment

Tigers rediscover clutch gene at right moment

DETROIT -- The Tigers don't put too much emphasis on one game, let alone innings. It's a 162-game schedule, and at least publicly, they like to treat them relatively equally. And yet, as they wound down from two dramatic innings and a 4-3 win over the Red Sox Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, they were in agreement:

"Oh, it was big, man," Miguel Cabrera said. "It was big."

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Missed call leads to 1st run in Sox-Tigers tilt

Missed call leads to 1st run in Sox-Tigers tilt

DETROIT -- What was already an unusual afternoon for the Red Sox -- with a series-opening Thursday matinee against the Tigers at Comerica Park -- became a little more strange after a near-catch by Jackie Bradley Jr. that was initially ruled an out and overturned to a single after a Tigers challenge.

Bradley, who made a highlight catch here last August, came close to another in the second inning in Thursday's eventual 4-3 loss to Detroit. With no outs and J.D. Martinez on first, Bradley had a read on Casey McGehee's liner to right-center and got his glove on the ball with a diving attempt. However, the ball bounced away and hit the ground as Bradley slid.

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Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' in Detroit return

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' in Detroit return

DETROIT -- As Tigers general manager, Dave Dombrowski watched plenty of former Tigers walk down the tunnel at Comerica Park and make the unfamiliar right turn for the visiting clubhouse. On Thursday, it was his turn.

And yet, as he greeted several Tigers employees he has known for years, it still felt familiar. His first trip back to Comerica Park came a year to the day after his first day on the job as Red Sox team president.

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Anibal rediscovering ability to dominate

Anibal rediscovering ability to dominate

DETROIT -- Wednesday night began well for the Tigers, their starting pitcher retiring the first 12 batters he faced and carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. It ended with a late-game letdown and a 4-1 loss that completed a sweep for the Royals.

Anibal Sanchez (6-12, 5.94 ERA) had Comerica Park buzzing as he racked up eight strikeouts, allowing just one hit and two walks over seven innings. It was Sanchez's first start since June 15, 2015 -- a two-hit shutout -- in which he did not allow a run.

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