Verlander set for first rehab start on Sunday

Verlander set for first rehab start on Sunday

ANAHEIM -- Justin Verlander got his first-ever look at Oracle Arena and NBA playoff basketball Wednesday night, joining teammate Miguel Cabrera to watch the Golden State Warriors advance to the NBA Finals. Come Sunday, he'll get his first taste of Triple-A baseball.

Clearly, he's hoping his start for Toledo on Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis will be a quick pit stop on his way back to the Tigers' rotation. The team, for its part, hasn't committed to one start or more, preferring to wait and see how his arm responds over 80-85 pitches.

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Feeling better, Iglesias back in starting lineup

Tigers send down prospect Machado to make room for Farmer

Feeling better, Iglesias back in starting lineup

ANAHEIM -- The Tigers came to a crossroads on Jose Iglesias and his bruised left knee on Thursday. Not only did the shortstop return to the lineup after four days out, the team sent down the extra shortstop it had called up to fill in.

With No. 10 prospect Dixon Machado optioned back to Triple-A Toledo to make room for spot starter Buck Farmer, the Tigers are back to their previous setup of Iglesias and two utility infielders. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated they're confident Iglesias is good to go after the time off.

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#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

Twelve homers hit in White Sox-Tigers game on May 28, 1995, a big league record

#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

A quick glance at the weather conditions in the box score paints a pretty grim picture of what was going on at Tiger Stadium on this particular day.

The field conditions were categorized as "soaked." The weather? Overcast and rain. And the winds were estimated to be blowing out to left field at 10 mph.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Cespedes finishes homecoming on high note

Cespedes finishes homecoming on high note

OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes, for the first time since being traded, returned to the place his Major League career began. He left as a conquering hero.

Cespedes snapped a scoreless tie with a booming three-run home run in the fifth and the Tigers made it stand up for a 3-2 victory over the Athletics on Wednesday.

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Tigers win series behind power bat of Cespedes

Tigers win series behind power bat of Cespedes

OAKLAND -- Tigers slugger Yoenis Cespedes blasted a three-run home run at his old stomping grounds Wednesday afternoon, leading Detroit to a series-winning 3-2 victory over his former A's club at the Coliseum.

Cespedes, traded by the A's to the Red Sox at the Trade Deadline last summer, made them pay for intentionally walking Miguel Cabrera in front of him, launching a 3-2 changeup from reliever Dan Otero to left field with two outs in the fifth.

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Machado gets first Major League hit

Machado gets first Major League hit

OAKLAND -- Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado practiced his first Major League hit before actually accomplishing it in a game that counted.

Machado lined a solid single into left field with two outs in the top of the sixth inning against Athletics reliever Sean Doolitte, just off the disabled list, for the milestone in Wednesday's 3-2 Tigers win.

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Wilson starts with Ryan en route to Oakland

Wilson starts with Ryan en route to Oakland

OAKLAND -- Left-hander Kyle Ryan is en route to Oakland but with the uncertainty of his arrival time, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus opted to start right-hander Alex Wilson against the Athletics on Wednesday.

Wilson (1-1, 2.29) has pitched multiple innings, including a career-long 3 2/3 inning stint two weeks ago, three times this month. He was making his first Major League start.

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Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

OAKLAND -- David Price pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers took advantage of an early A's error to claim a 1-0 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Oakland catcher Josh Phegley committed a throwing error trying to nab Anthony Gose on a steal attempt at second base after he singled to lead off the game. Gose came around to score when Rajai Davis lifted a sacrifice fly to right-center field the next at-bat.

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Price bears down, notches fourth win

Price bears down, notches fourth win

OAKLAND -- When David Price starts for the Tigers, it seems to guarantee a win. At least that's what it seems like.

Price threw seven scoreless innings in the Tigers' 1-0 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night, and he seemed to be in control at every step.

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Double plays becoming Tigers' nemesis

Double plays becoming Tigers' nemesis

OAKLAND -- The Tigers have scored once in 18 innings against the Athletics and have split the first two games of their series following a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.

The Tigers were built with offense in mind, and they expect to score a lot of runs. Yet in 23 of their 47 games thus far, the Tigers have scored three runs or less and are 8-15 in those contests.

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Miggy leads AL first basemen in All-Star voting

Miggy leads AL first basemen in All-Star voting

Much like on the field, Miguel Cabrera is off to a strong start at the ballot box in his quest for a third consecutive All-Star Game start. The reigning American League All-Star starter at first base is leading at the position again, outpacing Royals counterpart Eric Hosmer.

At this point, Cabrera is the only Tigers player leading at his position. He is not the only one on the club with a race on his hands. Slick-fielding Jose Iglesias currently ranks second to Alcides Escobar among AL shortstops, while his double-play partner Ian Kinsler is third among AL second basemen behind Jose Altuve and Omar Infante.

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Verlander could make rehab start Monday

Verlander could make rehab start Monday

OAKLAND -- Justin Verlander said he felt good after pitching 4 1/3 innings of a simulated game before the Tigers played the Athletics Tuesday night.

"It went really well," said the 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner. "My stuff was good and I got better as I went along, which is to be expected after not throwing for so long."

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Miggy's failed hidden-ball trick is a good effort

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Miggy's failed hidden-ball trick is a good effort

We know Miguel Cabrera, home run slugger. We are well acquainted with Miguel Cabrera, two-time American League MVP. During Tuesday's Tigers-A's matchup, we were introduced to a new friend: Miguel Cabrera, thespian.

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Trammell, Cook to represent Tigers at Draft

Trammell, Cook to represent Tigers at Draft

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including Jackson (Yankees table), Schmidt (Phillies), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Offense left looking for answers against A's

Tigers hit into three double plays on way to being shut out by Hahn

Offense left looking for answers against A's

OAKLAND -- Miguel Cabrera was ready, a bat in his hands. The right situation never developed, so the Tigers' slugger never got a chance to hit with multiple runners on base.

The Tigers had trouble getting any baserunners against Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn, who threw his first career shutout and complete game in a 4-0 victory, sending the Tigers to their third straight loss and sixth of nine overall.

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Tigers blanked by Hahn in series opener

Tigers blanked by Hahn in series opener

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jesse Hahn pitched his first career shutout, allowing just four hits to guide the A's to their third straight win on Monday, a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers in the three-game series opener at the Coliseum.

"The way his sinker was going, it wasn't tough to call a game for him today," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt. "He, from inning No. 1, had his sinker going today, he was throwing it with conviction, with confidence. He was some kind of disgusting with his sinker."

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With Iglesias injured, Machado makes debut

Tigers' No. 10 prospect got the call after team placed Lobstein on DL

With Iglesias injured, Machado makes debut

OAKLAND -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was not going to give Dixon Machado a chance to get nervous. He penciled him in as the starting shortstop for Monday's game against the Athletics.

Machado, making his Major League debut, was called up from Triple-A Toledo before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros when the Tigers placed left-hander Kyle Lobstein on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder.

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Comerica opens doors for Wins for Warriors

Comerica opens doors for Wins for Warriors

DETROIT -- Though the Tigers were on the road, the gates to Comerica Park opened Monday morning for a 9K run organized by Wins for Warriors, a foundation launched by Justin Verlander.

About 350 people, many of whom are veterans, participated in the Memorial Day run or a one-mile walk, both of which ended with a lap around the warning track to the backstop. Family and friends were encouraged to sit in the ballpark, where they cheered runners through their final stretch.

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Rondon looks better in second rehab outing

Righty, who could rejoin Tigers next week, tosses perfect inning Sunday

Rondon looks better in second rehab outing

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Right-hander Bruce Rondon pitched a quicker, cleaner inning Sunday night in his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers reliever, working his way back from biceps tendintis, retired the side in order for the Mud Hens in the eighth in just 10 pitches, six of them strikes.

Rondon hit 98 mph on the Fifth Third Stadium radar gun twice with his fastball, about the same as his previous outing Thursday. He mixed in more offspeed pitches this time, including some decent sliders, and he commanded the strike zone better.

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Tigers disappointed with 3-4 homestand

Loss to Astros in Sunday's finale frustrates Ausmus

Tigers disappointed with 3-4 homestand

DETROIT -- The Tigers' 10-8 loss to the Astros at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon completed a 3-4 homestand, dropping them into third place in the American League Central.

After winning the first two of the four-game series against Houston, Detroit settled for a split, and Sunday's defeat seemed to frustrate manager Brad Ausmus more than others.

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Late home runs spoil turnaround for Sanchez

Late home runs spoil turnaround for Sanchez

DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez got a first-inning mound visit not from his pitching coach, but from his manager. That's how his Sunday afternoon was going after four Astros batters, three hits and two runs.

"I just tried to remind him … it wasn't as bad as it seemed," Brad Ausmus said. "I didn't want him to think things were unraveling."

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Sanchez, bullpen shaky as Tigers drop finale

Sanchez, bullpen shaky as Tigers drop finale

DETROIT -- Preston Tucker's second game-tying homer in four days and Jason Castro's go-ahead two-run single powered six unanswered Astros runs off Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers' bullpen, salvaging a four-game series split for Houston with a 10-8 win in Sunday's finale at Comerica Park.

A game that began with a 36-minute, eight-run opening inning seemingly had settled down with the help of Sanchez, who struck out 11 of the 27 batters he faced. With a 7-3 lead in the sixth inning, however, Sanchez alternated hits and strikeouts -- including Evan Gattis' leadoff homer -- until Tucker pinch-hit for Jake Marisnick as the potential tying run and sent a drive deep to right.

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Lobstein to DL with sore shoulder; Machado recalled

Dombrowski says Farmer will start for Tigers on Thursday

Lobstein to DL with sore shoulder; Machado recalled

DETROIT -- Kyle Lobstein has been bothered by left shoulder soreness intermittently since the winter, and now it's landed the left-hander on the 15-day disabled list, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski announced Sunday morning.

In a corresponding move, shortstop Dixon Machado has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo. The 23-year-old is hitting .274 in 40 games with the Mud Hens. He's ranked as the Tigers' No. 10 prospect, according to MLB.com.

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Iglesias sits out due to left knee contusion

MRI and X-ray on Tigers shortstop's injured left knee shows no structural damage

Iglesias sits out due to left knee contusion

DETROIT -- The Tigers received some good news following Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Astros, when an X-ray and MRI on shortstop Jose Iglesias' left knee revealed no structural damage, manager Brad Ausmus announced Sunday morning.

Iglesias was not in the Tigers' lineup for the series finale vs. the Astros -- Andrew Romine was filling in at shortstop -- and Iglesias remains day-to-day with a left knee contusion. However, Ausmus said he doesn't expect the injury to keep Iglesias out long-term.

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Tigers' win streak comes to a halt vs. Astros

Tigers' win streak comes to a halt vs. Astros

DETROIT -- Lance McCullers earned his first Major League victory in the same city where his father earned his next-to-last Major League win 25 years ago. His six quality innings, helped by a fifth-inning triple play, allowed the Houston Astros to piece together a go-ahead rally in the sixth for a 3-2 win over the Tigers Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

McCullers (1-0), whose father, Lance McCullers Sr., pitched for the Tigers in 1990, survived an Anthony Gose RBI double in the third inning and a James McCann double and score in the fifth to toss six innings of two-run ball on six hits with an intentional walk and six strikeouts. He avoided add-on runs in the fifth when Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve and Chris Carter turned a triple play on an Ian Kinsler grounder with Miguel Cabrera on deck.

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