Two-day reboot reshapes Tigers' farm system

Dombrowski collects top prospects at Trade Deadline

Two-day reboot reshapes Tigers' farm system

BALTIMORE -- Tigers players and coaches saw a playoff spot within reach, if they could get on a roll out of the All-Star break and garner some help along the way. The run never came, and neither did the help.

General manager Dave Dombrowski saw a playoff race that was closer to being out of reach than the help needed to get there, and a team with too many soon-to-be free agents to stand pat. He and ownership chose a direction, one he admits might not have universal agreement.

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Tigers show pop before O's storm back

Tigers show pop before O's storm back

BALTIMORE -- A night after coming within one run of a comeback victory, the Orioles were able to overcome a six-run deficit on Friday night to top the Tigers, 8-7, at Camden Yards.

Detroit chased a Baltimore starter after 3 1/3 innings for the second night in a row, this time at the expense of Wei-Yin Chen. The Tigers collected 10 hits and six runs off the lefty, including a two-run long ball from J.D. Martinez in the third inning, and back-to-back homers from James McCann and Jefry Marte in the fourth.

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Offense churning after Deadline shakeup

J.D. swats 28th homer of season in slugfest loss to Orioles

Offense churning after Deadline shakeup

BALTIMORE -- The Tigers' reboot finally took a piece out of Detroit's starting lineup Friday night. It did not seem to slow down the offense.

If the Tigers had been scoring like this a week earlier, they might have had a run in them ahead of the Trade Deadline after all.

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Tigers net 2 Mets prospects for Cespedes

Right-handers Fulmer, Cessa help restock farm system

Tigers net 2 Mets prospects for Cespedes

BALTIMORE -- The last major piece of the Tigers' reboot plan went through on Friday afternoon. Detroit waited until the final hours before the 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline to put together a deal for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who went to the Mets for right-handed pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

The deal follows Thursday's trades of David Price and Joakim Soria for prospects, restocking Detroit's farm system. Six of the top 15 in MLBPipeline.com's new Tigers prospect rankings came from the three deals.

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Wilson new keystone in no-roles bullpen

Righty records 5-out save in Tigers' first game minus Soria

Wilson new keystone in no-roles bullpen

BALTIMORE -- Tigers relievers were getting ready to head out to their center-field bullpen at Camden Yards on Thursday when they saw Joakim Soria called back.

"We saw Soria get pulled into the office and kind of figured," left-hander Blaine Hardy said. "Losing a guy like that is tough, but we tried to make the best out of it out there, making [predictions] out there about who's going to close."

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Sanchez to face O's after rosters retooled

Sanchez to face O's after rosters retooled

With the Trade Deadline behind them, the Orioles and Tigers can get back to baseball Saturday night for the third game of a four-game set.

Both teams were active near Friday's Deadline, as the Orioles picked up outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for pitching prospect Zach Davies and traded reliever Tommy Hunter to the Cubs for Minor League outfielder Junior Lake. Baltimore also designated right-hander Bud Norris for assignment while adding Mychal Givens (Double-A Bowie) and Mike Wright (Triple-A Norfolk) to its bullpen.

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Tigers move quick, get three pitchers for Price

All-Star hurler goes to Toronto for package of lefties headlined by Norris

Tigers move quick, get three pitchers for Price

BALTIMORE -- Less than 24 hours after the Tigers began their rebooting plan, they moved their biggest piece. Detroit sent All-Star left-hander David Price to Toronto on Thursday in exchange for a package headlined by left-handed starter Daniel Norris.

The Tigers also received left-handed prospects Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

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Price, teammates remember his Tigers tenure

Price, teammates remember his Tigers tenure

BALTIMORE -- For the second time in a year, David Price stood in front of reporters and talked about being traded away at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. This time, however, he at least wasn't caught by surprise.

The hints at the Tigers selling by July 31 had been coming long before Thursday's trade that sent Price to the Blue Jays for Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt. The official heads-up came Wednesday afternoon as they headed out of Tropicana Field, Price's old home park. By the time Price filed into Camden Yards, he was no longer a Tiger.

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Clubhouse keeps eyes on Wild Card race

Despite selling key pieces, Tigers 3 1/2 games back of playoff spot

Clubhouse keeps eyes on Wild Card race

BALTIMORE -- The visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards was a little quieter, a little emptier Thursday night, despite a 9-8 win for the Tigers. David Price had long since left, riding out of the clubhouse on his traveling bicycle to catch a plane for Toronto. Joakim Soria had been pulled into the manager's office and shipped out to Pittsburgh before game time as his fellow relievers had started the walk out to the center-field bullpen.

Yet amid the shock of a team in seller's mode, the television set at the far end of the clubhouse seemed to defy the mood, showing the final innings of the Twins' win over the Mariners. Minnesota's win kept the Tigers' American League Wild Card deficit at 3 1/2 games, and a White Sox loss at Boston meant one fewer team in front of Detroit.

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Tigers net Pirates prospect for Soria

Dombrowski praises shortstop Jones' big bat potential

Tigers net Pirates prospect for Soria

BALTIMORE -- The Tigers once expected to be contending at this point, with Joakim Soria following David Price on game day. This wasn't what they had they mind.

While the Tigers readied for their series opener against the Orioles -- a 9-8 Detroit victory at Camden Yards on Thursday night -- Soria followed Price out of town. The Tigers traded their closer to the Pirates for shortstop prospect JaCoby Jones in a one-for-one swap.

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Tigers roar early, hold off relentless O's

Tigers roar early, hold off relentless O's

BALTIMORE -- The Tigers exploded for 16 hits on Thursday night in a 9-8 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards, giving Detroit its first consecutive victories since July 8-9 as the team tries to gain ground in the American League Wild Card race on the day it traded away starter David Price and closer Joakim Soria.

The Tigers' offense scratched five runs off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez and four more off reliever Bud Norris, with J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes each contributing three RBIs. But for as good as the offensive production was, it didn't overshadow the night of Detroit starter Alfredo Simon, who picked up his 10th win of the season. The right-hander gave up two hits, both home runs, over 5 2/3 innings in his first career appearance against the Orioles after playing in Baltimore from 2008-11.

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Lobstein nearing rehab assignment

Lobstein nearing rehab assignment

ST. PETERSBURG -- As baseball awaits the Tigers' direction at Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the team is at least looking to get one boost to its pitching staff either way. Kyle Lobstein is close to beginning a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a sore left shoulder that has sidelined him since late May.

Lobstein is scheduled to throw to hitters in Lakeland later this week, which likely will set up a rehab assignment. He'll be stretched out as a starter on rehab, suggesting the Tigers intend to have him as a late-season rotation option rather than an extra lefty reliever sooner rather than later.

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Tigers come through for Verlander's first win

Tigers come through for Verlander's first win

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer's bid for a perfect game fell short Wednesday afternoon, and so did the Rays' bid to earn a three-game sweep, as the Tigers won, 2-1, at Tropicana Field.

Trailing 1-0 and facing the prospect of an Archer perfect game, the Tigers scored two unearned runs in the seventh after Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera booted what appeared to be a sure double-play ball with one out in the inning. J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos followed with RBI singles to put Detroit up, 2-1.

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Tigers in 4th place at latest point since '08

Detroit falls behind White Sox in AL Central

Tigers in 4th place at latest point since '08

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus paused for an answer when asked about the standing of his team's confidence after its fifth loss in six games.

"That's a good question," Ausmus said after Tuesday's 10-2 loss to the Rays. "For me, I feel like every time we come to the field, we have a chance to win. But it's probably a better question for the players."

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Cespedes stays hot but Price struggles, Tigers fall

Cespedes stays hot but Price struggles, Tigers fall

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali homered twice for the Rays again Tuesday to propel Tampa Bay to a 10-2 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

Casali's first home run of the night was a two-run shot in the fourth that extended the Rays' lead to 4-1 after an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI double broke a 1-1 tie the at-bat before. Two innings later, the catcher accomplished a rare feat by smacking a solo home run to give him back-to-back multi-home run games. Evan Longoria added a home run of his own in the eighth to spark a five-run inning.

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Ausmus optimistic on Miggy's progression

Ausmus optimistic on Miggy's progression

ST. PETERSBURG -- While scouts flocked to Tropicana Field to watch David Price pitch Tuesday in his final start before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, Miguel Cabrera took another day of batting practice before the game, three-and-a-half weeks since he strained his left calf and landed on the disabled list. How quickly the Tigers can expect him to return could have an impact on the team's decision with Price for the stretch.

The way Cabrera is progressing, manager Brad Ausmus is optimistic he could be back sooner rather than later.

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Wild night gives Anibal first loss since June 3

After 7-0 stretch, Tigers righty allows three runs on 113 pitches over 5 1/3 innings

Wild night gives Anibal first loss since June 3

ST. PETERSBURG -- At one point early in Anibal Sanchez's start Monday night, catcher Alex Avila set up inside on a Rays batter, looking for Sanchez to pound the ball in. The ensuing pitch sent Avila diving to the other side of the batter's box to catch it.

That pitch might well have summed up Sanchez's night in a 5-2 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. His pitches were moving enough that Rays hitters had a tough time tracking them. They were moving so unpredictably, though, that neither Sanchez nor Avila often knew where they were going, either.

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Cespedes carries Tigers as late rally falls short

Cespedes carries Tigers as late rally falls short

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali powered the Rays with two home runs to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Casali homered off Anibal Sanchez on the first pitch of the third inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI double in the fourth and Logan Forsythe singled home a run in the fifth to put the Rays up, 3-0.

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Tigers add prospect Farmer to taxed bullpen

Greene moves to 'pen as Detroit options Ryan to Triple-A Toledo

Tigers add prospect Farmer to taxed bullpen

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the second time in as many months, Shane Greene is out of the Tigers' rotation. This time, he's headed to the bullpen, rather than Triple-A Toledo.

What looked on the surface like a swap of long relievers was instead the rotation change that was expected coming off Greene's latest rough outing Sunday night against the Red Sox. Buck Farmer, recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Monday afternoon, will take Greene's rotation spot, and he is scheduled to pitch Friday at Baltimore.

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Tigers roughed up in Fenway finale

Tigers roughed up in Fenway finale

BOSTON -- David Ortiz smacked two three-run homers and finished with a career-high seven RBIs to carry the Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tigers in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

Boston scored more than four runs for the first time since July 12, a span of 10 games, and banged out a season-high 20 hits. Meanwhile, rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez held Detroit to one run on three hits over seven innings.

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Greene still looking for answers

Greene still looking for answers

BOSTON -- For as sterling as Shane Greene's first three starts with the Tigers were, the ensuing struggles have come to define his season.

On Sunday night, Greene stumbled again in a deflating 11-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Over 4 1/3 innings, the right-hander allowed five runs on a season-high 11 hits, including a three-run homer by David Ortiz that sparked Boston's scoring outburst.

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Ausmus is geared up for playoff chase

Ausmus is geared up for playoff chase

BOSTON -- With the non-waiver Trade Deadline now five days away, the Tigers' window to decide whether they are buyers or sellers is rapidly shrinking.

But count Detroit manager Brad Ausmus among those who firmly believes that the club has what it takes to stitch together a second-half surge. After all, he argued, the team entered Sunday night's game against the Red Sox within clear striking distance of the second American League Wild Card spot -- 3 1/2 games back following a Minnesota loss.

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Tigers recall Ryan, option Krauss to Triple-A

Left-hander expected to provide relief for fatigued bullpen

Tigers recall Ryan, option Krauss to Triple-A

BOSTON -- In need of an extra arm for their taxed bullpen, the Tigers recalled left-hander Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday and optioned first baseman Marc Krauss to the same affiliate.

The Tigers expect Ryan to serve as a long reliever for the time being, which would potentially allow the team to use Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy in more late-game situations. Detroit relievers have had to pitch 16 innings over the past five games, including two that went to extras, and they worked three innings on Saturday after starter Alfredo Simon left the game with a groin strain.

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Long-time Tigers beat reporter Gage honored with Spink Award

Long-time Tigers beat reporter Gage honored with Spink Award

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Every story has to start somewhere. Every writer knows that.

The story of how Tom Gage came to be on the stage at historic Doubleday Field accepting the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing -- after 36 years on the Tigers beat at the Detroit News --may well have begun with a fifth grade teacher, Bill Mestaugh.

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'Monster' shot exciting for Castellanos

'Monster' shot exciting for Castellanos

BOSTON -- For Nick Castellanos, hitting his first career home run at Fenway Park might have been enough. That he launched his shot clear over the Green Monster in a winning effort had the Tigers' third baseman thinking Hollywood.

Castellanos helped fuel Detroit's 5-1 win over the Red Sox on Saturday by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs -- including a two-run double that staked his team to a four-run lead. But it was the sixth-inning solo shot that left a lasting impression on the 23-year-old, perhaps because it left the park altogether.

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Miggy does light fielding drills during BP

Miggy does light fielding drills during BP

BOSTON -- The eventual return of injured Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera may still be several weeks away, but the slugger has begun taking his first set of steps toward playing again.

Cabrera took ground balls at first base during batting practice before Saturday's 5-1 win over Boston. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus also revealed Cabrera has been taking batting practice in the cage for the past few days.

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Trammell fills in as Tigers' first-base coach

Trammell fills in as Tigers' first-base coach

BOSTON -- Alan Trammell stepped back on the infield of a baseball diamond during the Tigers' 5-1 win over the Red Sox on Saturday. This time, however, the former Detroit shortstop did so as a first-base coach.

Trammell spent his entire 20-year playing career in Detroit, garnering six All-Star selections, four Gold Glove Awards and MVP honors for the 1984 World Series. Working as a special assistant to Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski this season, he wore No. 4 and coached in place of Omar Vizquel, who has taken a leave of absence following the sudden death of his father on Saturday morning.

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