Anibal, Tigers have no answer for White Sox offense

Anibal, Tigers have no answer for White Sox offense

DETROIT -- Take Chris Sale and mix in the White Sox biggest offensive output of the 2015 season by a long shot and what do you have? A 12-3 victory for the South Siders on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park and a long day for the Tigers and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

The trio of Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche combined to go 10-for-16 with three doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs and six runs scored. Cabrera tied a career-high with four hits, done for the 13th time overall by the left fielder, while LaRoche and Abreu went deep. Abreu launched his second career grand slam to key a seven-run fourth and end the afternoon for Sanchez.

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Nathan throws unplanned pitches after long toss

Tigers reliever 'felt so good,' set for bullpen session on Monday

Nathan throws unplanned pitches after long toss

DETROIT -- Saturday was a good day for Tigers reliever Joe Nathan, who opted to throw a few pitches after a good long-toss session before Detroit's 12-3 loss to the White Sox.

Nathan was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 8 with a flexor strain in his right elbow, retroactive to the day prior. He said it wasn't feeling very good in recent days, but Saturday went well, and he decided to throw 15 pitches off a mound.

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Sanchez susceptible to long ball early in season

After Saturday's loss, Tigers righty has given up more homers in 2015 than in '14

Sanchez susceptible to long ball early in season

DETROIT -- It took just three starts to surpass a mark from last season for Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez, but it's not a good one.

Sanchez allowed two home runs in Saturday's 12-3 loss to the White Sox. Coupled with the three home runs allowed in his previous start at Pittsburgh, Sanchez has given up more home runs this season (five), than he did all of last season (four).

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Iglesias off to hot start after struggling in spring

Tigers' No. 9 hitter led American League in batting average through 10 games

Iglesias off to hot start after struggling in spring

DETROIT -- Despite Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias' struggles at the plate in Spring Training, manager Brad Ausmus remained optimistic. Nearly two weeks into the regular season, Ausmus' faith has been rewarded.

Iglesias batted .135 in the Grapefruit League, including a stretch of 23 at-bats without a hit. However, 10 games into the regular season, Iglesias led the American League with a .484 average (minimum 20 at-bats) and posted an on-base percentage of .529, including Friday's walk-off single to beat the White Sox.

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Tigers to slow down Verlander's rehab plan

Fatigue cancels possible Tuesday start as righty recovers from triceps strain

Tigers to slow down Verlander's rehab plan

DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't saying much about Justin Verlander, but his return from a right triceps strain seems to be going slower than expected.

Verlander cut a simulated start short Wednesday in Pittsburgh due to fatigue, and soreness carried into Friday. As a result, he won't pick a ball up until Sunday, and the Tigers will see where things go from there.

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Greene looks to make history vs. White Sox in series finale

Greene looks to make history vs. White Sox in series finale

The Tigers and White Sox wrap up their three-game series at Comerica Park on Sunday, as Detroit looks to create more distance between the teams in the American League Central standings.

The Tigers will send right-hander Shane Greene to the mound, looking for his third win of the season, while Chicago will counter with lefty Jose Quintana.

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Following pitchers' duel, Iglesias hits walk-off single

Following pitchers' duel, Iglesias hits walk-off single

DETROIT -- A true pitchers' duel between Jeff Samardzija and David Price ended with a 2-1 Tigers victory over the White Sox when Jose Iglesias delivered a walk-off single against Chicago reliever Zach Duke at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon.

Nick Castellanos started the winning rally when Avisail Garcia couldn't hang on to Castellanos' sinking liner to right. Garcia fired the ball in to second as Castellanos tried to stretch his single into a double, but shortstop Alexei Ramirez missed the tag although the throw beat Castellanos to the bag. Alex Avila dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move pinch-runner Andrew Romine over to third, and then Iglesias laced a single into right-center field past the drawn-in infield.

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Bang-bang play at second looms large in rally

Ramirez claims he tagged Castellanos, but Ventura doesn't challenge call

Bang-bang play at second looms large in rally

DETROIT -- Safe or out? Challenge or don't challenge?

Those were the prevalent questions circling the bottom of the ninth of the Tigers' 2-1 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Friday at Comerica Park. Nick Castellanos opened the frame with a sinking line drive to right off reliever Zach Duke that Avisail Garcia couldn't quite corral.

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Motivated by Shark, Price turns in stellar start

Motivated by Shark, Price turns in stellar start

DETROIT -- David Price says he's getting better with each start, and he matched up with the Jeff Samardzija, the White Sox's big offseason acquisition, in a pitchers' duel on Friday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Price allowed one run on four hits over eight innings, though he left the game with a no-decision. The Tigers pulled out a 2-1 victory in the ninth on a walk-off single by shortstop Jose Iglesias.

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Struggling with runners in scoring position, Tigers break through

Struggling with runners in scoring position, Tigers break through

DETROIT -- The Tigers had just one hit with runners in scoring position, but they made it count.

A single by shortstop Jose Iglesias scored pinch-runner Andrew Romine from third base to give the Tigers a 2-1 walk-off win over the White Sox on Friday at Comerica Park. Up until that point, however, it had been a frustrating day Detroit batters in big spots.

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Ausmus: Rondon's return to Majors still long ways off

Ausmus: Rondon's return to Majors still long ways off

DETROIT -- Right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon was expected to pick up a ball and throw before Friday's game against the White Sox, but his potential return remains uncertain.

Before the game, manager Brad Ausmus said Rondon, who is dealing with biceps tendinitis, was scheduled to throw, but he's going to have to throw on back-to-back days without problems, and then there would be a rehab assignment.

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Soreness will keep Verlander from Tuesday's start

Lefty Lobstein stays in rotation with veteran fighting fatigue after sim game

Soreness will keep Verlander from Tuesday's start

Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who cut short a simulated game on Wednesday due to fatigue, has been ruled out of a potential Tuesday start against the Yankees.

Verlander was experiencing "normal soreness," according to a report in the Detroit News, and will not return to the rotation just yet. Left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who provided a solid start against the Indians on Sunday, will remain in the rotation and start on Tuesday.

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Question mark entering season, rotation looking strong

Tigers' Greene, Simon deliver eight-inning scoreless starts this week

Question mark entering season, rotation looking strong

PITTSBURGH -- Tom Gorzelanny joined the procession of Tigers relievers to warm up Wednesday night, one of three to get up in the eighth inning or later of their series finale against the Pirates. He got up, made some throws, then sat back down.

Gorzelanny wasn't warming up to get ready for a game appearance. He was warming up to replace game work. So was Joba Chamberlain before him. Gorzelanny hasn't pitched in a game since Saturday in Cleveland. Chamberlain, one of Detroit's most heavily-worked relievers last season, has one appearance this season.

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Simon, Rajai deliver as Tigers blank Bucs

Simon, Rajai deliver as Tigers blank Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Alfredo Simon threw eight shutout innings and center fielder Rajai Davis swatted the go-ahead hit for the second consecutive night as the Tigers beat the Pirates, 1-0, on Wednesday at PNC Park.

A night after right-hander Shane Greene efficiently shut down the Pirates for eight innings, Simon did the same, allowing two hits and striking out two as he breezed through the Bucs' lineup on 108 pitches.

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Verlander's sim game ends early due to fatigue

Tigers righty throws all of his pitches in pain-free outing

Verlander's sim game ends early due to fatigue

PITTSBURGH -- Justin Verlander threw 45 pitches over three innings in a simulated game Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park. What it means for his chances of pitching in an actual game soon remains to be seen.

Manager Brad Ausmus said a day earlier that Verlander was expected to throw four innings of about 15 pitches each, possibly longer if he felt good. Verlander said the session ended earlier due to shoulder fatigue, not pain.

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Rajai reflects on Jackie's legacy, then homers

Rajai reflects on Jackie's legacy, then homers

PITTSBURGH -- Like everyone in the Majors, the Tigers were all wearing No. 42 on Wednesday to celebrate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major League debut. It's an occasion that is not lost on them.

"We have to be reminded of Jackie, every single year," outfielder Rajai Davis said. "His number is retired, not on just one team, on 30 different teams. He's the only guy."

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Simon copies Tigers' strong pitching blueprint

Righty throws eight innings of two-hit ball as club records fourth shutout

Simon copies Tigers' strong pitching blueprint

PITTSBURGH -- Alfredo Simon is an imposing presence on the mound at 6-foot-6. His style on the mound doesn't fit the image.

"He looks like he's taking a walk in the park when he's pitching," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It's like he's playing catch with his son in the backyard."

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Confusion ensues after ball hits umpire Layne in mask

Confusion ensues after ball hits umpire Layne in mask

PITTSBURGH -- The Tigers' 1-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday night was delayed for more than 10 minutes in the top of the ninth inning after home-plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a 3-2 pitch from Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon.

But the delay wasn't caused by Layne's injury -- though he did leave the game -- so much as the ensuing confusion about whether Miguel Cabrera had drawn a walk.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Efficient Greene makes history in dominating Pirates

First Tigers pitcher to go 8 or more without earned run in consecutive starts to start year since 1978

Efficient Greene makes history in dominating Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Shane Greene is a man of few words. So far as a Tiger, he's a man of fewer pitches.

"I'm just trying to throw strikes," he said. "That's my biggest goal."

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Greene dominates Pirates over 8 in shutout

Greene dominates Pirates over 8 in shutout

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Shane Greene fired eight innings of three-hit ball and Rajai Davis broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning as the Tigers beat the Pirates, 2-0, at PNC Park on Tuesday night.

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett received a warm welcome from the crowd of 31,755 in his return to Pittsburgh. The 38-year-old right-hander sailed through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh, issuing two one-out walks that quickly came back to haunt him.

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V-Mart says back OK after pinch-hitting cameo

V-Mart says back OK after pinch-hitting cameo

PITTSBURGH -- The swings from Victor Martinez looked painful Tuesday night, but the Tigers' designated hitter turned pinch-hitter said he didn't tweak anything. It was his normal reaction.

Still, his manager's reaction was one of at least some concern.

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Miggy's slap of baseball all in good fun, says Cervelli

Miggy's slap of baseball all in good fun, says Cervelli

PITTSBURGH -- Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera drew the ire of nearly 32,000 fans at PNC Park on Tuesday night. It's not unusual for fans to dread seeing the two-time American League MVP face their team, but this had nothing to do with Cabrera's excellence at the plate.

During the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 2-0 Tigers' win, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett got Cabrera to swing and miss on a curveball in the dirt. Catcher Francisco Cervelli picked up the ball and tagged Cabrera in the chest to complete the strikeout.

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Martinez flourishing with opposite-field power

Tigers outfielder entered Tuesday tied for AL lead with four homers

Martinez flourishing with opposite-field power

PITTSBURGH -- J.D. Martinez isn't trying to hit the ball out to the opposite field, he insists. He's simply going with the way he's being pitched.

So far, he's going to the right-field seats a lot.

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Anibal hurt by HRs as Tigers suffer first loss of '15

Anibal hurt by HRs as Tigers suffer first loss of '15

PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole pitched one-hit ball into the seventh inning and Josh Harrison, Pedro Alvarez and pinch-hitter Corey Hart homered, and the Pirates held on for a 5-4 win over the previously undefeated Tigers in Pittsburgh's home opener Monday afternoon.

Anibal Sanchez made 101 pitches without giving up a run in his first start Wednesday, but his first pitch this time was deposited in the right-center seats by Harrison to jump-start the Bucs in front of 39,933, a record regular-season crowd in PNC Park.

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Ausmus sticks with Castellanos over V-Mart in late spots

Ausmus sticks with Castellanos over V-Mart in late spots

PITTSBURGH -- The Tigers had one hit and one walk through six innings against Gerrit Cole. The hit belonged to Nick Castellanos.

The Tigers had six hits over the final three innings. Castellanos had four outs over his final two at-bats.

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