Inbox: How does Tigers' future bullpen look?

Beat reporter Jason Beck answers questions from fans

Inbox: How does Tigers' future bullpen look?

It's time to empty the Inbox while being careful not to stare directly at the eclipse.

Here's what's on Tigers fans' minds.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander spins gem as Tigers cool off Dodgers

Verlander spins gem as Tigers cool off Dodgers

DETROIT -- A day of dueling no-hit bids turned into a home run derby down the foul lines. Justin Upton's two-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning off previously perfect Kenta Maeda, earning Justin Verlander a victory for his gem in a 6-1 Tigers win over the Dodgers on Sunday at Comerica Park that snapped Los Angeles' win streak at six.

The Dodgers' attempt at a Major League-record 14th consecutive Interleague victory ended with drama. While Verlander took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Maeda retired the first 15 batters he faced. Former Tiger Curtis Granderson provided the game's first hit with a solo homer off his ex-teammate with two outs in the sixth, but Dixon Machado's two-run double capped a string of three consecutive Tigers hits leading off the bottom of the inning to put Detroit ahead for good.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Catherine Slonksnis is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Channeling playoff mode, Verlander dominates

Channeling playoff mode, Verlander dominates

DETROIT -- Unless the Tigers pull off a trade in the next 10 days, Justin Verlander will not be pitching playoff baseball this year. So he decided to treat Sunday's outing against the Dodgers like a postseason start.

If there was any doubt whether Verlander can gear up for big games anymore, the results in Sunday's 6-1 win -- eight innings of two-hit ball with nine strikeouts -- should have dispelled it.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Bootsie' Kinsler ready for Players Weekend

'Bootsie' Kinsler ready for Players Weekend

DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler has gone by the nickname "Kins" ever since he joined the Tigers three seasons ago. Very few people know him by the nickname "Bootsie," but the few that call him that have a story behind it.

Once Kinsler puts the latter nickname on his jersey for the upcoming Players Weekend, it might be a little more popular.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers, Third Man Records team up for giveaway

Tigers, Third Man Records team up for giveaway

DETROIT -- Most of the records associated with baseball are statistical. Thanks to Detroit artist Jack White's Third Man Records, the Tigers' home finale will be associated with records of vinyl.

The Tigers and Third Man Records are teaming up for an exclusive ticket package for the Tigers' home finale against the Twins on Sunday, Sept. 24. Fans can purchase a ticket for the game and a seven-inch collectible vinyl record from Third Man Pressing in Detroit.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boyd, Tigers set to welcome Yankees to town

Boyd, Tigers set to welcome Yankees to town

Masahiro Tanaka is set to return to the mound on Tuesday as the American League Wild Card-leading Yankees open a three-game series with the Tigers at Comerica Park, with the right-hander saying that he hopes a brief time-out has restored the energy in his arm for the remainder of the postseason push.

Tanaka was placed on the 10-day disabled list after his most recent outing on Aug. 9, reporting that he felt "fatigue throughout the arm" after he issued a career-high five walks in four innings against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stewart collects four hits for Erie

Stewart collects four hits for Erie

Yankees prospects Miguel Andujar and Domingo German led Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 3-0 win over Durham with a pair of strong performances on Sunday.

Andujar, the Yankees' No. 6 prospect, extended his hitting streak to six games and drove in two of the RailRiders' three runs. The 22-year-old, who finished 3-for-4, hit a solo homer in the sixth and then added an RBI double in the eighth, which brought his average up to .326 through 45 games at the Triple-A level.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer not hung up on another tough-luck loss

Righty doesn't allow earned run, throws seven innings of three-hit ball vs. Dodgers

Fulmer not hung up on another tough-luck loss

DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer has a losing record with a 3.60 ERA. On Saturday, he became the second Tigers starter in 10 years to lose a game without giving up an earned run over seven or more innings, surrendering an unearned run in a 3-0 loss to the Dodgers.

What Fulmer is not suffering from are excuses.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quiet bats, defensive miscue hurt Tigers in loss

Quiet bats, defensive miscue hurt Tigers in loss

DETROIT -- The Dodgers tied a Major League record with their 13th consecutive Interleague victory, capitalizing on a Tigers defensive miscue with an Adrian Gonzalez RBI single in the seventh inning en route to a 3-0 win Saturday at Comerica Park.

The Dodgers joined the 2004 Rays and 2006 Red Sox as the only teams to win 13 consecutive Interleague games in a single season. Los Angeles has won six in a row overall, and amassed its sixth six-game winning streak of the year. Detroit has lost six in a row and 12 of its last 14, falling 16 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005 season.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Catherine Slonksnis is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Dodgers on Saturday.

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Upton could opt out after '17, still undecided

Upton could opt out after '17, still undecided

DETROIT -- Justin Upton had a split second to think about his path as he rounded second base on his third-inning home run Friday night. He wasn't thinking about his future as a Tiger, or his contract opt-out at the end of the season. He was thinking about whether he had touched first base.

"I knew I'd hit it with the side of my foot," Upton said Saturday, "but with replay, you never know. … Obviously I got to second and it took me a while to make the decision. All those things went through my head. It's like, 'If they replay this, then they might be able to overturn it.' So I decided to go back."

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander hosts event for Wins for Warriors

Inaugural 'Patriot Ruck' will honor veterans and first responders from on and after 9/11

Verlander hosts event for Wins for Warriors

DETROIT -- The Wins for Warriors Foundation, founded by Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander to help military veterans, will partner with the Michigan Fitness Foundation to host the inaugural Patriot Ruck on Saturday, Sept. 9 in downtown Detroit to honor all military members, veterans and first responders who served and sacrificed on and after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Patriot Ruck will allow participants to walk through Detroit with "rucksacks," or weighted backpacks to simulate ruck marches that are incorporated into military missions and training exercises.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Soto spins a gem for Lakeland

Soto spins a gem for Lakeland

Trevor Stephan, the Yankees' No. 30 prospect, led the Class A Short Season Staten Island pitching staff with a dominant performance in a 5-0 win over Lowell on Saturday.

For a second straight start, Stephan dealt four hitless innings as Staten Island came within three outs of a combined no-hitter. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk. It's an impressive feat for a pitcher who is still adjusting to professional ball after he was selected in the third round of this June's Draft.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Upton's big night not enough against Dodgers

Upton's big night not enough against Dodgers

DETROIT -- The Dodgers didn't need to clear the spacious fences of Comerica Park to put on a show in Motown. Chris Taylor hit two of their six doubles, both for RBIs, in a four-hit game as Los Angeles outpaced the Tigers for an 8-5 win Friday night at Comerica Park.

The Dodgers moved 52 games over .500 with their 20th win in their last 23 games. The Tigers have lost 11 of their last 13 to fall 15 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 24, 2008.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the Dodgers on Friday.

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Anibal latest Tigers starter to land on DL

Anibal latest Tigers starter to land on DL

DETROIT -- The revolving door of the Tigers' recent starting rotation spun again Friday, when Anibal Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury.

Sanchez was officially listed with a hamstring strain. Manager Brad Ausmus said it wasn't quite that severe, comparing it to the tightness the righty suffered during his Triple-A Toledo stint in early June. Regardless, Ausmus said it could be more than a 10-day injury, though no timetable is set yet for Sanchez's return.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hit hard, Zimmermann tries useful adjustment

Hit hard, Zimmermann tries useful adjustment

DETROIT -- It couldn't get any worse, Jordan Zimmermann figured.

The Dodgers had pummeled him for six runs and nine hits over four innings. He had drawn 11 swinging strikes, including four strikeouts, but the Dodgers were making contact with an average exit velocity of 94.4 mph, according to Statcast™. So as he worked through the Dodgers' lineup for a third time, Zimmermann moved his back foot from the third-base side of the pitching rubber to the first-base side, something he had never tried in his career.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer offers insight, background on 'Play Ball'

Tigers pitcher to be featured on MLB Network show Saturday

Fulmer offers insight, background on 'Play Ball'

DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer will talk about his upbringing in Oklahoma, his childhood basketball aspirations, his offseason plumbing job and of course his pitching when he joins MLB Network's Eric Byrnes on this week's episode of Play Ball, the network's kids-oriented show designed to connect youngsters with the game.

The show airs Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, with a rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baez fans 11 in gem for Lakeland

Baez fans 11 in gem for Lakeland

Now into his second month playing in the Florida State League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finding his power stroke.

Guerrero, MLBPipeline.com's No. 6 overall prospect (Blue Jays' No. 1), connected on his second home run in as many games on Friday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Class A Advanced Dunedin blanked St. Lucie, 4-0.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Verlander be dealt before Aug. 31?

Beat reporter Jason Beck answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Verlander be dealt before Aug. 31?

After a three-game series vs. the Rangers in Arlington, the Tigers are heading back to Detroit, where they'll open an Interleague set vs. the Dodgers on Friday night.

While filing through the mailbag on the way back from Texas, here are the answers to some of your questions:

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers' young 'pen gets learning opportunities

Team uses seven relievers in lopsided loss to Rangers

Tigers' young 'pen gets learning opportunities

ARLINGTON -- This is the negative side of the Tigers going young in their bullpen.

Jeff Ferrell, who was called up Monday from Triple-A Toledo, was the eighth Tigers pitcher in Wednesday's 12-6 loss, as he labored through the top of the Rangers lineup trying to get the final out of the eighth inning. Warwick Saupold, who threw 34 pitches the night before, was the only reliever left. Utility man Andrew Romine, one of three players on the Tigers' bench, was an option to pitch if Ferrell's pitch count ran high.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers' woes continue despite pair of homers

Tigers' woes continue despite pair of homers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers continued their climb into the American League Wild Card race by completing a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 12-6 victory Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

The Rangers, with their seventh win in their past 10 games, are now just two games behind the second Wild Card spot. They are one game behind in the loss column. The Tigers, who finished a stretch of 20 straight games without a day off, lost for the 10th time in their last 12.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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Despite back injury, Cabrera will keep plugging

Despite back injury, Cabrera will keep plugging

ARLINGTON -- Miguel Cabrera played through everything from a groin tear to a fractured ankle over the years when the Tigers were winning division titles and needed him down the stretch. He's taking a similar approach down the stretch this year, with a playoff spot pretty well out of sight and a cantankerous back acting up again in a different spot than before.

Cabrera, who returned to the lineup Tuesday after two games on the bench, said he hasn't considered shutting down for the season, and probably never will.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Restless Verlander done in by long ball in Texas

Restless Verlander done in by long ball in Texas

ARLINGTON -- Justin Verlander admits the trade speculation is on his mind.

He can focus on the task at hand when he's on the mound, and he has done an impressive job of keeping focused through a trade saga now going well past a month. But eventually, it creeps in -- even when he's asleep.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers handed a 10-spot by Texas in loss

Tigers handed a 10-spot by Texas in loss

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers hit three home runs off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander and won for the fifth time in six games with a 10-4 victory on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. The Tigers have lost nine of their last 11.

"That's a big boost for our guys," manager Jeff Banister said. "Great approach up and down the lineup, just continuing to make him work and hunt for pitches they could hit, hunting pitches up in the zone they could put the barrel on. To beat Verlander after the way he has been pitching is a big boost for our club."

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Astros want Verlander, but trade talks stalled

Astros want Verlander, but trade talks stalled

ARLINGTON -- Justin Verlander hasn't thrown his last pitch for the Tigers yet. He's set to make his scheduled turn in Detroit's rotation on Tuesday night against the Rangers. His fiancee, Kate Upton, will be watching, as will likely a scout from the Houston Astros. But while Verlander and Upton are ready to exchange vows in the future, there is no sign the Tigers and Astros are close to committing to a trade to send Verlander to Houston.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that the Astros and Tigers were in talks regarding Verlander, then revised that report to note that they last talked last week. Nothing has changed since last week, when MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported that the two sides had talked. Those talks have seemingly stalled, leaving the teams still well apart.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite loss, Fulmer 'felt good' in return

Despite loss, Fulmer 'felt good' in return

ARLINGTON -- The last time Michael Fulmer pitched at Globe Life Park, he tossed his first complete game -- a four-hit shutout -- a game that in many ways was the defining highlight of his Rookie of the Year campaign. He took the mound again here on Monday on the one-year anniversary of that gem.

He wasn't looking for nine innings this time as much as some effective ones after ulnar neuritis forced him to skip a turn and make a stint on the disabled list. He fell short, lasting five innings and 75 pitches in a 6-2 Tigers loss, but he insisted it wasn't because of any recurrence.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers held to Upton's HR in loss to Rangers

Tigers held to Upton's HR in loss to Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Left-hander Martin Perez overcame a two-run home run by Justin Upton in the first inning and helped pitch the Rangers to a 6-2 victory over the Tigers on Monday night at Globe Life Park. The win was the Rangers' fourth in five games and moved them to within three games in the American League Wild Card standings.

Perez won his second straight start, holding the Tigers to two runs on six hits, a walk and two strikeouts. He finished his night retiring 10 of the last 12 batters he faced.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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Kinsler, Ausmus ejected from opener in Texas

Kinsler, Ausmus ejected from opener in Texas

ARLINGTON -- Ian Kinsler's first game this season in his former home, Globe Life Park, was a short one. The Tigers' second baseman was ejected in the fifth inning of Monday's 6-2 loss to the Rangers for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Angel Hernandez, who ejected manager Brad Ausmus moments later.

Kinsler, who grounded out in each of his first two at-bats, disagreed with a low first-pitch strike from Rangers starter Martin Perez. But the ejection didn't occur until the next pitch, a ball outside. Whatever Kinsler said after the pitch prompted an immediate ejection.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCann scouts himself, makes adjustments

McCann scouts himself, makes adjustments

ARLINGTON -- One of the biggest tasks of James McCann's job as a catcher is to assemble scouting reports on opposing hitters going into each series. It has little to do with his individual performance, but the prep work gives him the background knowledge to call games for his pitchers.

So when he and Tigers coaches wanted to figure out how to fix him as a hitter, one of the ideas they tried was to put together the same scouting report on himself, in his format, complete with heat maps and hot and cold zones.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers send Rondon down to find consistency

Reliever heads to Triple-A after giving up 2 key walks, taking loss Sunday

Tigers send Rondon down to find consistency

DETROIT -- The impatience and frustration were palpable among the home fans at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon, as they loudly voiced their opinion of reliever Bruce Rondon.

Rondon, who was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after Detroit's 6-4 loss to Minnesota, entered the eighth inning of a tie game and walked to Eddie Rosario on four straight fastballs thrown at 96-plus mph.

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Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.