Shutout spoiled, Tigers walk off for JV's win

Shutout spoiled, Tigers walk off for JV's win

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander and Mike Fiers dueled deep into Saturday night at Comerica Park. Dueling ninth-inning rallies overshadowed their work, from Carlos Correa's lunging single in a two-run Astros comeback to Jose Iglesias' walk-off infield single for a 3-2 Tigers win at Comerica Park.

Detroit's fifth straight win pushed the Tigers a half-game ahead of the Astros in the American League Wild Card chase, trailing the Orioles and Red Sox. The Tigers remain 4 1/2 games behind the Indians in the AL Central.

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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.

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Tigers rally for walk-off win that 'stands out'

Tigers rally for walk-off win that 'stands out'

DETROIT -- It went from real low to real high. That's how Tigers manager Brad Ausmus described Saturday's ninth-inning rally that helped the Tigers beat the Astros, 3-2, at Comerica Park.

Justin Verlander had just surrendered his first two runs of the ballgame in the top of the inning and things looked pretty grim for the Tigers, trailing by a run. Things got even worse after two quick outs to begin the home half of the inning.

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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.

Verlander: Tigers' 9th-inning rally 'beautiful thing'

Verlander: Tigers' 9th-inning rally 'beautiful thing'

DETROIT -- It was Justin Verlander's game. Then, it was the Tigers' rally.

"Not the way I would've liked it to go down," Verlander said of the wild ninth inning in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Astros, "but made it exciting."

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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.

Collins to stay when Martinez returns?

Collins to stay when Martinez returns?

DETROIT -- Tyler Collins has begun to straighten things out at the plate since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo earlier in July. Collins hit a three-run home run and a triple on Friday at Comerica Park for his first multi-hit game of the season.

He collected hits in seven of his first 10 games since his return, which is a small sample size, but his performance has at least raised the question of whether there is any chance he can hold onto his roster spot when right fielder J.D. Martinez returns from his rehab assignment at Toledo, which Ausmus said Saturday could be by the end of the current nine-game homestand.

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Pelfrey draws Keuchel in series finale vs. Astros

Pelfrey draws Keuchel in series finale vs. Astros

Dallas Keuchel gets the ball Sunday looking to wrap up what has been a successful month of July when the Astros and host Tigers complete their series at Comerica Park.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner has turned in quality starts in all four of his July outings to rack up a 1-1 record and 2.33 ERA.

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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.

Former Tiger Jones: Prospect Jimenez 'special'

Former Tiger Jones: Prospect Jimenez 'special'

DETROIT -- Todd Jones returned to Comerica Park this weekend as a former closer, part of the Tigers' season-long 10th anniversary celebration of their 2006 American League title. But he also had some select words about the man many regard as the Tigers' future closer.

Todd Jones has worked for the Tigers this season as a roving instructor in charge of relief pitching, including No. 5 Tigers prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, Joe Jimenez. He has been particularly impressed.

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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.

Streaking Tigers pounce early, pile on Astros

Streaking Tigers pounce early, pile on Astros

DETROIT -- The Tigers welcomed the Astros to Comerica Park by putting up Minute Maid Park-type numbers, crushing Houston pitching for nine runs on 11 hits through the first two innings en route to a 14-6 win Friday night.

Detroit's fourth consecutive win, and sixth in eight games, left the two teams a half-game apart as they try to chase down the Blue Jays and Red Sox for the American League Wild Card spots -- with Houston 1 1/2 games back and Detroit 2 back. Their gap on Friday's scoreboard widened in a hurry after Jose Altuve's first-inning homer built a 2-0 Houston lead.

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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.

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Second helping: Tigers strike back, bury Astros

Club erases first-inning deficit, then scores seven in following frame to set winning tone

Second helping: Tigers strike back, bury Astros

DETROIT -- The Tigers found themselves behind quickly when Matt Boyd allowed a two-run homer to Jose Altuve in the first inning. But not only were they able to bounce back and tie it in the bottom of the frame, they pounced on Collin McHugh for a big seven-run second that set the tone for the team's 14-6 win over the Astros on Friday night at Comerica Park.

After Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to begin the inning, the Tigers strung together four straight hits to take a 5-2 lead. After Nick Castellanos recorded his second RBI single to make it 6-2, Tyler Collins got ahold of a 2-2 changeup left over the heart of the plate, and he sent it soaring into the right-field seats for a two-out, three-run homer.

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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.

Norris' confidence high after third rehab start

Lefty could be nearing return to Tigers; Zimmermann, J.D., seeing Minors action Friday

Norris' confidence high after third rehab start

DETROIT -- Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris' most recent battle with an injury is nearing its end. Norris, who has fluctuated between the disabled list and Minor Leagues this season, made his third rehab start since being activated from the DL following a right oblique strain.

Norris allowed three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Thursday at Double-A Erie, picking up his first win in the three outings. He said he felt much better than he did in his last two outings.

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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.

Jones, Robertson celebrate '06 run in Detroit

Duo reflects fondly on memorable season, despite being haunted by World Series loss

Jones, Robertson celebrate '06 run in Detroit

DETROIT -- It has been 10 years since the Tigers' resurgent 2006 season ended with a World Series loss against the Cardinals. And while most Tigers fans remember that season fondly, coming up short still weighs on the mind of former closer Todd Jones.

"I don't know what anybody else has said, but I want to be one of the first ones to apologize for not winning that," Jones said Friday at Comerica Park. "Because I really thought we had a good chance to do that, and we didn't take advantage of it. And I have to live with that the rest of my life."

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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.

Martinez and Gonzalez have sweet moment at first base

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Martinez and Gonzalez have sweet moment at first base

First base: It's the site of all kinds of shenanigans, including David Ortiz's pop-up massage parlor and various pigeon visits. But during Friday's Astros-Tigers game, it was the site of a very sweet moment between Victor Martinez and Marwin Gonzalez.

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Deadline prices remain prohibitive for Tigers

Club likely to rely more on internal upgrades; lefty Ramos signed to Minors deal

Deadline prices remain prohibitive for Tigers

DETROIT -- While Tigers officials and special assistants continued their meetings at Comerica Park leading up to Monday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed what has already been widely reported: Pitching is expensive, and sweeping the Red Sox in Boston this week doesn't make it any cheaper.

"I think [general manager] Al [Avila] is looking at all the pieces," Ausmus said Friday afternoon. "It's just the asking price is the bigger concern. Certainly having the road trip we had doesn't hurt, but I don't think it changes the philosophy. If we can get better within reason, we'll try to get better. But I think right now asking prices, because there are so many teams asking for the same thing, are extremely 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.

Manning's future looks bright in Detroit

Righty ranks No. 81 in midseason update of Top 100 Prospects

Manning's future looks bright in Detroit

DETROIT -- The Tigers felt like they were adding a top talent when they drafted Matt Manning on June 9. As it turns out, they added their new top prospect as well.

Manning, the ninth overall selection in the 2016 Draft, has taken over the No. 1 ranking in MLBPipeline's Tigers Top 30 Prospects list, updated Thursday with midseason rankings. The right-hander takes over the top spot that Michael Fulmer owned going into the season, before Fulmer became a rookie sensation in the Tigers' rotation.

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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.

Could Tigers have pieces to trade for Lucroy?

Could Tigers have pieces to trade for Lucroy?

DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't expecting to do anything big by Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline at 4 p.m. ET, general manager Al Avila warned last week. That doesn't mean they're not going to shop.

When the Tigers sent a scout to last week's Brewers-Pirates series in Pittsburgh, the belief was that Detroit's front office was eyeing relievers on both sides. Turns out, the Tigers were watching more than Mark Melancon, Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress. They also had an eye on catcher Jonathan Lucroy, potentially the most impactful position player on this year's market. With just days to go before the Deadline, the reported interest -- first noted by Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network and FOX Sports -- adds a little bit of intrigue that Avila warned would be anything but.

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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.

Prospects are untold part of Deadline story

Prospects are untold part of Deadline story

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. -- Beau Burrows made it to the big leagues last week. He just wasn't wearing a Tigers uniform. Detroit's first-round pick last year had an off-day at Class A West Michigan and trekked across the state as a fan.

"First time ever," the Whitecaps pitcher said. "First time in Detroit, first time at Comerica [Park]. It was cool to be on the field watching BP, watching all the guys. It's definitely motivation to try to get to the big leagues, seeing all the guys up there and seeing the atmosphere around. I can't wait."

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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.

Miggy's HR propels Tigers to Fenway sweep

Miggy's HR propels Tigers to Fenway sweep

BOSTON -- Before the Tigers took Wednesday's series finale, 4-3, at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were the only team in the Major Leagues that had gone all of 2016 without being swept. Miguel Cabrera mauled the go-ahead home run in the ninth to make sure the Red Sox joined the ranks of the swept. It was his 21st homer of the year and his 12th go-ahead shot in the ninth inning or later over the last 10 seasons, most in the Major Leagues.

"It became electric in the dugout instantaneously," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was tough to get the ball out to right today. The wind was kind of blowing in from left field, Miggy hit it low enough and hard that he was able to cut it through the wind. But most stuff hit that way was getting knocked down."

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Wednesday.

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Fulmer's strong effort lays base for Tigers

Fulmer's strong effort lays base for Tigers

BOSTON -- The insatiable Red Sox offense made sure Michael Fulmer wouldn't breeze in and out of Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon. But the rookie starter avoided the big inning en route to 7 2/3 strong frames while helping the Tigers beat the Red Sox, 4-3, for their ninth series sweep of the season.

Fulmer limited Boston to a Dustin Pedroia solo homer over the first six innings before allowing a Xander Bogaerts home run in the seventh and an RBI triple to Mookie Betts in the eighth that spelled the end of Fulmer's day and cost him a shot at the win. But Miguel Cabrera picked up his starter with a go-ahead shot in the ninth.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stewart among top prospect performers Thursday

Rockies catcher continues torrid month; Yankees' first-round pick hitting .429 at Pulaski

Stewart among top prospect performers Thursday

Tom Murphy is likely hoping July never ends considering the Rockies' No. 11 prospect has raised his batting average over 100 points in 16 games so far this month.

Murphy went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in Triple-A Albuquerque's 8-3 win over Salt Lake.

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

Salty alters approach against knuckler

Tigers catcher ditches switch-hitting vs. Wright with Green Monster looming in LF

Salty alters approach against knuckler

BOSTON -- Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia came into the three-game series knowing the ins and outs of Fenway Park. During Tuesday night's 9-8 win over the Red Sox, he used that comfort in the buzzing atmosphere to lead his team to its second straight victory.

Saltalamacchia went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs in his first game at Fenway Park since winning a championship with the Red Sox in 2013.

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

Miggy, ex-Sox lead Tigers in Fenway slugfest

Miggy, ex-Sox lead Tigers in Fenway slugfest

BOSTON -- With four ex-Red Sox in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the visitors looked so comfortable coming up on the winning end of a 9-8 slugfest at Fenway Park.

Jose Iglesias (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Victor Martinez (hit, RBI), Mike Aviles (2-for-5, run) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3-for-4, two RBIs) all contributed to the win, the second in as many nights for Detroit. It was Saltalamacchia's first game played in Boston since Game 2 of the 2013 World Series.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Tigers on Tuesday.

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Fenway brings back memories for Ausmus

Tigers skipper attended first game in Boston at age 7

Fenway brings back memories for Ausmus

BOSTON -- Many will never forget being at their first Major League ballgame, including Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. The program, the character of the stadium and his favorite player are just a few quirks he remembers about attending his very first game as a 7-year-old -- the Red Sox vs. the Brewers at Fenway Park.

Ausmus' mother grew up in Brookline, a neighborhood around the block from Fenway. She attended Brookline High School, and Ausmus fondly remembers visiting his grandparents and going to Red Sox games with his family as a youngster.

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

J.D. Martinez begins Triple-A rehab stint

Tigers to evaluate outfielder after playing 2 games at DH

J.D. Martinez begins Triple-A rehab stint

BOSTON -- Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez began an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday at Durham. Martinez served as the Mud Hens' designated hitter and went 1-for-5 with an RBI.

The right fielder has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a non-displaced fracture in his right elbow.

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

Jones among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rays' No. 13 prospect knocks in career-high five runs, Reds' No. 18 scores winning run and hits for cycle

Jones among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justin Williams tied his career high for homers in a season and set a career high for RBIs in a game. Not bad for a day's work.

Williams, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs Tuesday as he led Double-A Montgomery to a 10-5 win over Pensacola.

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

Verlander keeps rolling, stifles potent Red Sox

Tigers ace allows just one run over six for 10th win

Verlander keeps rolling, stifles potent Red Sox

BOSTON -- Red-hot righty Justin Verlander won his 10th game, plowing through the Red Sox's lineup for his 15th quality start of the season in the Tigers' 4-2 win on Monday.

Serving as Detroit's anchor in an injury-riddled rotation, Verlander allowed five hits and one run through six innings of one-run ball against the best offense in the Major Leagues.

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

Iglesias burns former club with first Fenway HR

Ex-Red Sox shortstop swats go-ahead two-run blast

Iglesias burns former club with first Fenway HR

BOSTON -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has played for just two teams in his Major League career since being picked up by the Red Sox from Cuba. In Detroit's 4-2 win over Boston on Monday night, his past and his present came face-to-face.

As a youngster, Iglesias was taught that he'll only play for one team in his life. But after the Red Sox traded him to the Tigers in July 2013 -- months before Boston went on to win the World Series -- that lesson turned into a harsh reality.

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

Iglesias' HR backs solid Verlander at Fenway

Iglesias' HR backs solid Verlander at Fenway

BOSTON -- Justin Verlander continued his recent run of dominance, silencing the dangerous Red Sox and leading his Tigers to a 4-2 victory in Monday night's opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Pitching in front of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski -- who signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract three years ago -- the righty allowed five hits and a run over six innings. In five July starts, Verlander is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' facing Tigers

Former Detroit executive happy in Boston front office

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' facing Tigers

BOSTON -- Though Dave Dombrowski has been the president of baseball operations with the Red Sox for almost a year, Monday marked the first time he was in the same ballpark as the Tigers since his 14-year association with that club ended Aug. 5, 2015.

Sure, there were some emotions for the veteran executive leading up to the start of a three-game series between the Red Sox and Tigers, and how could there not be?

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back in Boston, Salty reminisces on '13 title

Tigers catcher still keeps in touch with Pedroia, Papi

Back in Boston, Salty reminisces on '13 title

BOSTON -- Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia feels like he never left Fenway Park as he returned to Boston on Monday for the first time since winning the World Series with the Red Sox in 2013.

Better known as "Salty," the catcher earned his championship ring and moved on to the Marlins and then the D-backs before landing with the Tigers. But he played the waiting game in the Rangers' clubhouse before his four-year run with the Red Sox.

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