Tigers prefer experience in managerial search

Tigers prefer experience in managerial search

DETROIT -- The latest Tigers managerial search to replace Brad Ausmus is expected to be long and wide, and general manager Al Avila says it'll focus on candidates with experience.

"We're going to do a lot of background checking, a lot of thorough background work, and we'll have a good list of names that we'll whittle down little by little," Avila said. "So it'll be an extensive search that will take some time."

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Navarro homers twice; 'pen can't hold for Boyd

Navarro homers twice; 'pen can't hold for Boyd

DETROIT -- The Twins keep showing their resiliency, and it's helping them inch toward their first postseason berth since 2010. Minnesota overcame a late deficit, rallying for eight runs in the eighth inning to take down the Tigers in a 10-4 win on Saturday night at Comerica Park.

It was the third straight win over Detroit for the Twins, who now lead the Rangers, Royals and Angels by 4 1/2 games for the second American League Wild Card spot. The Twins have seven games remaining, and their magic number to clinch a postseason berth is down to just four.

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Wilson fractures leg after being hit by liner

Wilson fractures leg after being hit by liner

DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Alex Wilson sustained a fractured right fibula when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Joe Mauer in Saturday's 10-4 loss to the Twins at Comerica Park.

Mauer's eighth-inning liner had an exit velocity of 102.8 mph, according to Statcast™. Wilson, who was facing his first batter of the game, took the line drive off his right shin and collapsed to the ground. He got back up and tried to plead his case to stay in the game, but fell down again when he tried to throw a warmup pitch.

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Cabrera, Candelario exit with injuries

First baseman leaves with lower back tightness, third baseman sustains knee contusion

Cabrera, Candelario exit with injuries

DETROIT -- The back issues that have bothered Miguel Cabrera all season flared up again during Saturday's 10-4 loss to the Twins at Comerica Park, forcing the Tigers first baseman out of the game after one inning with lower back tightness.

Cabrera was the first of three Tigers to leave the game with injuries. Reliever Alex Wilson suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula on an eighth-inning line drive, then third baseman Jeimer Candelario left with a right knee contusion after jamming his knee against the dugout railing while chasing an eighth-inning foul ball.

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Mahtook's season likely over with groin strain

Mahtook's season likely over with groin strain

DETROIT -- Mikie Mahtook's breakout season with the Tigers is likely over, thanks to the left groin injury he aggravated in Friday's loss to the Twins. An MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 strain.

"More than likely, he won't play again [this year]," manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday.

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Farmer looks to rebound in finale vs. Twins

Farmer looks to rebound in finale vs. Twins

DETROIT -- The Twins will try to strengthen their grip on the second American League Wild Card spot Sunday, while the Tigers wrap up the home portion of their 2017 schedule.

The Twins can reduce their magic number to three with a win as they try to hold off the Angels, Rangers and Royals for their first postseason berth since 2010.

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Ausmus' contract won't be extended past '17

Ausmus' contract won't be extended past '17

DETROIT -- The Tigers' rebuilding project will include a change in the manager's office. Brad Ausmus will not be back as Detroit's manager next season, general manager Al Avila announced Friday afternoon.

Ausmus will finish out the season, the one-year club option on the contract he signed when he took over as the Tigers' manager in November 2013.

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Castellanos homers, but Tigers fall to Twins

Castellanos homers, but Tigers fall to Twins

DETROIT -- Kyle Gibson continued his impressive run by throwing seven strong innings, Byron Buxton went 3-for-4 and Max Kepler and Brian Dozier both homered to lift the Twins to a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park.

It was the second straight win for the Twins, who moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Angels and three ahead of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot, pending their results against the A's. Minnesota's magic number to clinch its first postseason berth since 2010 is seven with eight games remaining.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Ilitch affirms commitment to ownership of Tigers

Ilitch affirms commitment to ownership of Tigers

DETROIT -- Former Tigers owner Mike Ilitch made a point for years to be part of the team photo. No matter the circumstances, Ilitch would be in the front row, middle, with the manager and general manager at his side, a tradition that continued until his health made it too difficult.

On Friday, Ilitch's son Chris was at Comerica Park to continue the tradition. The Ilitch Holdings, Inc. president and CEO plans to keep it alive for a long time.

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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.

Players appreciative for Ausmus' dedication

Players appreciative for Ausmus' dedication

DETROIT -- Most Tigers players haven't had a chance to talk with Brad Ausmus about the news that he won't be back as Tigers manager. They heard the news from general manager Al Avila in a team meeting after they came back in the clubhouse from the annual team picture, then they went back out to the field for batting practice.

"Honestly, having the team picture and then walking back in, being told there's a team meeting and seeing the number of media standing in the dugout, you know that some sort of announcement's coming," catcher James McCann said.

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Zimmermann encouraged after missing time

Effective for 3 innings, veteran cites importance of finishing season healthy

Zimmermann encouraged after missing time

DETROIT -- Jordan Zimmermann came back for peace of mind, some sign that he can still pitch comfortably without the neck issues that have derailed his Tiger tenure. He stepped back into the Tigers rotation amid Detroit's slide looking for something to back up his optimism.

As Zimmermann battled Minnesota's Eddie Rosario for 11 pitches before fanning him on an elevated fastball to end the first inning, as he dropped a curveball just off the corner to coax a called third strike on Max Kepler, he found signs. He got the loss in Thursday's 12-1 defeat to the Twins, but he got his reason to believe he can pitch.

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Zimmermann, 'pen struggle in loss to Twins

Zimmermann, 'pen struggle in loss to Twins

DETROIT -- The Twins boosted their chance at making the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a 12-1 win over the Tigers, powered by a three-hit game from Joe Mauer and a two-run single from Byron Buxton to snap a three-game losing streak on Thursday night at Comerica Park.

With the Angels losing to the Indians earlier in the day, the Twins have a 2 1/2-game lead for the second AL Wild Card spot with nine games remaining, including six against the Tigers.

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Tigers ballboy makes one-handed foul catch

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Tigers ballboy makes one-handed foul catch

We've seen ballboys and ballgirls make great plays down the left-field and right-field lines, but this one might have 'em beat. 

During the eighth inning of the Tigers' 12-1 defeat to the Twins on Thursday night at Comerica Park, Efren Navarro fouled a pitch toward the dugout ... or, more specifically, right toward a camera. It could have smashed the camera lens, but this happened instead.

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Tigers announce 2018 spring home games

Tigers announce 2018 spring home games

DETROIT -- Right around the time Tigers fans get sick of winter, the team will provide the first glimpse of spring. They'll open their 2018 Spring Training schedule on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium with their annual exhibition against Florida Southern College.

The exhibition opens an 18-game schedule in Lakeland, Fla., the Spring Training home of the Tigers for the 82nd season. The past 53 of them have been at Joker Marchant Stadium, the longest current relationship between a Major League team and its Spring Training home city.

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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.

Anibal proving he has more to offer in 2018

Sanchez replicates success of last start with 6 innings of 1-run ball

Anibal proving he has more to offer in 2018

DETROIT -- The 115th and final pitch from Anibal Sanchez on Wednesday was a 92-mph fastball on the outside corner, freezing Matt Chapman to end the sixth inning and strand a runner. As Sanchez walked to the dugout and received the obligatory handshake from manager Brad Ausmus, a scattering of the crowd at Comerica Park stood up to applaud him for his second straight outing of six innings and one run allowed, and probably for more than that.

"When I was out of the game, I just noticed that today probably could be my last outing as a Tiger at Comerica Park," Sanchez said.

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Tigers make late push, but drop finale to A's

Tigers make late push, but drop finale to A's

DETROIT -- Marcus Semien's three RBIs supported seven scoreless innings from Daniel Mengden, sending the A's to their second series sweep of the Tigers at Comerica Park in three years with a 3-2 win Wednesday afternoon.

Oakland has won four in a row and 11 of its last 14. The Athletics have also won five in a row against the Tigers after dropping their season series opener in Oakland back in May.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the A's on Wednesday.

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Presley's four-hit game not enough vs. A's

Presley's four-hit game not enough vs. A's

DETROIT -- Jed Lowrie's eighth-inning grand slam led the A's back from a four-run deficit and decided a back-and-forth affair as Oakland outslugged the Tigers for a 9-8 win Tuesday at Comerica Park.

"When you're scoring as many runs as we are and grinding out at-bats like we do, we feel like we're never out of it," Lowrie said.

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Blown lead in 8th eats at veteran Wilson

Blown lead in 8th eats at veteran Wilson

DETROIT -- Alex Wilson saw the plethora of young relievers in the Tigers' bullpen down the stretch and thought of Miguel Cabrera's young son, Christopher, wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack earlier in the year.

Instead of trying to figure out which of the Tigers' rookie relievers had to wear the bullpen backpack on which night, he bought them all the same backpacks to wear. So each game, before the first pitch, a parade of a half-dozen turtle shells march out to left field.

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Ferrell feels OK, lucky after taking liner to head

Ferrell feels OK, lucky after taking liner to head

DETROIT -- A look at Jeff Ferrell on Tuesday would hardly reveal the trauma the Tigers reliever went through on the mound Monday night from a line drive off his head.

His state of mind was calm and clear. There's no gash on the right side of his head, where the A's Ryon Healy's liner struck him right above his ear. It's a little red, but not nearly as swollen as expected.

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Kinsler brings the lumber, but Tigers fall to A's

Kinsler brings the lumber, but Tigers fall to A's

DETROIT -- Marcus Semien scored three times -- twice on Jed Lowrie RBIs -- and Matt Olson added his fourth homer in as many games, sending the Athletics to an 8-3 win over the Tigers on Monday at Comerica Park.

Lowrie doubled in Semien in the first inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to plate the shortstop again in the third as part of a four-run inning off Tigers starter Buck Farmer, punctuated by Olson's two-run homer. A bases-loaded walk from Artie Lewicki to Lowrie in the third scored Bruce Maxwell to help put the game away.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Monday.

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Tigers reflect on OF positioning in near no-no

Statcast metrics give play in ninth inning one percent catch probability

Tigers reflect on OF positioning in near no-no

DETROIT -- The question was bound to come up as soon as Tim Anderson's opposite-field double cleared Nicholas Castellanos' head in right field, breaking up Matthew Boyd's no-hit bid with one out to go during Sunday's game against the White Sox at Comerica Park. 

Would another right fielder with more experience have caught the ball? And did Tigers manager Brad Ausmus consider a defensive replacement for the ninth inning?

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Perez on list of prospects with soaring stock

Perez on list of prospects with soaring stock

On Monday, we took a look at hitters who made the biggest leap forward in terms of prospect status in 2017. Now it's time to turn attention to the mound.

The pitchers on this list all turned in terrific seasons to jump much more firmly on the radar, pitching across multiple levels, often very young for the league they were in at the time. Some have gone from off the Top 100 prospects list to firmly on it, while others have leapt from the end of the list up close to the top.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boyd on top of world after twirling near no-hitter

Boyd on top of world after twirling near no-hitter

DETROIT -- Matthew Boyd woke up Sunday morning after sleeping in the basement. He nearly ended the day on top of the baseball world.

It's not a rags-to-riches story so much as an arrangement he and his wife Ashley worked out after the birth of their daughter, Meira, in July. The night before he pitches, he gets a good night's sleep without having to wake up with the baby.

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So close! Tigers' Boyd 1 out shy of no-hitter

So close! Tigers' Boyd 1 out shy of no-hitter

DETROIT -- On the same day former Tiger Justin Verlander made his first start in Houston as an Astro, Matthew Boyd fell an out shy of becoming the first Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Verlander six years ago, tossing a one-hit shutout in a 12-0 Tigers win over the White Sox Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Rob Brantly's two-out walk in the third inning was all the White Sox could muster against Boyd (6-10) until Tim Anderson doubled over the Tigers' outfielders in right-center field with two outs in the ninth. Anderson had one thing on his mind when he stepped up to the plate.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the White Sox on Sunday.

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Ausmus: Shutting Miggy down not an option

Ausmus: Shutting Miggy down not an option

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera was out of the Tigers lineup for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox after leaving Saturday's game with lower back tightness. However, the team has no plans to shut down Cabrera for the stretch run with the team out of contention.

It's a question that has popped up more than once over the past month as back issues that began for Cabrera during the World Baseball Classic have flared up every so often. However, Cabrera -- who played through a groin tear, a sprained ankle and a broken foot during the Tigers' run of division titles and postseason contention -- has shown no desire to sit, and the Tigers have shown no desire to sit him.

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McCann's 3 hits trumped by early Sox scoring

McCann's 3 hits trumped by early Sox scoring

DETROIT -- Nicky Delmonico and Matt Davidson homered, Tim Anderson set a career high with four hits and Alen Hanson scored three times, pacing the White Sox to their second offensive onslaught in three days at Comerica Park for a 10-4 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

The victory brought Chicago back within a game of Detroit for fourth place in the American League Central.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the White Sox on Saturday.

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Righty Fulmer has successful elbow surgery

24-year-old already rehabbing and expects to be fine in spring

Righty Fulmer has successful elbow surgery

DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer should be fine to resume pitching next Spring Training after surgery on his elbow earlier this week. His offseason plumbing career, however, might be in jeopardy.

"The boss isn't happy," Fulmer said Saturday. "It may be a good source of rehab. I'm not saying digging or anything, but maybe just kind of handling the tools and picking up some weighted stuff, just moving around."

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Mahtook, Sanchez help Tigers walk off on Sox

Mahtook, Sanchez help Tigers walk off on Sox

DETROIT -- Mikie Mahtook's walk-off single in the ninth decided a Friday night pitching duel at Comerica Park and ended the Tigers' six-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the White Sox.

"It's been a struggle, that's been no secret," Mahtook said of the Tigers' third win in September. "But everybody in here, they want to do well, they want to compete, they want to play the game right. To come out and get a win like that, it says a lot about our guys."

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Sanchez focused on strong finish to 2017

Sanchez focused on strong finish to 2017

DETROIT -- The Tigers might have turned their attention to the future, but Anibal Sanchez insists he has not.

He's not looking at these last few outings this season as an audition for teams ahead of an uncertain offseason. He's not thinking about the $16 million option on his contract, which the rebuilding Tigers can buy out for $5 million.

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