Offense left looking for answers against A's

Tigers hit into three double plays on way to being shut out by Hahn

Offense left looking for answers against A's

OAKLAND -- Miguel Cabrera was ready, a bat in his hands. The right situation never developed, so the Tigers' slugger never got a chance to hit with multiple runners on base.

The Tigers had trouble getting any baserunners against Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn, who threw his first career shutout and complete game in a 4-0 victory, sending the Tigers to their third straight loss and sixth of nine overall.

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Tigers blanked by Hahn in series opener

Tigers blanked by Hahn in series opener

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jesse Hahn pitched his first career shutout, allowing just four hits to guide the A's to their third straight win on Monday, a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers in the three-game series opener at the Coliseum.

"The way his sinker was going, it wasn't tough to call a game for him today," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt. "He, from inning No. 1, had his sinker going today, he was throwing it with conviction, with confidence. He was some kind of disgusting with his sinker."

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With Iglesias injured, Machado makes debut

Tigers' No. 10 prospect got the call after team placed Lobstein on DL

With Iglesias injured, Machado makes debut

OAKLAND -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was not going to give Dixon Machado a chance to get nervous. He penciled him in as the starting shortstop for Monday's game against the Athletics.

Machado, making his Major League debut, was called up from Triple-A Toledo before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros when the Tigers placed left-hander Kyle Lobstein on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder.

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Comerica opens doors for Wins for Warriors

Comerica opens doors for Wins for Warriors

DETROIT -- Though the Tigers were on the road, the gates to Comerica Park opened Monday morning for a 9K run organized by Wins for Warriors, a foundation launched by Justin Verlander.

About 350 people, many of whom are veterans, participated in the Memorial Day run or a one-mile walk, both of which ended with a lap around the warning track to the backstop. Family and friends were encouraged to sit in the ballpark, where they cheered runners through their final stretch.

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Price looks to even road series in Oakland

Price looks to even road series in Oakland

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera must be itching to get back into the starting lineup, especially against the Athletics.

Given a rare day off on Monday, Cabrera hopes to improve on his already impressive numbers against the A's in Tuesday night's contest, the second of a three-game series. Cabrera is hitting .337 in his career against the A's, with 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in 55 games.

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Rondon looks better in second rehab outing

Righty, who could rejoin Tigers next week, tosses perfect inning Sunday

Rondon looks better in second rehab outing

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Right-hander Bruce Rondon pitched a quicker, cleaner inning Sunday night in his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers reliever, working his way back from biceps tendintis, retired the side in order for the Mud Hens in the eighth in just 10 pitches, six of them strikes.

Rondon hit 98 mph on the Fifth Third Stadium radar gun twice with his fastball, about the same as his previous outing Thursday. He mixed in more offspeed pitches this time, including some decent sliders, and he commanded the strike zone better.

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Tigers disappointed with 3-4 homestand

Loss to Astros in Sunday's finale frustrates Ausmus

Tigers disappointed with 3-4 homestand

DETROIT -- The Tigers' 10-8 loss to the Astros at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon completed a 3-4 homestand, dropping them into third place in the American League Central.

After winning the first two of the four-game series against Houston, Detroit settled for a split, and Sunday's defeat seemed to frustrate manager Brad Ausmus more than others.

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Late home runs spoil turnaround for Sanchez

Late home runs spoil turnaround for Sanchez

DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez got a first-inning mound visit not from his pitching coach, but from his manager. That's how his Sunday afternoon was going after four Astros batters, three hits and two runs.

"I just tried to remind him … it wasn't as bad as it seemed," Brad Ausmus said. "I didn't want him to think things were unraveling."

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Sanchez, bullpen shaky as Tigers drop finale

Sanchez, bullpen shaky as Tigers drop finale

DETROIT -- Preston Tucker's second game-tying homer in four days and Jason Castro's go-ahead two-run single powered six unanswered Astros runs off Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers' bullpen, salvaging a four-game series split for Houston with a 10-8 win in Sunday's finale at Comerica Park.

A game that began with a 36-minute, eight-run opening inning seemingly had settled down with the help of Sanchez, who struck out 11 of the 27 batters he faced. With a 7-3 lead in the sixth inning, however, Sanchez alternated hits and strikeouts -- including Evan Gattis' leadoff homer -- until Tucker pinch-hit for Jake Marisnick as the potential tying run and sent a drive deep to right.

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Lobstein to DL with sore shoulder; Machado recalled

Dombrowski says Farmer will start for Tigers on Thursday

Lobstein to DL with sore shoulder; Machado recalled

DETROIT -- Kyle Lobstein has been bothered by left shoulder soreness intermittently since the winter, and now it's landed the left-hander on the 15-day disabled list, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski announced Sunday morning.

In a corresponding move, shortstop Dixon Machado has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo. The 23-year-old is hitting .274 in 40 games with the Mud Hens. He's ranked as the Tigers' No. 10 prospect, according to MLB.com.

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Iglesias sits out due to left knee contusion

MRI and X-ray on Tigers shortstop's injured left knee shows no structural damage

Iglesias sits out due to left knee contusion

DETROIT -- The Tigers received some good news following Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Astros, when an X-ray and MRI on shortstop Jose Iglesias' left knee revealed no structural damage, manager Brad Ausmus announced Sunday morning.

Iglesias was not in the Tigers' lineup for the series finale vs. the Astros -- Andrew Romine was filling in at shortstop -- and Iglesias remains day-to-day with a left knee contusion. However, Ausmus said he doesn't expect the injury to keep Iglesias out long-term.

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Tigers' win streak comes to a halt vs. Astros

Tigers' win streak comes to a halt vs. Astros

DETROIT -- Lance McCullers earned his first Major League victory in the same city where his father earned his next-to-last Major League win 25 years ago. His six quality innings, helped by a fifth-inning triple play, allowed the Houston Astros to piece together a go-ahead rally in the sixth for a 3-2 win over the Tigers Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

McCullers (1-0), whose father, Lance McCullers Sr., pitched for the Tigers in 1990, survived an Anthony Gose RBI double in the third inning and a James McCann double and score in the fifth to toss six innings of two-run ball on six hits with an intentional walk and six strikeouts. He avoided add-on runs in the fifth when Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve and Chris Carter turned a triple play on an Ian Kinsler grounder with Miguel Cabrera on deck.

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Tigers ground into triple play vs. Astros

Tigers ground into triple play vs. Astros

DETROIT -- When Jonathan Villar has children, the Astros' utility infielder is looking forward to telling them about the Saturday afternoon he started a triple play in a 3-2 win at Comerica Park.

He imagines describing the scene: runners on first and second in the fifth inning with no outs, and Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler at the plate. Maybe Villar will remember how, in the moment before Kinsler swung at the 2-1 offering from Lance McCullers, he was itching for a ground ball to be hit to him.

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Detroit's dynamic double-play duo at it again

Kinsler, Iglesias combine to turn two with style in first inning vs. Astros

Detroit's dynamic double-play duo at it again

DETROIT -- Tigers middle infielders Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias have made a habit of combining for spectacular double plays.

In the first inning of Saturday afternoon's 3-2 loss to the Astros, the duo dazzled again.

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Ausmus: 'Joba's the eighth-inning guy'

Reliever solidifies role with clean 8th vs. Astros

Ausmus: 'Joba's the eighth-inning guy'

Before the Tigers gave themselves some breathing room with a three-run eighth inning in Friday's 6-2 win, they sought a clean outing from Joba Chamberlain against the top of the Astros' order.

A stress-free inning hasn't quite been the norm from the right-handed reliever, who entered having allowed hits in five of his last eight appearances. But on Friday, he had no issues dispatching Houston, and, in the process, perhaps solidifying his role as Detroit's setup man.

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J.D. Martinez filling Tigers' cleanup void

J.D. Martinez filling Tigers' cleanup void

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez watched his first-pitch drive off Collin McHugh head deep to left field and hoped for the best. It wasn't a crushing blow to him to see it turn foul.

"Really, surprisingly, it wasn't," he said after the Tigers' 6-2 win on Friday. "Usually they are. I hit it and I was like, 'Whoo, that felt good.' I thought it was going to be able to stay fair. But I still had that I've-still-got-him feeling."

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Simon keeps aggressive Astros guessing in win

Veteran gives up two unearned runs in seven innings

Simon keeps aggressive Astros guessing in win

DETROIT -- Alfredo Simon's strangest pitch of Friday night, an eephus, was so slow it didn't register on the Comerica Park radar gun. Evan Gattis, the Astros' designated hitter, didn't bite.

But enough of Simon's offerings kept Houston guessing, and the right-hander settled down after allowing two unearned runs in the third inning to toss seven frames in the Tigers' 6-2 win.

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Martinez, Simon propel Tigers to 3rd straight 'W'

Martinez, Simon propel Tigers to 3rd straight 'W'

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's three-run home run helped power Alfredo Simon through seven strong innings, sending the Tigers to their second straight win over the American League West-leading Astros -- and third straight overall -- with a 6-2 victory Friday night at Comerica Park.

Martinez's ninth home run of the year was a two-out shot that salvaged a third-inning scoring chance created by back-to-back singles from Jose Iglesias and Anthony Gose, the latter coming on a well-placed bunt to the right side. Astros starter Collin McHugh (5-2) overcame it to last seven innings, but Houston's high-power, low-average offense couldn't get him the lead back.

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Trying next step, Verlander to throw sim game

Rehabbing righty scheduled to face Tigers hitters Tuesday in Oakland

Trying next step, Verlander to throw sim game

DETROIT -- Six weeks after Justin Verlander threw a simulated game and fell short of his goal, he's scheduled to throw another one. He'll face a group of Tigers hitters Tuesday afternoon in Oakland, where Detroit faces the A's next week, as he tries the next step in his rehab process.

Verlander threw an extended bullpen session Thursday at Comerica Park, sitting down and getting back up to simulate innings breaks in his start. He threw his regular pregame warmup routine in the bullpen, about 45 pitches by manager Brad Ausmus' estimation, then two innings of 15 pitches each, with eight warmup pitches beforehand.

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Versatile Wilson relishing time in Tigers' bullpen

Righty earns first win with Detroit in opener vs. Astros

Versatile Wilson relishing time in Tigers' bullpen

DETROIT -- Alex Wilson's time as a Tiger began with relative anonymity.

Part of a deal with the Red Sox that brought Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit last December, Wilson didn't crack the Opening Day roster. But the right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers on April 22, and, since surrendering runs in two of his first three appearances, has been a reliable addition to the bullpen.

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McCann enjoys winning trek around bases

Game-winning shot sets off Tigers' celebration

McCann enjoys winning trek around bases

DETROIT -- The last time James McCann hit a walk-off home run, he was still in college. He powered Arkansas past LSU four years ago in front of a record crowd in Fayetteville, Ark., and a national television audience.

The last time McCann hit a ball over the fence was his final game as a Toledo Mud Hen last August. His first Major League home run April 29 was an inside-the-park homer at Minnesota.

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McCann's HR in 11th lifts Tigers past Astros

McCann's HR in 11th lifts Tigers past Astros

DETROIT -- Preston Tucker's first Major League home run sent the Astros into extra innings against the Tigers after a five-run deficit, but James McCann's second career homer was a walk-off shot for Detroit in the 11th, sending the Tigers to a 6-5 win Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Astros came to town for a series-opening matinee leading the American League in home runs and strikeouts, and lived up to both. After 12 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings from reigning AL strikeout champion David Price, Houston rallied with five runs from the seventh inning on, capped by Tucker's pinch-hit homer off Joakim Soria. McCann answered with his first traditional home run, sending Tony Sipp's offering out to left leading off the bottom of the 11th. His only previous shot was an inside-the-park home run April 29 at Minnesota.

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A better Price may be difficult to find

Lefty eases way through 6 2/3 with 12 strikeouts

A better Price may be difficult to find

DETROIT -- Forget David Price's first start of the season, an 8 2/3-inning gem, or his complete-game win on May 2. The Tigers left-hander said Thursday afternoon's performance against the Astros was better.

During Detroit's eventual 6-5 win at Comerica Park, Price set a new season high with 12 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, and was nearly untouchable until Houston tallied three runs -- two earned -- in the seventh.

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Miggy fifth-youngest to reach 1,400 RBIs

Miggy fifth-youngest to reach 1,400 RBIs

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera became the 76th player in Major League history, and the second Venezuelan-born Major Leaguer, to 1,400 career RBIs when he singled home Andrew Romine on Thursday afternoon against the Astros at Comerica Park.

Cabrera, who joined the 400-homer club last Saturday and passed Andres Galarraga for the most home runs by a Venezuelan player, joined Galarraga in the 1,400-RBI group. At 32 years and 33 days, he's also the fifth-youngest player to reach the mark.

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Rondon hits 99 on radar gun in rehab outing

Rondon hits 99 on radar gun in rehab outing

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon hit 99 mph on the radar gun at Fifth Third Field on Thursday night in the first outing of his rehab assignment for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. That in itself was a good sign, though the command has a little ways to catch up.

Rondon gave up a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning in his first game action since suffering biceps tendinitis in the final week of Spring Training. His fastball generally sat at 97-98 mph on the stadium radar gun, including a 98-mph pitch he spotted for a called third strike for his first out before topping out at 99 on his final hitter.

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Cespedes has a knack for stealing third

Secondary lead, anticipation keys to element of surprise

Cespedes has a knack for stealing third

DETROIT -- Martin Maldonado had a clear view from behind home plate to third base. Yoenis Cespedes didn't care. If he can get the lead he wants off second base, all it means is an obstructed vantage point for the catcher to watch him steal third.

That's all it meant Wednesday night. And when the Brewers catcher sailed his throw into left field, he had a good view of Cespedes heading home, having turned his knack for stealing third into a big run.

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