V-Mart leads the way in Tigers' GIBBY nominees

V-Mart leads the way in Tigers' GIBBY nominees

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez lost out on the Hank Aaron Award this year, and he could end up being passed over for several others. He could, however, get some well-deserved respect from fans for his incredible season in voting for the MLB.com GIBBYs.

After Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer collected their share of honors over the past few years, it's now Martinez's turn when voting begins for the Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards presented by MLB.com.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers facing decisions to remain title contender

Scherzer, V-Mart are top pitcher, hitter in free agency

Tigers facing decisions to remain title contender

DETROIT -- The crisp fall winds feel a little chillier across Michigan with the Tigers' postseason run over sooner than expected. The miserable Midwestern winter is now on countdown. The Tigers, however, will spend the offseason trying to keep their window open.

Detroit entered this season privately admitting that last year was probably its best chance at the World Series title it's been chasing for close to a decade now. The challenge ahead for team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski and his talent evaluators is to make sure 2014 wasn't the club's last good chance.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Maroth moves up to coach pitchers at Toledo

Former Tigers left-hander spent past three seasons with Lakeland

Maroth moves up to coach pitchers at Toledo

DETROIT -- The last time Mike Maroth took the mound in Toledo, he was trying to work his way back into the Tigers rotation. That was in 2006, after he underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow earlier that year.

He missed out on the Tigers' postseason run that fall, and his Detroit tenure ended the next summer. When he walks to that same mound at Fifth Third Field next spring, he'll be playing a quietly important part toward trying to get the Tigers back to the World Series -- as a coach.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Tigers Arizona Fall League overview

Outfielder Moya headlines Detroit's talented prospects honing craft with Glendale

Tigers Arizona Fall League overview

After getting his first taste of the Major Leagues in September, Steven Moya is eager to return to Detroit in a more expanded role as soon as possible. That's why the Tigers' No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com was thrilled to get the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League.

"This is a great opportunity to be here," Moya said. "I've heard it's a great thing. It's fun to be here. I will take advantage of it and keep playing and trying to get my skills better, to see if I can help the Tigers win the World Series next year."

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Miggy's ankle surgery reveals foot fracture

Tigers slugger will 'probably be pretty much inactive' according to GM

Miggy's ankle surgery reveals foot fracture

DETROIT -- For the second consecutive offseason, Miguel Cabrera will be working his way back from surgery. The latest surgery was more complicated than originally hoped.

As expected, Cabrera underwent surgery to remove the bone spur in his right ankle that had been bothering him for months. He also had a procedure to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone near the top of his right foot, an injury that hadn't been known.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Moya can use AFL as springboard to Tigers

Moya can use AFL as springboard to Tigers

DETROIT -- Steven Moya is not looking likely to have much of an offseason this winter. If it gives him a better shot at getting to the big leagues next season, it's a push that might pay off.

For a sweet-swinging slugger and standout athlete who had a history of injury-shortened seasons before breaking through this year, it's a makeup for lost time. So far, he has shown little sign of slowing down in the Arizona Fall League.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Former Tigers pitcher Robinson dies at 52

Former Major League pitcher Jeff Robinson died on Sunday afternoon, according to The Detroit News, which first reported the story.

Robinson's death was confirmed on Monday by both the Tigers and the Kansas-based Natural Baseball Academy, where he served as a pitching director, coach and instructor.

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

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Kinsler, Avila, Miggy among Gold Glove finalists

All three looking for first career nod; Tigers haven't had winner since 2009

Kinsler, Avila, Miggy among Gold Glove finalists

DETROIT -- The Tigers haven't had a Gold Glove Award winner since Placido Polanco in 2009. They might have their best chance in the five years since to break the drought.

Catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Miguel Cabrera and second baseman Ian Kinsler were named finalists at their respective positions for the Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award. None has won a Gold Glove in their careers, though Avila has been nominated two other times since the award went to a finalist format in 2011.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Coles leaves Tigers to be Crew's head hitting coach

Coles leaves Tigers to be Crew's head hitting coach

DETROIT -- The Tigers made no changes on manager Brad Ausmus' coaching staff after the season, but they're going to need a new assistant hitting coach. Darnell Coles, who made a good impression in that position, was hired by the Brewers on Thursday to be their head hitting coach.

"It's tough leaving a great organization like the Tigers," Coles said. "I was content and loved my job working with some of the best hitters in baseball -- in Miguel Cabrera's case, the best hitter in baseball. It was a great experience. It's sad to leave, but you get an opportunity to get one of 30 jobs in the game, and a great group of hitters."

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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In 'pen puzzle, Soria appears to be piece to keep

Decision on reliever not as up in the air as role he would potentially fill

In 'pen puzzle, Soria appears to be piece to keep

DETROIT -- The Tigers have a decision looming on Joakim Soria, and it goes well beyond the $7 million club option in his contract for 2015 that must be exercised or declined soon after the World Series.

Figuring out whether Soria is worth keeping is fairly easy. Figuring out what kind of role he should have and how he fits into a Tigers bullpen that's set to get a makeover while still keeping several of its parts, is another matter. It shouldn't be tough. It's not necessarily simple.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Al Avila navigating dad, VP roles amid concern for son's health

Tigers catcher, under team control next season, has sustained multiple concussions

Al Avila navigating dad, VP roles amid concern for son's health

DETROIT -- Alex Avila should be able to have a normal offseason after concussion symptoms from a couple of weeks ago subsided and followup tests came back negative. Still, there's a lingering concern within the Tigers organization for his health after at least three concussions in recent years.

One of those concerned is his father, who is also technically one of his bosses.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Russell leaves scouting department; Littlefield joins staff

DETROIT -- One of the hallmarks of Dave Dombrowski's tenure as Tigers president and general manager has been the continuity of his staff, keeping his inner circle of trusted advisors largely together in an era when even top evaluators often bounce around and success usually leads to bigger things for assistants. Dombrowski lost someone from his core group on Monday, but filled the void with a similarly familiar face.

Mike Russell, the longest-tenured scout on the Tigers staff, left for a new opportunity and an old friend, heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks to be a special assistant for pro scouting. He'll be replaced by former Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield, who served as Dombrowski's assistant GM with the Marlins from 1999-2001.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers hope for a healthy Iglesias to start at shortstop

Tigers hope for a healthy Iglesias to start at shortstop

DETROIT -- The Tigers will go into Spring Training in 2015 with the expectation that Jose Iglesias will be ready to go when camp begins in mid-February. If he meets that expectation, he's likely to be the Tigers' starting shortstop.

If the stress fractures in his shins that forced him to miss the entire '14 season -- and half that time unable to put weight on his legs -- also lead to a slow recovery for him to full speed, however, they'll have to protect themselves. That likely leaves them with much the same roster situation they have now.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Outfield prospect Moya slugs homer in Fall League

Orioles' righty Davies collects 7 K's over four innings in win for Glendale

Outfield prospect Moya slugs homer in Fall League

A few more games like the ones Steven Moya has been having in the Arizona Fall League, and the young right fielder just may find himself helping solve some of his big league club's problems.

The Tigers, potentially in need of outfield help -- particularly of the left-handed-hitting variety -- are surely liking what they've seen from the 23-year-old Moya, who stayed hot on Saturday night with a 2-for-4 performance for Glendale.

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

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Tigers head into offseason looking to extend their window

Dombrowski uncertain about Scherzer's return, wants V. Martinez back

Tigers head into offseason looking to extend their window

DETROIT -- Dave Dombrowski's end-of-season press conference Tuesday came too early for his liking, he said, noting the Tigers' American League Division Series exit. However, he insisted their earliest bounce from the postseason is not the sign that it's getting late for them to contend for a World Series.

As he waits for the playoffs to end to embark on what could be the most important offseason the Tigers face since their run of American league Central titles began in 2011, he gave a rough game plan on how they will try to extend their window.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline Perspectives: Big ceiling for Tigers' Moya

Head to head with fellow outfielder Judge, prospect has more raw power

Pipeline Perspectives: Big ceiling for Tigers' Moya

There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.

We're into the second week of Arizona Fall League action, so the sample sizes are slowly starting to grow. I was lucky enough to be out in the desert for the season's opening week and got to see some big AFL debuts.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Torii taking Tigers' direction into consideration

Outfielder mulling retirement, but will weigh Detroit's potential interest

Torii taking Tigers' direction into consideration

DETROIT -- If the Tigers want Torii Hunter back for 2015, he wants to play another year. If Detroit doesn't want him back, then he might have a decision to make on whether he wants to keep playing.

"If the Tigers want me back, we will work that out hopefully," Hunter told MLB.com in a text message. "Other than that, I'm still thinking about my situation."

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Moya continues hot stretch in AFL

Shortstop goes 3-for-4 with double, stolen base in Glendale win

Moya continues hot stretch in AFL

Entering Tuesday, Glendale hadn't won in a week. Since its victory on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League last Tuesday against Mesa, it had endured a rainout, a three-game losing streak and a tie after 11 innings against Peoria on Monday.

Glendale snapped out of its doldrums Tuesday night, combining solid pitching with an explosive offense to rout Peoria, 9-0.

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

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Bernie Pleskoff

Lobstein a solid choice for rotation or 'pen

After contributing down the stretch, lefty could fit in variety of roles for Tigers

Lobstein a solid choice for rotation or 'pen

It would be difficult to know for sure that the Detroit Tigers had counted on lefty Kyle Lobstein offering starting pitching support this season. It would be easy to understand if Detroit planned on using left-handed starter Robbie Ray if rotation help was needed. The Tigers traded quality right-handed starter Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for the promising Ray in the offseason.

As things sometimes happen in baseball, not all plans come to fruition. Ray scuffled some in his trials with Detroit. When an injury to Anibal Sanchez required help in the rotation, Lobstein stepped up and gave his team a lift.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Moya debuts with a flourish in Arizona Fall League

Moya debuts with a flourish in Arizona Fall League

DETROIT -- While the Tigers were packing up and heading home this week, their season having ended far too soon for their liking in the American League Division Series, their best hope for internal improvement in 2015 was opening his next season with a flourish.

And if towering slugger Steven Moya is going to have a chance to make the jump to Detroit next year, his Arizona Fall League campaign will likely play a role in bridging the developmental gap.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Rough ALDS caps Tigers' roller-coaster year

Detroit started season with Majors' best record, but had some rocky periods

Rough ALDS caps Tigers' roller-coaster year

DETROIT -- The Tigers' rule of the American League Central continued, now at four consecutive division titles.

The Tigers' search for a World Series title continued as well, now at 30 years since the team's magical 1984 season.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

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

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Tracy Ringolsby

No relief: Bullpen struggles sink Tigers and Dodgers

Loaded lineups and great starters not enough to overcome biggest weakness

No relief: Bullpen struggles sink Tigers and Dodgers

The Tigers lined up three former American League Cy Young Award winners -- Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price -- in their AL Division Series starting rotation. What do they have to show for it? A first-round exit, having been swept by the Orioles.

The Dodgers turned to expected National League Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner Clayton Kershaw in Games 1 and 4 of their NL Division Series against the Cardinals. Both times, Kershaw was close to dominant for the first six innings before having the game unravel.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Let's all mourn the loss of Joba Chamberlain's beard

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Let's all mourn the loss of Joba Chamberlain's beard

Friends and loved ones,

Today we are gathered here to mourn the loss of that most splendid and wonderful specimen, that glorious and magnificent symbol of American identity: Joba Chamberlain's beard.

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Offseason changes may break up Tigers' core

Scherzer, Hunter, V-Mart part of group with uncertain futures

Offseason changes may break up Tigers' core

DETROIT -- The crushed looks on the faces in the Tigers' clubhouse showed the emotion of a season that ended too soon. That part was obvious.

Go beyond the shock and disappointment of the American League Division Series sweep to the Orioles, capped by Sunday's 2-1 loss, and there's the underlying question whether this could be the end of an era.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers' rally falls short, season ends with ALDS sweep

J.D. Martinez has RBI in ninth; Price allows two runs over eight

Tigers' rally falls short, season ends with ALDS sweep

DETROIT -- Somewhere amid the celebration in the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park sat a Tigers scoreboard with a picture of three jerseys on the front, marking the Tigers' three Cy Young award winners. All three had been crossed out.

Essentially, that's what the Orioles did in the American League Division Series. They didn't beat up the trio of Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price, but they won three straight games started by them, capped by Sunday's 2-1 Tigers season-ending loss in Game 3.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Price's impressive effort for naught in Game 3 loss

Acquired to help Tigers win title, lefty limits O's but receives no support from offense

Price's impressive effort for naught in Game 3 loss

DETROIT -- This kind of game was the reason the Tigers traded for David Price. Not only the situation and the setup, with their season on the line and the spotlight almost as bright as it can shine -- but the performance as well.

Price delivered the outing you would expect out of an ace, holding the Orioles to two runs on five hits over eight innings. It was the best starting pitching performance by any of the Tigers' Cy Young Award-winning trio all series in just about every respect. Price kept the Tigers' bullpen seated, kept the Orioles' lineup at bay and limited himself to only one costly mistake.

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

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Torii to give retirement serious consideration

Outfielder set to enter free agency at age 39

Torii to give retirement serious consideration

DETROIT -- Torii Hunter joined the Tigers hoping to cap his career with a World Series ring. As he sat in a dejected clubhouse, stunned by an American League Division Series sweep to the Orioles, he had to wonder if that chance was fading away.

And as he looks at free agency at age 39, he admitted that retirement is an option for him following Sunday's 2-1 loss

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Timely offense elusive in Tigers' quick exit

AL-leading offense generates 10 runs in three-game sweep

Timely offense elusive in Tigers' quick exit

DETROIT -- This wasn't the Division Series the Tigers envisioned for a number of reasons. Their Cy Young Award-winning trio of Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price wasn't supposed to go down in order. Their American League-leading offense wasn't supposed to be starved for runs.

The Tigers didn't give themselves many chances to score Sunday, and until the ninth inning, the few chances they did have evaporated almost as quickly as they appeared thanks to a combination of baserunning mistakes, a few unique calls, a lack of production from the middle of the order and a disarmingly thin bench. Add it all together, and it amounted to a season-ending 2-1 loss to the Orioles at Comerica Park.

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

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