Cespedes was left out of the American League All-Star outfield on the starting ballot and player vote, but he has a chance to get in through the Final Vote. In case anyone needed a reminder of his case, he launched a 432-foot drive deep into the Northwest night on Monday against the Mariners for a tape-measure home run that led off a five-run comeback a 12-5 win for the Tigers.
SEATTLE -- Jose Iglesias was at home in Miami during last year's All-Star Game, midway through his lost season rehabbing from stress fractures in both shins. He was just dreaming of getting back on any field, let alone alongside the greatest players in the game. J.D. Martinez was at least playing, but he was more worried about holding down an everyday starting job in the Tigers outfield after being released by the Astros in Spring Training. An All-Star selection was beyond his dreams.
On Monday, Iglesias. Martinez and David Price joined Miguel Cabrera as the Tigers' contingent headed to next week's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Cabrera, who will not play due to injury, learned Sunday he'd been selected by the fans to start at first base. Iglesias, Martinez and Price were selected by the player vote. While it was special for Price, it was emotional for the other two.
SEATTLE -- The Tigers pounded out 19 hits and four home runs to earn a 12-5 series-opening win at Safeco Field on Monday night. Nick Castellanos had four hits and four RBIs and Victor Martinez added another four hits for a Detroit offense that scored 10-plus runs for the sixth time this season.
The Mariners took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a three-run home run by Logan Morrison, but Final Vote candidate Yoenis Cespedes started a decisive five-run sixth inning with the Tigers' fourth solo homer. Detroit then knocked five straight singles to open a four-run seventh inning that blew the game open.
DETROIT -- The fans got Miguel Cabrera into the starting lineup for the All-Star Game. The strained left calf he sustained Friday got him out.
With Cabrera out for at least the next six weeks, the Tigers' slugger won't be able to take the field with the American League All-Stars next Tuesday night in Cincinnati. Still, he'll be credited with his third consecutive starting nod and the fourth of his career, along with his 10th All-Star selection in 12 years.
Command is a critical element for any young pitcher and Tuesday's matchup at Safeco Field between the Mariners and Tigers represents a perfect example in the recent track records of starting pitchers Taijuan Walker and Kyle Ryan.
Walker, 22, is working on a streak of 27 1/3 innings without a walk for the Mariners, and his improved command has been a critical part of his early-season turnaround. He's gone 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA over his last seven starts to improve to 7-6 with a 4.34 ERA overall.
SEATTLE -- The Tigers aren't expecting Marc Krauss to replace Miguel Cabrera. They're not expecting anybody to fill the All-Star's void. But they're hoping Krauss can help produce something out of the first-base spot for the next six weeks while Cabrera is out.
It was a coincidence of circumstances, the Tigers scrambling for first-base options after Cabrera strained his left calf around the same time Krauss was designated for assignment by the Rays a few days ago. It was enough of a fit that the Tigers put in a claim.
Tigers right fielder hit .458, paced Majors in slugging (1.000) and total bases (24)
By Joey Nowak
Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez has been named the American League Player of the Week after leading the Majors in slugging and total bases last week.
Over six games, Martinez hit .458 (11-for-24) with six runs, four home runs, one double and 10 RBIs. He was tied for first in the Majors in home runs, in addition to leading in slugging (1.000) and total bases (24).
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.
Moya cracks two solo dingers for Mud Hens
Tigers No. 1 prospect homers for the third consecutive game; notches his 6th blast in 8 games
By Alex M. Smith
This weekend could have been Steven Moya's chance to get back to the bigs. Instead, he's been showing off his power with Triple-A Toledo.
When Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was placed on the disabled list with a left calf strain Saturday, it opened up a spot on the team's Major League roster. But the Tigers opted to leave their No. 1 prospect (No. 84 overall) in Ohio and instead called up third baseman Jefry Marte for his Major League debut.
Tigers righty settled in for four innings before allowing six runs in fifth
By Alejandro Zúñiga
DETROIT -- For four innings Sunday afternoon, the Tigers caught a glimpse of what Justin Verlander can be. His fastball comfortably reached the mid-90s, and his offspeed pitches -- the slider and curveball -- kept the Blue Jays off balance.
Then came the fifth inning, during which Toronto unloaded for six runs on five hits off the right-hander, setting the tone in Detroit's 10-5 loss and dropping the Tigers to 0-4 in games started by Verlander this year.
By Alejandro Zúñiga and Gregor Chisholm
DETROIT -- The Blue Jays had seen vintage Anibal Sanchez on Friday, vintage David Price on Saturday and, for a stretch Sunday, were facing vintage Justin Verlander. Then they unloaded for six runs in the fifth inning off the right-hander, avoiding a sweep with a 10-5 win at Comerica Park.
Home runs by Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak capped Toronto's scorching fifth, which began when left fielder Danny Valencia worked a leadoff walk despite falling behind in the count, 0-2. Before allowing five hits in that inning, Verlander had retired 12 of the last 13 batters he had faced following third baseman Josh Donaldson's single that scored Jose Reyes in the first.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
The Miami Marlins have been known to develop young pitching over the years. They've certainly gotten some help from the farm system this season, with prospects like Jose Urena and Justin Nicolino contributing to the rotation in 2015.
DETROIT -- Al Alburquerque hadn't seen an eighth-inning lead from the mound since mid-April until he handled the eighth Saturday in what was an 8-1 game. For that matter, Alburquerque only had one lead to protect since Memorial Day. It's entirely possible he'll have more games to protect from here, but nobody knows -- not even Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
Ausmus has spent the better part of his season-and-a-half managerial tenure preferring set bullpen roles, letting guys get an idea when to expect to be ready. But when Detroit designated Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment, any remaining order -- some of which had already dissipated with their struggles -- went with them.
Tigers' callup primarily played third throughout Minor League career
By Alejandro Zúñiga
DETROIT -- Though Alex Avila was in the lineup at first base again for the Tigers on Sunday, manager Brad Ausmus maintained that the team's usual starting catcher won't assume the corner-infield role on a daily basis.
The club's other options to replace Miguel Cabrera as the slugger recovers from a calf strain are Jefry Marte -- a third baseman by trade -- or utility players Andrew Romine and Josh Wilson. Marte, a 24-year-old power hitter, was called up from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday with the intentions of training him for a move to first.
DETROIT -- Hours after the Tigers put Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list, their offense began the coping process with a four-run first inning off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, putting Detroit in command from the outset for an 8-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.
J.D. Martinez, batting cleanup with Cabrera out, fueled the opening-inning rally with a two-run home run to go with Victor Martinez's RBI groundout and James McCann's RBI triple as the Tigers batted around. Dickey (3-9) eventually found enough bite to his knuckler to pitch into the sixth, allowing only a Yoenis Cespedes RBI single after that, but he lost for the third consecutive start. Ian Kinsler's two-run single capped a three-run eighth off Steve Delabar to put the game away.
DETROIT -- For the first time in his career, Miguel Cabrera is headed to the disabled list. The American League's hitting leader and two-time Most Valuable Player Award winner went on the 15-day DL on Saturday morning with a left calf strain sustained on the basepaths in Friday night's 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays.
An MRI taken on the calf revealed a Grade 3 calf strain -- including tearing of muscle fibers -- which is expected to keep Cabrera out for around six weeks. The Tigers were expecting to get an additional opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson, the specialist who performed surgery last fall on Cabrera's left ankle and foot.
Toronto's Ezequiel Carrera had a noteworthy performance, both in left field and at the plate. His throwing miscues on consecutive plays extended Detroit's big fourth inning. And, following a seven-pitch battle with Sanchez in the eighth, Carrera lined a single into left field to break up the no-hit bid with one out.
And as Detroit's offense continued piling on runs, Sanchez continued baffling Toronto. At one point, the righty had retired 16 straight batters. Then he was just five outs away from his second career no-hitter.
DETROIT -- Needing a shakeup after three months and a .500 record, the Tigers went to the bullpen on Friday. The moves they made, designating Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment while promoting rookies Jeff Ferrell and Drew VerHagen, leaves that bullpen looking a lot younger.
For now, they're going with the kids. It's a rare move for an organization that has generally leaned on veterans for late-inning outs but now has Joakim Soria and Al Alburquerque as its only relievers with a full season in the Majors. The way things were going, however, the Tigers had to change.
DETROIT -- Francisco Liriano tossed seven scoreless innings, and a four-run ninth weathered a late comeback attempt as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with an 8-4 win on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Stewart homers, Gibson rips a grand slam and Alexander throws four frames of one-hit ball in his pro debut
By Alex M. Smith
It takes years to decide whether a draft class panned out or not, but Tigers general manager David Dombrowski has to be feeling good about his 2015 haul after watching the Connecticut Tigers Thursday.
Three top picks helped Rookie League Connecticut cruise to an 11-2 blowout win over Lowell. The group included first-round pick Christin Stewart, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, second-round pick Tyler Alexander, who allowed one hit, one walk and notched four strikeouts in four innings, and fifth-rounder Cam Gibson, who ripped a grand slam in a 1-for-5 night.
By Tom Singer and Alejandro Zúñiga
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DETROIT -- Second baseman Neil Walker's two-homer night propelled the Pirates to a season-high 21 hits as they topped the Tigers, 9-3, on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.
Pittsburgh took command with a five-run third against Detroit starter Alfredo Simon. The inning was highlighted by Walker's first home run of the night, which followed a leadoff double from third baseman Josh Harrison. Walker, left fielder Starling Marte and designated hitter Pedro Alvarez all homered in the eighth inning off reliever Joba Chamberlain to all but seal the win.