Tigers keep pace with rain-shortened victory

Tigers keep pace with rain-shortened victory

DETROIT -- The Tigers couldn't beat the rain Wednesday night, but they had just enough at-bats to beat the Indians. Miguel Cabrera's three-run home run in the fifth inning came right before the downpour that stopped play at Comerica Park to finish out a rain-shortened 6-3 win.

The Tigers' second straight victory kept them within a game of the second American League Wild Card spot after the Orioles rallied in the ninth to beat the Blue Jays in Toronto. If the two teams finish the season tied for the spot, they'd play a one-game tiebreaker in Baltimore on Monday. Toronto is a game ahead of the O's for the top Wild Card.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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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Hydropower: Miggy blasts HR in downpour

Slugger puts Tigers ahead during rain-shortened win vs. Indians

Hydropower: Miggy blasts HR in downpour

DETROIT -- Moments after thunder rumbled at Comerica Park, Miguel Cabrera brought some thunder of his own with a three-run home run to right field to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead over the Indians.

It turned out to be the game-winning home run, as the game entered its second rain delay minutes later, ultimately getting called off after a stoppage of one hour and 12 minutes.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Ringolsby: Fulmer shows team-first attitude

Rookie falls short of qualifying for ERA title Wednesday, but his focus is on playoffs goal

Ringolsby: Fulmer shows team-first attitude

DETROIT -- Right-hander Michael Fulmer gets it.

It's not about "me." And he knows it. It's about "us."

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Tracy Ringolsby is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmermann to start opener of final series

Tigers sending Verlander to the hill in Game 162 vs. Braves

Zimmermann to start opener of final series

DETROIT -- The Tigers' starting rotation is taking shape for the final series of the regular season against the Braves at Turner Field. Jordan Zimmermann will start the series opener Friday, while Justin Verlander is scheduled to start the regular-season finale on Sunday, manager Brad Ausmus said.

Saturday's starter is still undetermined, but Ausmus said it will be either Buck Farmer or Matt Boyd.

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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.

Iglesias doubled straight into a puddle

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Iglesias doubled straight into a puddle

Jose Iglesias drove in James McCann in the third inning of Wednesday's rain-delayed Indians-Tigers matchup with a hard-hit ball to left field -- or more precisely, to the puddle that had developed along the left-field stands during the aforementioned precipitation.  

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Fulmer frustrated he couldn't give Tigers more

Rookie not worried about qualifying for ERA title, but hoped to post better start

Fulmer frustrated he couldn't give Tigers more

DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer rarely if ever shows signs of frustration while he's pitching. It probably helps that his rookie season has left little reason to be frustrated. 

Yet, as he walked into the Tigers' dugout in the fourth inning Wednesday night, having been chased from his final scheduled regular-season start, he saved his flash of emotion, slamming his glove on the bench. 

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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.

Norris looks to keep cool in high-stakes start

Norris looks to keep cool in high-stakes start

The Tigers continue to rely on their youthful starting rotation to keep them alive in the American League Wild Card chase, and 23-year-old Daniel Norris (3-2, 3.59 ERA) takes the mound for Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park. 

Following a rain-shortened win against the Indians on Wednesday, the Tigers trail the Orioles by one game in the Wild Card standings and have a one-game cushion on the Mariners. The stakes are high, but Norris said he thinks he has done a good job of learning to control his emotions on the mound this season.

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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.

Tigers' lineup finally back at full strength

Tigers' lineup finally back at full strength

DETROIT -- The lineup card posted on the door of the Tigers' clubhouse on Wednesday looked unusual. Separately, the names looked familiar. They just hadn't been seen together in order in a while. 

With Nick Castellanos' return to the starting lineup at third base, the Tigers were finally back at full strength with their regular position players. Manager Brad Ausmus wrote out a starting lineup with his regulars for just the 11th time this season, according to Baseball-Reference.com, and the first time since June 11. 

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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.

Tigers 1 game out of WC with rout of Indians

Tigers 1 game out of WC with rout of Indians

DETROIT -- The Indians' hangover from their American League Central title clincher Monday was a precursor to the onslaught from the Tigers, whose fight for a postseason berth rolls on. Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton hit three-run home runs, part of a five-RBI game for Cabrera, as Justin Verlander tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 12-0 Tigers victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

The end of Detroit's three-game losing streak, combined with Baltimore's loss at Toronto, crept the Tigers back within a game of the Orioles for the second AL Wild Card spot. The Tigers' elimination number remains at five with five games left to play.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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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In need of boost, Tigers activate Castellanos

Third baseman hits double in first at-bat since early August

In need of boost, Tigers activate Castellanos

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos had three hits in two different states on Tuesday, with a flight from Florida to Detroit in between. That's how much he was itching to get back into the Tigers' lineup.

"I was pondering the score for pretty much two hours of the 2-hour, 30-minute flight," he said.

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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 reaches 100-RBI mark for 12th time

Miggy reaches 100-RBI mark for 12th time

DETROIT -- The Indians held Miguel Cabrera to five RBIs for the first 16 games of their season series against the Tigers. He needed just two at-bats in two innings to match that Tuesday.

With the postseason race heating up, he couldn't have picked a much better time, either.

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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.

Verlander gives Tigers vintage performance

With Detroit chasing a Wild Card spot, righty K's season-high 12

Verlander gives Tigers vintage performance

DETROIT -- As he has done so many times in his career, Justin Verlander stepped up and delivered in a big way to help the Tigers, who pulled back to within one game of the Orioles in the American League Wild Card race with Tuesday's 12-0 win against the Indians.

Verlander's season-high 12 strikeouts across 7 2/3 innings came as no surprise to manager Brad Ausmus.

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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.

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Mike Petriello

Large home outfield swallowing up best Tigers hits

Detroit has second-most 'barrels,' yet lowest average on them

Large home outfield swallowing up best Tigers hits

Last week, we here at the Statcast™ lab introduced a metric called "barrels," which looks at a combination of exit velocity and launch angle to find the highest-value batted balls. You should read the entire introduction to it here, but the short version is that it's the type of batted ball that has a minimum of a .500 batting average and a 1.500 slugging percentage. Put together, the average of all "barrels" are above .800 and nearly 3.000. It's the best thing a hitter can possibly do, and it's a skill to barrel a ball up; for example, Billy Hamilton, for all his other talents, has barreled just one ball all year.

We bring this up here because looking at these numbers have shown us two very interesting things. First, the Tigers are really, really good at doing this, which is spectacular. And two, they may be the unluckiest offensive team in the Major Leagues.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Ringolsby: Tigers face Wild ride in next 4 starts

Detroit 1 game behind O's in Wild Card race with 5 to go

Ringolsby: Tigers face Wild ride in next 4 starts

DETROIT -- Now comes the biggest challenge for the Detroit Tigers in their season-closing bid to claim one of the two American League Wild Card berths.

It was one thing to have Justin Verlander take the mound on Tuesday night in a game critical to the Tigers' bid to claim one of the final playoff spots in the next five days.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big league life of Norris focus of short film

Big league life of Norris focus of short film

DETROIT -- Daniel Norris has embarked on the adventure of a Major League Baseball career, which currently finds him taking part in a late-September postseason race with the Tigers.

Norris, who will start for Detroit on Thursday, addresses the idea of the word "adventure" in a short film released by YETI on Monday called "Offseason." It documents his life away from baseball, shown through the lens of his offseason road trip in his van, "Shaggy," with close friend Ben Moon.

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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.

Tigers out of AL Central race, fall back in WC

Tigers out of AL Central race, fall back in WC

DETROIT -- The Indians clinched their first American League Central title since 2007 at the ballpark that housed four of the previous five division crowns. In the process, their 7-4 win over the Tigers made Detroit's postseason pursuit much tougher.

Though Corey Kluber lasted just four innings before leaving with right groin tightness, adding to Cleveland's rotation injuries, Coco Crisp's two-run home run in the second inning and Roberto Perez's solo shot in the seventh helped power the Indians to their 14th win in 16 games against the Tigers this season, eliminating Detroit from the division race. Cleveland clinched its eighth title since divisional play began in 1969, and its second playoff berth in four years under manager Terry Francona.

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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.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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Troubles vs. Tribe cost Tigers big this year

Detroit comes up short in race for AL Central title

Troubles vs. Tribe cost Tigers big this year

DETROIT -- While the Indians stormed the field at Comerica Park after the final out of Monday's 7-4 win, most of the Tigers filed down the dugout steps and into the clubhouse. They had little interest in watching Cleveland celebrate a division title on their turf in front of a horde of fans who drove up from Ohio to watch it.

J.D. Martinez lingered around a little bit and forced himself to take a look before heading back in.

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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.

Martinez still hesitant going toward wall

Martinez still hesitant going toward wall

DETROIT -- The eighth-inning ball down the right-field line that Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez dropped for an error had minor impact besides an add-on run in Cleveland's 7-4 win Monday night. But it reflected a lingering concern for Martinez, who fractured his elbow running into the right-field wall on a similar play in June.

Martinez lost a month and a half to the injury. He came back around the beginning of August and has hit like the injury is in his past, but he still might not be over it mentally. As he chased Carlos Santana's fly ball, he admits he thought back to his pursuit of Paulo Orlando's ball at Kansas 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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton have earned American League co-Player of the Week honors.

It is the first time each player has won the award this season.

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

Romine explains bases-loaded bunt attempt

Romine explains bases-loaded bunt attempt

DETROIT -- Andrew Romine affirmed that his bases-loaded bunt in the third inning during Sunday's Tigers loss to the Royals was his call. He also believes it was the right call, based on where the defense was playing. 

Good call, bad execution. 

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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.

Beisbol en Espanol: Victor Martinez

Beisbol en Espanol: Victor Martinez

As part of the Detroit Tigers Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, the club will be featuring some pieces of content from Tigers Magazine. The following Q&A appeared in the third edition of Tigers Magazine.

1) You were born and raised in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. How is it there?

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Tigers battle back, but drop 1 1/2 out of WC

Tigers battle back, but drop 1 1/2 out of WC

DETROIT -- A day after the Royals slowed the Tigers' playoff pursuit with a five-run rally in the ninth, they did their damage at the start, putting up a four-run opening inning Sunday and adding on from there before withstanding a furious Tigers comeback attempt for a 12-9 win at Comerica Park.

The Tigers' second straight loss dropped them 1 1/2 games behind the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card spot. It also dropped the Indians' magic number to one for clinching the AL Central as Cleveland comes to Detroit for a four-game series starting Monday.

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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.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Tigers embrace challenge final week brings

Detroit 1 1/2 games out of Wild Card, opens set vs. Cleveland on Monday

Tigers embrace challenge final week brings

DETROIT -- If the Tigers' topsy-turvy September has proven anything, it's the difference that just a few days can make on the outlook of the playoff race. As they enter the final week of the regular season, they have to hope the roller coaster continues.

They took the field at Comerica Park for the ninth inning Saturday afternoon with a seemingly firm grasp on the second American League Wild Card spot. As they left that same field about 25 hours later, their comeback attempt having fallen just short in a 12-9 loss to the Royals, they had dropped 1 1/2 games down in the AL Wild Card race.

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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.

Iglesias, Tigers mourn Fernandez's passing

Marlins star pitcher, 24, dies in boating accident

Iglesias, Tigers mourn Fernandez's passing

DETROIT -- A somber mood draped over the Tigers' clubhouse Sunday with the baseball world in mourning following the tragic passing of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

"He's a guy that left everything behind him to make a dream come true, and for it to end so quickly like this, it's very sad," fellow Cuban and friend Jose Iglesias said before a 12-9 Tigers loss to the Royals. "That's a guy with a bright future."

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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.

V-Mart's slam jump-starts Tigers' rally

Detroit shows plenty of moxie as it chases Wild Card

V-Mart's slam jump-starts Tigers' rally

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez hit his fifth career grand slam Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park to spur a slew of Tigers rallies against the Royals, though they ultimately lost, 12-9, and lost ground in the American League Wild Card race.

Detroit is 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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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.

Boyd allows first four KC batters to hit for cycle

Tigers lefty only fifth pitcher since 1913 to do so without recording an out

Boyd allows first four KC batters to hit for cycle

DETROIT -- While Matt Boyd emerged alongside Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris in the Tigers' rotation, manager Brad Ausmus warned of the ups and downs young pitchers can take down the stretch. On Sunday, they downside hit Detroit hard.

One day after the Royals spoiled the Tigers' playoff pursuit by rallying off closer Francisco Rodriguez, they put up their offensive onslaught at the start. Kansas City's first four batters combined to hit for the cycle off Boyd in a four-run first inning in Sunday's 12-9 Tigers loss at Comerica Park.

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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.

Tigers can't hold late lead, fall out of WC spot

Tigers can't hold late lead, fall out of WC spot

DETROIT -- What looked like another step in the Tigers' charge toward the American League playoffs became a potentially costly stumble in the ninth, courtesy of a Royals rally reminiscent of last year. Eric Hosmer's go-ahead three-run homer punctuated a five-run ninth off Francisco Rodriguez, propelling Kansas City to a 7-4 win Saturday in front of a stunned Comerica Park crowd.

The loss ended Detroit's five-game winning streak and dropped the Tigers out of playoff position, with the Orioles beating the D-backs at night to take sole possession of the second AL Wild Card spot. With the Blue Jays' 3-0 win over the Yankees, the Tigers are two games out of the first AL Wild Card.

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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.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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K-Rod takes blame for not closing out KC

Tigers veteran closer lets two-run lead slip away, then allows game-winning HR

K-Rod takes blame for not closing out KC

DETROIT -- Francisco Rodriguez was still in full uniform as reporters waited to talk with him Saturday. He sat at his locker, trying to collect his thoughts, to process what had happened. 

He owns 430 career saves, more than anyone currently in a Major League uniform and fourth-most in MLB history. He has 71 blown saves along the way. Even after 15 seasons, the blown saves crush him. 

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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.