Iglesias out with non-displaced fracture in finger

Shortstop expected to miss at least two weeks

Iglesias out with non-displaced fracture in finger

DETROIT -- What was hoped to be a bruised right middle finger for Jose Iglesias now looks like a fracture that could end his season. Follow-up exams on the Tigers shortstop taken Friday revealed a non-displaced small fracture of a bone in the finger.

Iglesias will be sidelined for at least the next two weeks, after which he'll be re-evaluated. By that point, the Tigers will have just over two weeks left in their season.

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Machado's 2nd big league stint off to fine start

Shortstop doubles, makes impressive diving catch in loss to Indians

Machado's 2nd big league stint off to fine start

DETROIT -- Knowing a callup from Triple-A Toledo to the Tigers might be imminent, Dixon Machado was prepared for any scenario. The shortstop had prepared two suitcases -- one to take home, and one in case his services were needed in Detroit.

When Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias left Thursday night's loss to Kansas City with a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger -- an injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks, and possibly the rest of the season -- Machado was pulled from the Mud Hens' game and informed of the promotion. The rookie got his second stint with Detroit this year off to a solid start with a double and a diving play in the field during an 8-1 loss to the Indians on Friday.

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Tigers stymied by Tomlin, Indians

Tigers stymied by Tomlin, Indians

DETROIT -- Corey Kluber's scratch from his scheduled start did nothing to slow down the resurgent Indians, who used a four-hitter from Josh Tomlin and two big hits from Jerry Sands to roll past the Tigers for an 8-1 win Friday night at Comerica Park.

"Oh, man. He was so good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He changed speeds, pounded the strike zone with all his pitches, had a good curveball. He used his fastball really effectively. That was fun to watch."

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Seeking bullpen help, Tigers recall Ferrell, Valdez

Seeking bullpen help, Tigers recall Ferrell, Valdez

DETROIT -- The Tigers provided more depth to their taxed bullpen with two more callups. Right-handers Jeff Ferrell and Jose Valdez joined the Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday night, recalled from Triple-A Toledo for their latest big league stints.

The 24-year-old Ferrell hit Detroit on the fast track in July, when the Tigers tried to translate a solid half-season as Double-A Erie's closer into another big league arm for a bullpen that needed depth even back then. He saved 12 games in 13 chances for the SeaWolves, striking out 35 batters against four walks over 27 innings, but he made just two one-inning appearances for Detroit on July 4-5 before being optioned.

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Simon faces Indians searching for 12th win

Simon faces Indians searching for 12th win

The Tigers can only hope that seeing the Indians again will help Alfredo Simon get back on track. The right-hander will square off against Cleveland on Saturday, taking on a team that he tormented during his strong start to this season for Detroit.

Simon (11-9, 5.09 ERA) opened his first season with the Tigers with a 7-3 record and 2.58 ERA through his first 12 outings, dating back to his June 14 start against the Tribe. Within that impressive stretch, the Tigers starter went 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three outings against Cleveland. In the 13 starts since then, Simon has a 4-6 record with a 7.84 ERA.

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Tigers close books on historically rough trip

Tigers close books on historically rough trip

KANSAS CITY -- It can't go on like this. The Tigers know it. The numbers say it.

Detroit left Toronto four days ago feeling like it had three games of the same story: The Blue Jays pounding out runs, the Tigers falling out of reach quickly, and then the add-on runs piling up. As they left Kansas City, they had to feel a sense of déjà vu as they packed up to go home, hoping to leave an historically tough road trip behind.

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Castellanos stays hot, but Tigers drop slugfest

Castellanos stays hot, but Tigers drop slugfest

KANSAS CITY -- After scoring 12 runs the previous night, the Royals came back to batter the Tigers' pitching staff again on Thursday in a marathon 15-7 win at Kauffman Stadium.

Kendrys Morales had four hits and four RBIs, Lorenzo Cain homered and had three RBIs, Paulo Orlando cracked a two-run homer, and Ben Zobrist had four hits for the Royals, who overcame a 3-0 deficit, and then gave up a 6-3 lead before a six-run seventh put the game out of reach.

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Anibal won't risk setback to return this season

Anibal won't risk setback to return this season

KANSAS CITY -- Baby steps, Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez says. When they're steps in recovery from a rotator cuff strain, taken by a pitcher who has had shoulder surgery in his career, they're still pretty big.

Though it remains iffy whether Sanchez will pitch again this season, he said he has been throwing pain free this week while he has been playing catch. Sanchez threw out to 90 feet on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium, part of a slow progression designed to cautiously stretch him toward being ready to pitch, whether or not he pitches again before season's end.

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Tigers overpowered in rematch against Royals

Tigers overpowered in rematch against Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Cheslor Cuthbert homered and had four RBIs, Kendrys Morales and Lorenzo Cain each homered and had three RBIs, and right-hander Yordano Ventura matched a career high with 11 strikeouts as the Royals pummeled the Tigers in a 12-1 win on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Ventura pitched seven strong innings, giving up just five hits and one run. It was his fifth straight quality start -- he's posted a 1.13 ERA over that span. And his 11 K's matched his previous outing.

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Miggy miffed by ejection for arguing strike call

Miggy miffed by ejection for arguing strike call

DETROIT -- The outcome of the Tigers' 12-1 loss to the Royals was decided relatively early. The drama, however, still lingered after the game, from Miguel Cabrera's argument and ejection over a called third strike to a trade of hit-by-pitches between Yordano Ventura and Randy Wolf.

Cabrera's seventh career ejection came not from home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott, who made the call on Ventura's 99-mph full-count fastball leading off the fourth inning. Instead, crew chief Gary Cederstrom made the ejection from third base.

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Wolf knocked off track by Royals' power bats

Wolf knocked off track by Royals' power bats

KANSAS CITY -- The surprise comeback story of Randy Wolf hit an obstacle on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. His fate wasn't so much at the hands of Father Time as the ones holding the bats who kept punishing pitches he struggled to spot.

Between an aggressive Royals lineup, a hot night and a bad breaking ball, Wolf had one of those games. And after back-to-back quality starts in defeat, his outcome was rarely in doubt in the Tigers' 12-1 loss.

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Kinsler, Verlander voted top Tigers in August

Kinsler, Verlander voted top Tigers in August

KANSAS CITY -- Ian Kinsler's August push couldn't help the Tigers creep closer in the American League Wild Card chase. At least it didn't go unnoticed.

It's a small consolation for Kinsler, but the second baseman was voted the Tigers' Player of the Month by media members. He batted .362 (38-for-105) with 22 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples, four home runs and 15 RBIs. He beat out Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez for the honor, among others.

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Alburquerque dealing with soreness in hip area

Alburquerque dealing with soreness in hip area

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers' procession of relievers over the past week has not included right-handed strikeout specialist Al Alburquerque. He hasn't pitched since last Monday while dealing with soreness in his upper right leg, around his hip.

Alburquerque said he first sustained the injury during the Tigers' series against the Cubs in mid-August, in the midst of five outings in six days. He pitched twice after that, including a tumultuous outing at Cincinnati where he gave up two hits and a walk without retiring a batter during a 10-run sixth inning.

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Kinsler's blast helps power Tigers past Royals

Kinsler's blast helps power Tigers past Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Justin Verlander threw 6 2/3 innings of strong ball, giving up just two earned runs, and Ian Kinsler pounded a two-run homer as the Tigers held off the Royals for a 6-5 win on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals' lead in the American League Central was cut to 12 games with Minnesota's win over the White Sox.

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Verlander gets job done without his best stuff

Verlander gets job done without his best stuff

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Justin Verlander spent part of his weekend in Toronto doing the edge walk along the outside of the city's CN Tower, hanging off the side by a harness from a height of about 1,750 feet. For an encore on Tuesday night, he walked a tightrope in the Tigers' 6-5 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Verlander took the mound against the defending American League champions without a consistent slider or a sharp breaking ball, nor did he have the safety net of defensive support. Essentially, he had a fastball and a change of speeds, and a working knowledge of who he was facing.

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Norris, Anibal take field during catch sessions

Norris, Anibal take field during catch sessions

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers starter Daniel Norris' right oblique injury was bad enough when he first suffered it last road trip that sneezing was a painful experience.

"The first couple days, I would sneeze and it hurt so bad I wanted to cry," the left-hander said. "I came in one day and I was like, 'OK, I sneezed today and I didn't feel it.'"

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Jones among Tigers' prospects to play in AFL

Jones among Tigers' prospects to play in AFL

KANSAS CITY -- JaCoby Jones will take his breakout prospect status with the Tigers and put it to the test against some of the top young players in the game in the Arizona Fall League.

Jones, who came over from Pittsburgh in the Joakim Soria trade and more than held his own at Double-A Erie, was one of seven Tigers Minor Leaguers assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions, joining prospects from the Giants, Indians, Red Sox and Twins organizations. Nelson Santovenia, who worked at Class A Advanced Lakeland this year, will serve as one of the hitting coaches.

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Turnbull strikes out a career-high 12 for Whitecaps

Tigers No. 5 prospect retires first 12 hitters before allowing a hit for Class A West Michigan

Turnbull strikes out a career-high 12 for Whitecaps

The season may be winding down, but Spencer Turnbull is just getting going.

The Tigers' No. 5 prospect turned in his best start as a professional Tuesday, striking out a career-high 12 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings as Class A West Michigan defeated Great Lakes, 10-0.

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Holaday, Ryan first of Tigers' September callups

Holaday, Ryan first of Tigers' September callups

DETROIT -- Al Avila took over as Tigers general manager four weeks ago with a reminder that they're still competing for this year. As the Tigers finish a 10-17 August that ranks as their roughest since September 2008, it's time to start thinking about next season.

For the first time in years, the Tigers go into the final month of the season thinking more about the future than the present. It's not necessarily the distant future, with the Tigers expecting to contend again in 2016, but it's the type of outlook that could put a different emphasis on September callups as rosters expand.

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Simon, Tigers overpowered by long ball in finale

Simon, Tigers overpowered by long ball in finale

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs for the second day in a row to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

TORONTO -- After three games, four home runs and 11 RBIs, the Tigers finally found a pitch that Edwin Encarnacion couldn't hit. The problem was, the pitch hit him.

Or to be more accurate, it tapped him. Getting struck by a 47-mph pitch would seem to test the definition of hit-by-pitch. Whether or not the "hit" part was accidental, the pitch was something Detroit starter Alfredo Simon meant to throw in the Tigers' 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

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Davis playing through left middle finger injury

Davis playing through left middle finger injury

TORONTO -- Rajai Davis started all three games in left field for the Tigers at Rogers Centre this weekend, trying to get his bat going after ceding playing time to Tyler Collins. There might be a health reason to blame in part for Davis' downturn at the plate.

Davis has a left middle finger injury that he has been dealing with since mid-May. He didn't want to use it as the reason for his struggles, saying he doesn't put that finger on the bat when he swings. Still, Davis said, "It doesn't help."

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Gose apologizes for mistake in center field

Believing there were two outs, Tigers outfielder allowed run to score from second on sac fly

Gose apologizes for mistake in center field

TORONTO -- Anthony Gose owned it. The Tigers' center fielder took responsibility for his fourth-inning gaffe in Saturday's 15-1 loss to the Blue Jays, and he said he apologized to starting pitcher Buck Farmer for the run that resulted.

"I can't go back and change it," Gose said Sunday morning before he took his usual spot in center for Sunday's series finale. "It happened. It was stupid."

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Tigers unable to contain Encarnacion in loss

Tigers unable to contain Encarnacion in loss

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion belted three homers, including a grand slam, and Drew Hutchison made an impactful return to the starting rotation, as the Blue Jays crushed the Tigers, 15-1, on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion drove in nine runs and Russell Martin added a solo shot, as the Blue Jays racked up 18 hits -- five during a six-run seventh inning -- to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. For the Tigers, it meant their eighth loss in their last nine games. Buck Farmer took the loss, going four innings while allowing eight hits and five earned runs. The right-hander ran into trouble early when he surrendered a three-run shot to Encarnacion in a four-run first inning. Farmer went on to allow a run in each of his next three innings before getting the hook.

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Miggy officially back in the hunt for AL batting title

Miggy officially back in the hunt for AL batting title

TORONTO -- Miguel Cabrera officially rejoined the American League batting race during the Tigers' 15-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday. In the process, he became one of the rare Major League hitters to take over the lead in the AL's batting race with an 0-for-4 performance.

On the same day Cabrera went hitless for just the second time in two weeks, his four plate appearances gave him 400 on the season in the Tigers' 129th game. That's an average of 3.1 plate appearances per game, the pace required to qualify among the leaders in batting average and other percentage-based statistics. He fell under the rate when he missed six weeks with a strained left calf.

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Mental lapse a teachable moment for Gose

Mental lapse a teachable moment for Gose

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays scored more than enough runs in the Tigers' 15-1 loss on Saturday at Rogers Centre. They didn't need any extra. But they also weren't going to turn down a gift. A counting error by Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose gave them one, courtesy of a two-base sacrifice fly.

And in a game that featured three Edwin Encarnacion homers, eight Blue Jays extra-base hits and one 1-2-3 inning against Tigers pitching, it was Gose's miscue that became the lowlight.

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Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

TORONTO -- Victor Martinez started at first base on Saturday for the fourth time in nine games, this time on the spongy artificial surface at Rogers Centre, a sign that his troublesome left knee isn't bothering him. That doesn't mean it's at full strength.

Given Martinez's struggles at the plate, manager Brad Ausmus isn't sure he's fully recovered from the meniscus tear, which required surgery in February. He has recovered enough to play without trouble, but probably not enough to play the way he or the Tigers expect.

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VerHagen a good fit for Tigers' bullpen

VerHagen a good fit for Tigers' bullpen

TORONTO -- Drew VerHagen has a low, quiet voice that befits his laid-back personality. He does not come off as an adrenaline junkie. To hear VerHagen talk about a relief role fitting him, however, sounds like an entirely different person on the mound.

"I found as a starter, if I ever got too amped, there was always a valley where -- if I peaked too high -- my adrenaline would fall off in the next inning or two," VerHagen said. "I don't really have to worry about that in the 'pen. It's really fun not having to tone that back."

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