Give Cespedes your Final Vote

Give Cespedes your Final Vote

SEATTLE -- Yoenis Cespedes slugged his way to two Home Run Derby titles in his career. He's going to need some help from fans in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote if he's going to take his swings at a third next week.

After Cespedes was left out of the American League All-Star outfield on the starting ballot and player vote, he gets one more chance to get in through the Final Vote. Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster, and Cespedes will need a surge to get past a field that includes Mike Moustakas, Brett Gardner, Brian Dozier and Xander Bogaerts. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

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Iglesias, J.D. Martinez, Price join Miggy as All-Stars

Iglesias, J.D. Martinez, Price join Miggy as All-Stars

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.

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Miggy voted All-Star starter at first base

First-half performance earns Tigers slugger a spot, though injury will keep him out

Miggy voted All-Star starter at first base

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.

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Tigers claim first baseman Krauss from Rays

Miggy's calf injury leaves big hole as Detroit explores other options

Tigers claim first baseman Krauss from Rays

SEATTLE -- The Tigers, looking to fill a hole at first base with Miguel Cabrera out for the next six weeks, began their search Monday afternoon by claiming Marc Krauss off waivers from the Rays.

Krauss is expected to join the Tigers in Seattle, where they open a three-game series with the Mariners Monday night. A corresponding move will be made then.

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J.D. Martinez nets AL Player of Week honors

Tigers right fielder hit .458, paced Majors in slugging (1.000) and total bases (24)

J.D. Martinez nets AL Player of Week honors

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).

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Quality offspeed offerings inspire Verlander

Tigers righty settled in for four innings before allowing six runs in fifth

Quality offspeed offerings inspire Verlander

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.

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Verlander hit hard; Tigers go down swinging

Verlander hit hard; Tigers go down swinging

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.

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Moya on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Brice fans 21 in 12 shutout frames; Conley allows one run in 13 innings

Moya on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

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.

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Ausmus refraining from assigning bullpen roles

Relievers 'have to earn' spot in 'pen; only Soria is set as Tigers' closer

Ausmus refraining from assigning bullpen roles

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.

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Marte ready, willing for transition to first base

Tigers' callup primarily played third throughout Minor League career

Marte ready, willing for transition to first base

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.

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Tigers pick up slack with Miggy out of lineup

J.D. Martinez goes yard in four-run first; Kinsler, Cespedes combine for six hits

Tigers pick up slack with Miggy out of lineup

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez smiled Friday night when he was asked how Tigers hitters can avoid putting too much pressure on themselves to replace injured Miguel Cabrera's production.

"You tell me," Martinez said with a laugh a night before Detroit's 8-3 win over Toronto, "because that's one thing we don't know.

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Avila makes terrific grab in 1st start at first

Filling in for Miggy, Tigers' usual catcher flips headfirst into stands

Avila makes terrific grab in 1st start at first

DETROIT -- Before Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Blue Jays, during which he made his first career start at first base, the Tigers' Alex Avila downplayed expectations.

"I'm not going to be amazing over there by any means, but I think I'll do adequate," Avila said.

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Price shuts down Jays after Tigers' huge first

Price shuts down Jays after Tigers' huge 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.

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Miggy on DL with calf strain, to miss 6 weeks

Tigers call up Marte from Triple-A Toledo to take spot on active roster

Miggy on DL with calf strain, to miss 6 weeks

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.

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Sanchez flirts with no-no, Tigers hold on vs. Jays

Sanchez flirts with no-no, Tigers hold on vs. Jays

DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and a five-run fourth gave the Tigers a necessary cushion as they held on for an 8-6 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Comerica Park in a game the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera exited with a strained left calf.

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.

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Sanchez at best with batterymate Avila back

Righty five outs away from second career no-hitter in catcher's return from DL

Sanchez at best with batterymate Avila back

DETROIT -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila realized around the fifth inning of Friday's 8-6 win over the Blue Jays that Anibal Sanchez was having a special night.

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.

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Tigers DFA Joba, Gorzelanny in 'pen makeover

Detroit calls up Ferrell, VerHagen to fill newly opened relief spots

Tigers DFA Joba, Gorzelanny in 'pen makeover

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.

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Tigers know spark can restore winning ways

Club remains optimistic as second half awaits despite dip to .500 mark

Tigers know spark can restore winning ways

DETROIT -- At the time, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hoped Sunday's walk-off win over the White Sox was a turning point toward more positive results.

Following Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Pirates, which completed a three-game sweep at Comerica Park, Ausmus admitted Detroit is still searching for that inspiration.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers' late glimmer vs. Bucs a fleeting one

Tigers' late glimmer vs. Bucs a fleeting one

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.

Rajai Davis lined Liriano's first pitch into center field for a single, but the southpaw allowed just four hits the rest of the way. In the fourth inning, Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler and first baseman Miguel Cabrera reached with one out, but Liriano worked out of his biggest jam of the day by inducing groundouts from Victor Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers draft picks have big night for Connecticut

Stewart homers, Gibson rips a grand slam and Alexander throws four frames of one-hit ball in his pro debut

Tigers draft picks have big night for Connecticut

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.

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J.D.'s quietly strong year not lost on Ausmus

Tigers' manager impressed by outfielder's strides in field as well as at plate

J.D.'s quietly strong year not lost on Ausmus

DETROIT -- While answering a question on Wednesday about Yoenis Cespedes' All-Star candidacy, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus paused to support another one of his players.

"Really, we probably have a right fielder that's an All-Star, as well," Ausmus said.

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Fan favorite Gibson rejoins Tigers booth

Two-time World Series champ calls full game following Parkinson's diagnosis

Fan favorite Gibson rejoins Tigers booth

DETROIT -- On Thursday morning, before the Tigers' series-closing 8-4 loss to the Pirates, Kirk Gibson had a friendly disagreement with Brad Ausmus during the manager's media availability.

"He's got tremendous power," Ausmus said of right fielder J.D. Martinez. "Kirk Gibson power."

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Tigers lament pitching woes against Pirates

Tigers lament pitching woes against Pirates

DETROIT -- Earlier this season, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called Alfredo Simon the most consistent pitcher in his rotation.

Not anymore.

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Tigers can't rally in loss to Pirates

Tigers can't rally in loss to Pirates

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.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson becoming an important piece for Tigers bullpen

Wilson becoming an important piece for Tigers bullpen

DETROIT -- You couldn't blame Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez for misspeaking early Wednesday morning when answering a question about right-hander Alex Wilson, who had just tossed 3 1/3 shutout innings of relief in extras.

"I think he pitched 57 innings -- 57 pitches, I'm sorry," Martinez said.

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Ausmus not concerned about hit-by-pitches

Ausmus not concerned about hit-by-pitches

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus agrees with Victor Martinez -- both believe Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole plunked Detroit's designated hitter intentionally on Tuesday night.

But, in Ausmus' opinion, that's yesterday's news, and he doesn't plan on giving it much thought during the remainder of the series.

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Verlander settles in, nets quality start in return

Rough start to night turns around as Tigers righty pitches into seventh inning

Verlander settles in, nets quality start in return

DETROIT -- Despite his early struggles, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander cobbled together a quality outing Tuesday night after missing a start due to back stiffness.

Verlander labored through a 27-pitch first inning against the Pirates, then allowed a run in the second and two in the third. But, despite tossing just one clean frame, he lasted into the seventh during Detroit's 5-4, 14-inning loss at Comerica Park.

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