Pass it on: Verlander mentoring Fulmer

Tigers' ace advising rookie on shoulder maintenance with innings limit looming

Pass it on: Verlander mentoring Fulmer

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander has been where Michael Fulmer is now.

A decade ago, Verlander was the rookie sensation in the Tigers' rotation, delivering like an ace every five games and pitching Detroit into contention. He was the youngster pitching beyond his previous innings level, trying to maintain not only his rotation spot but the quality pitching that got him there.

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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.

J-Up, Verlander carry Tigers over Red Sox

J-Up, Verlander carry Tigers over Red Sox

DETROIT -- Justin Upton, denied a potential game-tying home run by Comerica Park's deep center field Saturday night, put a pair of three-run homers into the left-field seats Sunday afternoon, powering the Tigers to a four-game series split against the Red Sox with a 10-5 win.

The win kept Detroit seven games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. Boston remained a half-game behind Toronto for the AL East lead.

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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.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

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With mammoth HRs, J-Up busts out in big way

Tigers slugger had been slumping, but stayed positive

With mammoth HRs, J-Up busts out in big way

DETROIT -- As Justin Upton simmered over the 420-foot double he hit off the center-field wall Saturday night, denied a game-tying home run by inches in his first game back in the lineup, he was asked if he could still take positives out of his return.

"I try to take positives out of every day," he said early Sunday morning.

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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.

Back sooner than expected, Maybin delivers

Iglesias begins rehab stint Monday; Zimmermann set for rehab start Friday

Back sooner than expected, Maybin delivers

DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin picked up a bat, stepped into the batter's box and took his swings against Jordan Zimmermann during Zimmermann's simulated game Sunday morning. A couple of hours later, he was taking swings in a game that counted.

The Tigers activated Maybin from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's 10-5 victory over the Red Sox, several days sooner than expected. After weeks of bad news on the injury front, it was the first surprisingly good development for the Tigers in a while.

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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.

Ausmus catches Verlander between innings

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Ausmus catches Verlander between innings

While Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hasn't caught a big league game since 2010, he hasn't lost much in that time. Heading into the top of the sixth inning of Sunday's Red Sox-Tigers game, catcher James McCann needed some more time to get his gear on. With backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the lineup, Ausmus saved Austin Romine's legs as he went out to warm up Justin Verlander.  

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Anibal looking to get Tigers on track against Twins

Anibal looking to get Tigers on track against Twins

The Tigers have scuffled a bit lately, losing five of their last eight games, but will look to get back on track against the Twins in a three-game series that begins on Tuesday at Target Field.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson (5-7, 4.90 ERA) is set to start opposite Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez (6-12, 5.94 ERA) in the opener. Despite their uneven seasons, both are coming off impressive starts.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers keep it close, but fall to Red Sox

Tigers keep it close, but fall to Red Sox

DETROIT -- David Ortiz received a retirement gift from the Tigers, then reminded them he's still working. His three-hit game included a two-run home run to put the Red Sox up for good -- though by inches at the end -- in a 3-2 win Saturday at Comerica Park.

Before the first pitch, which was delayed one hour and 20 minutes due to rain, the Tigers gave Ortiz a framed picture from the 2005 All-Star Game, then Ortiz created more memories with his 11th three-hit performance of the season. After a first-inning infield single against the shift and a third-inning line drive up the middle, he feasted on a hanging breaking ball from Detroit starter Daniel Norris (1-2) and sent it into the right-field seats for a 3-1 lead.

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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.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Red Sox on Saturday.

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After extended breather, J-Up nearly delivers

Bradley Jr. almost makes spectacular catch to end game

After extended breather, J-Up nearly delivers

DETROIT -- Justin Upton spent three days out of the Tigers lineup, working with hitting coach Wally Joyner on his swing. His best swing on his return will go down as a 420-foot double, and his latest initiation to the deep dimensions of Comerica Park.

"I was obviously shocked, but at the same time, you know what park you play in," Upton said after his ninth-inning drive fell inches shy of a game-tying homer in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox. "It's a big yard out there."

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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.

Castellanos improving, but return a ways off

Tigers 3B has X-rays on hand; Maybin takes BP, while Fulmer gets pushed back

Castellanos improving, but return a ways off

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos' injured left hand is progressing, according to tests, but the Tigers' third baseman remains a ways off from being able to swing a bat, let alone return to game action.

Castellanos, who went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 7 with a fracture of his fifth metacarpal of his left hand, underwent an X-rays Friday to check the progress. While there's healing, there's not enough for him to be cleared to grab a bat and do anything hitting-wise. Nor is he in shape to take ground balls.

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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 scuffle vs. Porcello on rough night for Fulmer

Tigers scuffle vs. Porcello on rough night for Fulmer

DETROIT -- Rick Porcello returned to Comerica Park and quieted his old team, holding down the Tigers for seven innings as the Red Sox roughed up rookie Michael Fulmer for a 10-2 win Friday night.

Boston's seventh win in its last eight games closed its gap to a half-game behind Toronto in the American League East. Detroit, meanwhile, fell seven games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, though the Tigers remain 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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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.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Red Sox on Friday.

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Tigers witness rarity from young Fulmer

Tigers witness rarity from young Fulmer

DETROIT -- It was going to happen. This was just a bad time for it.

Michael Fulmer was eventually going to struggle like he did on Friday. Pretty much every pitcher does, rookie or veteran, heavy innings total or light. The Tigers had to hope timing would be in their favor, much like his other subpar starts.

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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.

Romine producing without putting ball in play

Romine producing without putting ball in play

DETROIT -- The list of Major League leaders in bases-loaded walks includes reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson, his slugging Toronto teammate Troy Tulowitzki, home run producers Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds, and selective slugger Shin-Soo Choo. It also includes Andrew Romine.

Yes, Andrew Romine.

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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 use late rally to halt Red Sox's surge

Tigers use late rally to halt Red Sox's surge

DETROIT -- The fourth city in five days for the Red Sox was the one that ultimately ended their winning streak. Andrew Romine's bases-loaded walk off Brad Ziegler completed a three-run Tigers rally in the eighth inning, ending Detroit's three-game losing streak and Boston's six-game winning streak with a 4-3 Tigers victory Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Red Sox rebounded quickly from a rain-lengthened Wednesday night in Baltimore and a late flight to Detroit to carry a 3-1 lead, buoyed by Hanley Ramirez's go-ahead single in the top of the eighth. But Ian Kinsler, Erick Aybar and Miguel Cabrera each lined base hits off Junichi Tazawa to start the home half, with Cabrera singling home Kinsler for his 1,000th RBI as a Tiger.

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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.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Red Sox on Thursday.

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Tigers rediscover clutch gene at right moment

Tigers rediscover clutch gene at right moment

DETROIT -- The Tigers don't put too much emphasis on one game, let alone innings. It's a 162-game schedule, and at least publicly, they like to treat them relatively equally. And yet, as they wound down from two dramatic innings and a 4-3 win over the Red Sox Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, they were in agreement:

"Oh, it was big, man," Miguel Cabrera said. "It was big."

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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.

Missed call leads to 1st run in Sox-Tigers tilt

Missed call leads to 1st run in Sox-Tigers tilt

DETROIT -- What was already an unusual afternoon for the Red Sox -- with a series-opening Thursday matinee against the Tigers at Comerica Park -- became a little more strange after a near-catch by Jackie Bradley Jr. that was initially ruled an out and overturned to a single after a Tigers challenge.

Bradley, who made a highlight catch here last August, came close to another in the second inning in Thursday's eventual 4-3 loss to Detroit. With no outs and J.D. Martinez on first, Bradley had a read on Casey McGehee's liner to right-center and got his glove on the ball with a diving attempt. However, the ball bounced away and hit the ground as Bradley slid.

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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.

Upton gets time to clear head; Presley in left

Journeyman outfielder makes Tigers debut; Moya optioned to Triple-A

Upton gets time to clear head; Presley in left

DETROIT -- When Tigers manager Brad Ausmus sat Justin Upton out of Wednesday's game, he was asked if he thought about sitting Upton for a few days, like the Pirates did with Andrew McCutchen. They considered it, Ausmus said at the time.

Turns out it was more than a consideration.

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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.

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' in Detroit return

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' in Detroit return

DETROIT -- As Tigers general manager, Dave Dombrowski watched plenty of former Tigers walk down the tunnel at Comerica Park and make the unfamiliar right turn for the visiting clubhouse. On Thursday, it was his turn.

And yet, as he greeted several Tigers employees he has known for years, it still felt familiar. His first trip back to Comerica Park came a year to the day after his first day on the job as Red Sox team president.

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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.

Anibal rediscovering ability to dominate

Anibal rediscovering ability to dominate

DETROIT -- Wednesday night began well for the Tigers, their starting pitcher retiring the first 12 batters he faced and carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. It ended with a late-game letdown and a 4-1 loss that completed a sweep for the Royals.

Anibal Sanchez (6-12, 5.94 ERA) had Comerica Park buzzing as he racked up eight strikeouts, allowing just one hit and two walks over seven innings. It was Sanchez's first start since June 15, 2015 -- a two-hit shutout -- in which he did not allow a run.

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Despite return, Miggy hindered by biceps

Despite return, Miggy hindered by biceps

DETROIT -- First baseman Miguel Cabrera returned to the Tigers' lineup for Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Royals, two days after leaving a game with a left biceps strain. Whether he's in the lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Red Sox depends on how he feels.

Cabrera went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and three groundouts, including a double play, on Wednesday. After the game, manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera still seemed to be bothered by the injury.

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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' early momentum fades as KC erupts

Tigers' early momentum fades as KC erupts

DETROIT -- Eric Hosmer, not satisfied with breaking up Anibal Sanchez's bids for a perfect game and later a no-hitter, dealt Detroit a decisive blow with a tiebreaking two-run home run in the ninth, sending Kansas City to a 4-1 win on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. The win handed the Royals their first sweep of the Tigers in Detroit since 2008.

The Royals held the Tigers to one run in each of the three games, the first time Detroit has scored one or no runs in three consecutive games against the same team since 2014, against the Angels. Wednesday's loss kept the Tigers six games behind the Indians in the American League Central and 3 1/2 games behind the second AL Wild Card spot. Boston, leading the Wild Card race, is coming to town for a four-game series beginning on Thursday afternoon.

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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 see timing as root of Upton's struggles

Tigers see timing as root of Upton's struggles

DETROIT -- The Tigers rode out Justin Upton's August slump for the better part of a week while they deal with the depth issues that injuries presented. On Wednesday, with the arrival of Erick Aybar and the return of Miguel Cabrera for the series finale against the Royals, Upton got a half-day off, entering as a replacement for Tyler Collins (bruised right knee) and striking out swinging in one at-bat during a 4-1 loss to the Royals.

It was Upton's first day out of the starting lineup since July 16, when he went on the bereavement list. It comes amid a 1-for-30 slump that dropped his batting average from .241 on Aug. 8 to .226.

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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.

Whether starter or reserve, Aybar can help Tigers

Whether starter or reserve, Aybar can help Tigers

DETROIT -- The Tigers acquired Erick Aybar from the Braves on Tuesday in search of depth, a little jolt of energy and a veteran presence amid a postseason push. Aybar arrived in Detroit before Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Royals eager to get a little jolt of his own from his new surroundings and teammates.

"Coming into a clubhouse with Victor [Martinez] and Miguel [Cabrera], it's a blessing," Aybar said.

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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.

Perez among top prospect performers Wednesday

Twins' No. 4 fires six scoreless; Nationals' top prospect fans 10 in strong outing

Perez among top prospect performers Wednesday

Everything is going right when Stephen Gonsalves takes the ball these days.

The Twins' No. 4 prospect extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings with six near-perfect frames for Double-A Chattanooga on Wednesday.

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Tigers fall short in power struggle with Royals

Tigers fall short in power struggle with Royals

DETROIT -- The Royals won a battle of solo home runs, including Raul Mondesi's first Major League homer off Justin Verlander, in a 6-1 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Kansas City, which can sweep the series on Wednesday, secured its fourth straight series win and is 7 1/2 games back in the American League Wild Card standings. Detroit fell six games back of the first-place Indians in the AL Central and 3 1/2 out in the WC 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.

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

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Verlander limits hits, but gets hurt by homers

Tigers right-hander yields 3 solo jacks in loss to Royals

Verlander limits hits, but gets hurt by homers

DETROIT -- Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has given up three homers in a game seven times in his career. None of the other six were quite like Tuesday night's 6-1 loss to the Royals.

Verlander came out to pitch the eighth inning with a three-hit performance going. All three hits were solo home runs. They saddled Verlander with three runs allowed for the first time since June 26, when the Indians roughed him up.

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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 seeking lift with Aybar's dynamic game

Veteran shortstop acquired in deal with Braves to provide depth

Tigers seeking lift with Aybar's dynamic game

DETROIT -- The last time Justin Verlander talked with Erick Aybar, his message was caught on camera. It was Verlander gesturing to his back to Aybar from the other dugout to let him know where he was going to get hit with a pitch after bunting on him with a no-hitter ongoing.

That was five years ago, when Aybar was a shortstop for the Angels. He's with the Tigers now, having been acquired from the Braves on Tuesday for some infield depth. And as far as Verlander is concerned, that 2011 game is a distant memory, even if he remembers it.

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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.

Greiner among top prospect performers Tuesday

Yankees' No. 7 prospect hurls six scoreless; White Sox No. 8 tosses five hitless frames

Greiner among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justus Sheffield seems to like pitching in pinstripes. The Yankees' No. 7 prospect spun another gem Tuesday night and has been lights out since the organization acquired him at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Sheffield led Class A Advanced Tampa to a 1-0 win over Clearwater with six scoreless innings.

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Tigers get Aybar from Braves for Aviles

Minor League catcher Scivicque also headed to Atlanta

Tigers get Aybar from Braves for Aviles

DETROIT -- The injury-plagued Tigers, with three regulars on the disabled list and Miguel Cabrera day to day with a left biceps strain, swung a trade on Tuesday for reinforcements, acquiring shortstop Erick Aybar from the Braves for utilityman Mike Aviles and catching prospect Kade Scivicque.

The deal gives the Tigers a veteran option at short with Jose Iglesias on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. But with Iglesias potentially back in two weeks, general manager Al Avila said the deal was as much or more about depth 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.