V-Mart plates 4, but Joba can't hold late lead

V-Mart plates 4, but Joba can't hold late lead

CHICAGO -- Six straight two-out hits off Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning turned a three-run deficit into a 7-6 White Sox victory Wednesday night at U.S Cellular Field. Avisail Garcia delivered hit No. 6 with a two-strike knock to center for the game-winner. After losing five in a row on the road, the White Sox have won two straight at home and improved to 8-3 at home.

"It was pretty neat. I feel like usually when you see something happen, you get one or two guys on before you get two outs," said White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who made the second out before the rally began. "To rally off two outs says a lot. A lot of guys grinded out at-bats, came up with big hits."

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Verlander gets green light, starts throwing

MRI results reveal inflammation has subsided around Tigers righty's triceps

Verlander gets green light, starts throwing

CHICAGO -- Justin Verlander is throwing again. The 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner, sidelined since late March with a right triceps strain, threw 50 times off flat ground Wednesday afternoon after doctors reviewed his MRI exam and decided inflammation had sufficiently subsided.

The Tigers confirmed that Verlander was examined Wednesday by Dr. Anthony Romeo, an elbow and shoulder specialist at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, to review the results.

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After solid first month, 'pen has first meltdown

After solid first month, 'pen has first meltdown

CHICAGO -- The fact that the much-scrutinized Tigers bullpen went a month before its first blown lead late was a feat in itself to some.

Detroit relievers had tossed 7 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the series here, keeping them close against the White Sox on Tuesday and keeping them ahead into the eighth inning Wednesday. Detroit was 15-0 when leading after seven innings. Its 3.73 bullpen ERA ranked seventh in the American League.

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Experienced V-Mart shows signs of offensive life

Experienced V-Mart shows signs of offensive life

CHICAGO -- The numbers on Victor Martinez through his first 25 games were ugly: A .212 batting average, .263 slugging percentage, no home runs and a .542 OPS.

His numbers when he crossed 100 plate appearances were even uglier, batting .198 with a .514 OPS.

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Lobstein looks to lock up White Sox

Lobstein looks to lock up White Sox

The Tigers and White Sox are two teams with an entirely different left-handed approach. They'll both be sending out southpaw starters for their series finale Thursday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

While Jose Quintana faces a Tigers club that hit him around for nine runs in four innings less than three weeks ago at Comerica Park, Kyle Lobstein gets his shot against a White Sox lineup batting just .198 against left-handers this season and .200 in games started by lefties.

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Tigers see correctable flaw in Greene's mechanics

Tigers see correctable flaw in Greene's mechanics

CHICAGO -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones spent part of their Wednesday watching video of Shane Greene's loss Tuesday night. Their verdict was similar to Tuesday: Good pitches, not particularly well commanded.

"His pitches aren't bad at all," Ausmus said. "They're just a little bit off of where he wants them to be. He's just in a little bit of a funk that I think is correctable."

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Tigers' offense can't get on track vs. Shark

Tigers' offense can't get on track vs. Shark

CHICAGO -- The White Sox five-game losing streak came to an end Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field by virtue of a 5-2 victory over the Tigers. The South Siders improved to 7-3 at home, to go with their 2-11 road record.

Jeff Samardzija (2-2) earned the victory, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings, while striking out seven and walking one. Samardzija's night came to an end with runners on first and second in the seventh, when he took Ian Kinsler's line drive up the middle off his right arm and still recovered to nail him at first. Zach Duke and David Robertson completed the victory.

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After hot start to season, no greener pastures

After hot start to season, no greener pastures

CHICAGO -- The last time Shane Greene left the mound against the White Sox, he had an eight-run lead on his way to becoming the first Tiger in 27 years to win his first three starts to a season. Greene had overcome four walks to toss seven innings of one-run ball, and he had tossed 23 innings with one earned run on the year.

That was less than three weeks ago. It seems like another era. It was definitely another ERA.

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Avila's hard work in BP pays off with homer

Avila's hard work in BP pays off with homer

CHICAGO -- Alex Avila bristled at the question whether he thought his opposite-field homer Tuesday was headed out in the Tigers' 5-2 loss to the White Sox.

"I don't know why everybody always asks that about home runs," he said. "I hit it good, but you never know."

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Phil Rogers

Familiarity lands J.D. in right spot in Detroit

Slugger had offer from White Sox in '14, but ties to Avila led to Tigers signing, career turnaround

Familiarity lands J.D. in right spot in Detroit

CHICAGO -- Alex Avila has known J.D. Martinez since he was in elementary school north of Miami. His father, Al, the Tigers' assistant general manager, got to know Martinez well when Alex's brother, Alan, was one of Martinez's teammates at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

"I've known J.D. since I was 6, 7 or 8," said Alex Avila, Detroit's catcher. "We were always around baseball fields when we were kids, and now we work out together in the offseason."

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Rondon to continue rehab process in Detroit

Rondon to continue rehab process in Detroit

CHICAGO -- Bruce Rondon will rejoin the Tigers in Detroit when the team returns to Comerica Park on Friday, but he will not be returning to pitch yet. If anything, his return is an effort to get him headed down that path again under the watch of the big league staff.

"We're bringing him back to Detroit to kind of get him underneath our group," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said.

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Petrick has been in Gibson's shoes

Former big leaguer didn't reveal he had Parkinson's until 2004

Petrick has been in Gibson's shoes

Ben Petrick wondered about Kirk Gibson last year. He saw the mannerisms, listened to the sound bites from the normally energetic D-backs manager and thought the changes looked familiar.

He'd lived them.

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Anibal stays tough on KC as Tigers earn split

Anibal stays tough on KC as Tigers earn split

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez continued his mastery of the Royals, and Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run homer as Detroit salvaged a split in the four-game series with a 6-4 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 38,326 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

That was the Royals' third straight sellout.

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Iglesias aims to play despite groin tightness

Iglesias aims to play despite groin tightness

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias continued his early-season highlight reel in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Royals with a twirling play up the middle, but his defensive wizardry might be on hold after leaving the series finale with left groin tightness.

Iglesias, who is listed as day to day, is optimistic he'll be able to play in Tuesday night's series opener against the White Sox. Part of the reason he left Sunday's game in the sixth inning with a 6-0 Tigers lead was to better his chances to play through it.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Twitter told David Price he had an off day

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Twitter told David Price he had an off day

Mondays are the worst, right? You have to stop pretending you live in a pillow fort equipped with Netflix, put on real clothes, and go back to work. Well, unless you're David Price.

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Anibal displays front-line stuff in key series

Anibal displays front-line stuff in key series

KANSAS CITY -- Anibal Sanchez said he wasn't thinking about a perfect game through his first five innings. Alex Avila said he doesn't think about a perfect game normally until the seventh or eighth inning.

But as the zeros piled up and the Tigers' lead grew, Sanchez had the perfect ending in the works to this series with the Royals.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Tigers are in good place after KC showdown

Defending AL Central champs feel their best baseball yet to come

Tigers are in good place after KC showdown

KANSAS CITY -- Four weeks into the season, it is a little early to get too excited. The four-time defending American League Central champion Detroit Tigers, however, have to be feeling pretty good about the way things are coming together.

After losing the first two of a four-game weekend series against the Royals, the Tigers responded with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night behind the complete-game effort of David Price and claimed a split in the series with a 6-4 win on Sunday.

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Pitching, timely hits key for salvaging series

Anibal's stellar start pivotal in finale between division rivals

Pitching, timely hits key for salvaging series

KANSAS CITY -- The quiet tranquility of the Tigers' Sunday morning clubhouse was briefly interrupted by the arrival of Miguel Cabrera in his getaway-day gear, including a fuchsia suit that caused a stir.

It was a different suit than Cabrera wore on his way into this city four days earlier. In the American League Central standings, however, the Tigers left town looking pretty much the same as they came in, a half-game up on the Royals after Sunday's 6-4 win.

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Price takes fielding practice to tighten defense

Price takes fielding practice to tighten defense

KANSAS CITY -- David Price went the distance on the mound for the Tigers in Saturday night's 2-1 win over the Royals. He was back on the field at Kauffman Stadium long before many of his teammates had arrived on Sunday morning.

As bullpen catcher Jeff Kunkel hit him ground balls, Price was trying to shore up the one area of his game that nearly drove him crazy in his five-hitter on Saturday. Essentially, after his fielding error on a potential double-play grounder from Alex Gordon nearly fueled a Royals rally, he assigned himself pitchers fielding practice.

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Economical Price a model of efficiency

Lefty throws 106 pitches, never wavers in complete-game victory over Royals

Economical Price a model of efficiency

KANSAS CITY -- About the only thing that slowed down David Price in Saturday's 2-1 Tigers win at Kauffman Stadium was a fly -- not a fly ball.

He was on his way out for the fourth inning as soon as the Tigers had been retired in the top half. He quickly turned back and beckoned head athletic trainer Kevin Rand to take a look.

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Price too much for Royals

Price too much for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Detroit left-hander David Price threw a complete-game five-hitter to earn his third win of the year as the Tigers beat the Royals, 2-1, on Saturday night in front of 38,692 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Price lost his shutout when Lorenzo Cain hit a home run with two outs in the ninth. He didn't walk a hitter and struck out three.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Price's latest start makes big statement

Left-hander allows one run in complete-game gem against Royals

Price's latest start makes big statement

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski walked into manager Brad Ausmus' office in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday night, sat down on the couch and smiled.

"That was impressive," Dombrowski said.

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Gose's speed torments Royals

Outfielder changes game in Tigers' favor on basepaths

Gose's speed torments Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Only the rulebook could slow down Anthony Gose on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

After Gose's third hit of the night against the Royals, he took off on a pitch Ian Kinsler hit to center field, getting such a jump that he was sliding into second base as Lorenzo Cain caught the ball. He got back to first base with ease, but was ruled out because the umpires ruled he had technically turned towards third base and didn't retouch second base afterward.

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Tigers keep rotation order, stick with Lobstein

Lefty to make next start on turn Thursday

Tigers keep rotation order, stick with Lobstein

KANSAS CITY -- Kyle Lobstein will make his next start on turn Thursday against the White Sox in Chicago. Manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday he decided to keep his rotation in order coming out of Monday's off-day, giving all of his starters an extra day of rest.

It's a minor difference in days; the Tigers would needed a fifth starter no later than Saturday, anyway. It's a more significant difference in opponent, since Lobstein will face the White Sox on turn rather than get a second straight matchup with the Royals next weekend at Comerica Park. It's a bigger message about the role of Lobstein in the rotation with Justin Verlander out for the foreseeable future.

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Tigers tweak shift after bunt singles

Ausmus adjusts defensive alignment after two Royals take advantage in opener

Tigers tweak shift after bunt singles

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers aren't going to abandon their infield shift on Royals left-handed hitters after bunt singles from Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer down the third-base line on consecutive nights. They are, however, going to tweak it.

They already began doing so by the time Hosmer came up again Friday night, after his bunt single had helped extend the opening inning for Kansas City's three-run outburst. They didn't move third baseman Nick Castellanos back over to the left side, but they moved shortstop Jose Iglesias in on the infield dirt on one-strike counts, manager Brad Ausmus said.

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