Gose shows power, defensive ability in return

Tigers center fielder makes impact nine months after trade from Blue Jays

Gose shows power, defensive ability in return

TORONTO -- Matt Boyd wasn't the only former Blue Jay taking the field at Rogers Centre on Friday night for the first time since being traded to the Tigers. Anthony Gose just wasn't as recent a Toronto player, and his trade wasn't as prominent.

Nine months have passed since the Blue Jays dealt Gose to Detroit for Devon Travis, long enough for old ties to nearly be forgotten. Gose made an impact by powering home two of Detroit's three runs and potentially denying Toronto an add-on tally in the Tigers' 5-3 loss.

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Tigers go deep twice, overpowered by Jays

Tigers go deep twice, overpowered by Jays

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo shots to power the Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers in the series opener at Rogers Centre on Friday.

Tulowitzki and Donaldson went back-to-back in the third to break a 1-1 tie before Bautista put Toronto ahead, 5-1, in the fifth with his 10th homer of August. Ian Kinsler homered in the first before former Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose went deep with a two-run shot in the seventh, but Toronto's bullpen came on and locked it down over the final 2 2/3 innings to secure the win. Roberto Osuna recorded his 16th save as he struck out the side in the ninth.

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Boyd takes lesson from homers surrendered

In seventh career start, Tigers lefty allows three solo shots to Blue Jays

Boyd takes lesson from homers surrendered

TORONTO -- No team hits left-handed pitching harder than the Blue Jays -- for average, for slugging percentage and for OPS.

Tigers lefty Matt Boyd, meanwhile, gave up more home runs at Rogers Centre in two starts when he was with the Blue Jays than all but three current Toronto pitchers have all season. And he was facing a club that knows his stuff.

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Fulmer wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

Bernard, Green join Tigers prospect on end-of-season All-Star team

Fulmer wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

TORONTO -- The Erie Seawolves own the second-worst record in the Double-A Eastern League, but they ended up with more players on the league's end-of-season All-Star team than any other club, headlined by the pitcher who joined the team just four weeks ago.

Before the Tigers acquired Michael Fulmer in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, the big right-hander was a dominant pitcher in the Mets' system at Double-A Binghamton. He didn't let up once he jumped across the league to Erie, and the combined effort earned him the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Year award.

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Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

Ace said Tigers' trade was 'probably best move' at non-waiver Deadline

Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

TORONTO -- David Price saw his former Tigers teammates Friday afternoon, and it was like he never left. He said hello to defensive coordinator Matt Martin and staff in the dugout long before batting practice. He made his way through the visitors' clubhouse at Rogers Centre and hugged just about everybody.

"One of the best people in the game," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Wish he wasn't wearing a Blue Jay hat, though."

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Tigers call on Farmer to square off with Jays

Tigers call on Farmer to square off with Jays

TORONTO -- The last time the Tigers' Buck Farmer took the mound, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, a scoreless outing into the sixth, then gave up three runs without retiring a batter. That in itself is progress, but his work doesn't get any easier against a Blue Jays lineup that is crushing the ball against all sorts of pitching right now.

Toronto hit well enough to support Drew Hutchison to a 12-2 record, despite a 5.06 ERA. But his seven-game unbeaten streak has included outstanding starts and low-scoring wins in his last two outings, with a 4-2 win over Oakland and a 3-1 victory over the Yankees.

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Wolf not yet conceding to Father Time

Crafty lefty delivers second straight strong outing

Wolf not yet conceding to Father Time

DETROIT -- Randy Wolf continues to work ahead in the count on Father Time. He doesn't need run support for that. He does need it to get a result on the field.

"I feel like every start I kind of have to, in a way, prove people wrong, that I'm not at the geriatric level quite yet," the 39-year-old left-hander said.

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Gose still learning to navigate basepaths

Runs into two outs against Angels in shutout loss

Gose still learning to navigate basepaths

DETROIT -- On a positive note, Anthony Gose did what no other Tiger could against right-hander Matt Shoemaker on Thursday afternoon, twice reaching base safely during a 2-0 loss to the Angels.

But both times ended poorly for Detroit's center fielder, who was picked off first base by catcher Carlos Perez to end the third inning and was caught stealing for the final out in the sixth.

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Wolf shortchanged by lack of support

Wolf shortchanged by lack of support

DETROIT -- Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with at least 50 friends and family members in the stands, Matt Shoemaker dominated the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory.

"It's incredibly special," Shoemaker said. "Family and friends, tons of them here. It means a lot, definitely special, getting a win for this ballclub in a tight playoff race."

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McCann maintains calm amid no-no bid

Rookie catcher helps Verlander navigate one-hit gem

McCann maintains calm amid no-no bid

DETROIT -- James McCann learns quickly, as one would expect from the son of a rocket scientist. The way McCann handled his late-inning mound visit with Justin Verlander, one would've thought he was the son of a negotiator.

Verlander's disdain for interruptions on the mound has become well-known, which is why pitching coach Jeff Jones treads carefully when he goes out there. As Verlander struggled to find the strike zone with his initial pitches of the eighth inning, walking David Murphy on four pitches before falling behind in the count on Erick Aybar, McCann had to weigh whether to take those steps.

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Moya moves over to left with Mud Hens

With J.D. Martinez in right, top prospect swaps corners

Moya moves over to left with Mud Hens

DETROIT -- Days before the Tigers will expand their roster, Triple-A Toledo outfielder Steven Moya made a notable position move.

On Wednesday, Moya, the organization's top prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, earned his first start in left field since 2011 after playing 97 games in right field with the Mud Hens this season.

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Chalk show: 1 liner spoils Verlander no-no in 9th

Chalk show: 1 liner spoils Verlander no-no in 9th

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander has been here enough times that he's starting to know the club by heart.

"Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan," Verlander said after throwing a one-hit shutout against the Angels in a 5-0 Tigers win on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, starting down the list before struggling to remember the others with at least three no-hitters.

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Verlander loses no-no in 9th, 1-hits Halos

Verlander loses no-no in 9th, 1-hits Halos

DETROIT -- The long path back to pitching dominance for Justin Verlander ended Wednesday night with a familiar sight. The Tigers' ace came within three outs of his third career no-hitter, settling for a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

"Over the last seven or eight starts, he's kind of shown that he's still got Justin Verlander inside of him," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, "and I think tonight was a little bit of an exclamation point."

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Ausmus: Review choice no factor in lost no-no

Ausmus: Review choice no factor in lost no-no

DETROIT -- After further review, the Tigers didn't need the insurance run they were trying for in the eighth, not with Justin Verlander dealing. The way this season has gone, though, a no-hit bid wouldn't have stopped manager Brad Ausmus from fighting for it.

As Verlander took the mound for the ninth in Wednesday night's 5-0 Tigers win over the Angels, a third career no-hitter within reach, he had to wait for a few seconds to make sure that the eighth inning was actually over. With a close play at first base on Rajai Davis' groundout, Ausmus held up the umpiring crew to give replay coordinator Matt Martin a chance to see if it was worth using their challenge.

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Mike Bauman

Verlander's one-hitter a characteristic return to form

Verlander's one-hitter a characteristic return to form

DETROIT -- Yes, there is a substantial amount of fuel left in Justin Verlander's tank.

Verlander has pitched extremely well for more than a month, but he regained a level of greatness on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. He took a no-hitter into the ninth against the Los Angeles Angels, and in the process, once again displayed the dominant pitching that has characterized much of his career.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Verlander eyed no-no No. 3

Tigers righty was 3 outs away from becoming 6th hurler with 3 no-hitters

Stats of the Day: Verlander eyed no-no No. 3

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues Wednesday …

• Bidding to become the sixth pitcher in big league history with at least three no-hitters, Justin Verlander didn't allow a knock until Chris Iannetta lined a single just fair to left field to begin the ninth. Verlander settled for a one-hit shutout as the Tigers blanked the Angels, 5-0. Verlander has four career shutouts on one hit or no hits, tying Virgil Trucks for the most for any Tiger since 1914. Like Verlander, Trucks had a pair of no-hitters, both coming in '52. Verlander's line -- which included nine strikeouts and two walks -- left him with a game score of 92. The right-hander has six career games with scores of at least 90 -- the most among active pitchers. His 1,901 career K's rank third in franchise history behind Mickey Lolich's 2,679 and Jack Morris' 1,980.

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McCann: Verlander's bid 'heck of a night'

McCann: Verlander's bid 'heck of a night'

DETROIT -- It took until the eighth inning of Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Angels for Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez to realize the feat that Justin Verlander was approaching.

At the time, Martinez wasn't aware that Verlander had held Los Angeles hitless, so when Detroit's ace threw six straight balls to begin the frame, the outfielder began wondering why no one was warming in the bullpen.

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Greene set for surgery on artery in shoulder

Greene set for surgery on artery in shoulder

DETROIT -- Tigers right-hander Shane Greene will undergo an operation Thursday morning to repair the circumflex artery in his throwing shoulder, and he will miss the remainder of the season.

The pitcher is expected to be ready for Spring Training, according to manager Brad Ausmus.

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V-Mart happy to take a little luck at plate

V-Mart happy to take a little luck at plate

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez sounds like a man shaking his fist at the gods lording over his batting average on balls put in play.

Martinez's knee, he insists, is not an issue for him right now. His swing mechanics aren't his concern. Where he bats in the order is far from his mind. With his numbers and the Tigers' season fading in kind, Martinez wants hits, and he can't find them.

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Miggy's three-hit night not enough vs. Angels

Miggy's three-hit night not enough vs. Angels

DETROIT -- Albert Pujols homered, Erick Aybar notched three hits and the Angels held on Tuesday night, beating the Tigers at Comerica Park, 8-7, to snap a four-game losing streak.

The Tigers have now dropped five in a row, moving into a tie with Cleveland for fourth in the American League Central. Their starter, Alfredo Simon, put them in a 4-0 hole after the first and finished giving up eight runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking four batters, uncorking three wild pitches and hitting a batter.

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Wild night by Simon a dubious achievement

Tigers starter rare pitcher to allow three runs on wild pitches

Wild night by Simon a dubious achievement

DETROIT -- The Tigers were hoping Alfredo Simon's one-hit shutout last week could set up a late-season bounceback. On Tuesday, it was his pitches that bounced, or in one case sailed, that doomed him at inopportune times.

It was a wild outing, to be sure, and it proved too much for the Tigers to overcome in an 8-7 loss to the Angels at Comerica Park. In terms of wild pitches, it was a rarity.

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Cabrera has seventh straight multi-hit game

Tigers first baseman matches mark he achieved while with Marlins

Cabrera has seventh straight multi-hit game

DETROIT -- Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is making up for lost time.

The 10-time All-Star hasn't missed a beat after spending six weeks on the disabled list with a Grade 3 calf strain. Cabrera went hitless in his Aug. 14 return and has been nearly unstoppable since.

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Tigers falter after fast start vs. Reds

Tigers falter after fast start vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- It was a comeback, and then some, for the Reds on Monday as they scored 12 unanswered runs -- 10 in the sixth inning -- for a 12-5 victory over the Tigers in their makeup game at Great American Ball Park. With its biggest rally of the year, Cincinnati avoided setting a season-high losing streak after it had lost the previous nine in a row.

Detroit had a 5-0 lead through four innings against Reds starter Keyvius Sampson, including a four-run first inning where nine men batted. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and Nick Castellanos added a solo shot in the nine-batter inning vs. Sampson, who lasted only four innings while throwing 100 pitches.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff's scouting profile: Matt Boyd

Pleskoff's scouting profile: Matt Boyd

Background
Left-hander Matt Boyd came to the Detroit Tigers in a unique trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that included all left-handed pitchers. Boyd, Jairo Labourt and Daniel Norris went to Detroit for David Price.

Boyd is rather unique. In the 2012 MLB Draft, he chose not to sign after having been selected by the Reds in the 13th round. Instead, Boyd returned to pitch for the Oregon State Beavers and helped them become one of the final four teams in the 2013 College World Series. In an elimination game in the second round of the CWS, he defeated Indiana University with a 1-0 victory. A reliever until his senior year, Boyd became a starter after finding summer success in the Cape Cod League.

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Miggy about to re-enter AL batting race

Tigers slugger will soon have enough plate appearances to qualify

Miggy about to re-enter AL batting race

CINCINNATI -- The Tigers ended play Monday 5 1/2 games out in the American League Wild Card race. Miguel Cabrera ended the day about four games out of the AL batting race, and gaining each day. At this point next week, he should be running away with it, putting him in position for what would be his fourth batting title in five years.

Monday's 2-for-5 performance in a 12-5 loss to the Reds left Cabrera with a .367 batting average, which would lead the Majors by 32 points and the American League by 47 if he had enough at-bats to qualify. His six-week stint on the disabled list with a strained left calf put him behind pace on the plate appearances necessary (3.1 for each game the team has played so far) to be eligible. A player needs 502 plate appearances to be eligible at season's end, which is all that really matters, but getting back on pace means the name shows up on the leaderboard.

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Farmer, 'pen can't harvest seeds of gem

Righty holds Reds hitless into fifth before unraveling in sixth

Farmer, 'pen can't harvest seeds of gem

CINCINNATI -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has had to talk plenty about his pitching all season. Monday's 12-5 loss to the Reds, after the Tigers once held a 5-0 lead, was just the latest, and he summed up the 10-run sixth inning off Buck Farmer and the relief corps succinctly.

"I think he hit a little bit of wall when the inning started," Ausmus said of Farmer. "And then everything blew up."

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Collins getting chance to prove himself

Tigers seeing what they have in young outfielder

Collins getting chance to prove himself

CINCINNATI -- It's time for the Tigers to figure out what they have in Tyler Collins. What the Tigers find could potentially impact their offseason dealings.

Monday's start against the Reds was Collins' 13th start in 18 games, and his fourth in a row in a string that included a prominent left-handed pitcher in Cole Hamels, off whom he singled twice. He is progressing from a platoon option to the outfielder receiving the vast majority of the playing time in left, at the expense of Rajai Davis.

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Hardy's outstanding homerless stretch ends

Left-hander had gone 84 2/3 innings before giving up solo blast to Napoli

Hardy's outstanding homerless stretch ends

DETROIT -- Former Tigers lefty Jamie Walker used to say every reliever gets five minutes of fame. Sometimes, maybe wrongly, a few of those minutes tick by in defeat. Blaine Hardy falls into that category.

When Mike Napoli's fly ball carried over Comerica Park's left-field fence in Sunday afternoon's 4-2 loss, it was a badly-needed insurance run for the Rangers to build a two-run lead toward taking three out of four from the Tigers. It was also the first time anybody had hit a ball over the fence off Hardy since June of last year.

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