Tigers ponder potential trades prior to Deadline

Price's future may depend upon whether Detroit decides to be buyer or seller

Tigers ponder potential trades prior to Deadline

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tigers officials and evaluators had their first day of meetings preparing for Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, with still no indication of whether the team will buy or sell.

At the same time, David Price had one final day of preparation for what could be his final start as a Tiger on Tuesday night against his old team at Tropicana Field, where he was waiting out the trade market a year ago before Tampa Bay dealt him to Detroit. But Price believes he and the Tigers can still have a say in which way the team goes.

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Tigers add prospect Farmer to taxed bullpen

Greene moves to 'pen as Detroit options Ryan to Triple-A Toledo

Tigers add prospect Farmer to taxed bullpen

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the second time in as many months, Shane Greene is out of the Tigers' rotation. This time, he's headed to the bullpen, rather than Triple-A Toledo.

What looked on the surface like a swap of long relievers was instead the rotation change that was expected coming off Greene's latest rough outing Sunday night against the Red Sox. Buck Farmer, recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Monday afternoon, will take Greene's rotation spot, and he is scheduled to pitch Friday at Baltimore.

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Tigers roughed up in Fenway finale

Tigers roughed up in Fenway finale

BOSTON -- David Ortiz smacked two three-run homers and finished with a career-high seven RBIs to carry the Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tigers in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

Boston scored more than four runs for the first time since July 12, a span of 10 games, and banged out a season-high 20 hits. Meanwhile, rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez held Detroit to one run on three hits over seven innings.

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Greene still looking for answers

Greene still looking for answers

BOSTON -- For as sterling as Shane Greene's first three starts with the Tigers were, the ensuing struggles have come to define his season.

On Sunday night, Greene stumbled again in a deflating 11-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Over 4 1/3 innings, the right-hander allowed five runs on a season-high 11 hits, including a three-run homer by David Ortiz that sparked Boston's scoring outburst.

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Ausmus is geared up for playoff chase

Ausmus is geared up for playoff chase

BOSTON -- With the non-waiver Trade Deadline now five days away, the Tigers' window to decide whether they are buyers or sellers is rapidly shrinking.

But count Detroit manager Brad Ausmus among those who firmly believes that the club has what it takes to stitch together a second-half surge. After all, he argued, the team entered Sunday night's game against the Red Sox within clear striking distance of the second American League Wild Card spot -- 3 1/2 games back following a Minnesota loss.

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Tigers recall Ryan, option Krauss to Triple-A

Left-hander expected to provide relief for fatigued bullpen

Tigers recall Ryan, option Krauss to Triple-A

BOSTON -- In need of an extra arm for their taxed bullpen, the Tigers recalled left-hander Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday and optioned first baseman Marc Krauss to the same affiliate.

The Tigers expect Ryan to serve as a long reliever for the time being, which would potentially allow the team to use Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy in more late-game situations. Detroit relievers have had to pitch 16 innings over the past five games, including two that went to extras, and they worked three innings on Saturday after starter Alfredo Simon left the game with a groin strain.

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Agent: Price talks likely to come down to wire

Agent: Price talks likely to come down to wire

David Price's agent, Bo McKinnis, has kept a very low profile all year about his client's contract status and extension talks, preferring to keep any negotiations private.

With Price's name back in the rumor mill leading up Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, McKinnis appeared on MLB Network Radio on Sunday morning with former MLB general managers Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette, and sounded less than optimistic about Price staying a Tiger -- at least long term, or maybe even into August.

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Long-time Tigers beat reporter Gage honored with Spink Award

Long-time Tigers beat reporter Gage honored with Spink Award

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Every story has to start somewhere. Every writer knows that.

The story of how Tom Gage came to be on the stage at historic Doubleday Field accepting the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing -- after 36 years on the Tigers beat at the Detroit News --may well have begun with a fifth grade teacher, Bill Mestaugh.

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Castellanos, Cespedes power Tigers past Red Sox

Castellanos, Cespedes power Tigers past Red Sox

BOSTON -- Alfredo Simon tossed his first quality start in over a month, Nick Castellanos drove in three runs and Yoenis Cespedes homered, as the Tigers evened their three-game weekend series against the Red Sox with a 5-1 victory on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Simon, who powered his way through six innings of one-run ball, had to be removed from the game in the seventh inning due to a groin strain. But the Tigers believe he can avoid a trip to the disabled list. The veteran righty scattered five hits, struck out four and walked two, as Detroit brought itself to within one game of the .500 mark.

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'Monster' shot exciting for Castellanos

'Monster' shot exciting for Castellanos

BOSTON -- For Nick Castellanos, hitting his first career home run at Fenway Park might have been enough. That he launched his shot clear over the Green Monster in a winning effort had the Tigers' third baseman thinking Hollywood.

Castellanos helped fuel Detroit's 5-1 win over the Red Sox on Saturday by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs -- including a two-run double that staked his team to a four-run lead. But it was the sixth-inning solo shot that left a lasting impression on the 23-year-old, perhaps because it left the park altogether.

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Simon, Tigers think groin strain isn't serious

Simon, Tigers think groin strain isn't serious

BOSTON -- When right-hander Alfredo Simon left the seventh inning of Saturday's 5-1 win over the Red Sox with a groin strain, the initial outlook appeared grim for a Tigers rotation that could ill-afford to lose one of its arms.

But something which could have cast a shadow over Simon's strong performance turned out to be little more than an injury scare. The team believes Simon will not need a stint on the disabled list, and he'll be evaluated on Sunday to help determine whether he could even make his next scheduled start.

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Miggy does light fielding drills during BP

Miggy does light fielding drills during BP

BOSTON -- The eventual return of injured Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera may still be several weeks away, but the slugger has begun taking his first set of steps toward playing again.

Cabrera took ground balls at first base during batting practice before Saturday's 5-1 win over Boston. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus also revealed Cabrera has been taking batting practice in the cage for the past few days.

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Trammell fills in as Tigers' first-base coach

Trammell fills in as Tigers' first-base coach

BOSTON -- Alan Trammell stepped back on the infield of a baseball diamond during the Tigers' 5-1 win over the Red Sox on Saturday. This time, however, the former Detroit shortstop did so as a first-base coach.

Trammell spent his entire 20-year playing career in Detroit, garnering six All-Star selections, four Gold Glove Awards and MVP honors for the 1984 World Series. Working as a special assistant to Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski this season, he wore No. 4 and coached in place of Omar Vizquel, who has taken a leave of absence following the sudden death of his father on Saturday morning.

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Verlander makes headway with strong effort

Verlander makes headway with strong effort

BOSTON -- Though Friday night was low on positives for the Tigers, a sparkling outing by starter Justin Verlander cut into the gloom of a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Verlander gave up only one run on seven hits over a season-high eight innings, fanning three and walking none on 111 pitches. And while those numbers may look pedestrian in the greater context of the veteran's stellar career, his performance compared to his last start -- seven runs allowed over 3 2/3 innings -- was a promising sign, especially considering it was only his seventh start since returning from injury. Verlander is still stuck at 0-3, but his ERA fell from 6.62 to 5.57.

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Bullpen falters as Tigers edged by Sox in 11th

Bullpen falters as Tigers edged by Sox in 11th

BOSTON -- Fueled by a walk-off single from Xander Bogaerts in the 11th inning, the Red Sox snapped an eight-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Fenway Park.

After tallying lone runs in the third, the Sox and Tigers traded zeros for seven innings until Bogaerts ended the deadlock with his well-timed single, which scored Mookie Betts from second on a close play at the plate. Both teams had to wait a little over four minutes before the safe call at home was ruled to stand after a challenge by Detroit.

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Missed chances come back to sting Tigers

Missed chances come back to sting Tigers

BOSTON -- Despite their insistence that a second-half run is still possible, the Tigers' current run of inconsistency continued Friday night during a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

In this most recent chapter, it was Detroit's offense that could not support an impressive outing by starter Justin Verlander, going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and netting only one run from leadoff hits in the second, third and fourth innings.

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Miggy not rushing rehab of calf injury

Miggy not rushing rehab of calf injury

BOSTON -- Few could have envisioned exactly how serious Miguel Cabrera's left calf injury would be when the Tigers' first baseman came out of a July 3 win over the Blue Jays.

But Cabrera, who spoke publicly on Friday for the first time since pulling the muscle three weeks earlier, said he immediately knew something was amiss while running to second base in the fourth inning, after which he promptly left the game.

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Return to Boston brings Wilson full circle

Return to Boston brings Wilson full circle

BOSTON -- When the Tigers acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Red Sox last offseason, some might have viewed the inclusion of righty reliever Alex Wilson as an afterthought. Of late, however, Wilson's value to a largely shaky Detroit bullpen has never been more clear.

Through 51 innings entering Friday, Wilson had pitched to a 1.94 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, including just 1.41 walks per nine innings. Even more impressively, the 28-year-old has done so in multiple roles, ranging from long man to setup situations and even spot starter.

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Price 'outstanding' as Trade Deadline looms

Rumors swirl around Tigers ace, who allows two runs over eight-plus innings

Price 'outstanding' as Trade Deadline looms

DETROIT -- If Thursday was indeed David Price's final start as a Tiger at Comerica Park, the ace exited on a frustrating note.

Though Price was "outstanding," in the words of manager Brad Ausmus, the left-hander -- who could be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline -- surrendered the tying run in the seventh inning. He received a standing ovation from the crowd following a clean eighth, and again when he was pulled after allowing a leadoff double in the ninth, before Detroit fell to Seattle, 3-2, in 12 innings.

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Tigers shut down after V-Mart's early knock

Tigers shut down after V-Mart's early knock

DETROIT -- In what was a showcase of starting pitchers for much of Thursday's contest at Comerica Park, Mariners backup catcher Mike Zunino took the spotlight with the decisive double in the 12th inning of a 3-2 victory over the Tigers.

David Price was excellent over eight-plus innings, allowing a solo homer to Kyle Seager in the second at-bat of the game but bearing down from there. Price -- who could be dealt before the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- surrendered the game-tying single to Mark Trumbo in the seventh and Seager ended his day with a double in the ninth, but the Tigers' ace recorded his fourth quality outing in as many starts this month.

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Gose, Hicks share ride from Compton to big leagues

Young talents played together at Urban Youth Academy

Gose, Hicks share ride from Compton to big leagues

LOS ANGELES -- Fulfilling their destinies as Major League center fielders as rivals in the American League Central, the Twins' Aaron Hicks and the Tigers' Anthony Gose go way, way back.

They got together in the summer of 2004 as teammates with the San Gabriel Valley Arsenal, a travel team in the greater L.A. sprawl that included a pitcher with a lively arm named Gerrit Cole.

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Ausmus plays matchups, runs out of arms

Tigers manager uses five relievers to follow strong start from Price

Ausmus plays matchups, runs out of arms

DETROIT -- For eight-plus innings, the Tigers got the deep start from David Price that they needed. For three innings, they got big outs from the bullpen. For the final 11 innings, they got blanked by Mariners pitching.

In the end, for the second time in three games and the third time in 10, they got the bullpen loss that they dreaded. And as they headed out of town with a four-game series split against the Mariners, they were equal parts tired and exasperated.

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Lobstein throwing off mound, may rejoin Tigers

Slow recovery continues as Detroit anticipates left-hander's return

Lobstein throwing off mound, may rejoin Tigers

DETROIT -- Nobody would have expected the Tigers to be missing Kyle Lobstein, which says something about the way their season has gone. The way Lobstein's rehab had seemingly been going, nobody would have expected Detroit to be anticipating his return.

With Lobstein now throwing off a mound again, however, it looks more like a possibility.

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Still recovering, Miggy will travel with Tigers

Cabrera is nearly halfway through rehab for Grade 3 calf strain

Still recovering, Miggy will travel with Tigers

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera will travel with the Tigers during their 10-game road trip to Boston, Tampa Bay and Baltimore, and the slugger's presence may bode well for the club.

The 10-time All-Star is in his third week of recovery from a Grade 3 left calf strain that was expected to sideline him for at least six weeks, so he won't be contributing on the field. But Cabrera takes credit for Detroit's eight-run third inning during Wednesday's 9-4 win, when he was back in the dugout for the first time since the injury.

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Miggy among most popular jerseys

MadBum, Bryant debut in Nos. 1-2 spots on Most Popular rankings

Miggy among most popular jerseys

The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association released the top 20 rankings on Thursday, based on sales of Majestic Athletic jerseys at the MLB.com Shop from Opening Day through last week's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.

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Slam fuels Tigers' 8-run 3rd to down Mariners

Slam fuels Tigers' 8-run 3rd to down Mariners

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos' first Major League grand slam fueled an eight-run third inning. The Tigers spent the next six innings trying to hold down the Mariners' offense, withstanding a pair of Nelson Cruz home runs for a 9-4 Detroit win Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

The victory moved the Tigers back to .500 at 47-47 as team officials and ownership weigh whether to buy or sell at next week's non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Tigers hadn't scored more than six runs in an inning all season, but after missing out on scoring chances in the first two innings, they pounced all over Seattle starter Mike Montgomery (4-4) in the third, helped by three walks and a Kyle Seager throwing error.

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Castellanos' 1st slam more than memorable

Tigers third baseman fuels 8-run inning with long blast

Castellanos' 1st slam more than memorable

DETROIT -- The Tigers and Mariners have been putting on a power display for the better part of six games this month, mainly from Nelson Cruz and J.D. Martinez. Nick Castellanos doesn't have the track record to be expected to get in on the act.

The way he's hitting against Seattle, nothing seems out of his reach -- not even the retired numbers along the brick wall behind left-center field. He went there in Wednesday's 9-4 win, and it made a first Major League grand slam even more memorable.

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Soria notches milestone 200th save

Soria notches milestone 200th save

DETROIT -- Some players claim they don't focus on milestones, that they're too concentrated on winning individual games to pay heed to the achievements of their career.

Not so for Tigers closer Joakim Soria, who tallied his 200th career save by recording the final four outs of Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Mariners.

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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.