Verlander doomed by HRs as Tigers fall to Tribe

Verlander doomed by HRs as Tigers fall to Tribe

DETROIT -- The Indians' run over the Tigers continued Sunday, as a 9-3 Cleveland win capped a third sweep of Detroit this season while the Tribe won its ninth straight overall.

The win moved the Indians to 9-0 against the Tigers in 2016, outscoring Detroit 60-20, but Cleveland manager Terry Francona doesn't want to use the word "dominance."

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Tigers on Sunday.

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

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Verlander: Outing vs. Tribe 'obviously horrible'

Verlander: Outing vs. Tribe 'obviously horrible'

DETROIT -- Back on May 3, after allowing seven runs to the Indians, Justin Verlander tweeted that he was going to dominate soon. In the following nine starts, he posted a 5-2 record and 2.34 ERA, looking like the Verlander of old.

But then the Indians returned Sunday and knocked him around again. Verlander gave up eight earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in a 9-3 loss, capping a third Tribe sweep of the Tigers this season. The Indians hit four home runs off Verlander in the fifth inning, making Verlander the first Tigers pitcher to give up four homers in a single inning, according to STATS, LLC.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Tigers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pelfrey: Relief outing was key for splitter

Pelfrey: Relief outing was key for splitter

DETROIT -- As the Tigers' rotation continues to get worked out on the fly, Mike Pelfrey hopes he found some momentum for Tuesday's start after a Friday relief appearance.

Pelfrey allowed just three hits over 4 1/3 scoreless innings in emergency relief against the Indians on Friday night. On the heels of another rough start in a rough season, he threw five of six splitters for strikes on Friday and believes he found something there.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Tigers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gerber among top prospect performers Sunday

Rays No. 9 prospect allows two hits in six scoreless frames in Triple-A debut

Gerber among top prospect performers Sunday

Jacob Faria took the next step toward reaching the Major Leagues on Sunday with an impressive debut for Triple-A Durham.

The Rays' No. 9 prospect fired six innings of two-hit ball as the Bulls fell to Lehigh Valley, 3-2, in 10 innings. He walked one, struck out six and generated seven ground-ball outs, throwing 52 of his 82 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pelfrey, Tigers set to host Conley, Marlins

Pelfrey, Tigers set to host Conley, Marlins

Fresh off taking three of four from the mighty Cubs, the Marlins open a nine-game road swing against the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Detroit nabbed a pair of wins as the two clubs squared off to open the season in Miami.

Adam Conley (4-4, 3.56 ERA) takes the hill coming off the deepest outing by any Marlins pitcher this season. The left-hander twirled eight innings of scoreless, four-hit ball. He's 2-1 with a 3.83 ERA on the road this season and has never faced Detroit.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers shut out on four hits against Indians

Tigers shut out on four hits against Indians

DETROIT -- Another day, another Indians win over the Tigers. Carlos Carrasco threw a four-hit shutout and Cleveland beat Detroit, 6-0, on Saturday at Comerica Park to move to 8-0 on the season against its division rival. The Tribe also won its eighth straight game.

Carrasco threw his seventh career complete game and third shutout -- his first since Sept. 25, 2015, against the Royals. In the Indians' last four games, their starters have gone the distance three times.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Saturday.

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Anibal allows 2 more HRs; rotation future uncertain

Anibal allows 2 more HRs; rotation future uncertain

DETROIT -- The question regarding Anibal Sanchez entering Saturday was if could he do enough to stay in the Tigers' rotation after a month-long stint in the bullpen.

The answer coming out was unclear.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back in Detroit, Polanco reflects on close-knit '06

Back in Detroit, Polanco reflects on close-knit '06

DETROIT -- Ask Placido Polanco which moment stands out from the Tigers' 2006 American League championship season, and the answer is pretty predictable.

"Obviously, I'll never forget Magglio hitting that home run," Polanco said Friday, a day before he threw out the first pitch before the Tigers' game against the Indians at Comerica Park. "I was begging for a hit. He hit a home run. I didn't know how to run the bases. I just started jumping. It was fun. I'll always remember that. It was really good times. It's been 10 years now. Time flies."

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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.

Chat with Pujols sparks change for McCann

Chat with Pujols sparks change for McCann

DETROIT -- A tip from one of this era's greatest hitters has turned things around for Tigers catcher James McCann.

During a loss to the Angels on May 31 in Anaheim, McCann drew a walk, and Angels first baseman Albert Pujols noted to the 26-year-old catcher that his lead foot was slow. So McCann worked with Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner on two days off and got rid of the leg kick in his swing.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kids have unforgettable time at Pitch, Hit & Run event

Kids have unforgettable time at Pitch, Hit & Run event

DETROIT -- Ten-year-old Drew Potter of East Lansing, Mich., lived out a dream two years ago when he got to run the bases at Comerica Park after a Tigers game. He took that a step further when he competed in the Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run team championship at Comerica on Saturday.

Potter, along with 22 other Michigan kids, had advanced to the championship level after winning local and sectional competitions, with a chance to make it to the national finals at Petco Park in San Diego during All-Star Week.

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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.

A day later, Tigers get extra run in loss to Tribe

A day later, Tigers get extra run in loss to Tribe

DETROIT -- The score of Friday night's Indians win over the Tigers has been changed from 7-4 to 7-5, after it was determined Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler crossed home plate before outfielder Cameron Maybin was doubled off to end the game.

Umpires initiated the change, and it was confirmed on Saturday by the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers' rally for Zimmermann vs. Tribe falls short

Tigers' rally for Zimmermann vs. Tribe falls short

DETROIT -- The Indians continued their taming of the Tigers on Friday night, using a pair of run-scoring triples from Jason Kipnis as part of a seven-run barrage against Jordan Zimmermann for a 7-4 win at Comerica Park.

The victory was the seventh for Cleveland in seven meetings with Detroit, including four at Comerica Park. It also extended the Indians' winning streak to seven, while ending a four-game streak for the Tigers.

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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.

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Running Rajai's circus catch denies Detroit

Running Rajai's circus catch denies Detroit

DETROIT -- Former Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis made sure everyone knew his allegiances as he walked around the Indians' clubhouse, wearing socks with the image of the Cleveland skyline as he chatted before the game. By the time his work was done Friday night, having run down Miguel Cabrera's drive to right-center field for a juggling catch and a game-ending double play, he had seemingly run halfway to Ohio.

"If he hits that ball in another ballpark, it's a tie ballgame," Davis said after the Tribe's 7-4 win. "Fortunately for us, it was here."

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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.

Zimmermann off the mark 'from the get-go'

Zimmermann off the mark 'from the get-go'

DETROIT -- Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey were National League East opponents for a few years with their original clubs, but they've become relatively good friends in the Tigers' clubhouse. They pull for each other, which made Pelfrey's 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief a bright side in Friday's 7-4 loss to the Indians.

If only for that Zimmermann start that preceded 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.

Norris, Anibal going through audition of sorts

Norris, Anibal going through audition of sorts

DETROIT -- Daniel Norris was asked after his start Thursday about the frustration level of his outing -- not so much the back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning, but the fact that his first start as a Tiger this season wasn't until late June.

"It's been tough," he said, "but I've been through a lot in my life, and I've never stopped working. That's one thing. Every day I get to wake up and work hard, no matter where I am. That's been my mindset all year. At some point, my time will come; just be ready for 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.

Tigers won't rush dominant relief prospect Jimenez

Tigers won't rush dominant relief prospect Jimenez

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is well aware of relief prospect Joe Jimenez's dominance on his fast track up the farm system. For now, though, he doesn't want to speed it up to the point where it hurts Jimenez's development.

Jimenez, ranked eighth among Tigers prospects according to MLBPipeline.com, entered Friday with 14 saves and 26 1/3 scoreless innings this season between Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. The 21-year-old has allowed nine hits and six walks while striking out 44. The stinginess from the Tigers' Futures Game representative from last year, as well as a Detroit bullpen in flux, has led to buzz about a callup this summer.

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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.

Stewart, Gerber among top prospect performers Friday

Top Red Sox prospect belts first Double-A home run as part of multi-hit game

Stewart, Gerber among top prospect performers Friday

The milestones keep coming for Yoan Moncada.

The No. 5 overall prospect connected on his first Double-A home run on Friday night as part of another multi-hit performance, but it wasn't enough to keep Portland from losing to Reading, 11-3. Moncada's homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning, was his fifth of the season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walk-off wild pitch caps Tigers' sweep of Mariners

Walk-off wild pitch caps Tigers' sweep of Mariners

DETROIT -- Steve Cishek's 10th-inning wild pitch brought home Cameron Maybin with the winning run, earning the Tigers a four-game series sweep of the Mariners with a 5-4 win Thursday at Comerica Park.

On a day when Seattle lost its starting pitcher in warmups, Cishek was the last available fresh arm when he took the mound. Detroit used its last available position players in the 10th-inning rally, bringing on Maybin to pinch-run for Steven Moya following a one-out walk. Victor Martinez's pinch-hit single moved him to third.

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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.

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Tigers, 1st-rounder Manning agree to deal

Tigers, 1st-rounder Manning agree to deal

DETROIT -- Tigers top Draft pick Matt Manning will not be following his father's footsteps into basketball, instead pursuing his baseball career. The big right-hander, the ninth overall pick earlier this month, has agreed to terms to sign with the Tigers and forgo a two-sport career at Loyola Marymount, the team announced after its 5-4, 10-inning win over Seattle on Thursday.

Manning will sign for the slot value of his selection, a $3,505,800 bonus, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. The club did not confirm the amount.

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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, Tigers pull out all the stops in extras

Detroit calls on taxed reliever Ryan, uses pinch-hitter, 2 pinch-runners in final frame

Ausmus, Tigers pull out all the stops in extras

DETROIT -- The Tigers had used every available position player. The Mariners had used every available reliever, though they had starter Nathan Karns available in a pinch.

With the chance at a series sweep and Mariners closer Steve Cishek headed toward 40 pitches Thursday, the Tigers went for it in the 10th -- pinch-hitting with Victor Martinez, pinch-running with Cameron Maybin and Mike Aviles. In the end, it came down to a walk-off wild pitch, the second in the Majors this season.

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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.

Ryan evolves, emerges as Tigers' 2nd lefty reliever

Ryan evolves, emerges as Tigers' 2nd lefty reliever

DETROIT -- The Tigers sent Kyle Ryan to Triple-A Toledo three weeks ago with instruction to improve his offspeed pitches. He went down and worked on locating his fastball.

It sounds like Ryan wasn't listening, but he knew exactly what he was doing.

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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 give M's Moya than they can handle

Tigers give M's Moya than they can handle

DETROIT -- Steven Moya hit two of three Tigers solo homers off Hisashi Iwakuma, and Jose Iglesias hit a two-run double, sending Detroit to its third straight win with a 5-1 victory over Seattle on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

On a night when neither Iwakuma nor Tigers rookie sensation Michael Fulmer got through the fifth inning, the Tigers churned out enough runs early and withstood the Mariners' best threat. Miguel Cabrera turned on a hanging curveball and lofted it out to left for his 424th career homer in the opening inning, then Iglesias completed a two-out rally in the second with a drive off the left-field fence to score Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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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 Mariners on Wednesday.

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Perfection from 'pen secures Tigers' win

Ryan, Greene, Wilson and K-Rod don't allow a baserunner vs. Mariners

Perfection from 'pen secures Tigers' win

DETROIT -- The Tigers have a plan for conserving Michael Fulmer's innings. A fifth-inning exit Wednesday against the Mariners wasn't part of the plan.

The way Fulmer was pitching, however, was a problem. The Tigers' bullpen, much maligned for the past month, became the solution.

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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.

Moya meeting expectations in latest stint

Tigers rookie has been hot at the plate while filling in for Martinez

Moya meeting expectations in latest stint

DETROIT -- This is the feeling Steven Moya had been waiting to experience, rounding the bases on a home run in front of Tigers fans at Comerica Park. He finally experienced it Wednesday.

Then, an inning later, he did it again.

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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 keeping close eye on Fulmer's innings

Detroit hopes to avoid shutting down rookie in final month of season

Tigers keeping close eye on Fulmer's innings

DETROIT -- The Tigers have some sorting out to do with their rotation, with three pitchers potentially up for two spots. That was part of the reason behind the moves to bring back Daniel Norris from Triple-A Toledo to start Thursday, bring in Anibal Sanchez from the bullpen to start Saturday and push back Mike Pelfrey to next Tuesday.

Who goes forward in the rotation from there isn't planned yet. But the other part of the moves, watching the innings workload on rookie sensation Michael Fulmer, is getting some definition.

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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 coach Vizquel makes great play on foul ball

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Tigers coach Vizquel makes great play on foul ball

Even at 49, Omar Vizquel can still field his position.

For 24 seasons, the infielder dazzled at shortstop for the Mariners, Indians, Giants, Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays before retiring after the 2012 campaign. He picked up 11 Gold Glove Awards, made three All-Star Games and was pretty much a wizard in all facets of the game.

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