Could Tigers have pieces to trade for Lucroy?

Could Tigers have pieces to trade for Lucroy?

DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't expecting to do anything big by Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline at 4 p.m. ET, general manager Al Avila warned last week. That doesn't mean they're not going to shop.

When the Tigers sent a scout to last week's Brewers-Pirates series in Pittsburgh, the belief was that Detroit's front office was eyeing relievers on both sides. Turns out, the Tigers were watching more than Mark Melancon, Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress. They also had an eye on catcher Jonathan Lucroy, potentially the most impactful position player on this year's market. With just days to go before the Deadline, the reported interest -- first noted by Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network and FOX Sports -- adds a little bit of intrigue that Avila warned would be anything but.

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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.

Manning's future looks bright in Detroit

Righty ranks No. 81 in midseason update of Top 100 Prospects

Manning's future looks bright in Detroit

DETROIT -- The Tigers felt like they were adding a top talent when they drafted Matt Manning on June 9. As it turns out, they added their new top prospect as well.

Manning, the ninth overall selection in the 2016 Draft, has taken over the No. 1 ranking in MLBPipeline's Tigers Top 30 Prospects list, updated Thursday with midseason rankings. The right-hander takes over the top spot that Michael Fulmer owned going into the season, before Fulmer became a rookie sensation in the Tigers' rotation.

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Prospects are untold part of Deadline story

Prospects are untold part of Deadline story

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. -- Beau Burrows made it to the big leagues last week. He just wasn't wearing a Tigers uniform. Detroit's first-round pick last year had an off-day at Class A West Michigan and trekked across the state as a fan.

"First time ever," the Whitecaps pitcher said. "First time in Detroit, first time at Comerica [Park]. It was cool to be on the field watching BP, watching all the guys. It's definitely motivation to try to get to the big leagues, seeing all the guys up there and seeing the atmosphere around. I can't wait."

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Miggy's HR propels Tigers to Fenway sweep

Miggy's HR propels Tigers to Fenway sweep

BOSTON -- Before the Tigers took Wednesday's series finale, 4-3, at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were the only team in the Major Leagues that had gone all of 2016 without being swept. Miguel Cabrera mauled the go-ahead home run in the ninth to make sure the Red Sox joined the ranks of the swept. It was his 21st homer of the year and his 12th go-ahead shot in the ninth inning or later over the last 10 seasons, most in the Major Leagues.

"It became electric in the dugout instantaneously," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was tough to get the ball out to right today. The wind was kind of blowing in from left field, Miggy hit it low enough and hard that he was able to cut it through the wind. But most stuff hit that way was getting knocked down."

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Fulmer's strong effort lays base for Tigers

Fulmer's strong effort lays base for Tigers

BOSTON -- The insatiable Red Sox offense made sure Michael Fulmer wouldn't breeze in and out of Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon. But the rookie starter avoided the big inning en route to 7 2/3 strong frames while helping the Tigers beat the Red Sox, 4-3, for their ninth series sweep of the season.

Fulmer limited Boston to a Dustin Pedroia solo homer over the first six innings before allowing a Xander Bogaerts home run in the seventh and an RBI triple to Mookie Betts in the eighth that spelled the end of Fulmer's day and cost him a shot at the win. But Miguel Cabrera picked up his starter with a go-ahead shot in the ninth.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers return home for weekend set vs. Astros

Tigers return home for weekend set vs. Astros

The Tigers will welcome the Astros to Comerica Park for a three-game series on Friday after an off-day for both teams following their respective series on the East Coast. Collin McHugh will take the hill for Houston, while Matt Boyd gets the nod for Detroit.

McHugh (7-6, 4.18 ERA) is looking for his first win against the Tigers. In three career starts facing Detroit, McHugh is 0-2 with a 3.72 ERA. He battled against the Angels for a 7-2 win his last time out, allowing six hits and three runs while whiffing six through six innings. The righty has markedly improved this month since a rocky start to the season. McHugh has posted a 2.66 ERA in four July starts, giving up just seven earned runs and two homers in that span.

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Salty alters approach against knuckler

Tigers catcher ditches switch-hitting vs. Wright with Green Monster looming in LF

Salty alters approach against knuckler

BOSTON -- Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia came into the three-game series knowing the ins and outs of Fenway Park. During Tuesday night's 9-8 win over the Red Sox, he used that comfort in the buzzing atmosphere to lead his team to its second straight victory.

Saltalamacchia went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs in his first game at Fenway Park since winning a championship with the Red Sox in 2013.

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Miggy, ex-Sox lead Tigers in Fenway slugfest

Miggy, ex-Sox lead Tigers in Fenway slugfest

BOSTON -- With four ex-Red Sox in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the visitors looked so comfortable coming up on the winning end of a 9-8 slugfest at Fenway Park.

Jose Iglesias (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Victor Martinez (hit, RBI), Mike Aviles (2-for-5, run) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3-for-4, two RBIs) all contributed to the win, the second in as many nights for Detroit. It was Saltalamacchia's first game played in Boston since Game 2 of the 2013 World Series.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Tigers on Tuesday.

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Fenway brings back memories for Ausmus

Tigers skipper attended first game in Boston at age 7

Fenway brings back memories for Ausmus

BOSTON -- Many will never forget being at their first Major League ballgame, including Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. The program, the character of the stadium and his favorite player are just a few quirks he remembers about attending his very first game as a 7-year-old -- the Red Sox vs. the Brewers at Fenway Park.

Ausmus' mother grew up in Brookline, a neighborhood around the block from Fenway. She attended Brookline High School, and Ausmus fondly remembers visiting his grandparents and going to Red Sox games with his family as a youngster.

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J.D. Martinez begins Triple-A rehab stint

Tigers to evaluate outfielder after playing 2 games at DH

J.D. Martinez begins Triple-A rehab stint

BOSTON -- Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez began an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday at Durham. Martinez served as the Mud Hens' designated hitter and went 1-for-5 with an RBI.

The right fielder has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a non-displaced fracture in his right elbow.

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Jones among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rays' No. 13 prospect knocks in career-high five runs, Reds' No. 18 scores winning run and hits for cycle

Jones among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justin Williams tied his career high for homers in a season and set a career high for RBIs in a game. Not bad for a day's work.

Williams, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs Tuesday as he led Double-A Montgomery to a 10-5 win over Pensacola.

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Verlander keeps rolling, stifles potent Red Sox

Tigers ace allows just one run over six for 10th win

Verlander keeps rolling, stifles potent Red Sox

BOSTON -- Red-hot righty Justin Verlander won his 10th game, plowing through the Red Sox's lineup for his 15th quality start of the season in the Tigers' 4-2 win on Monday.

Serving as Detroit's anchor in an injury-riddled rotation, Verlander allowed five hits and one run through six innings of one-run ball against the best offense in the Major Leagues.

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Iglesias burns former club with first Fenway HR

Ex-Red Sox shortstop swats go-ahead two-run blast

Iglesias burns former club with first Fenway HR

BOSTON -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has played for just two teams in his Major League career since being picked up by the Red Sox from Cuba. In Detroit's 4-2 win over Boston on Monday night, his past and his present came face-to-face.

As a youngster, Iglesias was taught that he'll only play for one team in his life. But after the Red Sox traded him to the Tigers in July 2013 -- months before Boston went on to win the World Series -- that lesson turned into a harsh reality.

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Iglesias' HR backs solid Verlander at Fenway

Iglesias' HR backs solid Verlander at Fenway

BOSTON -- Justin Verlander continued his recent run of dominance, silencing the dangerous Red Sox and leading his Tigers to a 4-2 victory in Monday night's opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Pitching in front of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski -- who signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract three years ago -- the righty allowed five hits and a run over six innings. In five July starts, Verlander is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA.

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Zimm, Norris to make another rehab start

Scuffling Sanchez to remain in Tigers' rotation for now

Zimm, Norris to make another rehab start

BOSTON -- Tigers starters Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris will each throw at least one more rehab session in the Minor Leagues before rejoining the team.

Norris threw a shaky outing for Triple-A Toledo on Saturday. The left-hander allowed five hits, five earned runs and three walks while whiffing three through 4 2/3 innings. The silver lining? His ability to throw 80 pitches.

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Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' facing Tigers

Former Detroit executive happy in Boston front office

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' facing Tigers

BOSTON -- Though Dave Dombrowski has been the president of baseball operations with the Red Sox for almost a year, Monday marked the first time he was in the same ballpark as the Tigers since his 14-year association with that club ended Aug. 5, 2015.

Sure, there were some emotions for the veteran executive leading up to the start of a three-game series between the Red Sox and Tigers, and how could there not be?

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back in Boston, Salty reminisces on '13 title

Tigers catcher still keeps in touch with Pedroia, Papi

Back in Boston, Salty reminisces on '13 title

BOSTON -- Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia feels like he never left Fenway Park as he returned to Boston on Monday for the first time since winning the World Series with the Red Sox in 2013.

Better known as "Salty," the catcher earned his championship ring and moved on to the Marlins and then the D-backs before landing with the Tigers. But he played the waiting game in the Rangers' clubhouse before his four-year run with the Red Sox.

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Tough day in Chicago takes its toll on Tigers

Detroit loses two games on walk-off hits in four-hour span

Tough day in Chicago takes its toll on Tigers

CHICAGO -- The Tigers put up two game-tying rallies in less than 24 hours. They ended up with two walk-off losses in about a four-hour span for their troubles, leaving town with a four-game split from a series they felt they had a chance to sweep.

Not exactly an enjoyable Sunday 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers drop another heartbreaker on South Side

Tigers drop another heartbreaker on South Side

CHICAGO -- The White Sox began Sunday afternoon at risk of being swept in a four-game series against the Tigers. Instead, they ended the day with a series split thanks to two walk-off wins in a four-hour span. Melky Cabrera provided the latter with a single scoring Adam Eaton in the ninth, nullifying Detroit's three-homer rally in the top of the inning for a 5-4 White Sox win at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Baseball is funny like that," Eaton said. "It will beat you down, but then it will build you back up. It's a love-hate relationship, for sure. To have two walk-off wins, especially to get two wins off a great opponent like Detroit, and for them to be walk-offs, is huge for us."

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Sunday.

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Tigers' Saturday rally spoiled by Sunday walk-off

Tigers' Saturday rally spoiled by Sunday walk-off

CHICAGO -- Neither a suspended game, a taxed bullpen or a suspension of starter Chris Sale could prevent the White Sox from tormenting the Tigers. Adam Eaton's two-out single in the ninth inning scored Avisail Garcia, earning Chicago a 4-3 win over Detroit Sunday afternoon in a game that started Saturday night.

White Sox closer David Robertson, who thwarted Detroit's eighth-inning threat before rain washed out Saturday night, came back to work the ninth on Sunday, stranding Ian Kinsler following his two-out bloop double. Garcia led off the bottom of the inning against lefty Justin Wilson with a chopper down the third-base line for a single, stole second when Jose Iglesias was late covering the bag, advanced on J.B. Shuck's groundout and scored on Eaton's grounder through the left side.

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Wilson benefits from midseason rest

Wilson benefits from midseason rest

CHICAGO -- When Tigers general manager Al Avila praised manager Brad Ausmus on Saturday for his work this season, his key example was bullpen management. It wasn't simply about managing veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez or the setup men Avila signed to help him, but guys like Alex Wilson, last year's do-everything reliever who has struggled for much of this season.

When Wilson hit 94 mph with his fastball on Friday while getting two key outs to protect a lead, Avila said, it was "probably as close as he came to how he was pitching last year. It was very encouraging to see."

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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.

Avila expects Tigers to stand pat at Deadline

Rotation to be replenished with returns of Zimmermann, Norris; bats stepping up for J.D.

Avila expects Tigers to stand pat at Deadline

CHICAGO -- Tigers general manager Al Avila made a major acquisition this weekend in the Windy City. He bought a new shirt, he joked, to talk with the media Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

He wore the shirt Saturday as he discussed the Tigers' situation heading into the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline. He reiterated what he said when the Tigers were here last month: He does not expect to make a big move, buying or selling. He expects the Tigers to stand pat.

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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 GM gives Ausmus vote of confidence

Avila won't discuss manager's contract until after season, but praises handling of team

Tigers GM gives Ausmus vote of confidence

CHICAGO -- Tigers general manager Al Avila said Saturday he believes they have the team to get into the postseason. He also said he believes they have the manager to lead the way.

The answer was an explanation of why Avila doesn't anticipate swinging a major trade at the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, focusing instead on getting injured Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris and J.D. Martinez back. But the latter part of Avila's answer also provided some insight into Brad Ausmus' situation.

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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.

Cabrera's four-hit night tops White Sox

Cabrera's four-hit night tops White Sox

CHICAGO -- What began as a battle between two former Tigers top prospects and continued with two pitchers named Fulmer fell back on the usual Miguel Cabrera clutch hit. His two-run single in the seventh inning put Detroit ahead for good in a back-and-forth battle at U.S. Cellular Field, taking a 7-5 win over the White Sox Friday night.

Detroit had a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning, having battled former first-round pick Jacob Turner for 101 pitches over 3 1/3 nnings, before Justin Morneau's three-run homer powered a four-run fifth -- the largest inning off Tigers rookie starter Michael Fulmer this season -- to put Chicago in front. More >

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Bullpen picks up Fulmer with four scoreless

Bullpen picks up Fulmer with four scoreless

CHICAGO -- Michael Fulmer has picked up the Tigers pitching staff since his arrival, outperforming everyone's expectations. Friday's 7-5 win over the White Sox was the Tigers' chance to return the favor.

As Justin Morneau's first home run off Tigers pitching since 2013 carried out to right, the White Sox could celebrate more than a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning. They were one of the rare teams to rough up Fulmer this season, joining the Royals. Chicago put up as many earned runs in that inning (four) as Fulmer had allowed over 25 1/3 innings in his previous four starts combined.

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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.

Vizquel cracked up playing with toy shark on TV

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Vizquel cracked up playing with toy shark on TV

Like a cockatiel with a mirror, baseball players are fundamentally incapable of resisting the allure of the dugout TV cameras. Whether they're pelting a teammate with sunflower seeds during an interview or videbombing a reporter, the camera is a tractor beam they cannot resist. But those are actions of brash, youthful players. Rarely do you see the coaches taking part. Then again, no one is quite like Omar Vizquel. 

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Cabrera surpasses 1,500 career RBIs in win

Cabrera surpasses 1,500 career RBIs in win

CHICAGO -- The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has been in the Major Leagues for 14 years. He has 11 All-Star selections, four batting titles, two Most Valuable Player awards and a Triple Crown on his resume. He still gets frustrated when a well-hit ball ends up in a glove.

"This game's about results," he said.

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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 catching tandem offers differing styles

Tigers catching tandem offers differing styles

CHICAGO -- The Tigers' Jarrod Saltalamacchia donned the catching gear and got behind the plate Friday against the White Sox, making his fourth start in six games. He had the task of catching rookie sensation Michael Fulmer, who has pitched to Saltalamacchia and James McCann seven games apiece.

On Saturday, the Tigers will send out Matt Boyd, who has pitched to only Saltalamacchia in his previous eight Tigers starts this season. But with the White Sox starting lefty Chris Sale, McCann could get back behind the plate for matchups.

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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.