Verlander settles in, nets quality start in return

Rough start to night turns around as Tigers righty pitches into seventh inning

Verlander settles in, nets quality start in return

DETROIT -- Despite his early struggles, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander cobbled together a quality outing Tuesday night after missing a start due to back stiffness.

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Tigers can't rally twice in 14-inning loss

Tigers can't rally twice in 14-inning loss

DETROIT -- Neil Walker's double down the right-field line scored the go-ahead run in the 14th inning as the Pirates outlasted the Tigers, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

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V-Mart unhappy with hit-by-pitch

Tigers designated hitter one of four players plunked in Tuesday's contest

V-Mart unhappy with hit-by-pitch

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez isn't happy with right-hander Gerrit Cole and the Pirates.

During the fourth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh at Comerica Park, Detroit starter Justin Verlander plunked Starling Marte on a 1-2 pitch with two outs and a runner on first. Then, in the bottom half of the frame, Cole hit Martinez with a 95-mph fastball, and the Tigers' designated hitter appeared to take offense, staring at the pitcher as he walked slowly to first.

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Iglesias contributes heavily from No. 9 spot

One of Tigers' leaders in batting average, OBP remains at bottom of order

Iglesias contributes heavily from No. 9 spot

DETROIT -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was batting .330 entering Tuesday, the second-highest average on the team. He boasted a .384 on-base percentage and just 21 strikeouts this season. Yet, in almost every game, he has hit ninth in the order.

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Harbaugh throws ceremonial first pitch

University of Michigan coach, lifelong baseball fan wears Fidrych jersey

Harbaugh throws ceremonial first pitch

DETROIT -- During Jim Harbaugh's Aerial Assault quarterback camp earlier this month in Ann Arbor, Mich., the University of Michigan football coach showed off his baseball skills, picking throws off the turf as if he were a first baseman.

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#ASGWorthy Cespedes surpassing expectations

#ASGWorthy Cespedes surpassing expectations

DETROIT -- The Tigers expected Yoenis Cespedes, who is vying to start in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, to add punch to their lineup this year, but even manager Brad Ausmus admitted he didn't know the left fielder would be quite this good.

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Simon familiar with Bucs, ready for start at home

Simon familiar with Bucs, ready for start at home

Comerica Park hasn't treated A.J. Burnett well (6.26 ERA in five starts), but the Pirates' veteran right-hander hasn't been good to any of his opponents in his farewell season. Burnett will seek his 24th career Interleague win when he takes on the Tigers and righty Alfredo Simon in the middle game of the series at 7:08 p.m. ET.

The next time he takes the mound, Burnett could be doing so as a first-time All-Star in his 17th season. He is expected to receive strong support to be named by manager Bruce Bochy to the National League's staff when it is announced this weekend. Although his win total has been limited to a modest six by sketchy run support, Burnett deserves All-Star consideration with a 2.01 ERA in 15 starts -- in 12 of which he allowed two runs or fewer.

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Tigers add infield depth with Casilla swap

Tigers add infield depth with Casilla swap

The Tigers and Rays worked out a Minor League trade that sent veteran infielder Alexi Casilla to Detroit for a player to be named later.

In his debut with the organization on Monday, Casilla went 1-for-3 for Triple-A Toledo vs. his former Durham Bulls teammates.

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Moya launches two homers for Mud Hens

Tigers No. 1 prospect has his first multi-homer game of the season, No. 3 prospect throws 7 strong frames

Moya launches two homers for Mud Hens

Last July, Steven Moya had the best month of his professional career. If Monday night was any indication, the Tigers' No. 1 prospect is gearing up for a repeat performance.

Moya, 24, swatted two solo home runs for Triple-A Toledo in a 4-1 win over Durham, giving him eight homers on the year. His big game came on the heels of a mini-drought (0-for-8) that was quickly remedied in the fourth inning. Moya, whose last multi-homer game was on July 4, 2014, appears to be heating up as the Mud Hens close in on the end of June.

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McCann's walk-off HR caps late Tigers rally

McCann's walk-off HR caps late Tigers rally

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez's game-tying, bases-clearing double in the eighth set up catcher James McCann's walk-off home run an inning later as the Tigers beat the White Sox, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. 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.

V-Mart puts clutch gene on display with big hit

V-Mart puts clutch gene on display with big hit

DETROIT -- Last season, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus claimed the only person in baseball who could protect Miguel Cabrera in the lineup was Cabrera himself. But he later amended his statement: Victor Martinez could also provide the support.

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Verlander set for return after bullpen session

Verlander set for return after bullpen session

DETROIT -- Right-hander Justin Verlander will start Tuesday's game for the Tigers against the Pirates, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed after Sunday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.

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McCann making most out of round-trippers

McCann making most out of round-trippers

DETROIT -- The Orioles have pie. The Nationals have chocolate syrup. And the Tigers have scoops of dirt.

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Couple brings leukemia initiative to Detroit

DETROIT -- In Nestor Aparicio's own words, this isn't a baseball story. Well, not really.

Nestor and his wife, Jennifer, made the 16th stop of their 30-day, 30-ballpark tour to raise awareness for the international bone marrow registry on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

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Rain washes out Tigers' game vs. White Sox

Contest to be rescheduled as part of day-night doubleheader Sept. 21

DETROIT -- Saturday afternoon's White Sox-Tigers game at Comerica Park was postponed due to inclement weather.

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Now you can say you're voting Miggy and Yo via emoji

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Now you can say you're voting Miggy and Yo via emoji

Language has taken us a long way -- out of our Neolithic days, past the invention of the printing press, all the way through the age of the Internet. It's how we make ourselves individuals and how we make ourselves known to one another, how we express the most complex of our feelings.

Well, it was how we expressed the most complex of our feelings. Actual words have had a great run, but it's time for them to cede their ground to the new best way of communicating: emojis.

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Location culprit in bevy of dingers off Anibal

Tigers starter has allowed 18 home runs this season after allowing four overall in 2014

Location culprit in bevy of dingers off Anibal

DETROIT -- Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez continues to be plagued by home runs, and manager Brad Ausmus is blaming poor pitch location -- and a little bit of bad luck.

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Teenage girl leads way at Comerica Pitch, Hit & Run

Eight regional winners have chance to attend national competition in Cincy

DETROIT -- Kaitlyn Brannstrom's throw bounced off the backstop and rolled back to her feet. As the Pitch, Hit & Run participant prepared for her next toss, the chain structure began to tip, nearly clattering to the ground before a volunteer righted it.

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June boon: J.D. setting blistering power pace

With winning homer in eighth, Tigers right fielder has clubbed 19, including 10 this month

June boon: J.D. setting blistering power pace

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's first swing Friday night brought the crowd to its feet as 38,455 fans watched the ball soar toward the center-field wall.

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Triple double: Miggy has #ASGWorthy night

Tigers star achieves feat for third time in career, just misses third four-hit game of season

Triple double: Miggy has #ASGWorthy night

DETROIT -- Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Miguel Cabrera's impressive Friday night was that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn't asked about it at all during his seven-minute-plus postgame news conference. Not once.

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J.D.'s jack gives Tigers final word over White Sox

J.D.'s jack gives Tigers final word over White Sox

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's go-ahead home run in the eighth inning powered the Tigers to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park.

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Avila puts in 5 solid innings in 1st rehab start

Recovering from knee injury, Tigers catcher notches single, saves run at plate

Avila puts in 5 solid innings in 1st rehab start

DETROIT -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila went 1-for-3 with a single for Triple-A Toledo on Friday night in his first competitive appearance since being placed on the disabled list on May 8.

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Old Tigers fans show off secret handshake after hit

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Old Tigers fans show off secret handshake after hit

Baseball's a fundamentally joyful game. The crack of the bat, the sound of the ball hitting the glove -- it has a way of making everyone feel like a kid again, harkening back to a time when everything was simple and wearing a bubble gum bucket on your head was applauded. 

Exhibit A: Friday night's White Sox-Tigers game, where two elder Detroit fans took Yoenis Cespedes' RBI triple as an opportunity to bust out their remarkably intricate secret handshake -- and to prove that no, you can never be too old for this.

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Tigers climb back, but 'pen falters in extras

Tigers climb back, but 'pen falters in extras

DETROIT -- Carlos Sanchez's bases-clearing triple in the 10th inning was just enough to propel the White Sox to an 8-7 win over the Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.

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Rondon brings heat, efficiency in 2015 debut

Tigers reliever gets two K's in pressure situation, totaling eight pitches and hitting 101 mph

Rondon brings heat, efficiency in 2015 debut

DETROIT -- Bruce Rondon's return to the Tigers also marked the return of triple-digit readings on the Comerica Park radar gun.

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Offensive substitutions don't pay off vs. Sox

Ausmus replaces V-Mart on basepaths in ninth, loses his bat in extras

Offensive substitutions don't pay off vs. Sox

DETROIT -- With two runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning in a one-run game, the White Sox intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera.

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Righty Jimenez to rep Tigers at Futures Game

Righty Jimenez to rep Tigers at Futures Game

DETROIT -- Reliever Joe Jimenez will be the lone Tigers representative in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati during All-Star festivities.

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