ASG debate: Jones or Cespedes in starting OF?

ASG debate: Jones or Cespedes in starting OF?

*** We will be doing daily ASG debates until 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game balloting ends on July 2. We will frequently be pitting one player against another and have a writer make a case for one of them, but that doesn't mean there aren't other great candidates for that position. In fact, your comments could spark a new debate for us to tackle. So let us know what you think! ***

In the first results of the American League All-Star Game balloting, Baltimore's Adam Jones ranked fourth and Detroit's Yoenis Cespedes was fifth.

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Anibal, Tigers tamed in rematch with Angels

Anibal, Tigers tamed in rematch with Angels

ANAHEIM -- Left-hander Hector Santiago kept a potent Tigers lineup scoreless over 7 1/3 innings in leading the Angels to a 2-0 win over the Tigers on Friday night.

The win also gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the four-game set.

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Tigers' offense keeps on spinning its wheels

Tigers' offense keeps on spinning its wheels

ANAHEIM -- Tigers reliever Alex Wilson thought he had a chance to pull off the road upset in the Angels' pregame cow-milking contest. He ended up suffering a walk-off loss. Literally, the cow walked away from him, forcing Wilson to scramble to get back under her.

"Martha took a spin on us," said Wilson, who had no idea what the cow's name was. "I got cheated."

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Anibal bounces back in big way despite loss

Anibal bounces back in big way despite loss

ANAHEIM -- Anibal Sanchez had his turn as a hard-luck losing pitcher on Friday night. Considering his fate five days ago, having lost a four-run lead on home runs, he wasn't going to lament his situation.

The right-hander's relief at his turnaround was so strong that it was hard to tell any frustration. Five days after he lost the chance the Tigers gave him, he was happy to have at least given them a shot in a 2-0 loss to the Angels.

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Iglesias' strong throw finishes dazzling play

Iglesias' strong throw finishes dazzling play

ANAHEIM -- Jose Iglesias sometimes bypasses the highlight play in favor of getting rid of the ball as quickly as possible when there's a fast runner headed down the line. His play in Friday night's 2-0 loss to the Angels fulfilled both objectives.

Though Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston was hoping for his second Major League hit when his ground ball took Iglesias deep into the hole, Iglesias had other ideas. The Tigers shortstop and early American League Gold Glove Award candidate unleashed a strong throw across his body that one-hopped the infield dirt and reached Miguel Cabrera at first base in time for a big third-inning out.

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Greene looking to help slow red-hot Angels

Greene looking to help slow red-hot Angels

Right-hander Jered Weaver will try to keep things rolling when the Angels square off against righty Shane Greene and the Tigers in the third of a four-game set on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

After a poor start to the season, Weaver started working on coming straight on the follow through in his delivery, and the bullpen sessions have been paying dividends. Beginning with a shutout of the Astros on May 8, the veteran right-hander has been on his game for four starts in a row.

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Tigers without a timetable for V-Mart's return

Tigers without a timetable for V-Mart's return

ANAHEIM -- While the Tigers continue to try to get their bats going on the West Coast, Victor Martinez continues to work out at home in Florida under orders not to swing a bat while strengthening the top of his left knee. When his bat could return to the lineup remains a mystery.

"Originally, we said don't even touch a bat or a baseball for a week," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We're just at that point, really. He's just been doing his exercises.

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Tigers rookie McCann returns to California

Tigers rookie McCann returns to California

ANAHEIM -- Tigers catcher James McCann is enjoying his first homecoming to Southern California this weekend. The rookie just no longer calls California his home.

It was an unexpected journey that brought McCann, California born and raised, to Arkansas for college ball. He grew up in Santa Barbara as a Dodgers and Angels fan, and followed the careers of Dodgers catchers Paul Lo Duca and Russell Martin. But as McCann explains, he is at home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Miggy OK after being plunked on right foot

Tigers' star slugger expects to be ready for Friday night's game

Miggy OK after being plunked on right foot

ANAHEIM -- Miguel Cabrera's 1,402nd career RBI was just his second through a hit-by-pitch. It nearly came at a steep price in Thursday night's 12-2 loss.

As Cabrera hobbled around home plate, keeping pressure off his surgically repaired right foot after C.J. Wilson had hit it, he seemed to be balancing the fate of the Tigers' offense on it.

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Location hurts Farmer in loss to Angels

Right-hander allowed nine hits, including two homers, in five-plus innings

Location hurts Farmer in loss to Angels

ANAHEIM -- Buck Farmer began to settle down at Triple-A Toledo a few weeks ago when he stopped trying to blow by guys with the perfect pitch and started locating all three of his pitches where he wanted them. As he watched Albert Pujols jump a hanging breaking ball and send it over the left-field fence at Angel Stadium, he had paid the price for a perfectly hittable pitch.

"I went with the slider and just hung it," Farmer said. "He definitely made me pay."

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Farmer, bullpen overwhelmed by Angels' bats

Farmer, bullpen overwhelmed by Angels' bats

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols and Matt Joyce hit early home runs, and Chris Iannetta came through with a late grand slam, to lead the Angels to a 12-2 win over the Tigers in Thursday's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Tigers right-hander Buck Farmer, starting in place of an injured Kyle Lobstein, was greeted by Pujols' line-drive two-run homer in the first inning and Joyce's long solo shot to right to open the second. Miguel Cabrera produced the Tigers' first run -- but with his foot, not his bat -- when he was hit by a C.J. Wilson pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the third. Jose Iglesias tacked on the other with a double in the ninth.

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Verlander set for first rehab start on Sunday

Verlander set for first rehab start on Sunday

ANAHEIM -- Justin Verlander got his first-ever look at Oracle Arena and NBA playoff basketball Wednesday night, joining teammate Miguel Cabrera to watch the Golden State Warriors advance to the NBA Finals. Come Sunday, he'll get his first taste of Triple-A baseball.

Clearly, he's hoping his start for Toledo on Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis will be a quick pit stop on his way back to the Tigers' rotation. The team, for its part, hasn't committed to one start or more, preferring to wait and see how his arm responds over 80-85 pitches.

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#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

Twelve homers hit in White Sox-Tigers game on May 28, 1995, a big league record

#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

A quick glance at the weather conditions in the box score paints a pretty grim picture of what was going on at Tiger Stadium on this particular day.

The field conditions were categorized as "soaked." The weather? Overcast and rain. And the winds were estimated to be blowing out to left field at 10 mph.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Cespedes finishes homecoming on high note

Cespedes finishes homecoming on high note

OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes, for the first time since being traded, returned to the place his Major League career began. He left as a conquering hero.

Cespedes snapped a scoreless tie with a booming three-run home run in the fifth and the Tigers made it stand up for a 3-2 victory over the Athletics on Wednesday.

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Tigers win series behind power bat of Cespedes

Tigers win series behind power bat of Cespedes

OAKLAND -- Tigers slugger Yoenis Cespedes blasted a three-run home run at his old stomping grounds Wednesday afternoon, leading Detroit to a series-winning 3-2 victory over his former A's club at the Coliseum.

Cespedes, traded by the A's to the Red Sox at the Trade Deadline last summer, made them pay for intentionally walking Miguel Cabrera in front of him, launching a 3-2 changeup from reliever Dan Otero to left field with two outs in the fifth.

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Machado gets first Major League hit

Machado gets first Major League hit

OAKLAND -- Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado practiced his first Major League hit before actually accomplishing it in a game that counted.

Machado lined a solid single into left field with two outs in the top of the sixth inning against Athletics reliever Sean Doolitte, just off the disabled list, for the milestone in Wednesday's 3-2 Tigers win.

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Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

OAKLAND -- David Price pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers took advantage of an early A's error to claim a 1-0 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Oakland catcher Josh Phegley committed a throwing error trying to nab Anthony Gose on a steal attempt at second base after he singled to lead off the game. Gose came around to score when Rajai Davis lifted a sacrifice fly to right-center field the next at-bat.

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Price bears down, notches fourth win

Price bears down, notches fourth win

OAKLAND -- When David Price starts for the Tigers, it seems to guarantee a win. At least that's what it seems like.

Price threw seven scoreless innings in the Tigers' 1-0 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night, and he seemed to be in control at every step.

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Double plays becoming Tigers' nemesis

Double plays becoming Tigers' nemesis

OAKLAND -- The Tigers have scored once in 18 innings against the Athletics and have split the first two games of their series following a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.

The Tigers were built with offense in mind, and they expect to score a lot of runs. Yet in 23 of their 47 games thus far, the Tigers have scored three runs or less and are 8-15 in those contests.

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Miggy leads AL first basemen in All-Star voting

Miggy leads AL first basemen in All-Star voting

Much like on the field, Miguel Cabrera is off to a strong start at the ballot box in his quest for a third consecutive All-Star Game start. The reigning American League All-Star starter at first base is leading at the position again, outpacing Royals counterpart Eric Hosmer.

At this point, Cabrera is the only Tigers player leading at his position. He is not the only one on the club with a race on his hands. Slick-fielding Jose Iglesias currently ranks second to Alcides Escobar among AL shortstops, while his double-play partner Ian Kinsler is third among AL second basemen behind Jose Altuve and Omar Infante.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. Rick Eymer contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miggy's failed hidden-ball trick is a good effort

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Miggy's failed hidden-ball trick is a good effort

We know Miguel Cabrera, home run slugger. We are well acquainted with Miguel Cabrera, two-time American League MVP. During Tuesday's Tigers-A's matchup, we were introduced to a new friend: Miguel Cabrera, thespian.

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Trammell, Cook to represent Tigers at Draft

Trammell, Cook to represent Tigers at Draft

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including, Schmidt (Phillies table), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Offense left looking for answers against A's

Tigers hit into three double plays on way to being shut out by Hahn

Offense left looking for answers against A's

OAKLAND -- Miguel Cabrera was ready, a bat in his hands. The right situation never developed, so the Tigers' slugger never got a chance to hit with multiple runners on base.

The Tigers had trouble getting any baserunners against Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn, who threw his first career shutout and complete game in a 4-0 victory, sending the Tigers to their third straight loss and sixth of nine overall.

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Tigers blanked by Hahn in series opener

Tigers blanked by Hahn in series opener

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jesse Hahn pitched his first career shutout, allowing just four hits to guide the A's to their third straight win on Monday, a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers in the three-game series opener at the Coliseum.

"The way his sinker was going, it wasn't tough to call a game for him today," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt. "He, from inning No. 1, had his sinker going today, he was throwing it with conviction, with confidence. He was some kind of disgusting with his sinker."

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Comerica opens doors for Wins for Warriors

Comerica opens doors for Wins for Warriors

DETROIT -- Though the Tigers were on the road, the gates to Comerica Park opened Monday morning for a 9K run organized by Wins for Warriors, a foundation launched by Justin Verlander.

About 350 people, many of whom are veterans, participated in the Memorial Day run or a one-mile walk, both of which ended with a lap around the warning track to the backstop. Family and friends were encouraged to sit in the ballpark, where they cheered runners through their final stretch.

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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.