Norris, Anibal take field during catch sessions

Norris, Anibal take field during catch sessions

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers starter Daniel Norris' right oblique injury was bad enough when he first suffered it last road trip that sneezing was a painful experience.

"The first couple days, I would sneeze and it hurt so bad I wanted to cry," the left-hander said. "I came in one day and I was like, 'OK, I sneezed today and I didn't feel it.'"

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Jones among Tigers' prospects to play in AFL

Jones among Tigers' prospects to play in AFL

KANSAS CITY -- JaCoby Jones will take his breakout prospect status with the Tigers and put it to the test against some of the top young players in the game in the Arizona Fall League.

Jones, who came over from Pittsburgh in the Joakim Soria trade and more than held his own at Double-A Erie, was one of seven Tigers Minor Leaguers assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions, joining prospects from the Giants, Indians, Red Sox and Twins organizations. Nelson Santovenia, who worked at Class A Advanced Lakeland this year, will serve as one of the hitting coaches.

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Holaday, Ryan first of Tigers' September callups

Holaday, Ryan first of Tigers' September callups

DETROIT -- Al Avila took over as Tigers general manager four weeks ago with a reminder that they're still competing for this year. As the Tigers finish a 10-17 August that ranks as their roughest since September 2008, it's time to start thinking about next season.

For the first time in years, the Tigers go into the final month of the season thinking more about the future than the present. It's not necessarily the distant future, with the Tigers expecting to contend again in 2016, but it's the type of outlook that could put a different emphasis on September callups as rosters expand.

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Simon, Tigers overpowered by long ball in finale

Simon, Tigers overpowered by long ball in finale

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs for the second day in a row to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

TORONTO -- After three games, four home runs and 11 RBIs, the Tigers finally found a pitch that Edwin Encarnacion couldn't hit. The problem was, the pitch hit him.

Or to be more accurate, it tapped him. Getting struck by a 47-mph pitch would seem to test the definition of hit-by-pitch. Whether or not the "hit" part was accidental, the pitch was something Detroit starter Alfredo Simon meant to throw in the Tigers' 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

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Davis playing through left middle finger injury

Davis playing through left middle finger injury

TORONTO -- Rajai Davis started all three games in left field for the Tigers at Rogers Centre this weekend, trying to get his bat going after ceding playing time to Tyler Collins. There might be a health reason to blame in part for Davis' downturn at the plate.

Davis has a left middle finger injury that he has been dealing with since mid-May. He didn't want to use it as the reason for his struggles, saying he doesn't put that finger on the bat when he swings. Still, Davis said, "It doesn't help."

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Gose apologizes for mistake in center field

Believing there were two outs, Tigers outfielder allowed run to score from second on sac fly

Gose apologizes for mistake in center field

TORONTO -- Anthony Gose owned it. The Tigers' center fielder took responsibility for his fourth-inning gaffe in Saturday's 15-1 loss to the Blue Jays, and he said he apologized to starting pitcher Buck Farmer for the run that resulted.

"I can't go back and change it," Gose said Sunday morning before he took his usual spot in center for Sunday's series finale. "It happened. It was stupid."

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Tigers unable to contain Encarnacion in loss

Tigers unable to contain Encarnacion in loss

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion belted three homers, including a grand slam, and Drew Hutchison made an impactful return to the starting rotation, as the Blue Jays crushed the Tigers, 15-1, on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion drove in nine runs and Russell Martin added a solo shot, as the Blue Jays racked up 18 hits -- five during a six-run seventh inning -- to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. For the Tigers, it meant their eighth loss in their last nine games. Buck Farmer took the loss, going four innings while allowing eight hits and five earned runs. The right-hander ran into trouble early when he surrendered a three-run shot to Encarnacion in a four-run first inning. Farmer went on to allow a run in each of his next three innings before getting the hook.

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Miggy officially back in the hunt for AL batting title

Miggy officially back in the hunt for AL batting title

TORONTO -- Miguel Cabrera officially rejoined the American League batting race during the Tigers' 15-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday. In the process, he became one of the rare Major League hitters to take over the lead in the AL's batting race with an 0-for-4 performance.

On the same day Cabrera went hitless for just the second time in two weeks, his four plate appearances gave him 400 on the season in the Tigers' 129th game. That's an average of 3.1 plate appearances per game, the pace required to qualify among the leaders in batting average and other percentage-based statistics. He fell under the rate when he missed six weeks with a strained left calf.

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Mental lapse a teachable moment for Gose

Mental lapse a teachable moment for Gose

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays scored more than enough runs in the Tigers' 15-1 loss on Saturday at Rogers Centre. They didn't need any extra. But they also weren't going to turn down a gift. A counting error by Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose gave them one, courtesy of a two-base sacrifice fly.

And in a game that featured three Edwin Encarnacion homers, eight Blue Jays extra-base hits and one 1-2-3 inning against Tigers pitching, it was Gose's miscue that became the lowlight.

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Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

TORONTO -- Victor Martinez started at first base on Saturday for the fourth time in nine games, this time on the spongy artificial surface at Rogers Centre, a sign that his troublesome left knee isn't bothering him. That doesn't mean it's at full strength.

Given Martinez's struggles at the plate, manager Brad Ausmus isn't sure he's fully recovered from the meniscus tear, which required surgery in February. He has recovered enough to play without trouble, but probably not enough to play the way he or the Tigers expect.

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VerHagen a good fit for Tigers' bullpen

VerHagen a good fit for Tigers' bullpen

TORONTO -- Drew VerHagen has a low, quiet voice that befits his laid-back personality. He does not come off as an adrenaline junkie. To hear VerHagen talk about a relief role fitting him, however, sounds like an entirely different person on the mound.

"I found as a starter, if I ever got too amped, there was always a valley where -- if I peaked too high -- my adrenaline would fall off in the next inning or two," VerHagen said. "I don't really have to worry about that in the 'pen. It's really fun not having to tone that back."

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Gose shows power, defensive ability in return

Tigers center fielder makes impact nine months after trade from Blue Jays

Gose shows power, defensive ability in return

TORONTO -- Matt Boyd wasn't the only former Blue Jay taking the field at Rogers Centre on Friday night for the first time since being traded to the Tigers. Anthony Gose just wasn't as recent a Toronto player, and his trade wasn't as prominent.

Nine months have passed since the Blue Jays dealt Gose to Detroit for Devon Travis, long enough for old ties to nearly be forgotten. Gose made an impact by powering home two of Detroit's three runs and potentially denying Toronto an add-on tally in the Tigers' 5-3 loss.

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Tigers go deep twice, overpowered by Jays

Tigers go deep twice, overpowered by Jays

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo shots to power the Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers in the series opener at Rogers Centre on Friday.

Tulowitzki and Donaldson went back-to-back in the third to break a 1-1 tie before Bautista put Toronto ahead, 5-1, in the fifth with his 10th homer of August. Ian Kinsler homered in the first before former Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose went deep with a two-run shot in the seventh, but Toronto's bullpen came on and locked it down over the final 2 2/3 innings to secure the win. Roberto Osuna recorded his 16th save as he struck out the side in the ninth.

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Boyd takes lesson from homers surrendered

In seventh career start, Tigers lefty allows three solo shots to Blue Jays

Boyd takes lesson from homers surrendered

TORONTO -- No team hits left-handed pitching harder than the Blue Jays -- for average, for slugging percentage and for OPS.

Tigers lefty Matt Boyd, meanwhile, gave up more home runs at Rogers Centre in two starts when he was with the Blue Jays than all but three current Toronto pitchers have all season. And he was facing a club that knows his stuff.

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Fulmer wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

Bernard, Green join Tigers prospect on end-of-season All-Star team

Fulmer wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

TORONTO -- The Erie Seawolves own the second-worst record in the Double-A Eastern League, but they ended up with more players on the league's end-of-season All-Star team than any other club, headlined by the pitcher who joined the team just four weeks ago.

Before the Tigers acquired Michael Fulmer in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, the big right-hander was a dominant pitcher in the Mets' system at Double-A Binghamton. He didn't let up once he jumped across the league to Erie, and the combined effort earned him the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Year award.

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Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

Ace said Tigers' trade was 'probably best move' at non-waiver Deadline

Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

TORONTO -- David Price saw his former Tigers teammates Friday afternoon, and it was like he never left. He said hello to defensive coordinator Matt Martin and staff in the dugout long before batting practice. He made his way through the visitors' clubhouse at Rogers Centre and hugged just about everybody.

"One of the best people in the game," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Wish he wasn't wearing a Blue Jay hat, though."

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Wolf not yet conceding to Father Time

Crafty lefty delivers second straight strong outing

Wolf not yet conceding to Father Time

DETROIT -- Randy Wolf continues to work ahead in the count on Father Time. He doesn't need run support for that. He does need it to get a result on the field.

"I feel like every start I kind of have to, in a way, prove people wrong, that I'm not at the geriatric level quite yet," the 39-year-old left-hander said.

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Gose still learning to navigate basepaths

Runs into two outs against Angels in shutout loss

Gose still learning to navigate basepaths

DETROIT -- On a positive note, Anthony Gose did what no other Tiger could against right-hander Matt Shoemaker on Thursday afternoon, twice reaching base safely during a 2-0 loss to the Angels.

But both times ended poorly for Detroit's center fielder, who was picked off first base by catcher Carlos Perez to end the third inning and was caught stealing for the final out in the sixth.

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Wolf shortchanged by lack of support

Wolf shortchanged by lack of support

DETROIT -- Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with at least 50 friends and family members in the stands, Matt Shoemaker dominated the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory.

"It's incredibly special," Shoemaker said. "Family and friends, tons of them here. It means a lot, definitely special, getting a win for this ballclub in a tight playoff race."

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McCann maintains calm amid no-no bid

Rookie catcher helps Verlander navigate one-hit gem

McCann maintains calm amid no-no bid

DETROIT -- James McCann learns quickly, as one would expect from the son of a rocket scientist. The way McCann handled his late-inning mound visit with Justin Verlander, one would've thought he was the son of a negotiator.

Verlander's disdain for interruptions on the mound has become well-known, which is why pitching coach Jeff Jones treads carefully when he goes out there. As Verlander struggled to find the strike zone with his initial pitches of the eighth inning, walking David Murphy on four pitches before falling behind in the count on Erick Aybar, McCann had to weigh whether to take those steps.

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Moya moves over to left with Mud Hens

With J.D. Martinez in right, top prospect swaps corners

Moya moves over to left with Mud Hens

DETROIT -- Days before the Tigers will expand their roster, Triple-A Toledo outfielder Steven Moya made a notable position move.

On Wednesday, Moya, the organization's top prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, earned his first start in left field since 2011 after playing 97 games in right field with the Mud Hens this season.

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Chalk show: 1 liner spoils Verlander no-no in 9th

Chalk show: 1 liner spoils Verlander no-no in 9th

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander has been here enough times that he's starting to know the club by heart.

"Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan," Verlander said after throwing a one-hit shutout against the Angels in a 5-0 Tigers win on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, starting down the list before struggling to remember the others with at least three no-hitters.

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Verlander loses no-no in 9th, 1-hits Halos

Verlander loses no-no in 9th, 1-hits Halos

DETROIT -- The long path back to pitching dominance for Justin Verlander ended Wednesday night with a familiar sight. The Tigers' ace came within three outs of his third career no-hitter, settling for a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

"Over the last seven or eight starts, he's kind of shown that he's still got Justin Verlander inside of him," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, "and I think tonight was a little bit of an exclamation point."

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Ausmus: Review choice no factor in lost no-no

Ausmus: Review choice no factor in lost no-no

DETROIT -- After further review, the Tigers didn't need the insurance run they were trying for in the eighth, not with Justin Verlander dealing. The way this season has gone, though, a no-hit bid wouldn't have stopped manager Brad Ausmus from fighting for it.

As Verlander took the mound for the ninth in Wednesday night's 5-0 Tigers win over the Angels, a third career no-hitter within reach, he had to wait for a few seconds to make sure that the eighth inning was actually over. With a close play at first base on Rajai Davis' groundout, Ausmus held up the umpiring crew to give replay coordinator Matt Martin a chance to see if it was worth using their challenge.

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Mike Bauman

Verlander's one-hitter a characteristic return to form

Verlander's one-hitter a characteristic return to form

DETROIT -- Yes, there is a substantial amount of fuel left in Justin Verlander's tank.

Verlander has pitched extremely well for more than a month, but he regained a level of greatness on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. He took a no-hitter into the ninth against the Los Angeles Angels, and in the process, once again displayed the dominant pitching that has characterized much of his career.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Verlander eyed no-no No. 3

Tigers righty was 3 outs away from becoming 6th hurler with 3 no-hitters

Stats of the Day: Verlander eyed no-no No. 3

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues Wednesday …

• Bidding to become the sixth pitcher in big league history with at least three no-hitters, Justin Verlander didn't allow a knock until Chris Iannetta lined a single just fair to left field to begin the ninth. Verlander settled for a one-hit shutout as the Tigers blanked the Angels, 5-0. Verlander has four career shutouts on one hit or no hits, tying Virgil Trucks for the most for any Tiger since 1914. Like Verlander, Trucks had a pair of no-hitters, both coming in '52. Verlander's line -- which included nine strikeouts and two walks -- left him with a game score of 92. The right-hander has six career games with scores of at least 90 -- the most among active pitchers. His 1,901 career K's rank third in franchise history behind Mickey Lolich's 2,679 and Jack Morris' 1,980.

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McCann: Verlander's bid 'heck of a night'

McCann: Verlander's bid 'heck of a night'

DETROIT -- It took until the eighth inning of Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Angels for Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez to realize the feat that Justin Verlander was approaching.

At the time, Martinez wasn't aware that Verlander had held Los Angeles hitless, so when Detroit's ace threw six straight balls to begin the frame, the outfielder began wondering why no one was warming in the bullpen.

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