MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski's assessment of their August trade market might well have doubled as a message for his struggling hitters: If Detroit's offense is going to turn around, it's going to have to come from the guys they have now.
"Our guys have to hit better," Dombrowski said Friday afternoon from Target Field ahead of the Tigers' series opener against the Twins. "You can't keep going and getting players all the time. After a point, they've got to hit. They've got to do what they need to do.
"It's hard to score runs right now. We've faced some good pitching, but sometimes your other guys have to rise to the occasion too."
Andy Dirks' season-ending hamstring injury does not appear to have changed that approach. Dombrowski confirmed that they're no longer counting on Dirks' return.
"We had hoped Dirks would be back," Dombrowski said. "He's not going to be back. But the reality, is I don't know where you're going to find a bat to help your lineup. Runs are tough right now. It's hard to find hitters right now."
In August, players have to clear waivers in order to be traded, which makes deals tougher to pull off than they are in July.
The comments came on the heels' of the Tigers' 1-0 loss at Tampa Bay, where David Price threw a complete-game one-hitter in defeat thanks to an unearned run and a lack of run support by Detroit hitters against Alex Cobb and the Rays' bullpen.
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