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Detroit has traded shortstop Eugenio Suarez to Cincinnati. | 12/11/2014 2:50 PM
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Detroit has traded shortstop Eugenio Suarez to Cincinnati.
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Impact
Suarez will have to beat out incumbent Zack Cozart, but we feel that's likely to happen and Cozart's numbers have tumbled since his rookie season. Suarez batted .242 with a .652 OPS in 244 big league at-bats.
Cincinnati's All-Star pitcher Alfredo Simon has been traded to Detroit. | 12/11/2014 2:47 PM
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Cincinnati's All-Star pitcher Alfredo Simon has been traded to Detroit.
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Impact
Simon struggled down the stretch, but finished 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Id the "first-half guy" shows up (12-3, 2.70 ERA) its a good deal, but if the post-break guy is in a Tigers uniform he won't be fantasy worthy.
The Red Sox have traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers. | 12/11/2014 2:35 PM
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The Red Sox have traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers.
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Impact
Adding Cespedes to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the heart of the Tigers lineup will make it very difficult on opposing pitchers. Cespedes is expected to play in left field.
The Yankees have sent starter Shane Greene to the Tigers in a three way deal that netted them shortstop Didi Gregorius. | 12/05/2014 3:16 PM
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The Yankees have sent starter Shane Greene to the Tigers in a three way deal that netted them shortstop Didi Gregorius.
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Impact
Greene is a hard-thrower who went 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. he had 81 strikeouts in 78 2/3 IP, but also walked 20 batters. He'll compete for the back end of the Tigers rotation.
Free agent Victor Martinez is looking for a four-year contract this winter according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. | 10/24/2014 5:31 PM
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Free agent Victor Martinez is looking for a four-year contract this winter according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
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Impact
Martinez is 36, but he hit .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 2014. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they also have other free agent concerns in Max Scherzer and Torri Hunter.
The Tigers are expected to exercise their $7 million option to keep Joakim Soria in 2015 according to MLB.com. | 10/22/2014 11:26 PM
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The Tigers are expected to exercise their $7 million option to keep Joakim Soria in 2015 according to MLB.com.
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Impact
Soria did not at all live up to his hype when the Tigers traded for him in July. He posted a 4.91 ERA over 11 innings and pitched ever worse in the postseason. Detroit will have five days after the end of the World Series to make an official decision on Soria.
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter indicated Wednesday he is leaning towards playing again in 2015 according to MLive.com. | 10/22/2014 5:44 PM
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Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter indicated Wednesday he is leaning towards playing again in 2015 according to MLive.com.
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Impact
The 39-year-old seemed to be leaning towards retirement after the the Orioles swept the Tigers in the ALDS, but he is now leaning the other way. Hunter has not made his final decision. He is a free agent, but we expect him to stay in Detroit if he wants to play.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday with a potential concussion according to MLB.com. | 10/05/2014 6:45 PM
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday with a potential concussion according to MLB.com.
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Impact
Avila took a foul tip off his mask, which the catcher has gotten concussions from before. We wish Avila the best, but it does not look good. He may be done for the series if there is a Game 4 and 5.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer will not start on short rest if there is a Game 4 in the ALDS against the Orioles according to MLive.com. | 10/05/2014 12:27 PM
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Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer will not start on short rest if there is a Game 4 in the ALDS against the Orioles according to MLive.com.
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Impact
The ball will go to the struggling Rick Porcello in the possible Game 4. Manager Brad Ausmus, however, didn't rule out Scherzer making a relief appearance in Game 4. The Tigers could certainly use the help in the bullpen.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles on Sunday. | 10/05/2014 11:27 AM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles on Sunday.
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Impact
Davis and the Tigers were hoping that the travel day would be enough rest for Davis to be back in the lineup for Game 3, but his groin is apparently still not well enough to play. He may be available to come off the bench, but Don Kelly is starting in center field.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has three-hit afternoon. | 10/03/2014 4:48 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has three-hit afternoon.
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Impact
Cabrera is now 4-for-7 in the series with a homer and two runs scored. The reigning two-time MVP may need to think about pitching out of the bullpen for Detroit, as the team's relievers are the biggest reason why the Tigers are on the brink of elimination.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez hits second homer in as many days. | 10/03/2014 4:46 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez hits second homer in as many days.
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Impact
He took Orioles' starter Wei-Yin Chen deep in the fourth inning, for a three-run shot. Martinez has two hits thus far, in the ALDS, both being homers. After producing 23 home runs and 76 RBI during the regular season, Martinez has picked up right where he left off.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez continues to scorch the ball during postseason play. | 10/03/2014 4:42 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez continues to scorch the ball during postseason play.
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Impact
After a two-RBI afternoon, Martinez is now 3-for-8 in the ALDS with a homer, three RBI, and two runs scored. He will need to keep it going if the Tigers do not want to be swept out of the series.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander recieves no-decision Friday against the Orioles. | 10/03/2014 4:40 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander recieves no-decision Friday against the Orioles.
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Impact
He pitched well enough to earn the win, going five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk, while striking out four. Verlander left with a 5-3 lead, but Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria imploded in the eighth inning, resulting in a Baltimore comeback victory. Soria takes the loss for Detroit, putting the Tigers on the brink of elimination.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hits first homer of ALDS. | 10/02/2014 9:38 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hits first homer of ALDS.
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Impact
It was a big homerun at the time, as he cut Baltimore's lead to 4-3 during the top of the eighth inning. However, the Tigers imploded in the bottom half of the inning, making the homer moot. Cabrera is still one of the most feared hitters in baseball.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez hit the second half of the back-to-back homers Detroit clubbed in the second inning. | 10/02/2014 9:35 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez hit the second half of the back-to-back homers Detroit clubbed in the second inning.
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Impact
He followed Victor Martinez for his first homerun of the postseason. Martinez will look to keep it going, as Detroit looks to pull even in Game 2, on Friday.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez picks up where he left off. | 10/02/2014 9:33 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez picks up where he left off.
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Impact
After having arguably the best season of his career, Martinez wasted no time slugging his first homer of the postseason, in the second inning. It was his only hit of the evening. Martinez continues to be a recommended daily play.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer has up-and-down performance in Game 1 of ALDS. | 10/02/2014 9:30 PM
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Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer has up-and-down performance in Game 1 of ALDS.
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Impact
He needed only 98 pitches to get through 7 1/3 innings, but was inconistent against Baltimore. He allowed three runs over the first two innings, but then settled down, until the eighth. Scherzer finished the night allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out six. Detroit's bullpen gave him no help, as they gave up a total of seven runs (six earned) over 2/3 of an inning.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is in the starting lineup for Thursday ALDS Game against Baltimore. | 10/02/2014 5:30 PM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is in the starting lineup for Thursday ALDS Game against Baltimore.
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Impact
Davis left Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain, but is healthy enough to play. It is great news for Detroit. He is batting ninth, his custom spot.
Tigers Game 1 pitcher Max Scherzer is a career 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.139 WHIP in the postseason. | 10/02/2014 10:38 AM
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Tigers Game 1 pitcher Max Scherzer is a career 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.139 WHIP in the postseason.
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Impact
Scherzer went 18-5 in the regular season with a 3.15 ERA and 1.175 WHIP. Not quite as good as in his 2013 Cy Young season (21-3, 2.90 ERA, 0.970 WHIP), but still good enough to lead the league in wins.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career 5-for-13 (.385) with a home run and four RBI against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman. | 10/02/2014 10:26 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career 5-for-13 (.385) with a home run and four RBI against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.
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Impact
So what else is new? Isn't Cabrera a .300 hitter against most everyone? His 2014 numbers were "just" .313 with 25 HR, 109 RBI and an .895 OPS. He's been just a .273 career hitter in the postseason with an .870 OPS and 26 walks as he gets pitched around more frequently.
Tigers starter David Price pitched seven 1/3 scoreless innings to lead Detroit to the American League Central title with a 3-0 victory over the Twins on Sunday. | 09/28/2014 7:44 PM
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Tigers starter David Price pitched seven 1/3 scoreless innings to lead Detroit to the American League Central title with a 3-0 victory over the Twins on Sunday.
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Impact
The Tigers can all collectively exhale as Price delievered what he was brought to do when Detroit traded for him. Price allowed four hits and struck out eight to finish the season 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA. The Tigers have now won four straight AL Central championships.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a division title sealing victory. | 09/28/2014 6:35 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a division title sealing victory.
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Impact
Kinsler hit four homers in the final 14 regular season games, which is more than he had in the previous two and a half months. Kinsler has struggled getting on base lately, but he will remain Detroit's lead off man for the ALDS.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan threw a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 3-0 lead and capture his 35th save of the season on Sunday. | 09/28/2014 6:33 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan threw a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 3-0 lead and capture his 35th save of the season on Sunday.
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Impact
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to give Nathan a three-run cushion. Nathan ends the season with a 4.81 ERA, the 10th highest mark in the history of the league to have recorded 30 saves or more. Since July, his ERA has been under 3.50, but overall, there still isn't much confidence he will get the job done in the playoffs.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in the starting lineup on Sunday. | 09/28/2014 10:19 AM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
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Impact
Davis left Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Ezequiel Carrera is starting in center field on Sunday.
Updating on a previous item: According to Lynn G. Henning, Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis has been diagnosed with a groin strain. | 09/27/2014 10:46 PM
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Updating on a previous item: According to Lynn G. Henning, Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis has been diagnosed with a groin strain.
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Impact
This has potential to be devestating news for Detroit, entering postseason play. For now, Davis will be reevaluated on Sunday
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis left Saturday's game against Minnesota with an apparent hamstring injury, according to James Schmehl. | 09/27/2014 8:26 PM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis left Saturday's game against Minnesota with an apparent hamstring injury, according to James Schmehl.
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Impact
Davis seemed to come up lame while running out a groundball during the second inning. Consider Davis day-to-day for now, but this could be a big blow for Detroit, with postseason play starting in a few days. Ezequiel Carrera replaced him in center field.
Reds infielder Ramon Santiago belted a walk-off grand slam against Pittsburgh on Saturday. | 09/27/2014 5:25 PM
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Reds infielder Ramon Santiago belted a walk-off grand slam against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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He did it in the bottom of the tenth, off of Bobby LaFromboise, who came on for John Axford. Santiago is not fantasy relevant, but its a nice feat for a utility infielder. Axford took the loss for the Pirates, with Dylan Axelrod earning the victory.
Reds infielder Ramon Santiago belted a walk-off grand slam against Pittsburgh on Saturday. | 09/27/2014 5:24 PM
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Reds infielder Ramon Santiago belted a walk-off grand slam against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Impact
He did it in the bottom of the tenth, off of Bobby LaFromboise, who came on for John Axford. Santiago is not fantasy relevant, but its a nice feat for a utility infielder. Axford took the loss for the Pirates, with Dylan Axelrod earning the victory.
Reds infielder Ramon Santiago belted a walk-off grand slam against Pittsburgh on Saturday. | 09/27/2014 5:24 PM
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Reds infielder Ramon Santiago belted a walk-off grand slam against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Impact
He did it in the bottom of the tenth, off of Bobby LaFromboise, who came on for John Axford. Santiago is not fantasy relevant, but its a nice feat for a utility infielder. Axford took the loss for the Pirates, with Dylan Axelrod earning the victory.
Reds infielder Ramon Santiago belted a walk-off grandslam against Pittsburgh on Saturday. | 09/27/2014 5:18 PM
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Reds infielder Ramon Santiago belted a walk-off grandslam against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Impact
He did it in the bottom of the tenth, off of Bobby LaFromboise, who came on for John Axford. Santiago is not fantasy relevant, but its a nice feat for a utility infielder. Axford took the loss for the Pirates, with Dylan Axelrod earning the victory.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera tried to single-handedly win the American League Central for Detriot on Friday. | 09/26/2014 10:54 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera tried to single-handedly win the American League Central for Detriot on Friday.
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Impact
Cabrera was animated on Friday as a victory and a Royals loss would have given the Tigers the division title. Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two RBI, which both came in the fifth inning as the Tigers cut into the Twins lead, 6-3. Just when it looked like the Tigers could come back, Minnesota scored four runs in the sixth and won, 11-4. If the Royals hold on to win on Friday, the Tigers will have just a game lead in the central with two to go.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez has big night in win over Minnesota. | 09/25/2014 10:13 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez has big night in win over Minnesota.
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Impact
He was 3-for-4 with a homer, double, and run scored. He now has an impressive 32 homeruns and 102 RBI on the year. If it weren't for Mike Trout, Martinez would most likely be the front runner for AL MVP honors.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera clubs 24th homer of 2014. | 09/25/2014 10:11 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera clubs 24th homer of 2014.
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Impact
It was a solo shot off Twins' starter Trevor May. Miggy now has 107 RBI on the year, in a somewhat "down" season.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer earns AL best 18th vwn against the Twins. | 09/25/2014 10:09 PM
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Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer earns AL best 18th vwn against the Twins.
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Impact
He went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks, striking out nine. Now at 18-5, Scherzer is tied with Jered Weaver in wins, and is firmly in the AL Cy Young discussion, yet again.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler continues to stay hot. | 09/24/2014 6:07 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler continues to stay hot.
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Impact
He was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two RBI, and a run scored. Kinsler now has an impressive 89 RBI from Detroit's leadoff spot.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander has returned to form. | 09/24/2014 6:06 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander has returned to form.
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Impact
He still has a 4.54 ERA on the year, but went eight innings on Wednesday against the White Sox, allowing only one run on seven hits, while striking out six. Verlander is now 15-12, and will be heading into postseason play on a high note.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and a 1.516 OPS against White Sox ace Chris Sale. | 09/24/2014 11:37 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and a 1.516 OPS against White Sox ace Chris Sale.
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Impact
Martinez is simply putting together the best season of his 12-year career. He is hitting .335 with 31 home runs and 100 RBI and a league-leading .972 OPS. He's also been crushing the ball this month, batting .378 with a 1.104 OPS so make him a must start.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and scored on Miguel Cabrera's single in the ninth as Detroit beat the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, on Tuesday. | 09/23/2014 10:59 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and scored on Miguel Cabrera's single in the ninth as Detroit beat the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, on Tuesday.
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Impact
With Kinsler's help, Detroit stays a game ahead of Kansas City with five days left in the season. Kinsler is batting .274 with 16 homers and 87 RBI this year.
Tigers starter David Price pitched eight shutout innings before allowing three runs in the ninth and losing his victory against the White Sox on Tuesday. | 09/23/2014 10:37 PM
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Tigers starter David Price pitched eight shutout innings before allowing three runs in the ninth and losing his victory against the White Sox on Tuesday.
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Impact
Manager Brad Ausmus likely left Price in the game too long as he threw 114 pitches, but with who the Tigers have in the bullpen, who can blame him. Price still pitched eight 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out eight and walked none. It was a major bounce back game for Price after allowing five runs in his last start. Luckily, Detroit was still able to win in the bottom of the inning.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a walkoff single to score Ian Kinsler as Detroit defeated the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, on Tuesday. | 09/23/2014 10:30 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a walkoff single to score Ian Kinsler as Detroit defeated the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, on Tuesday.
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Impact
The two-time AL MVP was 2-for-5 with one RBI, the game-winner. He was not able to repeat his 2012 and 2013 season this year, but he still has monster numbers, .314/.375/.520 with 23 home runs and 105 RBI.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with a walk against the White Sox on Monday, but Detroit stranded eight base runners and lost, 2-0. | 09/22/2014 9:55 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with a walk against the White Sox on Monday, but Detroit stranded eight base runners and lost, 2-0.
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Impact
Martinez had a single and his 32nd double of the year. Martinez is hitting .336/.407/.566 with 31 home runs and 100 RBI this year.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila is back in the starting lineup on Monday. | 09/22/2014 6:51 PM
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila is back in the starting lineup on Monday.
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Impact
Avila took batting practice and played in a simulated game on Sunday without any setbacks, so doctors cleared him to return. Avila missed over a week due to post-concussion issues. He is catching and batting seventh against the White Sox on Monday.
Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. | 09/22/2014 5:41 PM
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Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.
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Impact
Sanchez made a simulated game on Sunday with no issues, so he was cleared to return. Sanchez has been out since Aug. 8 with a pectoral strain.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello cannot get out of fourth inning versus Kansas City. | 09/21/2014 6:49 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello cannot get out of fourth inning versus Kansas City.
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Impact
Porcello has not been the same pitcher of late, and Sunday was possibly the low-point. He went 3 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs. Porcello is now 15-12 with a 3.31 ERA on the year. Detroit will need him to get back on track, if they want to hold down the AL Central.
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter looks to continue his hot streak against Kansas City on Sunday. | 09/21/2014 9:55 AM
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Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter looks to continue his hot streak against Kansas City on Sunday.
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Impact
He is 10 for his last 23, with two homers. Now, with a tempting matchup against Jeremy Guthrie (.348 career BA against him), make sure Hunter stays in your lineup.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has a juicy matchup Sunday afternoon against Kansas City. | 09/21/2014 9:51 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has a juicy matchup Sunday afternoon against Kansas City.
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Impact
He will be swinging against Jeremy Guthrie, whom he is 16-for-46 against (.340), with three homeruns and 12 RBI. Miggy has been on fire of late, and could be carrying you to a fantasy title.
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter has big day vs. Kansas City. | 09/20/2014 5:22 PM
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Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter has big day vs. Kansas City.
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Impact
He was 2-4, including a solo shot that opened up the scoring in the 4th. It was Hunter's 17th dinger of the year. He continues to produce year in and year out, as he is slashing .288 with 81 RBI.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan walked another tight line, but was able to shut the door for his 33rd save against the Royals, on Saturday afternoon. | 09/20/2014 5:16 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan walked another tight line, but was able to shut the door for his 33rd save against the Royals, on Saturday afternoon.
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Impact
Kansas City was able to get guys guys on 2nd and 3rd with two outs, but Nathan got Raul Ibanez to ground out to first to end the game. While he has a nice number of saves, Nathan's 5.01 ERA continues to be extremely alarming.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer pitched a gem to help Detroit stretch their division lead. | 09/20/2014 5:06 PM
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Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer pitched a gem to help Detroit stretch their division lead.
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Impact
He baffled Royals' hitters through seven innings, allowing only one run on seven hits and one walk. Scherzer had six strikeouts throughout his dominant performance as well. There is a solid chance he will win his second consecutive CY Young Award.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not a good play Saturday versus Royals right-hander James Shields. | 09/20/2014 9:46 AM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not a good play Saturday versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
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Impact
Davis is just 2-for-18 (.111) against Shields and sat out the last time Shields pitched. Don Kelley should get the start in the outfield, but he's not much better at 2-for-11. Avoid both of them.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that catcher Alex Avila (concussion) felt "disoriented" when he tried to take some swings on Thursday and Friday. | 09/19/2014 7:15 PM
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that catcher Alex Avila (concussion) felt "disoriented" when he tried to take some swings on Thursday and Friday.
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Impact
Avila is out Friday for the 10th time in the last 17 games due to post-concussion symptoms. At this point, Avila cannot be counted on to return before the end of the regular season.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila (head) is still not in the lineup for Detroit on Wednesday. | 09/17/2014 4:48 PM
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila (head) is still not in the lineup for Detroit on Wednesday.
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Impact
He took a foul ball off his mask Sunday, and with a history of concussion problems, Detroit is not taking any chances. Bryan Holaday will continue to handle the catching duties during Avila's absence.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run to give Detroit the lead in the top of the ninth on Tuesday against the Twins. | 09/16/2014 11:48 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run to give Detroit the lead in the top of the ninth on Tuesday against the Twins.
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Impact
Martinez hit a three-run bomb in the ninth off Twins closer Glen Perkins as the Tigers took a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately for Detroit, Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the season and Minnesota won, 4-3. The home run was Martinez's 23rd of the season, and he also has 75 RBI while batting .313.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello threw eight innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked two in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday. | 09/16/2014 11:43 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello threw eight innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked two in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.
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Impact
The Tigers rallied in the top of the ninth to take the lead, and Porcello was in line for the victory until closer Joe Nathan blew the save. Kennys Vargas scored both the Twins runs, on a Kurt Suzuki single in the fourth and his own solo home run in the sixth. Porcello is 15-11 with a 3.19 ERA and 122 strikeouts this year.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello threw eight innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked two in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday. | 09/16/2014 11:42 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello threw eight innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked two in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.
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Impact
The Tigers rallied in the top of the ninth to take the lead, and Porcello was in line for the victory until closer Joe Nathan blew the save. Kennys Vargas scored both the Twins runs, on a Kurt Suzuki single in the fourth and his own solo home run in the sixth. Porcello is 15-11 with a 3.19 ERA and 122 strikeouts this year.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the year, allowing two runs in the ninth as Detroit lost to Minnesota, 4-3. | 09/16/2014 11:35 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the year, allowing two runs in the ninth as Detroit lost to Minnesota, 4-3.
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Impact
Nathan is 4-4 but has converted just 32 out of 39 save opportunities in 2014. He also has a 5.10 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Nathan should have been out of your lineup awhile ago.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup tonight. | 09/15/2014 4:55 PM
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup tonight.
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Impact
It is just a routine day off for Detroit's everyday catcher. Avila has not produced much offensively in 2014 (.223 BA, 11 HR and 47 RBI), but is critical to the Tigers' success behind the plate. He should be back tomorrow. Bryan Holaday gets the start Monday night, for ace Max Scherzer.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer has been a much different pitcher on the road this season. | 09/15/2014 2:52 PM
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Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer has been a much different pitcher on the road this season.
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Impact
Take away the fact he is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in his last three starts. The big thing here is Scherzer has somehwhat struggled on the road in 2014. His 6-4 record and 3.61 ERA away from Detroit is not terrible, but when you compare it to his home totals (10-1, 2.66 ERA), owners definitely expect more from the Tigers' ace. In no way should you bench him, but beware that Scherzer is not as effective away from Comerica Park.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI-single to help the Tigers defeat the Indians, 6-4, on Sunday | 09/14/2014 6:56 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI-single to help the Tigers defeat the Indians, 6-4, on Sunday
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Impact
Martinez hit a solo home run in the fourth, which is his 22nd homer of the year. Martinez then hit his RBI-single in the sixth. The outfielder is batting .305/.350/.557 with 71 RBI in 393 at-bats.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is 5-for-13 (.385) against Indians starter Trevor Bauer in his career. | 09/14/2014 11:09 AM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is 5-for-13 (.385) against Indians starter Trevor Bauer in his career.
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Impact
Kinsler has a home run, double and two RBI against Bauer as well. Kinsler is 3-for-9 with a double, two RBI and a run in the series against Cleveland.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila hit a two-run home run to lift the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday. | 09/14/2014 9:39 AM
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila hit a two-run home run to lift the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday.
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Impact
Avila took Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw deep in the bottom of the eighth with the Tigers trailing 4-3. Avila went 1-for-3, and the homer kept the Tigers a half game ahead of the Royals in the AL Central. The catcher is batting .222/.329/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI this season.
Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) hopes to begin throwing off a mound early on Monday according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. | 09/13/2014 4:43 PM
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Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) hopes to begin throwing off a mound early on Monday according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
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Impact
Even with the positive news, Sanchez will not make it back before the end of the regular season. He is not fantasy relavant unless owners are playing through the playoffs or are in dynasty leagues.
Tigers starter David Price pitched seven and 2/3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits, striking out seven and walking none in a 7-3 victory over the Indians. | 09/12/2014 10:51 PM
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Tigers starter David Price pitched seven and 2/3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits, striking out seven and walking none in a 7-3 victory over the Indians.
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Impact
Price has beaten the Indians twice since Sept. 1 with a loss to the Giants stuck in the middle. Price is 14-11 with a 3.26 ERA on the season.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI against Cleveland on Friday. | 09/12/2014 10:45 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI against Cleveland on Friday.
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Impact
Martinez's home run was his 21st of the season. He has been a pleasant surprise to both the Tigers and fantasy owners, hitting .305 with 69 RBI to go along with his 21 dingers. Martinez also supports a .900 OPS.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI on Friday against the Indians. | 09/12/2014 10:42 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI on Friday against the Indians.
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Impact
Martinez came into the game going 0-for-6 in his last two games, so the DH is back on track. He is second to only Jose Altuve in batting average at .335 and is ranked in the top 10 in the American League in both home runs (30) and RBI (97) this year.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in Wednesday's starting lineup versus James Shields and the Royals. | 09/10/2014 3:37 PM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in Wednesday's starting lineup versus James Shields and the Royals.
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Impact
This isn't unexpected as Davis is just 2-for-18 (.111) against Shields. Don Kelley will get the start in center field.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan has been unavailable the last few days due to right elbow tenderness. | 09/08/2014 3:31 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan has been unavailable the last few days due to right elbow tenderness.
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Impact
The Tigers have not had a save opportunity since Sept. 2. Nathan is supposedly available on Monday against the Royals but this something to keep your eye on the last three weeks of the year. Nathan has struggled this year with a 5.04 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 53 appearances.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went deep on Sunday, driving in three runs, to lead the Tigers over the Giants, 6-1. | 09/08/2014 11:39 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went deep on Sunday, driving in three runs, to lead the Tigers over the Giants, 6-1.
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Impact
The 2-for-4 night extended Cabrera's hitting streak to eight games. He has 22 home runs and 100 RBI on the season while batting .310. Cabrera has been battling bone spurs in his ankle, but that has not effected him at the plate in his last seven games. The first baseman was 15-for-30 with five home runs and nine RBI last week.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .429 hitter against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson, but he's never taken him deep. | 09/07/2014 9:48 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .429 hitter against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson, but he's never taken him deep.
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Impact
He's on a seven-game hitting streak. Cabrera has 21 homers and 97 RBI after blasting two long balls Saturday. That would be impressive for most hitters, but Miggy isn't most hitters. He's coming off a .348, 44 HR, 137 RBI season in 2013 and these new numbers pale compared to last season.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera clubbed a pair of home runs Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to get the Tigers the win. | 09/06/2014 4:31 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera clubbed a pair of home runs Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to get the Tigers the win.
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Impact
Cabrera now has 21 homers and 97 RBI. That would be impressive for most hitters, but Miggy isn't most hitters. He's coming off a .348, 44 HR, 137 RBI season in 2013 and these new numbers pale compared to last season.
Detroit catcher Alex Avila is out again Saturday as he continues to deal with concussion-like symptoms. | 09/06/2014 10:29 AM
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Detroit catcher Alex Avila is out again Saturday as he continues to deal with concussion-like symptoms.
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Impact
Avila passed a concussion test, but the Tigers are being extra cautious because of his concussion past. James McCann will start behind the plate.
Just-brought-up Tigers catcher James McCann will make his first major league start Saturday against the San Francisco Giants. | 09/06/2014 10:18 AM
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Just-brought-up Tigers catcher James McCann will make his first major league start Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.
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Impact
Alex Avila is hurting and Bryan Holaday isn't swinging a good bat, so McCann draws the tough assignment facing Madison Bumgarner. Welcome to the big leagues kid! Although he hit well at Triple-A fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see attitude.
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (foot) was not in Thursday's starting lineup, but is back in the No. 2 hole for Friday's contest against San Francisco. | 09/05/2014 3:47 PM
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Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (foot) was not in Thursday's starting lineup, but is back in the No. 2 hole for Friday's contest against San Francisco.
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Impact
Hunter hit a foul ball off his foot in his first at-bat on Wednesday. Even in his 18th season he can still produce numbers. He's batting .275 with 15 HR and 73 RBI.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez homered again Thursday, his career-best 29th of the season. | 09/04/2014 11:59 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez homered again Thursday, his career-best 29th of the season.
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Impact
Martinez has batted .332 with 29 HR, 93 RBI and has been better for fantasy owners than two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera.
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (foot) is not in Thursday's starting lineup against the Indians. | 09/04/2014 5:03 PM
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Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (foot) is not in Thursday's starting lineup against the Indians.
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Impact
Hunter hit a foul ball off his foot in his first at-bat on Wednesday. Hopefully with the extra rest on Thursday, he will be ready to go on Friday.
Detroit catcher Alex Avila is out for the second straight game on Thursday after getting hit in the mask with a foul ball on Tuesday. | 09/04/2014 3:40 PM
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Detroit catcher Alex Avila is out for the second straight game on Thursday after getting hit in the mask with a foul ball on Tuesday.
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Impact
Avila passed a concussion test, but the Tigers are being extra cautious because of his concussion past. Bryan Holaday will catch against Cleveland on Thursday.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double in Detroit's victory over Cleveland on Tuesday. | 09/02/2014 11:29 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double in Detroit's victory over Cleveland on Tuesday.
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Impact
So much for being hurt. Cabrera has eight hits in his last 10 at-bats, including three home runs, a double, three RBI and four runs. He is carrying the Tigers just when they need him to and likely doing the same for your fantasy team.
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is a career .500 hitter with two home runs and a 1.788 OPS versus Indians starter Carlos Carrasco. | 09/02/2014 9:53 AM
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Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is a career .500 hitter with two home runs and a 1.788 OPS versus Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.
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Impact
In his 18th season, Hunter continues to be a productive player. He's batting .278 with 15 HR, 73 RBI and a .760 OPS. Not superstar stuff, but solid fill-in material.
Tigers starter David Price held the Indians to one run on eight hits in seven innings Monday night to earn his 13th win. | 09/01/2014 8:45 PM
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Tigers starter David Price held the Indians to one run on eight hits in seven innings Monday night to earn his 13th win.
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Impact
Price gave up eight runs on 12 hits over two innings in his last start, so this was a nice bounce-back effort. The left-hander's 232 strikeouts are the most in baseball.
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos has gone 28-for-90 (.311) with three doubles, two triples, three homers and 16 RBI in his last 25 games. | 09/01/2014 8:19 PM
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Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos has gone 28-for-90 (.311) with three doubles, two triples, three homers and 16 RBI in his last 25 games.
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Impact
Castellanos went 3-for-5 Monday at Cleveland and is hitting .266 with 10 homers, 57 RBI and a .725 OPS on the year.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Monday at Cleveland. | 09/01/2014 8:17 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Monday at Cleveland.
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Impact
Martinez struggled coming out of the All-Star break, but he's gone 29-for-89 (.326) with eight doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in his last 22 games.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez homered for the fourth time in his last nine games Monday against Cleveland. | 09/01/2014 8:14 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez homered for the fourth time in his last nine games Monday against Cleveland.
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Impact
Martinez has batted .358 with seven homers, 32 RBI, 21 walks and 22 runs in his last 32 games. He's second in the AL with a .329 average.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs Monday at Cleveland. | 09/01/2014 8:10 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs Monday at Cleveland.
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Impact
Cabrera went 5-for-35 (.143) in his last eight games of August and didn't hit a homer in his last 27 games of the month. He also sat out Sunday due to an ankle injury. By the standard Cabrera set the past two seasons, a .304 average, 19 homers, 94 RBI and .868 OPS are disappointing.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera did not play Sunday, but fantasy owners hope he returns for Monday's favorable matchup with Corey Kluber. | 09/01/2014 1:43 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera did not play Sunday, but fantasy owners hope he returns for Monday's favorable matchup with Corey Kluber.
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Impact
The two-time MVP is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and seven RBI against the Cleveland right-hander. And the wind will be blowing out to right at 11 mph too. Update: Cabrera will be the DH, so make sure he's in your lineup.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .077 hitter (1-for-13) against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. | 09/01/2014 10:19 AM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .077 hitter (1-for-13) against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.
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Impact
Kinsler went 6-for-19 (.315) over the weekend, but is a poor play in Monday's matchup. He used to be a 30-30 guy (2009, 2011), but now he'll be lucky to reach 20-20.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera did not play Sunday, but fantasy owners hope he returns for Monday's favorable matchup with Corey Kluber. | 09/01/2014 10:13 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera did not play Sunday, but fantasy owners hope he returns for Monday's favorable matchup with Corey Kluber.
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Impact
The two-time MVP is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and seven RBI against the Cleveland right-hander. And the wind will be blowing out to right at 11 mph too.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello pitched six and 2/3 innings on Sunday and allowed six runs, three earned on 11 hits in a loss to the White Sox. | 08/31/2014 6:50 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello pitched six and 2/3 innings on Sunday and allowed six runs, three earned on 11 hits in a loss to the White Sox.
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Impact
Porcello did strike out seven and only walked one, but Detroit just cannot get any consistency from his starting rotation. In the four game series against Chicago, Justin Verlander pitched great on Friday but Max Scherzer and Porcello threw below average starts. The 25-year-old will try to bounce back against red hot San Francisco in his next start.
Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 in a loss against the White Sox on Sunday. | 08/31/2014 6:38 PM
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Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 in a loss against the White Sox on Sunday.
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Impact
Hunter went 5-for-12 in the weekend series against Chicago. He has 19 hits since August 16 and is batting .452 since August 23. With Miguel Cabera out, like it or not, he is probably the most dependable batter in the Tiger lineup along with Ian Kinsler.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is 9-for-23 (.391) against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. | 08/31/2014 9:35 AM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is 9-for-23 (.391) against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
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Impact
Even more interesting is that once on base, he's 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Need steals? Start Davis Sunday against Chicago.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left the second game of the doubleheader after reinjuring the right ankle that has bothered him for a while. | 08/30/2014 9:02 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left the second game of the doubleheader after reinjuring the right ankle that has bothered him for a while.
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Impact
The two-time MVP was 1-for-4 in the afternoon and 0-for-3 in the nightcap before yielding way. His average has dipped to under .300, an area he hasn't seen for a long time.
Tigers ace Max Scherzer hit a speed bump in his otherwise great season, giving up five earned runs in six and 2/3 innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday against the White Sox. He did, however, strikeout 11 and walk none. | 08/30/2014 4:36 PM
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Tigers ace Max Scherzer hit a speed bump in his otherwise great season, giving up five earned runs in six and 2/3 innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday against the White Sox. He did, however, strikeout 11 and walk none.
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Impact
Scherzer allowed two home runs, one to Adam Dunn and another to Tyler Flowers. Scherzer is now 15-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday. | 08/30/2014 4:22 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday.
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Impact
Martinez extended his hitting streak to seven games. Over that stretch, he is hitting .419 with four extra-base hits, eight RBI and ten runs.
Tigers reliever Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw off flat ground once again on Saturday according to MLive.com. | 08/30/2014 11:45 AM
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Tigers reliever Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw off flat ground once again on Saturday according to MLive.com.
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Impact
It's a good sign, but in terms of fantasy value, he has very little for the remainder of the season. He still is a few weeks away from returning and even then, Soria still is the setup man to closer Joe Nathan.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .520 (13-for-25) hitter with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI against White Sox starter Chris Sale. | 08/30/2014 10:28 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .520 (13-for-25) hitter with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
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Impact
Martinez comes into the game with a seven-game winning streak. During that stretch, the designated hitter is batting .394 with three extra-base hits, six RBI and nine runs. He should be already but put Martinez in your lineup.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed one run on nine hits over seven innings in a victory on Friday over the White Sox. | 08/30/2014 9:16 AM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed one run on nine hits over seven innings in a victory on Friday over the White Sox.
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Impact
This is quite promising as Verlander looked like his old self on Friday. The only run he yielded was on an Adam Dunn sacrifice fly in the first inning. Overall, Verlander has still been very disappointing this year (12-11, 4.68 ERA, 1.45 WHIP), but he proved Friday he still has the potential to be dominant in any start.
Detroit catcher Alex Avila went 1-for-3 with a walk-off single against the New York Yankees on Thursday. | 08/28/2014 4:53 PM
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Detroit catcher Alex Avila went 1-for-3 with a walk-off single against the New York Yankees on Thursday.
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Impact
It was nice to see Avila produce in the clutch, but the catcher is hitting .196 since the All-Star break, so we would not expect him to be in many lineups going forward.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. | 08/28/2014 10:10 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
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Impact
The two-time MVP has a seven-game hitting streak despite nursing a sore ankle. He's batting .307 with 17 home runs, 90 RBI and an .872 OPS this season. Good for most players, but a bit of a disappointment for Cabrera owners. He's got a nice matchup Thursday.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Thursday's starting lineup. | 08/28/2014 10:05 AM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
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Impact
No injury, just a matchup problem. Hunter is 0-for-10 against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Hunter has four consecutive multi-hit games to raise his average to .278 with 15 HR and 71 RBI.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez now has a new career high in home runs with 26. | 08/27/2014 10:46 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez now has a new career high in home runs with 26.
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Impact
He went 1-for-3 with a solo blast Wednesday against the Yankees. The DH is hitting .327 with 85 RBI, 69 runs and a .951 OPS this season.

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