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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) is expected to start Saturday against the Twins. | 08/20/2014 4:50 PM
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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) is expected to start Saturday against the Twins.
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Impact
Verlander (10-11, 4.76 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) hasn't pitched since he left his start on Aug. 11 with shoulder inflammation. Fantasy owners can't rely on him at this point.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is hitting .100 in his career against Rays starter Chris Archer. | 08/19/2014 10:58 AM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is hitting .100 in his career against Rays starter Chris Archer.
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Impact
After a poor July, Kinsler is hitting .268 in August but has not homered since July 3 and has stolen just two bases since July 11.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis stole three bases against Seattle on Sunday, but left the game with a bruised thumb. | 08/18/2014 10:38 AM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis stole three bases against Seattle on Sunday, but left the game with a bruised thumb.
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Impact
Davis is listed as day-to-day. He is seeing a lot more playing time after Detroit traded away Austin Jackson. This month, Davis is hitting .266 with six doubles, five RBI and five steals.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis couldn't produce a hit, a run, or an RBI, but still was a valuable fantasy outfielder. | 08/17/2014 4:41 PM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis couldn't produce a hit, a run, or an RBI, but still was a valuable fantasy outfielder.
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Impact
That's because Davis managed to steal three bases. He's hitting .289 with six homers, 48 runs and 30 steals mostly as a part-time player.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .167 hitter (2-for-12) versus Seattle right-hander Chris Young. | 08/17/2014 10:21 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .167 hitter (2-for-12) versus Seattle right-hander Chris Young.
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Impact
We only know a few pitchers who can consistently get Cabrera out and Young is one of them. Its hard to imagine, but we'd call this an "off" year for the two-time MVP, batting .311 with 17 home runs, 86 RBI and an .887 OPS this season.
Tigers starter David Price outdueled Felix Hernandez in Saturday's win over the Mariners. | 08/16/2014 10:15 PM
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Tigers starter David Price outdueled Felix Hernandez in Saturday's win over the Mariners.
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Impact
Price threw eight innings and held the M's to one run on three hits to get his first win with Detroit. The left-hander has a 12-8 record, a 3.12 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP overall, and he leads the majors in strikeouts with 212.
Detroit catcher Alex Avila is not in Friday's starting lineup. Bryan Holaday will be behind the plate. | 08/15/2014 4:04 PM
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Detroit catcher Alex Avila is not in Friday's starting lineup. Bryan Holaday will be behind the plate.
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Impact
Avila has gone 6-for-19 (.315) with two homers over the past five games.
Tigers ace Max Scherzer continues to sparkle, this time going eight shut out innings yielding just three hits and striking out a season-high 14 batters. | 08/14/2014 4:42 PM
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Tigers ace Max Scherzer continues to sparkle, this time going eight shut out innings yielding just three hits and striking out a season-high 14 batters.
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Impact
Scherzer is now 14-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.136 WHIP. If not for the amazing Felix Hernandez, Scherzer might have a good shot at two consecutive Cy Young awards.
Former closer Jim Johnson, who recently signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers, could get the call soon, according to Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck. | 08/14/2014 2:37 PM
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Former closer Jim Johnson, who recently signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers, could get the call soon, according to Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck.
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Impact
Johnson was horrible in Oakland (4-2, 7.14 ERA, 2.058 WHIP). Detroit called up Melvin Mercedes on Thursday only because Johnson wanted to pitch one more time at Toledo.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is back in the lineup after getting Wednesday off. | 08/14/2014 12:59 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is back in the lineup after getting Wednesday off.
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Impact
The move from Houston to Detroit has been great for Martinez's career. He's batting .299 with 15 HR, 51 RBI, 35 runs and an .896 OPS.
The 2013 Cy Young Award winner has backed up his great season with more good numbers in 2014. | 08/14/2014 11:23 AM
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The 2013 Cy Young Award winner has backed up his great season with more good numbers in 2014.
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Impact
Scherzer, who is 13-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 1.161 WHIP, has been even better in his last nine outings - 2.01 ERA, 1.021 WHIP. If not for the amazing Felix Hernandez, Scherzer might have a shot at two consecutive Cy Young awards.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez continues to pound the baseball in what should end up being the best season of his career. | 08/14/2014 10:36 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez continues to pound the baseball in what should end up being the best season of his career.
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Impact
Martinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI Wednesday against the Pirates to raise his average to .323 with 23 HR, 71 RBI and a .937 OPS. Add in he's a career .481 hitter (13-for-27) against Pittsburgh's Thursday starter, Francisco Liriano, and it makes him a must start.
Detroit catcher Alex Avila has gone 11-for-36 with three doubles and three homers in August. | 08/13/2014 10:23 PM
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Detroit catcher Alex Avila has gone 11-for-36 with three doubles and three homers in August.
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Impact
He's homered in back-to-back games. The backstop hit .208 or worse in three of the first four months this season.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI Wednesday against the Pirates. | 08/13/2014 10:22 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI Wednesday against the Pirates.
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Impact
Martinez went 0-for-4 Tuesday, but he hasn't gone more than one game without a hit since he went 0-for-8 in a doubleheader on July 19.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates. | 08/13/2014 5:54 PM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.
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Impact
Davis has been in the starting lineup in 11 of 13 games this month after the team traded starting center fielder Austin Jackson on July 31. He's hitting .251 with a .629 OPS against righties, however, so he'll take a sit against Vance Worley.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral strain) has begun physical therapy and is starting to feel a little better, according to mlb.com. | 08/12/2014 9:40 PM
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Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral strain) has begun physical therapy and is starting to feel a little better, according to mlb.com.
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Impact
Sanchez left his start on Aug. 8 with a strained right pectoral muscle. He'll undergo physical therapy for another 10-14 days before starting a throwing program.
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander's MRI showed no structural damage, according to beat writer Chris Iott. | 08/12/2014 5:17 PM
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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander's MRI showed no structural damage, according to beat writer Chris Iott.
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Impact
Verlander gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and walked two in his one inning of work Monday night, before leaving with right shoulder soreness.
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander's MRI showed no structural damage, according to beat writer Chriss Iott. | 08/12/2014 4:49 PM
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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander's MRI showed no structural damage, according to beat writer Chriss Iott.
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Impact
Verlander gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and walked two in his one inning of work Monday night, before leaving with right shoulder soreness.
Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, a run and a steal Monday at Pittsburgh. | 08/11/2014 10:47 PM
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Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, a run and a steal Monday at Pittsburgh.
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Impact
Davis entered the game with a .356 average and a .935 OPS against left-handers this season and he had a couple of infield hits against Pirates southpaw Jeff Locke before doubling off right-hander Casey Sadler.
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander left Monday's game after one inning due to right shoulder soreness, according to Jason Beck of mlb.com. | 08/11/2014 8:37 PM
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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander left Monday's game after one inning due to right shoulder soreness, according to Jason Beck of mlb.com.
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Impact
Verlander gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and walked two in his inning of work. He had been pitching better as of late, recording a 3.14 ERA in his last 28 2/3 innings, but still not striking out a lot of batters in that span (5.96 K/9). Ironically, he struck out the side Monday.
Tigers reliever Joakim Soria has been placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. | 08/10/2014 12:59 PM
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Tigers reliever Joakim Soria has been placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.
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Impact
The Tigers' acquisition of Soria hasn't gone well for fantasy owners. Prior to the trade, he was the Rangers closer and had a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves. Since the deal, he's pitched in a middle relief role and allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Joakim Soria came out of Saturday's game with a left side strain, according to the team's twitter site. | 08/10/2014 12:57 PM
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Joakim Soria came out of Saturday's game with a left side strain, according to the team's twitter site.
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Impact
Soria hasn't given up a run in his last three outings and has an ERA of 3.58. He'll need tests to determine the severity of the injury.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez will miss 3-4 weeks with a right pectoral strain. | 08/10/2014 12:34 PM
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Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez will miss 3-4 weeks with a right pectoral strain.
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Impact
Sanchez left Friday's game with the injury. He's 8-5 with a 3.53 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 102 Ks in 125 innings this season. Robbie Ray, Detroit's top pitching prospect, will take Sanchez' spot in the rotation. He has a 3.72 ERA and a 71/40 K/BB in 96 2/3 innings with Triple-A Toledo this season, so he's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez has batted .355 in 76 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle. | 08/10/2014 12:06 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez has batted .355 in 76 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
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Impact
That includes two doubles and four homers. Martinez is having a great month of August so far, hitting .344 with two homers, 10 RBI and a .999 OPS, and Buehrle has posted a 5.15 ERA since June 12. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan continued to struggle on the mound, yielding a run in the ninth to blow the win for Max Scherzer. | 08/09/2014 6:58 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan continued to struggle on the mound, yielding a run in the ninth to blow the win for Max Scherzer.
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Impact
Manager Brad Ausmus said he would stick with Nathan, but with the injury to Joakim Soria he didn't really have another good option. Nathan's ERA is up to 5.36.
Joakim Soria came out of Saturday's game with a left side strain, according to the team's twitter site. | 08/09/2014 6:54 PM
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Joakim Soria came out of Saturday's game with a left side strain, according to the team's twitter site.
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Impact
Soria hasn't given up a run in his last four outings and has an ERA of 3.58. He'll need tests to determine the severity of the injury.
Another fine outing by 2013 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer as he attempted to win his 14th game of the season Saturday. | 08/09/2014 3:28 PM
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Another fine outing by 2013 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer as he attempted to win his 14th game of the season Saturday.
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Impact
Scherzer allowed one run on just four hits and struck out 11 in eight innings, but Joe Nathan failed to hold the lead in the ninth inning. He has yielded two runs or less in eight of his last nine starts.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has gone 12-for-33 (.364) with two doubles and five RBI in August. | 08/08/2014 10:38 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has gone 12-for-33 (.364) with two doubles and five RBI in August.
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Impact
Kinsler hit just .218 in July. While he's heated up again, he still hasn't homered since July 3 and he hasn't stolen a base since July 11.
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a game-tying two-run homer Friday against the Blue Jays. | 08/08/2014 10:31 PM
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Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a game-tying two-run homer Friday against the Blue Jays.
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Impact
Castellanos' shot came in the ninth inning off closer Casey Janssen and was his eighth homer of the year. It's been a disappointing rookie year for the 22-year-old.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez left Friday's game with a right pectoral strain, according to Jason Beck of mlb.com. | 08/08/2014 9:50 PM
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Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez left Friday's game with a right pectoral strain, according to Jason Beck of mlb.com.
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Impact
Sanchez gave up four runs (three earned) on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays before exiting. He'll be evaluated further on Saturday.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is back in the line Friday after missing time due to a hand injury. | 08/08/2014 3:31 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is back in the line Friday after missing time due to a hand injury.
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Impact
Hunter was hit squarely in the left hand by a Dellin Betances fastball Tuesday night and he suffered a contusion, but nothing was broken. He's batting .271 with 15 HR and 62 RBI.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello pitched well Thursday afternoon, giving up just one run over seven innings. | 08/07/2014 4:06 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello pitched well Thursday afternoon, giving up just one run over seven innings.
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Impact
It wasn't good enough, however, as the Tigers didn't score him any runs and lost 1-0 to the Yankees. Pocello has given up two runs or less in seven of his last nine outings.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter (hand) is out of the lineup again Thursday against New York. | 08/07/2014 10:10 AM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter (hand) is out of the lineup again Thursday against New York.
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Impact
Hunter was hit squarely in the left hand by a Dellin Betances fastball Tuesday night and he suffered a contusion. Nothing was broken so consider him day-to-day.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in Thursday's starting lineup against Shane Greene and the New York Yankees. | 08/07/2014 10:08 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in Thursday's starting lineup against Shane Greene and the New York Yankees.
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Impact
He can probably use a day off. Cabrera has played 110 of 111 games this season and has batted just .256 over the past 11 games. He's still hitting .310 with 17 home runs, 84 RBI and an .893 OPS this season, though after two straight MVP seasons, we were expecting more.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter (hand) is out of the lineup Wednesday against New York. | 08/06/2014 4:19 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter (hand) is out of the lineup Wednesday against New York.
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Impact
Hunter was hit squarely in the left hand by a Dellin Betances fastball Tuesday night and he suffered a contusion.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter (hand) is out of the lineup Wednesday against New York. | 08/06/2014 4:19 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter (hand) is out of the lineup Wednesday against New York.
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Impact
Hunter was hit squarely in the left hand by a Dellin Betances fastball Tuesday night and he suffered a contusion.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter (hand) is out of the lineup Wednesday against New York. | 08/06/2014 4:15 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter (hand) is out of the lineup Wednesday against New York.
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Impact
Hunter was hit squarely in the left hand by a Dellin Betances fastball Tuesday night and he suffered a contusion.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has slammed four homers and batted .391 in his career against Yankees starter Chris Capuano. | 08/06/2014 12:47 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has slammed four homers and batted .391 in his career against Yankees starter Chris Capuano.
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Impact
Cabrera is 9-for-23 against Capuano. He's hit .311 with 17 home runs, 83 RBI and an .893 OPS this season, slightly underwhelming numbers after two straight MVP seasons.
David Price threw 8 2/3 innings, struck out 10 and allowed three runs on eight hits in his Tigers debut Tuesday against the Yankees. | 08/06/2014 12:34 PM
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David Price threw 8 2/3 innings, struck out 10 and allowed three runs on eight hits in his Tigers debut Tuesday against the Yankees.
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Impact
Price has gone 7-4 with a 2.12 ERA and a 115/15 K/BB in his last 13 starts while averaging nearly eight innings per start in that span.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter left Tuesday's game against the Yankees after being hit in the left hand by Dellin Betances in the ninth inning. UPDATE: Hunter's X-rays came back negative and he's been diagnosed with a left hand contusion | 08/05/2014 10:28 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter left Tuesday's game against the Yankees after being hit in the left hand by Dellin Betances in the ninth inning. UPDATE: Hunter's X-rays came back negative and he's been diagnosed with a left hand contusion
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Impact
Betances threw one up and in and Hunter was hit squarely on the back of the left hand as he turned away from the pitch.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter left Tuesday's game against the Yankees after being hit in the left hand by Dellin Betances in the ninth inning. UPDATE: Hunter's X-rays came back negative and he's been diagnosed with a left hand contusion, according to | 08/05/2014 10:28 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter left Tuesday's game against the Yankees after being hit in the left hand by Dellin Betances in the ninth inning. UPDATE: Hunter's X-rays came back negative and he's been diagnosed with a left hand contusion, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
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Impact
Betances threw one up and in and Hunter was hit squarely on the back of the left hand as he turned away from the pitch.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter left Tuesday's game against the Yankees after being hit in the left hand by Dellin Betances in the ninth inning. | 08/05/2014 10:06 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter left Tuesday's game against the Yankees after being hit in the left hand by Dellin Betances in the ninth inning.
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Impact
Betances threw one up and in and Hunter was hit squarely on the back of the left hand as he turned away from the pitch.
Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez (knee) is not in the lineup Tuesday. Andrew Romine is starting in his place. | 08/05/2014 5:18 PM
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Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez (knee) is not in the lineup Tuesday. Andrew Romine is starting in his place.
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Impact
Suarez left Monday's game with a left knee sprain. Suarez hit .300 with seven extra-base hits (3 HR), eight RBI, nine walks and 13 runs in his first 60 at-bats after getting called up, but he's hit just .217 with zero homers, five RBI and nine runs in 83 at-bats since then.
Former closer Jim Johnson has signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers. | 08/05/2014 3:26 PM
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Former closer Jim Johnson has signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers.
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Impact
Johnson was horrible in Oakland (4-2, 7.14 ERA, 2.058 WHIP), but hopes to find himself in the minors. Even if he remembers the form that saw him rack up 101 saves from 2012-13, he'll have to wait in line behind Joe Nathan and Joakim Soria.
Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Monday's game with a left knee sprain, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com. | 08/04/2014 9:48 PM
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Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Monday's game with a left knee sprain, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com.
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Impact
Andrew Romine took over at shortstop. Suarez hit .300 with seven extra-base hits (3 HR), eight RBI, nine walks and 13 runs in his first 60 at-bats after getting called up, but he's hit just .217 with zero homers, five RBI and nine runs in 83 at-bats since then.
Just-brought-up outfielder Ezequiel Carrera will get the start in center field Monday night versus the Yankees. | 08/04/2014 4:01 PM
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Just-brought-up outfielder Ezequiel Carrera will get the start in center field Monday night versus the Yankees.
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Impact
Carrera was batting .307 with six homers, 41 RBI, 68 runs and 43 steals at Triple-A Toledo before getting the call. He'll likely platoon with Rajai Davis.
Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is not in Monday's starting lineup against the New York Yankees. | 08/04/2014 3:59 PM
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Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is not in Monday's starting lineup against the New York Yankees.
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Impact
Strange move considering the outfielder has three consecutive multi-hit games. Davis' hot streak brings his batting average up to .305 with six homers. 36 RBI, 42 runs and 26 steals in 295 at-bats. Ezequiel Carrera will get the start in center field.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) with a 1.404 OPS versus Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy. | 08/04/2014 9:46 AM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) with a 1.404 OPS versus Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
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Impact
Hunter has gone 23-for-70 (.329) with four homers and 16 RBI over the past four weeks (20 games).
It's only Aug 3 and Tigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 23rd home run of the season to tie his second-best season total. | 08/03/2014 4:12 PM
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It's only Aug 3 and Tigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 23rd home run of the season to tie his second-best season total.
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Impact
He's just two home runs behind his career high of 25 with 56 games still on the schedule. Martinez had a hard time shaking a back injury prior to the All-Star break and missed 11 of the past 13 games, but appeared to be healthy again. He's batting .321 with 63 RBI and a .948 OPS.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez was masterful, going seven innings and yielding just two hits and no walks. | 08/03/2014 4:08 PM
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Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez was masterful, going seven innings and yielding just two hits and no walks.
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Impact
Sanchez struck out a season-high 12 batters. After giving up four or more earned runs in his last three outings, it's good to see Sanchez back on track.
Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis has five hits in nine at-bats since being installed as the everyday center fielder. | 08/02/2014 10:45 PM
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Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis has five hits in nine at-bats since being installed as the everyday center fielder.
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Impact
Davis' hot streak brings his batting average up to .302 with six homers. 36 RBI, 41 runs and 25 steals in 286 at-bats.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed two runs over eight innings while striking out 10 Colorado Rockies. | 08/02/2014 10:43 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed two runs over eight innings while striking out 10 Colorado Rockies.
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Impact
With all the talk about the Tigers building a playoff rotation they shouldn't forget this guy who just won his 13th game and owns a 3.18 ERA.
Rajai Davis started in center field, led off and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs Friday against the Rockies. | 08/01/2014 10:27 PM
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Rajai Davis started in center field, led off and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs Friday against the Rockies.
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Impact
Davis should be Detroit's everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter after the team traded Austin Jackson to Seattle on Thursday. He should be added in most leagues.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan allowed a walk and a hit Friday but ultimately closed out the Rockies for a 4-2 win. | 08/01/2014 10:11 PM
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Tigers closer Joe Nathan allowed a walk and a hit Friday but ultimately closed out the Rockies for a 4-2 win.
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Impact
Nathan has saved two games and thrown three straight scoreless innings since the team acquired Joakim Soria.
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked none in eight innings Friday night against the Rockies. | 08/01/2014 10:08 PM
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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked none in eight innings Friday night against the Rockies.
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Impact
It was Verlander's best start since April and just the second time all season he didn't walk anyone. The right-hander has thrown a quality start in six of his last eight turns and is 10-9 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He's still not striking many batters out, however.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs Thursday against the White Sox. | 07/31/2014 6:55 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs Thursday against the White Sox.
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Impact
Martinez went 4-for-30 (.133) with 10 Ks in his first nine games after the All-Star break, but he's gone 5-for-10 with a triple, a homer, two walks and three RBI in the last three games.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Thursday. | 07/31/2014 6:52 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Thursday.
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Impact
Hunter has gone 32-for-88 (.364) with five doubles, a triple, six home runs and 24 RBI in July and he has excellent numbers against White Sox starter John Danks, so he was a no-brainer option Thursday.
The Rays have traded David Price to the Tigers in a three-team trade that also includes the Mariners. The Mariners will get Austin Jackson and the Rays will receive Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin and shortstop prospect Willy Adames. | 07/31/2014 5:35 PM
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The Rays have traded David Price to the Tigers in a three-team trade that also includes the Mariners. The Mariners will get Austin Jackson and the Rays will receive Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin and shortstop prospect Willy Adames.
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Impact
Price comes to Detroit red hot, having gone 7-4 with a 2.03 ERA and a 105/15 K/BB over 93 1/3 innings his last 12 starts. He'll have a much better offense behind him in Detroit and will get to pitch in a bunch of favorable parks in the AL Central.
Rajai Davis is likely to become the Tigers' starting center fielder after the team traded Austin Jackson Thursday. | 07/31/2014 5:26 PM
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Rajai Davis is likely to become the Tigers' starting center fielder after the team traded Austin Jackson Thursday.
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Impact
Davis has been limited to playing against lefties lately, but he'll get a spot in the everyday lineup with Jackson gone and may even lead off. He's hitting .294 with six homers, 33 RBI, 38 runs and 25 steals on the year.
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has batted .343 with 10 doubles, two triples, one homer and 18 runs in July and he has a good matchup Thursday. | 07/31/2014 12:36 PM
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Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has batted .343 with 10 doubles, two triples, one homer and 18 runs in July and he has a good matchup Thursday.
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Impact
Jackson is 16-for-42 (.381) with three homers in his career against White Sox starter John Danks. Detroit had Jackson hitting fifth and sixth in the order earlier this season, but he's clearly more comfortable leading off. He's hitting .327 in 107 at-bats as the leadoff hitter this season and should remain in that spot.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is 13-for-38 (.342) with four homers in his career against White Sox starter Jon Danks. | 07/31/2014 12:34 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is 13-for-38 (.342) with four homers in his career against White Sox starter Jon Danks.
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Impact
Kinsler has hit .153 (9-for-59) over his last 14 games, but he's a good option Thursday against Chicago.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is 15-for-49 (.306) with three homers in his career against John Danks of the White Sox. | 07/31/2014 12:32 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is 15-for-49 (.306) with three homers in his career against John Danks of the White Sox.
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Impact
Hunter has been terrific in July, hitting .353 with five homers, 23 RBI, 16 runs and a .996 OPS. Make sure you play him Thursday.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is 16-for-42 (.381) with three homers in his career against White Sox starter Jon Danks. | 07/31/2014 12:31 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is 16-for-42 (.381) with three homers in his career against White Sox starter Jon Danks.
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Impact
Kinsler has hit .153 (9-for-59) over his last 14 games, but he's a good option Thursday against Chicago.
Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won his 13th game of the season Wednesday night against the White Sox. | 07/30/2014 10:47 PM
News
Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won his 13th game of the season Wednesday night against the White Sox.
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Impact
Scherzer allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings. He has gone 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 56 Ks in 47 2/3 innings since he gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings on June 17 against the Royals.
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Wednesday against the White Sox. | 07/30/2014 10:44 PM
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Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Wednesday against the White Sox.
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Impact
Castellanos hadn't homered since June 27. He's gone 17-for-69 (.246) this month and is hitting .267 with seven home runs, 41 RBI and a .721 OPS this season.
Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and he's out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. | 07/30/2014 6:44 PM
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Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and he's out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
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Impact
Suarez had a solid month of June after being called up, but he's hit .237 with 17 Ks over 59 at-bats in July and can be avoided in fantasy.
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos (finger) is back in the lineup Wednesday. | 07/30/2014 3:05 PM
News
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos (finger) is back in the lineup Wednesday.
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Impact
Castellanos had a ground ball hit his finger during batting practice Tuesday and was scratched from the lineup. He's had a disappointing season, hitting .264 with six homers, 37 RBI and a .709 OPS in 326 at-bats.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed 13 earned runs on 23 hits over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts. | 07/29/2014 10:54 PM
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Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed 13 earned runs on 23 hits over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
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Impact
Sanchez still has a 3.57 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP on the season, but his K/9 has declined from 9.99 in 2013 to 6.91.
Joakim Soria came into Tuesday's game against the White Sox in the seventh inning and allowed four runs on six hits (2 HR). | 07/29/2014 10:50 PM
News
Joakim Soria came into Tuesday's game against the White Sox in the seventh inning and allowed four runs on six hits (2 HR).
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Impact
The Tigers opted to keep Joe Nathan in the closer role even though Soria has much better numbers. Soria's ERA jumped from 2.67 to 3.71 Tuesday.
Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. | 07/29/2014 9:12 PM
News
Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
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Impact
Suarez had a solid month of June after being called up, but he's hit .237 with 17 Ks over 59 at-bats in July.
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right index finger contusion. | 07/29/2014 6:43 PM
News
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right index finger contusion.
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Impact
Castellanos had a ground ball hit his finger during batting practice. He's had a disappointing season, hitting .264 with six homers, 37 RBI and a .709 OPS in 326 at-bats.
Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is a career .400 hitter with a 1.079 OPS versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. | 07/29/2014 9:33 AM
News
Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is a career .400 hitter with a 1.079 OPS versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
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Impact
And if Davis gets on base he's been successful in 4-of-4 stolen base attempts against Quintana. Davis is putting together his best season since 2009 in Oakland. He's batting .297 with a .766 OPS over 81 games and is worth a flier Tuesday.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels. | 07/27/2014 9:58 PM
News
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels.
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Impact
After stranding less than 70 percent of his baserunners every year from 2010-13, Porcello has stranded a career-high 74.7 percent in 2014 and it has resulted in a career-low 3.24 ERA. He's gone 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over his last eight starts and is tied with Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and teammate Max Scherzer for first in the AL with 12 wins.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels. | 07/27/2014 9:58 PM
News
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels.
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Impact
After stranding less than 70 percent of his baserunners every year from 2010-13, Porcello has stranded a career-high 74.7 percent in 2014 and it has resulted in a career-low 3.24 ERA. He's gone 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over his last eight starts and is tied with Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and teammate Max Scherzer for first in the AL with 12 wins.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is back in the lineup Friday after missing the past two games due to a quad injury. | 07/25/2014 7:29 PM
News
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is back in the lineup Friday after missing the past two games due to a quad injury.
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Impact
Martinez took a .346 average, 13 homers and 43 RBI over 188 at-bats into the All-Star break, but he's gone 3-for-20 (.150) since the break.
The Tigers have agreed to trade closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. | 07/23/2014 10:31 PM
News
The Tigers have agreed to trade closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
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Impact
Tigers closer Joe Nathan has a 5.89 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and five blown saves this season. It's unclear if Soria will take the closer job from him, but that would make sense. Soria has a 2.70 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and a 42/4 K/BB in 33 1/3 innings. Thompson and Knebel are both top-five prospects in Detroit's system, so this would be a steep price to give up if the Tigers plan to use Soria in the eighth inning.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury, according to mlive.com. | 07/23/2014 8:51 PM
News
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury, according to mlive.com.
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Impact
Martinez took a .346 average, 13 homers and 43 RBI over 188 at-bats into the All-Star break, but he's gone 3-for-20 (.150) since the break.
Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one steal Wednesday against Arizona. | 07/23/2014 8:50 PM
News
Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one steal Wednesday against Arizona.
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Impact
Davis has raised his average from .274 to .301 since July 6. He has six home runs, 33 RBI, 38 runs and 25 steals in 269 at-bats this season.
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson had yet another multi-hit game Wednesday against the Diamondbacks (2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R) | 07/23/2014 8:48 PM
News
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson had yet another multi-hit game Wednesday against the Diamondbacks (2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R)
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Impact
That makes six straight and nine in his past 10 games. Jackson has batted .382 with 10 doubles, two triples, one homer, nine RBI and 17 runs in his past 18 games.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez beat the Diamondbacks Wednesday, but he wasn't sharp. The right-hander gave up five runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings. | 07/23/2014 8:43 PM
News
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez beat the Diamondbacks Wednesday, but he wasn't sharp. The right-hander gave up five runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
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Impact
Sanchez has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this season, but he's fanned just 81 batters in 107 innings. His 6.81 K/9 is down from 9.99 last season and 7.91 for his career.
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday at Arizona. | 07/23/2014 8:41 PM
News
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday at Arizona.
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Impact
It was his first homer of July. Cabrera has batted .315 with 80 RBI and 61 runs this season, but he's on pace for 25 home runs, down from 44 in each of the past two years. It would be his lowest total since he hit 12 in 314 at-bats as a rookie.
Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly returned to form Sunday against the Indians after giving up 13 runs on 23 hits in his last 14 1/3 innings. | 07/20/2014 5:26 PM
News
Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly returned to form Sunday against the Indians after giving up 13 runs on 23 hits in his last 14 1/3 innings.
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Impact
Smyly held Cleveland to one run on four hits and fanned six batters in seven innings to win his sixth game of the season. With a 3.80 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 76 Ks in 94 2/3 innings, he's been a low-end fantasy option this year.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has batted .373 with four home runs and 17 RBI in July. | 07/20/2014 5:24 PM
News
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has batted .373 with four home runs and 17 RBI in July.
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Impact
From May 7 to July 1, Hunter hit just .194 because he had a .195 BABIP. His luck has turned around lately. He went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs Sunday against Cleveland.
Smyly goes seven strong to defeat the Tribe | 07/20/2014 4:10 PM
News
Drew Smyly fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Tigers' 5-1 defeat of the Indians.
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Impact
Smyly had a no-hitter going until the top of the fifth inning, when Yan Gomes smacked a double. The left-hander wound up allowing just four hits in all, striking out six and issuing only two walks. He will carry a solid 3.80 ERA into his next start on the road against the Angels.
Trevor Crowe released by Tigers | 07/20/2014 1:51 PM
News
Tigers released OF Trevor Crowe.
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Impact
Crowe has been at Triple-A Toledo all season, batting just .240/.291/.349 over 66 games. The 30-year-old will now try to latch on elsewhere.
Tigers 2B prospect Travis with 3 hits in DH | 07/20/2014 12:16 PM
News
Tigers second base prospect Devon Travis went 3-for-6 with a walk during a doubleheader for Double-A Erie on Saturday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
After a late start to the season due to an injury and a slow start in April and May, Travis has hit .321/.386/.476 in June and July, smacking eight doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Travis is blocked by Ian Kinsler, but he could be a good piece for a trade to help the Tigers down the stretch.
Max Scherzer dealing with neck issue | 07/20/2014 9:35 AM
News
Max Scherzer was nearly scratched from Saturday's start after his neck tightened up on him while he warmed up in the bullpen prior to the game.
M-Live.com

Impact
He wound up allowing two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. Scherzer expects to be fine for his next outing. "I've got five days to take care of this," said Scherzer, who described it as a neck spasm. "This is just a one-day thing. We've got great trainers and we'll have a program for what I'm going to do over the next five days to take care of it."
Ausmus not considering replacing Nathan | 07/20/2014 9:31 AM
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's "not near that point" to replace Joe Nathan at closer.
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Impact
Nathan on Saturday allowed a bases-clearing double, which was preceded by a double and two walks (one intentional). He's been scored upon in 10 of his last 20 appearances and holds a 9.00 ERA over that stretch. Yet, Ausmus is sticking by his veteran closer. "I'm sure there's a possibility I could reach a point sometime," he said. "I'm not near that point. I'll let you know when I am."
Tigers option RHP Drew VerHagen to Triple-A | 07/19/2014 11:28 PM
News
Tigers optioned RHP Drew VerHagen to Triple-A Toledo.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
This move was expected. He will function as insurance in case any injuries come to the Tigers rotation.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter was not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber, but is back in the lineup for the nightcap. | 07/19/2014 6:44 PM
News
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter was not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber, but is back in the lineup for the nightcap.
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Impact
Hunter's production is down a bit from last season, but he's still a reliable low-end fantasy option batting .271 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and a .744 OPS.
Tigers lose despite Cabrera's three hits | 07/19/2014 4:24 PM
News
Miguel Cabrera had a nice day at the plate as the Tigers dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He and Austin Jackson were the only two hitters in the Tigers order who could figure out Corey Kluber on this one, accounting for five of the team's seven total hits. With the three-hit effort, Cabrera is now hitting .313/.370/.538 on the season.
Austin Jackson has two hits in loss to Tribe | 07/19/2014 4:22 PM
News
Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Tigers dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Jackson got the Tigers on the board with an RBI single in the fifth inning, but they failed to generate much offense against Corey Kluber the remainder of the ballgame. He's hitting .322 (19-for-59) since moving to the leadoff spot in the Tigers lineup on July 1.
Drew VerHagen loses to Indians in MLB debut | 07/19/2014 4:18 PM
News
Drew VerHagen was handed a loss in his big league debut on Saturday, surrendering three runs on five hits over five innings against the Indians.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The rookie right-hander struck out four while walking three on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came in the fifth inning where he appeared to tire some. He'll head back to Triple-A Toledo where he'll function as insurance should any injuries strike the Tigers rotation.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber. | 07/19/2014 11:27 AM
News
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber.
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
Hunter's production is down a bit from last season, but he's still a reliable low-end fantasy option batting .271 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and a .744 OPS.
Tigers release Ronny Paulino from Triple-A | 07/19/2014 11:11 AM
News
Tigers released C Ronny Paulino.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Paulino was expected to begin the season as the starting catcher at Triple-A Toledo, but was hit with a 100 game suspension for his second violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal.
Torii Hunter not in Tigers lineup for Game 1 | 07/19/2014 10:36 AM
News
Torii Hunter is not in the Tigers starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
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Impact
The 39-year-old outfielder will undoubtedly be back in there for the nightcap. Rajai Davis is starting in left field, with J.D. Martinez shifting over to right.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is just 1-for-9 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. | 07/19/2014 10:19 AM
News
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is just 1-for-9 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
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Impact
Kinsler has two five-game hitting streaks this month, but is hitless in the last two games and doesn't have a good matchup here.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back) went 2-for-4 in his first day back from injury. | 07/19/2014 10:13 AM
News
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back) went 2-for-4 in his first day back from injury.
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Impact
Martinez had a hard time shaking a back injury prior to the All-Star break and missed 11 of the past 13 games, but appeared to be healthy. He's batting .330 with 21 HR, 55 RBI and a .990 OPS.
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 12-for-24 with three homers and a 1.455 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. | 07/19/2014 10:08 AM
News
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 12-for-24 with three homers and a 1.455 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
Cabrera is hitting .308 with 34 doubles, 14 homers, 75 RBI and an .899 OPS this season, but has struggled of late batting just .267 with an .817 OPS over the past four weeks. We expect more for him. We could get it on Saturday.
Drew VerHagen to make MLB debut on Saturday | 07/19/2014 9:48 AM
News
Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Drew VerHagen from Triple-A Toledo.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The 23-year-old right-hander will make his major league debut on Saturday, starting the first game of a doubleheader against the Indians. In 19 starts at Toledo this season, he owns a 3.67 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 63/25 K/BB ratio over 110 1/3 innings. He isn't worth looking at as a streaming option.

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