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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. | 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.
Tigers starter David Price didn't make it out of the third inning Wednesday against the Yankees. | 08/27/2014 9:23 PM
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Tigers starter David Price didn't make it out of the third inning Wednesday against the Yankees.
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Impact
Price allowed four men to reach base in the first two innings but escaped without giving up a run. Everything unraveled in the third, as Price allowed nine consecutive hits to start the inning before getting removed. He ended up allowing 12 hits and eight runs.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has batted .380 (19-for-50) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI in his last 12 games. | 08/27/2014 3:46 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has batted .380 (19-for-50) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI in his last 12 games.
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Impact
Martinez hit .193 with two homers and eight RBI in his first 83 at-bats after the All-Star break, but he's back on track. The former Houston Astros outfielder has come out of nowhere to hit .312 with 17 homers, 58 RBI and a .912 OPS in just 321 at-bats.
According to MLB.com, an ultrasound exam revealed Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has scar tissue breaking off from his original pectoral strain. | 08/27/2014 10:16 AM
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According to MLB.com, an ultrasound exam revealed Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has scar tissue breaking off from his original pectoral strain.
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Impact
Sanchez suffered a setback on Monday as he felt pain in his chest when he raised the intensity on his throws. The starter has been out with the strained right pectoral muscle since August 8. The Tigers desperately need him and are hoping he returns some time in September.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello beat the Yankees Tuesday to tie teammate Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright, Wily Peralta and Clayton Kershaw for the Major League lead with 15 wins. | 08/26/2014 11:04 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello beat the Yankees Tuesday to tie teammate Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright, Wily Peralta and Clayton Kershaw for the Major League lead with 15 wins.
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Impact
Porcello gave up two homers to nemesis Jacoby Ellsbury but they were solo shots and he didn't give up any more runs. The right-hander is 15-8 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP on the year.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) felt pain while throwing Monday, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. | 08/26/2014 5:25 PM
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Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) felt pain while throwing Monday, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
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Impact
Tigers brass is meeting Tuesday to determine what to do with the right-hander. Sanchez left his start on Aug. 8 with a strained right pectoral muscle.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (right ankle) was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but is back on the lineup card for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees. | 08/26/2014 4:19 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (right ankle) was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but is back on the lineup card for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees.
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Impact
The two-time MVP has a modest five game hitting streak. He's batting .308 with 17 home runs, 88 RBI and an .876 OPS this season.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is on fire and has a nice matchup against Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy. | 08/26/2014 10:53 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez is on fire and has a nice matchup against Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy.
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Impact
Martinez is a career .375 hitter against the Yankees starter. He's batted .409 over the past two weeks and for the season is hitting .328 with a career-high 25 HR along with 84 RBI. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is 8-for-19 with a 1.187 OPS versus Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy. | 08/26/2014 10:50 AM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is 8-for-19 with a 1.187 OPS versus Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
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Impact
Hunter started out ice cold this month, but he's gone 8-for-22 (.364) this week. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (right ankle) was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees. | 08/26/2014 9:51 AM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (right ankle) was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees.
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Impact
We'd call this an "off" year for the two-time MVP, batting .308 with 17 home runs, 88 RBI and an .876 OPS this season, but most mortals would love to be able to produce at this level.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a walk, one RBI and three runs Sunday against the Twins. | 08/24/2014 7:25 PM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a walk, one RBI and three runs Sunday against the Twins.
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Impact
Kinsler has gone 9-for-32 (.281) in his last seven games, but he's hitting just .233 with nine extra-base hits since the All-Star break.
Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis has hit .236 in August, but he went 2-for-6 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Minnesota. | 08/24/2014 7:14 PM
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Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis has hit .236 in August, but he went 2-for-6 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Minnesota.
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Impact
Throughout his career, Davis has been a much better hitter against lefties than righties and this year has been no different. He's hitting .343 with 13 doubles, two triples and three homers against southpaws and .245 with 10 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI against righties. The Tigers had to make Davis the starting center fielder when they traded Austin Jackson in the David Price deal, and Davis may be getting exposed as an everyday player.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 25th homer of the season Sunday against the Twins, tying his career high. | 08/24/2014 7:03 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 25th homer of the season Sunday against the Twins, tying his career high.
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Impact
Martinez' outstanding season continues. He went 3-for-6 with four RBI Sunday and has 26 RBI in August. The AL batting title is going to be a four-man race between Jose Altuve (.334), Martinez (.328), Adrian Beltre (.327) and Robinson Cano (.326).
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-5 with a triple and four RBI Sunday at Minnesota. | 08/24/2014 6:58 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-5 with a triple and four RBI Sunday at Minnesota.
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Impact
Hunter started out ice cold this month, going 2-for-24 (.083) in his first seven games, but he's gone 18-for-56 (.321) with five doubles, a triple and seven RBI since then.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in Sunday's starting lineup | 08/24/2014 1:27 PM
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in Sunday's starting lineup
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Impact
he's been dealing with a sore ankle and Saturday's doubleheader may have been too much. We'd call this an "off" year for the two-time MVP, batting .308 with 17 home runs, 88 RBI and an .876 OPS this season.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander made his return to the hill on Saturday. He pitched five and 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked three. | 08/23/2014 10:54 PM
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Tigers starter Justin Verlander made his return to the hill on Saturday. He pitched five and 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked three.
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Impact
It's another very average start in a very average season for Justin Verlander. He is obviously a shell of his old self as his ERA this year (4.76) is over a run higher than his career ERA (3.52).
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral strain) has resumed throwing, according to Jason Bweck of mlb.com. | 08/22/2014 9:17 PM
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Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral strain) has resumed throwing, according to Jason Bweck of mlb.com.
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Impact
Sanchez left his start on Aug. 8 with a strained right pectoral muscle. He threw from flat ground Friday and will do so again Saturday before moving to bullpen sessions. He'll be out at least until early September.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is a career 4-for-10 hitter with a home run against Twins starter Tommy Milone. | 08/22/2014 11:00 AM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is a career 4-for-10 hitter with a home run against Twins starter Tommy Milone.
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Impact
Hunter has been struggling in August with just 14 hits in 67 at-bats (.209). Hunter is hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI this year. Perhaps the 39-year-old can get on track against the Twins.
Tigers starter David Price pitched to a rare complete game loss on Thursday, allowing one hit in eight innings. Price allowed one unearned run in the top of the first and lost to his former team, 1-0. | 08/21/2014 3:46 PM
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Tigers starter David Price pitched to a rare complete game loss on Thursday, allowing one hit in eight innings. Price allowed one unearned run in the top of the first and lost to his former team, 1-0.
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Impact
Price also struck out nine and walked none. In his last two starts, Price has pitched 16 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, striking out 16 and walking three.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk and five RBI Wednesday at Tampa Bay. | 08/20/2014 9:54 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk and five RBI Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
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Impact
Martinez has driven in 21 runs in August and 79 on the season. He's batting .325 with 24 homers, 61 runs and a .945 OPS. He's one homer away from tying his career high.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello tossed a three-hit shutout Wednesday at Tampa Bay. | 08/20/2014 9:52 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello tossed a three-hit shutout Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
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Impact
Porcello now leads the AL with three shutouts this season and he's tied with teammate Max Scherzer and Oakland's Scott Kazmir for first in the league with 14 wins. The right-hander has finally lived up to his first-round draft status, recording a 3.10 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 165 1/3 innings.
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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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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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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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.

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